Wallpaper Detail

Wallpaper was probably the most popular form of interior decoration for the Victorians as mass production techniques pioneered in the era made it affordable to the middle classes.

Lincrusta is a form of relief wallpaper that has been used in the circulation space of College Green House. It was invented in 1877 and is made by mixing linseed oil, gums, resins and wax with wood pulp. This mixture is then forced through two rollers, one of which is engraved to produce the embossed effect. Once applied to the wall it can be painted, glazed or gilded. It was the first washable wall covering.

The popularity of Lincrusta paper in the Victorian period came from its durability and its ability to introduce an ornate, opulent feel in a room for a reasonable price.


Using a long lasting, hardwearing wall covering like lincrusta ensures you do not need to redecorate regularly, saving you money and reducing the amount of waste you are sending to landfill.

Heavy wall coverings also have good insulation properties.