In the midst of a round of broken-wrist induced procrastination, I stumbled across a treasure trove of vintage wallpaper.
It comes from Historic New England.
What I’ve learned:
- Most of the c. 1930-1960 era wallpaper is what you’d expect, especially if you’ve renovated a house that lived during the era: neutral backgrounds, pale color palettes, designs pulled from nature (flowers, leaves, trees) or classical architecture (columns, gardens, finials).
- Roosters drop in on a semi-regular basis.
- Geometrics often are described as a “diaper pattern” or “diapered,” which apparently refers to a triangle shape.”Diaper pattern” is a search term you can use in the archive.
And then there’s this sample of solid green wallpaper. Solid. Green. Wallpaper. It dates to the early 20th century. But it makes me wonder: wouldn’t paint have been easier?
File this under Archive Love.