Whether it's wood grain, tile, brick or marble, faux finish wallpaper designs are neat and nifty!
During the 1930's through the 1960's, experiments with printing techniques inspired wallpaper designers to try and replicate other types of surfaces. Many traditional textures, both naturual and manmade, became popular subjects with wallpaper manufacturers, spurring faux finishes to become a favorite inclusion in mid-century interiors. Wallpaper designers imitated with as much accuracy and visual interest as possible surfaces like brick and wood, challenging themselves to replicate the deep reliefs and nuances of color. These patterns tested a wallpaper designer's skills at translating highly textured 3D surfaces onto a 2D roll of paper. When recreating a tile or marble finish, manufacturers sometimes applied a thin layer of varnish over the top of the printed design. The varnish offered a glossy surface which contributated to the overall illusion of the design and also made for easy clean up in the kitchen or bathroom.
We love faux finish vintage wallpapers not only because of their historical value, but also because we are enamored with the playful mimickry of each design. Here's a look at some of our favorite textures: