Wallpaper & Ceilings

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Period-appropriate wallpaper and ceiling designs for historic homes, including Arts & Crafts wallpapers, fabric wallpapers, historic reproduction wallpaper, borders, decorative ceilings, ceiling medallions and murals. 

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Early Victorian wallpaper

Old-House Wallpaper Surprises

Unexpected old-house wallpaper selections from our familiars.

Brilliant green and a subtle Chinoiserie design mark de Gournay’s ‘Earlham’, hand-painted on dyed silk.

Scenic Wallpaper

Hand-painted and wood block-printed wallpapers surround us with historical scenes, both real and imagined, or they can bring the panoramic outdoors to rooms inside.

Chinese wallpaper

Playful Art Deco Style

Exotic wallpapers are just one surprise in this playful Art Deco apartment.

Thomas Strahan wallpaper

Fabric & Wallpaper Prints

See pretty fabric and wallpaper prints that are perfect for a new old house.

Farrow and Ball’s new wallpaper collection.

Blue Wallpapers

A curated collection of blue wallpapers.

Contemporary patterns from the American Home Stencils historical collection include stylized wheat, a floral Scandinavian kurbits design, and thistles.

Wallpaper Past, Present, Perfect

Patterns and prints current more than two centuries ago are still fresh and lively today.

Authentic reproductions of ‘Acanthus’, ‘Bramble’, William Morris Wallpaper

William Morris Wallpaper & Textiles

Historic William Morris wallpapers and textiles feature patterns that never go out of style.

Lighthearted birds and flowers decorate the parlor ceiling, accomplished with stencils and freehand painting.

Decorated Ceilings and Walls

The amazing decorating possibilities of the only unbroken plane in the room, from a subtle tint to Victorian paper pastiche, then to ornamental restraint between Arts & Crafts beams. We explore the many styles of decorated ceilings and walls.

Everard Damask, from Adelphi's Colonial Williamsburg collection

Guide to Reproduction Wallpaper

These companies offer authentic wallpaper patterns for houses from the colonial era to the mid-20th century.

Steve Jordan touches up a medallion in the double parlors of the Landmark Society of Western New York.

How To Decorate with Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are decorative features attached to a ceiling, suspended from the floor joists of the space above, give character to an often overlooked space.

A digitally printed frieze was commissioned from Bradbury & Bradbury for a Seattle dining room.  Photo: William Wright

All About Wallpaper Friezes

How to divide and decorate your walls for a period look.

arts and crafts wallpaper

Arts and Crafts Wallpaper

A detailed look at Arts and Crafts wallpaper's history and prevalent design motifs.

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Decorative Ceilings That Inspire

Classic decorative ceilings are typically embellished with color, striping, cast plaster ornaments, corner fans, borders, specialty papers, or murals.

Colonial-style wallpaper lights up a stairwell in a summer house in Maine.

Guide to 20th-Century Wallpaper

Your guide to exploring 20th-century wallpaper for your old house.

Dominant motifs that created repeating diamond shapes when viewed from a distance was another way in which wallpaper could present diaper patterns, as seen on this example from the late-18th-century Phelps-Hatheway house in Suffield, Connecticut.

Evolution of Wallpaper Patterns

See how wallpaper patterns have progressed over time.

tin ceiling

Tin Ceilings Pressed in Time

A look at the history and manufacturing of decorative tin ceilings explains their appeal at the turn of the last century, as well as today.

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Jonas More House: Eye-Opening Wallpaper Designs

View different wallpaper designs at Jonas More House.

Plaster? The dome ceiling is embellished with J.P. Weaver's pliable "Petitsin" compo ornaments. The small medallion is Focal Point's egg-and-dart pattern #833 in polyurethane.

New Options for Decorative Ceilings

Easy to install and inexpensive options for decorative ceilings are cropping up everywhere.

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