During the 70’s, we had a bathroom that was wallpapered in an ornate pattern of red flocking that would not have been out of place in a bordello. In fact, almost every room in our house had some kind of pattern on the wall, as was all the rage in the suburban Midwest circa 1977. Every so often, I come across a wallpaper design that would have fit right into my parents house and it has the same effect as Proust’s madeleine: suddenly I am awash in random memories of childhood. After what seems to have been a long hiatus (or perhaps I have just been living in white-walled rental apartments for too long), wallpaper is having a resurgence. Ever wonder about it’s history? Check out this week’s Retrospect column on Apartment Therapy for a concise outline of the last 2,000 years in wall decor.
What kind of wallpaper did you have growing up? What covers your walls now?