Trend alert! Soviet wallpaper

Well sort of. An acquaintance of ours is moving into a do-er up-er and sharing on FB pictures of the radically mismatched 70s swirly carpets, a different pattern in each room. Same with the wallpaper. Looks like a set from the Albert Square B&B. And you know what? While she’s getting busy with the steam machine and scraper, here at MFH we’re declaring a trend!

Soviet wallpaper

We’ve had a board on our Pinterest for yonks featuring mismatched patterns, but I have a feeling that finally taste might be catching up with us. Minimalism, Scandi, Hygge… surely we’ll be reacting against this cool good-taste soon with cosy, cobbled together styles that resemble the homes of our grannies. A sort of post-Brexit Botch if you will, made up of this and that, whatever is to hand.

mismatched wallpaper

For a bit of inspiration, check out this interesting feature on my new favourite waste of time, Atlas Obscura. It’s a set of photographs of East German and Soviet wallpaper, layer upon layer of history – newspaper included – being peeled back.

Soviet Wallpaper

Where I go to yoga they have used a similar aesthetic – removing paper as far as it is easy, but leaving bits that ain’t shifting where they stand. There’s a lovely bit of Jack-n-Jill kids wallpaper from the 60s right by where you hang your coats. Its comforting, a bit of nostalgia, a bit of leaving-things-be. Trust us, it’s a trend a-coming. Great news for anyone about to move into a 70s timewarp. Step away from the steamer. You’re perfect as you are.

One Response to “Trend alert! Soviet wallpaper”

  1. Jens Hælspore
    November 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Very interesting project!
    I actually like the wallpaper from Vogelsang Soviet base, East Germany. It would be cool to have on one wall in a room.
    Thanks for the inspiration

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