The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, 1970
Better Homes and Gardens Stretching Living Space 1983
House Beautiful Decorating Style 1992
The only pattern that I have seen in vintage decorating books that is still beautiful is the pictoral grisaille. This below is incredibly timeless to me, but it is from my mom's 1977 how-to guide on wallpapering.
I'm shying away from spending much time or money on decorative patterns. Right now wallpaper is becoming so popular. If I follow this trend, I'm going to make sure that the wallpaper is easy to remove for when I don't like it anymore. And I have already done this once in the last three years: put up wallpaper and then torn if off and painted. Can you see why (see below)??????
our kitchen, end of 2007
But who can resist these traditional wallpapers??
There are at least a few blogs commenting on how beautiful Summer's blue toile wallpaper is in her apartment. I must not be the only one thinking more and more seriously about strong patterns.