Why keep anything plain looking around when it could look like these. So much more fun. Plates from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London. A. Goater, lithographer.

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“Border elements of the new style. The upper may run around the architrave of a door or window, or be used in many ways as a border. The lower is suitable for a dado-rail, or, if enlarged, for a frieze.” Plate 5, page V. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/V/mode/2up
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“Grotesque dado-rail. Being formed of the hare, this is specially suited to a dining-room. Various animals may be introduced in a similar manner.” Plate 7, Page VII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VII/mode/2up
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“Diaper pattern founded on flowers. These are suitable for stencilling on the walls of rooms. They may be varied, and even simplified, in color.” Plate 8 and page VIII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIII/mode/2up
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“An all-over pattern, suitable for a wall.” Plate 9 and page IX. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIX/mode/2up

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