Ich brauch’ Tapetenwechsel: I need a change of wallpaper.
In beloved German singer Hildegard Knef’s 1970 song, a birch tree longs for a change of scene: I need a change of wallpaper, I need a breath of fresh air around my crown, I don’t want to stand in line anymore!
Wallpaper is the backdrop to our lives; it sets the scene. It might only be a thin surface, but the feeling of a space depends on it. Sometimes it’s garish and disorienting; sometimes it’s a pretty pattern hiding an unfortunate stain. It can be familiar, nostalgic, homely – or perhaps it’s just a little tired and you want to peel it all off: eager for a change of scene.