Use vintage wallpaper in unique room designs that use the past for inspiration. When paired with modern design elements, they add interesting historical tension to the space, and give you pattern and imagery you can't find in newer products. Here are eight favorites...
1. Above, the bathroom in Stone Textile designer Elizabeth Mollen's sophisticated home. The neutral colored pattern features antique lace and doilies.
2. The walls in Elisabeth Dunker's Swedish home are covered in various vintage wallpapers, which were in the home when she moved in. Most of them are colorful florals, like the one above.
3. Sometimes a little bit goes a long way, which is perfect since vintage wallpaper is hard to find in large quantities. Steve of An Urban Cottage put this fox and hound-themed paper to good use in a small bedroom closet.
4. If you find yourself short a few rolls (or 5), create an overlapping collage of smaller pieces of many different patterns. Dutch blogger Nina Van de Goor created an accent wall for her office area with various 50s and 60s designs.
5. A shabby chic kitchen in the cottage home owned by Lily Ashwell (daughter of Rachel) with its pretty floral yellow papered wall.
6. The Wary Meyers duo used this retro pattern in their old guest room. Their home is chock full of vintage items, and it certainly fits their style.
7. If you like the look of vintage, but don't want to deal with old-school paste, then check out reproductions like the Retrospectives collection from Little Greene. Above, a paper based on a 1970s pattern book.
8. Another tiny bathroom from Swedish site Alverm Makleri, and what looks like William Morris wallpaper.