I've heard, read, seen that wallpaper is making a come back. It seems to come and go every 20 years or so. It think it was last popular back in the 80's or very early 90's.
Living in a vintage (1920) house, there is a lot of wallpaper buried beneath layers and layers of paint. Obviously, at one time, it was extremely popular to just paint right over the paper. Not sure what that was all about! Both of our upstairs bedrooms have a floral wall paper buried under the paint. The one room is kind of a cute, pink, floral paper... very vintage looking. It would be kind of cool to have it in that bedroom but I'm sure if I tried to peel the paint away, well let's just say I probably wouldn't have a good end result!
That said, I do like the look of old, vintage wallpaper. Shortly after we moved to Red Gate Farm, I came a cross a magazine where one of the photos had a really cool vintage looking wallpaper. This particular line happened to be a whole line based on vintage designs and colors from the 20's to the 40's. I found the source and ordered one double roll (only way it was sold) for around $75, thinking I would use it in our open area upstairs. I really loved the colors... aqua, creamy white and kind of a pale bronzey/tan tone. I thought if I put this paper on just one wall, the wall where you can also see into both upstairs bedrooms, I could then paint those bedrooms in a color out of this paper, tie it all together. The tan color I've used elsewhere on trim in my house went really well with the paper too.
Well, fast forward a couple of years and I still hadn't "hung the paper". Finally one week my mom came over to help, and we got it up. It was fortunate that I had the double roll, since the pattern is fairly large there was a lot of waste in matching up the pattern. The decision to only do one wall was good, both financially and since it is kind of busy and this space is fairly small it would have been rather overwhelming.
I didn't think it was too bad for my first try....
until I realized we'd hung it upside down! Good think it's a floral and most people don't notice unless I point it out!
Chris at Red Gate Farm