Although wallpaper has been around since 200 BC when the ancient Chinese glued rice paper onto their walls, it was not until the late 1400s that wallpaper appeared in a form similar to what we have today. Wallpaper came to America in the mid 1700s and was soon a fashion hit. Originally hand-blocked, wallpaper was time consuming to make, but the variety of styles greatly increased the patterns available. The choices were only hindered by the imagination of the creator.
The Victorian Era and the Roaring 20s brought wallpaper to the next level, the latter known as the Golden Age of Wallpaper.
Following World War II, and many changes later, the pre-pasted, pre-trimmed, and an easily removable version made wallpaper easily assessable to the public.
Its popularity waned during the later 20th century, but because of the endless choices in today’s styles and colors, wallpaper is again on the upswing.
As wallpaper has evolved over the years, an incredible variety of matching or contrasting borders has added to the mix. A border can be placed around the top of the wall just below the ceiling, or around the lower level to make a chair rail effect.
Now, depending on the theme of decor, wallpaper can look amazing almost anywhere in the home adding an architectural interest to any room.
One of the best aspects of wallpaper is that it is easy to change patterns and looks. When using removable wallpaper, someone can change a family room into an office or a den into a nursery in just one day. There is any number of colors and styles from which to choose.
Wallpaper has come along way since Chinese rice paper. The different types of wallpaper material include paper or fabric, or texture with little or no color, plain color, or print. You can even hang wallpaper and then paint it any color you choose.
The only thing you need to consider when choosing wallpaper is to which room you want to paper (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, den), the type and color of the furniture, the size of the room, and whether there are nooks and crannies that could prove challenging.
You can match the wallpaper to whatever theme you are considering, or already have in place. If you have a cottage theme throughout your house, you would want to choose wallpaper that fits in rather than placing an art deco paper that would clash with the rest of the home.
Wallpaper can add a greater dimension to a room than you ever thought possible, or it can look glaringly out of place. Take time to consider your options, look at a variety of samples, and enjoy the relatively easy change to your home.