Beadboard stayed around until the Depression roughly, as you can see from the set of Annie. The set designer dramatized the institutional and colored paint look that beadboard may have had in the early 1900s.
And then wood-look wall paneling took over for the next 50 years.
But in the 1980s, beadboard started a slow comeback, as a Victorian revive in the historic stained look.
By the 2000s, beadboard was back--and painted a farmhouse white. The 2002 Martha Stewart book "Decorating with Color" has a fantastic dining room with the new rage of white beadboard.
|Decorating with Color, the Best of Martha Stewart Living|
And now, the beadboard is still popular, but taking a backseat to the new rage of wood plank walls.
And who knows about 10 years from now? Maybe full walls of wallpaper will come back, or tiled wainscoting like the 1950s and 60s. I can guarantee there will be a new trend in the future!
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