3.26.2009

Hooked on Murals? We'll See

Wall murals? The mere thought evokes ghastly mental images of decorating gone terribly wrong. Or, do you think 70's time capsule? It was not until I saw a photo of a room in the UK edition of Elle Decoration magazine, that changed the way I envisioned their use. It was funky, fun and in this case, retro (like me!).
I immediately set out to paste into action, a forest scene for one of our guest bedrooms. It was a way for me to bring a bit of the Pacific Northwest with me to Texas. I really dislike 'theme' rooms, so the plan was to mix it up. I found a 60's chrome & patent leather chair, a teak danish modern credenza, & leaned far away from the 'themed room' philosophy. I did my internet research long & hard before finally deciding upon that 'just right' wall mural. Prices vary & it turned out that ebay was not the cheapest route for me. I opted for Creative Wallcovering.com.

Artistic homeowner.com has a mass selection of images from all over the world. My pick, Edinburgh castle. I would be tempted to theme it up a wee bit with some anglo saxon/gaelic detail!. Pottery Barn Teen has a good selection of murals appropriate for your teen, but often some appropriate for adult spaces. My daughter Emily opted for her own artistic rendition of a wall mural utilizing magazine ads from all her favorite labels & designers. Odd enough, my mother said she did that very thing to her bedroom walls as a teen, 60 years ago.
My favorite image is that of the photo below with the bright yellow sofa. Taking a mural & framing it in several same sized frames is glorious against that wall. How about an office space, or child's room with a world map?
Imagination is what it's all about. I took a step backwards to make sure that imagination of mine didn't get the best of me. Do you like murals?
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Have a 'frugalistic' but fabulous Friday.

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Wall Mural of Magazine Advert's

Daughter Emily's First Mural Endeavor for her Bath


Guest Bedroom's Forest Wall Mural - Bringing the Pacific NW to Texas

PB Teen - Count Down Wall Mural $99.

PB Teen - Camp Rock 'Play My Music ' Wall Mural sale price $129.

PBT - 'Play My Music' - Wall Mural

Cottage Living image

A Mad Tea Party with Alis image

Edinburgh Castle Photographic Wall Mural -Artistic Homeowner.com

Interior photo of Blattgold Cafe & Bar -Hanover/ Decor 8 image

Office or Child's Room/Nursery Perhaps? Available @ 1-World Maps online

6 comments:

kate said...

Wow mom! I think this is one of your best articles yet! I love the pics of Em's bathroom. It looks like it turned out great and the rest of the murals are really neat looking. I have to say, the NW one is my favorite!!

DesignTies said...

I think murals can look really nice if they're done well and aren't too "themey". To me, the mural should be the backdrop for the design, not the whole design.

I really like how you used the tree mural in your guest bedroom. The little shelves with the vases add a cool dimension. And the teak credenza looks great against the trees :-)

Your daughter's mural looks colourful and vibrant and fun :-) I'm guessing she's into fashion?? ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

DesignTies said...

Thanks for participating in our first Rewind Wednesday :-)

I remember most of these murals from your original post, but not all of them -- love the "Play The Music" mural. Being a writer, I have this odd attraction to letters and words!! And the two-piece tree mural behind the yellow sofa is cool :-)

So yes, I like murals :-)

Kelly

Mere said...

Fantastic stuff - if you are ever in the S. Cali area - let me know! www.MuralsByMere.com

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