In 1989, two years after I graduated from college, I got a job as an editor for an interior design trade magazine. The focus of the publication was wallpaper, or “wallcoverings,” as it was referred to in those days. Homeowners at the time installed wallpaper, and very often, a coordinating border, on almost every wall, even, on occasion, on the ceilings of their homes. It was dizzying, in retrospect, with a sea of floral, stripe, trellis, or ribbon patterns washing over from one wall to the next, and the next, and the next. It was all very fussy, and almost enough to make you a little seasick.
The decorating buzzword of the day was “coordinating,” as in: “Every decorative item in the room — from the wallpaper, border, and comforter to the billowy fabric window shade and valance, wastepaper basket, and tissue box — must match.” Wallcoverings manufacturers made wallpapers that could be ordered with all these coordinating items, and more.