The Wallpaper Book by Geneviève Brunet

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Anyone who’s ever looked at a design blog or Pinterest knows that wallpaper — patterned, bold, colorful, subtle, relaxing — is back in a big way, and probably will be around for years to come. “The Wallpaper Book” by Geneviève Brunet published this year by the fabulous Thames & Hudson will make any wallpaper lover melt with envy (yet also inspire and motivate!).

Everyone knows how popular wallpaper has become again in interiors, but what of its history? What of its future? The Wallpaper Book aims to inform as well as inspire with its over 300 illustrations and color photos that trace wallpaper’s start with handcrafted papiers peints during the 18th century all the way through the industrious Arts and Crafts movement through modernism and that colorful bold Mid-Century time of Pop Art and more.

It’s not all about the past, though. Brunet talks about contemporary wallpaper designs and artists…the looks that are shaping interiors currently. It talks about the new ways in which current designers are reinterpreting this traditional art, and how homeowners are using wallpaper in ways never thought of or dreamed of before.

Practically, you’ll find some lists of where to go to get wallpaper by country and also learn about the wallpaper collections that exist around the world. You’ll also pick up a ton of inspiration for your own home if you’ve been itching to add some color and pattern in a way that paint just can’t do! Find more information and purchase this book at Thames & Hudson.

Comment on THIS post for a chance to win this awesome book about wallpaper. We’ll choose the winners at random and announce next week! (And don’t forget to leave away to contact you, like an email address, when you comment!)

And may we also shamelessly promote the fact that 2Modern has a pretty kickin’ modern wallpaper selection from names like Graham & Brown, Aimee Wilder, Flavor Paper, Eskayel and more. 

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  1. ann

    May 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Pick me! I love it.

  2. Emily

    May 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I need this book in my life

    • Adrienne Breaux

      May 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Hah! Good luck! We want to bring you books that you need in your life.

  3. Annie

    May 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm


  4. Emmylou

    May 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I would love this book, I have a wall paper obsession!

  5. Danielle Mulholland

    May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Yes please! I need this for my new coffee table! ;)

  6. Autumn

    May 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful! Need it for my coffee table!

  7. Jill Olson

    May 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I would LOVE to use this books to spark backdrop inspirations in my photography!!

  8. Anna TerAvest

    May 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Highly inspirational and visually interesting volume! The photos are beautiful. A must have for a graphic print lover like me!

  9. N Black

    May 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    as not just an appreciator and aspirer but a wallpaper haver (3 kinds of wallpaper in my home), i would love a copy of this book to not just pretty up my coffee table but to coerce my faint-hearted friends to install some in their homes :)

  10. Bryan Xu

    May 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Design books! I love and collect these whenever I can. It is so great to browse through them!

  11. Melissa

    May 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I would love this book!

  12. Cheryl Heator

    May 8, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Everyone needs a little wallpaper in their life! As an interior designer & wallpaper hanger, I present wallpaper options to all my clients; many don’t realize how different wallpaper is now from their memories of Grandma’s house :)

  13. Anna

    May 8, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I want to be inspired
    With every single page
    In book i will admire
    The one that`s well arranged

  14. Deedra Richmond

    May 8, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I would love to put this on the coffee table I plan to buy from 2Modern :)

  15. digitalpaperdoll

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

    This book looks lovely! Although it’s emphasis is on wallpaper, from the glimpses you’ve given us from the pages within it appears as if it lends to great design inspiration in general :)

  16. Kathleen

    May 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I am obsessed with wall coverings! I love and need this book!

  17. Autumn Riannon

    May 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Ooooh! It’s nice that fun and well-designed wallpaper has come back to life. Please send me hat book! Thank you!

  18. Jen

    May 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Wallpaper has a reputation to overcome but therecare such beautiful patterns and textures now!

  19. Maddie

    May 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Love this! So much inspiration!

  20. Mamavalveeta03

    May 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

    This post is very timely for me since I’ve been considering papering my teeny tiny jewelbox of a bathroom. Lots of inspiration here! valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

  21. Holly Harris

    May 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The Wallpaper Book would be a great addition to my studios’ library, especially with the current trending toward a stronger popularity of the use of papers. I specialize in hospitality, designing with a sense of place, and as a very visual designer my design ‘jump off point’ is typically from inspiration sparked by a fabric, wallpaper or texture that embraces the general concept. I love how classic wallpaper with a twist embellish a space keeping it fresh and modern with a touch of a classic feel.

  22. aurora

    May 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Coffee Table book! Love Love Love!

  23. Michael G

    May 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Looks like an interesting read.

  24. matt forget

    May 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Very nice book

  25. Laura

    May 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

    This looks great. I will be sure to pick up a copy. Thanks.

  26. Monty Stutzman

    May 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’m so glad wallpaper is making a comeback! An under appreciated design element for so many years. This book would be a great addition to my library as well as give me inspiration for my own home.

  27. Rachelle

    May 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I could really use this for my book collection!

  28. Naomi

    May 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Looking forward to flipping through this one for inspiration.

  29. Lindsey Howard

    May 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

    As an Interior Designer, I am currently obsessed with wallpaper…would love to own this beautiful book!

  30. Victoria

    May 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’m sure there are a lot of inspiring ideas in this one!

  31. matt forget

    May 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    very nice book.

  32. christina

    May 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    perfect inspiration for my new apartment.

  33. Alexandrea Morton

    May 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Thats lovely, and I’ve wanted to work with wallpaper for non wall projects for a long time!

  34. matt

    May 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

    were the winners announced?

  35. matt

    May 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    only twitter entries were winners?

    • Adrienne Breaux

      May 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Not at all! That’s just where I announced the winners! (I didn’t want to use a FB post to announce…sorry!). After emailing all the winners and hearing back from them, I announced on Twitter! I can go update the individual posts with the winner info right now!

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