I love wallpaper. Always have. I still remember the flowered kind that covered the walls in the bedroom I shared with my little sister in the 1950s. My mama hung a picture of Jesus in there. I remember that so vividly. I think she thought He would protect us while we slept. The wallpaper looked something like this.
Back then, everyone used wallpaper and it must not have been something only for the privileged like it seems to be now because my parents didn’t have squat. That paper had to be awfully cheap and I remember how my mama and daddy pasted it on the walls themselves.
To me wallpaper is like clothes for the walls.
It can set a mood. Fun? Sassy? Daring? Elegant?
Bordello? Funeral parlor? Romantic?
AND THEN THERE ARE VIBRANT WALLPAPER MURALS.
Wallpaper was the only covering for walls in the old west. If they weren’t wallpapered, they were bare because sheet rock wasn’t invented yet.
In Twice a Texas Bride, Rand Sinclair buys a rundown ranch. Everything needs tons of work and the house is no exception. After he finds Callie Quinn hiding in one of his outbuildings in the dead of winter and hires her to cook for him, he talks her into sitting in the parlor with him. One night while relaxing by the fire after a long cold day, he asks her opinion about how to fix up the house.
Callie tells him she had once gone into a fancy hotel in Kansas City and fell in love with the wallpaper in the lobby. It was a very elegant design in gold. Rand decides then and there that he’s going to put that in the parlor. If he gets the house fixed up real nice, maybe she’ll stay. I think this sample is closest to what she described.