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5 authentic 1970s wallpaper designs from Schumacher – still available today


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

Iconic Leopard print wallpaper in Ebony and Natural from Schumacher
Iconic Leopard print wallpaper in Ebony and Natural from Schumacher — a 1970s pattern

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

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Schumacher Petit Feu wallpaper in Cadmium — a document pattern from the 1970s

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

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Schumacher Toile Tropique wallpaper in gold

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

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Schumacher Zanzibar Trellis wallpaper 1970s 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

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Schumacher Twiggy sisal wallpaper in Sky from Schumacher

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!



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