Friday, March 25, 2011

Wallpaper Murals

I love the front center hallway of my house.  I especially love the color I painted the walls.  It’s Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White and it’s beautiful.  In fact, this room is probably one of my favorite in the house.  So, it’s strange that it’s completely empty.  I believe the first room a person enters should set the tone for the rest of the house, but I’m not living up to that philosophy.  I’ve moved more stuff in and out of this room than you can possibly imagine, but nothing has ever stuck.  The room is narrow so it can’t handle too much.  I’ve always thought about a pair of matching consoles on each wall.  I found the perfect pair in NYC a few years back and was too cheap to drop the cash.  A mistake. 

My latest idea is to wallpaper a mural in the entire room.  But, I’ve had bad experiences with wallpaper.  Years ago a friend and I found a cool magnolia wall paper border.  We thought it would look best if I cut out the pattern.  4782 hours later, I was finished and put it up in my bathroom.  It looked OK.  But, due to the intricate cut pattern the shit started curling up almost immediately.  From then on I’ve stuck with paint. 

A mural would make the room feel even larger, especially if I scatter around my Ghost chairs and then leave the room empty.  It also needs to be done in a more modern and update approach.  So, if I were to do a mural it would have to be traditional in feeling, but have a subtle twist.  Like images of pre ruin Pompeii, but all the people would be wearing IPods and Gucci loafers. 

I’ve researched murals on canvas, which means a custom hand painted design, so I might as well hope to have the house dipped in 18-carat gold.  I guess I’ll just keep staring at my Cornforth White walls.  I’d really hate to cover over them in the first place.


 


photo credit Andrew Bordwin

photo credit Roger Davies

photo credit Pieter Estersohn

photo credit Ricardo Labougle

photo credit Roger Davies

photo credit Simon Upton

photo credit Simon Upton

photo credit Roger Davies

photo credit Roger Davies

photo credit William Waldron

photo credit Fernando Bengoechea

6 comments:

  1. I love murals in old houses. I think they provide a great illusion of space and I think they'd look splendid in your front hallway. (Do you stairs come down toward the back of the house?)

    I'm particularly partial to the greyed down and grisaille murals like the ones in the Davies' images. I've considered trying to paint my own as I've never found any commercial sources with murals that I like. If you know of one, spill it.

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  2. Mr. Urban Cottage,
    Sorry but, I'm blank on a mural wallpaper source. Painting your own...hope you have plenty of drugs for that project!

    Yes, our stairs do come down at the back of the front hall.

    R

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  3. love murals tooo...and that glas chair. happy Friday!

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  4. the idea of a mural and just some ghost chairs in this area makes me extremely excited.

    what if you had some old images of murals or something of that nature blown up R E E E E A A A L big and hung them as panels or on canvases...like lauren of pure style home did: http://purestylehome.blogspot.com/2009/09/our-70s-split-redo-part-i-living-room.html

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  5. Our bedroom is Cornforth White and frankly, other than one piece of art on the wall, I'd rather keep it so - just soft grey and stunningly beautiful. Everything else in the room lives very well with the color.

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  6. Yes one of the greatest blog I ever seen. I am always fan of Wall Murals . They generally enhance the looks of your room and make it beautiful and elegant. I love all the ideas you had on the blog post. I especially like old maps as wallpaper. Good Job Admin

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