Wallpapers create floral walls and pattern that eliminate a need for framed art.
Because it functions decoratively, wallpaper always bounces back. One design considered to be frumpy and old-fashioned at least since the 1960s, (when my Mom had it in her bedroom and bath) has been looking fresh again: 18th-century Chinoiserie or Chinese-style flowers, birds and leaves that create all over floral walls.
Creating floral walls with wallpaper is seen as feminine and can vary in intensity according to the design. When it gets as costly as one of de Gourney’s historical papers it automatically turns into art. One of their timeless Chinoiseries [top] was crfafted into a 14-foot by 9-foot framed panel for this dining room, taking on the scale of a modern painting. The mix seems really unusual and stunning with a mid-century sideboard and table by Jean Prouvé and Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs.
A similar paper with silver background is used in a more conventional mix by L.A. designer Ruthie Chapman Sommers, who placed it behind a Louis XVI-style settee, as it should be done for the tradition-minded.
A more modernized take on the same motif shows well in this knockout bedroom by NY designer Sara Story. While this pattern is blockier, it is no less effective in a bedroom based on a mid-century palette and it looks modern to me rather than vintage.
To see how far we’ve come — or not — in terms of design, I offer this detail of a Chinese wallpaper panel delivered in 1753 for a room in a chateau in France with its cherry blossoms, birds, butterflies and branches.
(Source: domino, sarastorydesign, ruthiesommers.com)
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