The secret life of wallpaper.

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?

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