Wallpaper has had many incarnations.
The decorative wall covering gained popularity during Renaissance Europe amongst the social elite. It was a natural evolution of the large tapestries the gentry used to hang on their walls during the Middle Ages. Not only did these tapestries and later rolls of paper add visual interest, but they acted as insulating layer between the cold, stone walls and the interior of the room.
While many of the first wallpapers depicted nature scenes or was flocked ( a velvet-like pattern on paper), today the myriad of patterns and colors will fit any space or style of home.
And while many may think that wallpaper is limited to just that…the wall, I think some of it’s most clever and impactful examples can be found on shelves, lamps, and many other places that the 14th-century Europeans would’ve never dreamed of.
Remember to play with scale and think outside the roll when decorating with wallpaper. I hope you enjoy these inspired ideas and projects.
I found some wallpaper products that are fun, chic, and best of all…available for order online.