"Throughout history, walls have always been either lavishly ornate or austerely stark."
"With the colonization of America, homes reflected a more simple way of living. Solid whitewashed walls took over. As affluency flourished, so did decoration, and heavily patterned wallpaper became stylish. Its popularity remained until almost twenty years ago, when wallpaper was discarded for gallons of pastel paint. Recently wall coverings again have become in vogue. Now the list includes leather, aluminum foil, and plastic."
JamieFriday Back When is a weekly feature highlighting images and text from vintage decorating books. Today’s exert is from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement Volume 1 A-AME