Mid century decorators knew a tried and true way to achieve color harmony in their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens: Choose a delightfully patterned wallpaper and use its professionally curated color combinations to select colors for the rest of the room. Want to take things over the absolute top? Match fabrics to your wallpaper on: curtains, slipcovers, coverlets, bed canopies — we’ve even seen fabric-upholstered ceilings — this time capsule house is a stellar example [linked estate sale photos are still there too]! Over on ebay, I spotted this matchy-matchy Waverly Glosheen fabric and wallpaper — reminding me what a fantastic combo such a look makes. Sellers spacejunk88 gave me permission to showcase the photos — and the listing right here — so let’s take a look at the loveliness — so rare to find vintage wallpaper and matching fabric like this together, I think.
I love that the seller loves the graphics on all this New Old Stock as much as I do. The name “Glosheen” suggests this fabric is ‘polished cotton’, which I also believe is the same as chintz. (Is there a difference?) That is, there is a shiny coating that gives the fabric a glow… a sheen. But ask the seller to make sure. There are 8 yards of fabric still available — but originally, there were 50 yards. Can you imagine!
The seller suggests this stash was manufactured c. 1952-1953. If the project can handle it — like in my office — I don’t trim the printing that edges the wallpaper. I like to see the printing!
- Did you know: Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers has some of their wallpaper designs on Spoonflower. Order the wallpaper from Bradbury, and the matching fabric from their Spoonflower site.
- Other companies — including Waverly, I think — also make some matching wallpapers and fabrics, although finding a vintage look can be tough.
Thanks, atomicspacejunk88, for use of the photos — we hope this lovely find finds a happy new home!
Meanwhile, does anyone have just the right project — kitchen valance and matching curtains, perhaps? — for this fab vintage find? Nab it here:
- 8 yards of Waverly Glosheen wallpaper and 1 roll of matching wallpaper for sale on ebay. Alas: Now sold, went for $200, it appears.