Business Magazine

Why Home Decorators Started Using Wallpaper

By Homesmsp @HomesMSP

As I showed our clients a condominium this week, we found nearly every room had wallpaper falling off the walls. While our clients were ready to peel it off, it got me curious about how wallpaper came to be used in the first place.

It actually started with wars, piracy and political intrigue...

Wallpaper

For centuries rich folks bought tapestries for their home's large, cold, stone walls. Castles and other large homes were hard to heat. Tapestries were the solution. They added warmth and beauty to the homes of the middle ages.

However, wars, piracy and political intrigue all helped raise the price of woven tapestries so that only the very rich could afford them. Less well-off members of the elite, unable to buy tapestries, turned to wallpaper to brighten up their rooms.

Early wallpaper dates back to before the 1700s and was produced by hand painting, woodblock printing and stenciling. They featured scenes similar to those depicted on tapestries, and large sheets of the paper were sometimes hung loose on the walls, in the style of tapestries. Prints, especially large ones, were often pasted to the walls... the beginnings of wallpaper as we know it.

By the early twentieth century, wallpaper had established itself as one of the most popular household items across the Western world. Wallpaper has gone in and out of fashion since about 1930, but the overall trend has been for wallpaper-type patterned wallcoverings to lose ground to plain painted walls... what most home buyers are looking for now.

The 21st century is seeing the development of new types of 'wallpaper'...

  • Wallpaper that block certain mobile phone and WiFi signals, in the interest of privacy
  • Wallpaper that serves as a computer interface, using projectors, webcams and motion sensors for control
  • Wallpaper using glass fibers that can keep a masonry wall from failing in an earthquake!

John Hensrud, REALTOR

The team at HomesMSP - SharleneJohn, Angela - Twin Cities Realtors

RELATED POSTS

  • Do I have to remove my wallpaper?
  • Wallpaper....It's Gotta Go!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • On a Beautiful Summer Day

    Beautiful Summer

    Read more

    12 hours, 39 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    This single cask of Wild Turkey Whiskey was selected by PlumpJack in San Franciso and, like all RR SiB releases, bottled at 55% ABV (110 proof). Read more

    14 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Do you love whiskey? Do you love bourbon? Do you love Wild Turkey? If you answered yes to all of those questions then you’d probably love a glass of Russell’s... Read more

    15 hours, 3 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • FFS Friday - Soulless

    This week it has come to my attention that Tiger is trying to kill me. He's a clever man so he's not doing it by traditional means, he's doing it slowly via... Read more

    16 hours, 25 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
    HAIR & BEAUTY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

    Take Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash National

    They say "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, every's favorite rum captain... Read more

    16 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Glasgow Skinner/ My Life On And Off The Guest List
    FASHION, HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Book Club for Menopause Goddesses

    Book Club Menopause Goddesses

    Today's post highlights two wonderful books that should live on every Menopause Goddess's bookshelf. From Dinner Date to Soulmate by Cynthia Spillman and Come... Read more

    18 hours, 25 minutes ago by   Lynettesheppard
    HEALTH, MEDICINE, WOMEN'S ISSUES
  • Stone Fruit Tea Cake

    Stone Fruit Cake

    (recipe adapted from Table for 2) Ingredients:1 Tbsp butter (for greasing pan)150g Blue Jacket Cake Flour½ tsp baking powder80g fine sugar 80g Cowhead salted... Read more

    18 hours, 39 minutes ago by   Cathysjoy
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES