Cool & (Still) Fresh Historic Wallpapers

Cool & (Still) Fresh Historic Wallpapers

Natalie Espinosa
Jun 19, 2012

I have always admired the beautiful designs of certain historic styles, like Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco, but I never figured out exactly how to incorporate these beautiful designs into my interiors. So, it was very exciting to find these wallpaper designs online, opening up a world of possibilities.

They are really quite stunning and, in my opinion, would make wonderful accent walls, or if you are really into it, you could easily wallpaper entire rooms. They are all based on real historic designs (from the time period) and are printed in beautiful colors. The ones that incorporate metallic ink look amazingly fun!

Here are some of my favorites:

19th Century

1. "Ivy Wall" (1830-1860).
From Saratoga House, a.k.a. The General Daniel Morgan House, Boyce, Virginia
By Carter & Co.

2. Honeysuckle - Ochre (Arts & Crafts)
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

3. Watkins Glen Frieze -Indigo (Victorian era- Cristopher Dresser designs)
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

4. Centennial Ada Ceiling (Victorian era - Cristopher Dresser designs)
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

20th Century

5. Viennese Trees (Austrian/German c.1920)
Design influenced by the Wienner Werkstatte and the work of Dagobert Peche.
By Adelphi Paper Hanings

6. L'Oiseau Moderne (French 1925-30)
By Adelphi Paper Hangings

7. Periwinkle Volute (Art Deco)
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

8 Old Gold Aeroplane (Art Deco)
Designed by Raymond McGrath in the early 1930s. Originally intended for a woman aviator's home.
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

9. "Mediterranea" designed by Piero Fornasetti. (Late 1940s)
Cole & Son

10. Atomic Doodle (Post War)
Reminiscent of Charles and Ray Eames fabric patterns.
By Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

Additional Sources for Historic Wallpaper:
Adelphi Paper Hangings: 1770-1850 printed using traditional techniques.
Aesthetic Interiors: Designs from mid 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers
Carter & Co.
Cole & Son. : Block printed and flocked wallpapers!
Interior 1900: A range of designs from 1900 to the 1980s!
J.R. Burrows and Co.
Mason & Wolf Wallpaper
Watts & Co.: Screen and block printed English designs from the 19th century.
Wolff House Wallpapers: Reproduction wallpapers from 1800 to the 1930s.

(Images: As linked above)

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