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Where to Buy Quality Wallpaper Near Cambridge

Reproduction of an early 1800s pattern I used in my old house

Reproduction of an 1800s wallpaper pattern I used in my old house

Where to Buy Quality Wallpaper Near Cambridge    I’m a big fan of wallpaper – good wallpaper – and while on the Marblehead house tour this month I was delighted to see beautiful, historically accurate wallpaper in house after house.

Wallpaper has a bit of a bad reputation among home buyers unfortunately. In Cambridge you’re far more likely to see walls painted in the latest designer colors.

Granted, there’s plenty of bad wallpaper out there.  We went through a long spell where much of the mass produced wallpaper was borderline tacky.  As with paint you have to be careful to get it just right.

Wallpaper done right is a joy – whether it’s the perfect antique reproduction pattern for your old house or quality papers selected by a designer. And vintage wallpaper is an instant draw for me – I’ve bought more than one house after falling in love with the intact old wall paper.

I’ve been on a wallpaper quest ever since I bought my first old house and have spent hours poring over pattern books, chasing down patterns spotted in decorating magazines, always on the lookout for new sources of quality wallpaper. I’m a purist – only paper wall paper will do – no vinyl for me no matter how appealing the pattern.  And that cuts out at least 90% of what’s available today.  Luckily some European companies and a few specialized American manufacturers are still producing patterns on paper.

So I’m always interested in finding new sources to feed my fixation. And when I saw all that beautiful paper in Marblehead I figured there had to be a local store.  Sure enough our guide filled me in on the place to go on the North Shore.

Best Places to Buy Wallpaper Near Cambridge

Norman Wallpaper and Paint in Vinnin Square in Swampscott, MA came highly recommended by our gracious host. And judging by what I was seeing on the house tour this store has top quality options.  The store’s telephone number is 781-596-0345.

A real estate agent in my office turned me on to Waltham Wallpaper and Paint when I was obsessing over a pattern I spotted in a Somerville Victorian.  Sure enough, the fine folks in Waltham were able to track it down for me. When I’m finally ready to paper that bedroom it’s Waltham I’ll go to. They’ve got an excellent selection of companies’ books on their shelves – “the widest selection of wallpaper books in New England” – and are very helpful.  Their phone number is 781-893-3732.

When I went on my first wallpaper quest Phillips Hardware in West Concord had a fine selection of pattern books and was where I bought the paper above. Nowadays the store is no longer a full-service hardware store and instead is called Phillips Fine Paint and Wallcovering. Their telephone number is 978-369-3606.

If you know more places where you can buy quality wallpaper near Cambridge please let me know!

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