Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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The image features a mural miniature by Joan Miro called "El Sol" or the Sun. Please scroll down for a further discussion of this wallpaper mural.
A Miró of Your Very own
A version of this post was originally published on June 4, 2017.   This is a repost from an earlier year, but it seemed appropriate for the warm summer weather currently being experienced across the United States. It is called El Sol, or the Sun, and it is printed in primarily cool colors which seems...
Image shows a wallpaper border that is embossed and die-cut paper with an image of grapes hanging from a trellis. Please scroll down for further information on this border paper.
Die-cut to Perfection: New Trend in Borders
Presenting an unusual wallpaper border that reflects both the current wall fashion and the use of new technology. This paper border is embossed and die-cut, with many open or pierced areas within the design. The border consists of large bunches of purple grapes hanging on the vine with green-colored foliage. The vine is suspended from...
Image features a wallpaper with a dense pattern of tree tops or foliage. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Up a Tree, Decoratively Speaking
This design of tree canopies is an unusual subject matter for a wallpaper but it makes more sense when put in context. I’m not sure where this was intended to be used but it seems appropriate for a hallway, den, or maybe a breakfast room. Just another way to bring nature, or thoughts of nature,...
Image features a modernist wallpaper design with vases of stylized flowers against a white background. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Modernist Wall Flowers
This is a fun, modernist wallpaper design most likely intended for a kitchen or breakfast nook. The high contrast colors, and the expanses of plain white background, give this design a very clean and fresh look. Three different bouquets of very stylized red flowers, each in a different vase on a shelf, is set against...
Image features wallpaper border with stars and stripes-patterned bunting enframing the Federal Capital Building, with an eagle perched below. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Stars and Stripes for the Wall, or Window
I thought while everyone is in the Fourth of July holiday mode it is a good time to write about a patriotic wallpaper, or rather a border. Since I’ve already written in years past about the firecracker wallpaper created for the American Bicentennial, and a scene from Views of the American War of Independence showing...
Image shows a floral medallion wallpaper reminiscent of the early 1900s. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Dating is in the Details
The 1950s produced wallpapers that fell into a number of different design genres, ranging from modern to kitsch to traditional styles. This paper definitely falls under the latter category. If it wasn’t for the word “WASHABLE” printed in the selvedge it could easily be confused with a wallpaper produced around 1900. With its repetition of...
Image features wallpaper with a variety of white aircraft against a blue background. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Wings Over America
Thought it was time to write about another children’s wallpaper. This is a post-war wallpaper, probably one of the first to be produced following the moratorium on new designs during the war. It took manufacturers about a year to get up to speed and introduce their first collections. This design shows a variety of different...
Image features a floral stripe wallpaper brightly colored in pinks and greens. Please scroll down to read the blog about this wallpaper.
A Perky Floral Stripe
Here is a perky design that seemed appropriate for a summer post. Printed in shades of pink and green this floral stripe pattern is quite striking in its intensity. While this all but screams late 1960s it is a fun design that could work beautifully in a maximalist interior today. Different shades and hues of...
Image features a pastel-colored wallpaper with a tile or block pattern. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this wallpaper.
Softly Tiled Walls
I thought this was a charming pattern, with its pastel-colored geometric background pattern reminiscent of tilework. The scrolling white lines covering the surface give the design a textural look, softening the appearance of all the hard lines. They also remind me of the Sno Ball pastries with the coconut-covered exterior. This was a very inexpensive...