The thought of a mural can often conjure up awkwardly painted kids rooms, at least with me it can. However at the same time I love the dreamy interiors of grand houses where walking into a room is like walking into a dream. There’s a middle ground of course, glorious murals can now be purchased as wallpaper and voila, you can transport your room to another dimension.
As you may be aware by now I am slightly in love with trees, nature in general helps me breathe deeply and gives a calming sense of relief. This lush forest features some Regency ladies relaxing underneath its epic canopy of leaves.
What a stunning room, the structure itself is noteworthy, every surface has exotic birds in flight, peppered amongst the leaves. Known as the Birdcage Room in Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire circa 1760.
These pictures hold a world of wonder, oh to be a child in that room! The imagination would run wild. Boschereccia, or “Little Wood”, dates back to 1810 and is one of the finest examples of garden style trompe-l’oeil from the early 19th century.
Equally as grand but more up to date, you can cover your walls with marble. Silvered greys and copper flecks add depth to an otherwise plain room.
Keeping it monochrome, your humble home can rival the interiors of Italian masters – well almost.
Bringing the bright back we have this vibrant mural in the Arroyo Hotel, Buenos Aires. Local artist Eloísa Ballivian was responsible for the beautiful 10 metre hand-painted mural, it took two months to complete.
Forest green wafts up the walls in this watercolour mural. Brilliantly bold, I think I would team it up with deep blue wood work and golden accents.
If in doubt follow the masters, Van Gogh’s painting of almond branches adorns this wall. That shade of blue is mesmerising.
Into the woods again, this painted tree brilliantly merges ceiling and walls. The dark furniture adds to the drama.
So many shades of green, who could count. A tropical paradise lining the walls.
In a totally different style, the everyday becomes wall art here. Avital Pudinsky, from Tel-Aviv, hand drew this wall with her marker pen. Nine hours with no planning or sketches, just whatever came to mind. I love the impact it makes.
A more modern take on the forest room. This paper mural brings drama and depth, perfectly paired with velvets and silk accents.
Wow, serious wow. This mural is based on the Dutch painter Jan Davidsz de Heem’s artwork and is pretty mind blowing.
And there you have it, some walls to inspire. With so many modern builds lacking soul, murals can be a great way to bring the drama!