July 30, 2013

Design idea: Retro wallpaper.

Since we moved, I thought it would be fun to try out some new decorating ideas in our new house. I recently posted the above photo of some 1960's wallpaper I had put up on one wall in my bedroom and many of you inquired about where I found wallpaper that was in such good condition, so I thought I would share a few options with you today. Unfortunately, the wallpaper I purchased from this Etsy shop has since sold out (sorry guys!) but not to worry because there are still many cute retro wallpapers available on Etsy.

It is also important to remember that when working with wallpapers that are 40-50 years old that their adhesive is probably a little bit worse for the wear. When I put up my wallpaper (with the help and advice from my lovely dad) I used an adhesive called Metylan Wallpaper Paste and it worked like a dream! Just be sure you take extra care to insure that your pattern lines up properly, then you're golden.

I also only did the one feature wall in my bedroom to act as kind of a focal point for the headboard of my bed. I am really pleased with how it turned out, and I definitely think that less is more when it comes to bright bold prints (ie: one focal wall is better than an entire room devoted to that print.) I made sure to keep my bedding and curtains neutral and am really happy with the overall look!

Here are some more cute wallpapers from the 1960's & 70's that are still currently available that I think would make a great addition to your vintage homes, should you be so daring to try:
(click the numbers at the bottom to go to the shops)

Shop here:
1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9.  10.  11.  12.

It really does make a space more cozy and inviting! I absolutely love spending time in here.
Happy wallpapering friends! 
XO, Stef


  1. I love these prints! I've been wanting to do one wall in my bedroom, as well! Also, can we talk about that lamp? It's gorgeous!

    Ladyface Blog

  2. I love all those prints!
    I can't wait to get my own house/flat and decorate it all how I want, it's going to be so fun! Aha!
    Danielle xo


  3. Love it!

  4. I love 3, 4, 7 & 10! So cute. Feels like stepping into my grandparent's house.. and I love that :)

    Love the accent wall too. So cute! What a lovely space.

    Alex from www.polkadottedpixels.com

  5. Ah i love it so much, the yellow is gorgeous! x

  6. Love it! We just covered two walls of our house in vintage wall paper - it looks fantastic!
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  7. That looks really great! I love the examples you posted but I'd be so afraid of having to move and not having the awesome paper anymore. If only everything could last forever.

  8. Oh, I'm loving that wallpaper has become trendy again! I rent, so it's kind of scary to put it on the walls, but I'm considering it!

  9. So gorgeous!
    If I wasn't a renter, I'd wallpaper everything!
    We also have textured walls here so even if the landlord allowed it, it'd be a nightmare.

  10. I loved this when you posted it on IG. I always shied away from bold vintage prints because they seem so overwhelming to cover a room in. The single wall really pops when combined with simple white walls in the rest of the room. Now, to talk my husband into it....;)

  11. OMG these patterns are gorgeous! All of them, so cheerful and colorful, just can picture myself on the couch, staring at the walls for hours!
    Thanks for this little not full of colors and joy!
    Kisses from Paris!

  12. I just bought a roll of vintage wallpaper. I need to find a place for it soon. Hopefully this will give me the push to finish it this week. :)


  13. I love vintage sheets! They have similar patterns!


  14. I absolutely adore number 8. It is perfect for my kitchen. I am in the middle of renovation and I am so happy that I have found your post. Best regards!