If you want to add 1970s design flair to your home, no need to reinvent history when iconic designs — like these five 1970s wallpapers from Schumacher’s archives — are available today. Schumacher is a storied company with a rich history, and I’ve featured some of their other historic wallpapers. So, in my continuing quest to document mid century and postmodern era document wallpapers, I checked with the company to see — if any patterns that were trending in the 70s — are featured in their current collection, trending again today. We get five patterns — will any of them surprise you?
Schumacher “Iconic Leopard” print 1970s wallpaper
Above: It’s interesting to know that Schumacher introduced their “Iconic Leopard” wallpaper in the 1970s. The pattern is available in three other colorways.
Schumacher Petit Feu 70s wallpaper
Above: Petit Feu comes in three colorways. Schumacher says:
Originally introduced in the 1970s, Petit Feu is a modern interpretation of a traditional Bargello flame stitch.
Schumacher Toile Tropique – a 1970s reproduction wallpaper
Above: The Toile Tropique pattern is also a fresh (1970s) take on a classic style, toile du jouy. Three colorways.
Schumacher Zanzibar Trellis 70s reproduction wallpaper
Above: Schumacher Zanzibar Trellis, another wallpaper design from the 1970s archive, also brings a formal sense of the sun into an interior. Schumacher explains:
Inspired by Elsie de Wolfe’s trellised rooms, this fretwork pattern was introduced in the 1970s.
For a sun porch? Or a dining room? Wallpapers like this have probably … never gone out of style. In eight colorways.
Schumacher Twiggy wallpaper — 1970s showing an Asian influence
Above: This 1970s Schumacher Twiggy pattern is one of two colorways and sisal and, as I count ’em, in 12 other colorways on paper. This look is very of the moment ‘2021, I think. Wallpaper has been back, big time, for the past year or two. I approve!
1970s interior design was some of the most fabulous ever — full of flamboyance — but as these papers demonstrate, sophistication, too. Thank you, Schumacher, for the research and photos!