Quick – what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think photomural? Let me guess – a cheesy tropical sunset in your friend’s dad’s “finished” basement from the 70s. Am I close? Today I want to blow your mind with new ways to think about using wall murals that are far from Miami Vice.
Exhibit A:This kid’s room appears to have had nothing going on, and I mean nothing – no molding, low ceilings, not much natural light. The addition of the amazing Indian hall of mirrors images to the walls add depth and light and dynamism and take a dark, cramped room and transform it into a dazzling jewel box. Lucky kid to sleep in here!
Exhibit B:Look at how expansive this photograph makes this wall. It’s an excellent image to use as a mural because it is elegant and well composed and adds unexpected dimension to a flat wall. Consider something like this in a cramped or narrow space.
Exhibit C:This is the most creative wall of urinals I have ever seen (fellas, help me out if I am wrong…). I adore the juxtaposition of the field of wildflowers against the industrial steel and glass of the airport. This gem was designed by Arogruppen Arkitekter and is located in the Arlanda Airport in Stockholm (of course – it seems 75% of things I like are from Sweden). I tried to sneak in to see it for myself when I was at the airport this summer but that didn’t go so well. They cleverly printed this mural on tempered glass so it’s easier to, um, clean. Kinda makes me wish I had to stand up to pee…
Exhibit D:Our final example is by yours truly. I was invited to do a room in a designer showcase house and was given the son’s tiny bathroom. He was 13 at the time and this being southern California, he was into surfing and skateboarding. I went down to the offices of Surfer Magazine and after a little pleading, they very kindly let me pick out this image and reproduce it into wallpaper specifically designed to cover the ceiling and flow down onto the adjacent walls. The result was pretty cool and really made anyone who walked in there feel like they were riding inside the tube of a giant wave.
So, have I changed your mind/perspective on photomurals? Interested in getting one of your very own? A great place to start looking for options is at Surface View. You can chose from images they have pre-selected or select yourself from their extensive archives. Image how amazing this image would be covering an entire wall:Another way to go is to buy an image from Getty Images or even better, find one you have taken yourself and send it to the guys at Totally Custom Wallpaper. They were the guys I turned to for the surfer bathroom and were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. So next time you look at you bare walls and wonder, “What the hell am I going to put up there?”, consider a photomural. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
Images from top to bottom courtesy of Elle Decor, Vogue Living Australia, Interior Design, M. Design Interiors, Surface Views