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Wallpapered Furniture Design

mid century drawers with curious department wallpaper
Europa Drawers wallpapered with Rebel Knit Onyx design from The Curious Department

I love to wallpaper furniture, as part of the upcycling process. To add pattern and texture as part of creating a new look for a vintage piece. And it has become so popular with upcyclers. It’s a great way to embrace beautiful wallpapers and create one of a kind pieces of furniture. But this is not a new concept. (Note - much of what follows has been gained from google searches, so if there is anything that isn’t correct then do message me and I’ll amend it – I am doing the best I can with the information I can find).

Wallpapered furniture has a long history. The first known examples of wallpapered furniture date back to the 16th century, when Chinese craftsmen began to produce hand-painted wallpaper. This wallpaper was initially used to decorate the insides of cabinets and other small pieces of furniture.

In the 17th century, wallpaper became more widely available in Europe. This was due in part to the development of new printing techniques, which made it possible to produce wallpaper more quickly and cheaply. Wallpapered furniture became increasingly popular during this period, and it was often used to decorate the homes of the wealthy and elite.

In the 18th century, wallpapered furniture became even more popular. This was due in part to the rise of the middle class, who could now afford to purchase wallpaper for their homes. Wallpapered furniture was also popular during this period because it was seen as a way to add a touch of luxury and sophistication to a room. Furniture was often decorated with elaborate floral patterns, landscapes, and chinoiserie designs. This was a time of great social and economic change, and people were looking for new ways to express their individuality and taste. Wallpapered furniture was a perfect way to do this, and it quickly became a popular trend.

In the 19th century, wallpapered furniture continued to be popular, but the designs became more subdued. This was a time of great industrialization, and people were looking for more practical and affordable furniture. Wallpapered furniture was still seen as a sign of wealth and status, but it was no longer the only option available.

In the 20th century, wallpapered furniture fell out of fashion. This was due in part to the rise of new furniture styles, such as Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern.

However, it has made a comeback in recent years, and it is now once again a popular choice for home décor. This is due in part to the growing popularity of upcycling and sustainable design. Wallpapered furniture is a great way to give old furniture a new lease of life, and it is also a more sustainable option than buying new furniture.

Strongbow Sideboard wallpapered in Pimpernel design by William Morris

Wallpapered furniture is a perfect way to add a touch of personality, style, luxury and

individuality to a home. There are many different styles of wallpaper available, so you can find the perfect one to match your décor.

Here are a few tips for choosing wallpapered furniture:

  • Consider if you want a piece that makes a statement or blends in.

  • Are you looking for a design to decorate around?

  • Or does it need to suit your existing décor?

  • Consider whether the style of the furniture, as well as the wallpaper, suits your home

  • Does the overall look of the furniture bring you joy?

  • Is the wallpaper well protected by varnish for durability and longevity?

By purchasing upcycled wallpapered furniture you can easily add a touch of style and personality to your home. You can see the pieces of furniture I currently have available in my Shop. I also take commissions - get in touch if this is of interest to you.

There are many furniture refinishers who produce wallpapered furniture. You can find some of them on Upcite and Vinterior.

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