A little Bit Of Italy..DIY & Wallpaper Design.
Decorating a room all comes down to personal choice, and shows your innate creativity with DIY..But when you come up against a room that struggles with an identity crises, then the creative juices really need to flow..
The art of Wallpaper Murals might just be the answer to the problem...
- An Italian Design With A View....DIY Style.
- Looking For Inspiration...Wall Murals..
- My Dream Of A Garden Room...Room Identity..
- Just Add A Pergola..
- Lighting Is The Key To Good Design..
- What Can Be Achieved.....Wallpaper With Attitude.
An Italian Design With A View....DIY Style.
Have you ever found yourself looking at a difficult area in your home, and scratching your head, wondering just what you are suppose to do with it? If you haven't, then you are lucky indeed my friend, but for almost 30 years I have been doing just that...
Every room in your home should have an identity...usually not a difficult issue to resolve, but in our small Victorian Stone built cottage, I was faced with a mighty headache.
This particular headache happened to be a long narrow Extension that had been added to the cottage ten years before we bought it, which served as a corridor that lead from the kitchen/diner through to the ground-floor Bathroom. The corridor also contained an exterior door, leading out into a small garden courtyard, so was used as a heavy traffic area as well..
We replaced the old decaying sloping roof with a double perspex one to emit natural light as it was such a dark and dreary area. This immediately improved the mood and visual lighting of the corridor.
The rear wall is 9ft tall, sloping down to 7ft on the opposite side. It is 12ft in length from kitchen door to the Bathroom. At the widest point it is approximately 6ft in width..and badly lacked an identity. The corridor was just a walk-through, getting from A to B and that was that.
Now you can see why the constant head scratching as I struggled for some kind of design idea to make it a little more pleasing to the eye..
Looking For Inspiration...Wall Murals..
I had tried various decorative ideas, but nothing really worked, and to be honest, I was just about to give up..
Artistic by nature, I have a flare and an eye for design, so to be beaten by a narrow corridor that was neither one thing or another was galling to say the least.
And then I saw the light! Sometimes something just goes 'ping' in your head, that 'lightbulb moment' as it is often called, and inspiration suddenly blossomed.
I needed a Mural!
Yes, it was that simple...Wall paper Murals are an inexpensive way to add visual interest, a false sense of dimension, almost a Trompe l'oeil effect in fact. I had the wall space to spare..(not something you find very often in English houses as compared to property in the States, ours are considered tiny in comparison), and a corridor crying out for 'something' to give it a bit of life and an identity of its very own.
Once the idea had seeded itself in my head, there was no stopping me, and straight away I was off scrolling through Wallpaper Mural designs on the internet...The World was at my fingertips and all I had to do was locate the design that would transform this drab ugly corridor into something special..
My Dream Of A Garden Room...Room Identity..
If you have never considered Wall Murals, you could be amazed as to what is out there, and the variation in prices! This was strictly a design on a budget and costings were pretty tight..Once my artistic brain had hit on the idea of a Mural, then it immediately started to design what else I could add to it to help aid the visual dimensional effect I wanted to achieve, but it had to be done on a shoestring..so that meant DIY and lots of imagination..
I am so glad that I have been blessed with that in spades...lol..
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a Garden Room, something that brought the outdoors inside..
It was a pipe-dream..The land boundary restriction meant that we couldn't build out or up, so no posh Conservatory for poor Songbird, so I had to think laterally as to how I could achieve a semblance of this design..
After an extensive search, we finally found a Wallpaper Mural we both liked on Ebay. It was of an Italian balcony Patio scene, overlooking a Sea view, and it looked impressive, and even better, it was the perfect size to fit our wall and only £45...
It came in 8 separate sections, so no struggling with long drops of paper, and had clear instructions as to how to apply it, and included Wallpaper paste that they supplied free of charge. Very impressive...
We laid out the sections of Mural as advised to check that they all matched, then pasted the sections and applied, starting from the centre of the wall out.. A guide line drawn on the wall in preparation, helped align the sections vertically and horizontally for a perfect fit...
Just Add A Pergola..
So now we had our Wallpaper Mural up in place, which looked impressive, but it needed something else....Hmmmmmm.. A little more head scratching..
To add to the effect of a Garden Room, we built a wooden indoor Pergola along the 12ft length of the corridor. This helped add dimension and interest and also detracted from the sloping perspex roof above. By painting the pergola white, we added height and brightness, and also the visual effect of length. Design is all about perspectives and how we can enhance or diminish what we have..
Lighting Is The Key To Good Design..
To really add depth to the overall effect, we needed to add lighting.
Having worked on stage as a vocalist, I knew how important correct stage lighting can be to add atmosphere, and this is what we were hoping to create.
This Mural was a stunning and unusual backdrop and the lighting could make or break it.
We added small electric Carriage Lanterns on the pergola posts, plus concealed mood enhancing colour changing lighting to highlight the sky and cloud effect of the Mural. We also added low level lighting to highlight the new Patio slabs we laid on the original concrete corridor floor.. The buff/grey toned Patio slabs colour-matched the Mural's almost perfectly and was another bargain at £45..
The effect was worth the effort and gave the impression that the floor area was larger than it actually was..Another plus in my design..
What Can Be Achieved.....Wallpaper With Attitude.
All the main tasks were now completed, and all I had to do was add the finishing touches..
Because the Wallpaper Mural was of a painted scene, rather than photographic as some are, I wanted to try and colour match the flora and fauna within the Mural as closely as I could to enhance the 3D effect I was hoping to achieve. This I did with silk artificial flowers, using the pergola posts as natural supports..
We added a potted 6ft Evergreen Summer Jasmine (Trachelospurmum Jasminoides) which can be used as a Conservatory plant as it needs frost protection, and should, in late Summer add a wonderful heady perfume throughout the corridor. Mixing 'live' plants with artificial helps create a garden atmosphere, and helps give a solid base to the illusion we had designed.
I know that this may not be to everyone's taste, it is somewhat quirky and it certainly shows my theatrical side, but for the first time in almost 30 years, this featureless drab corridor had an identity at last.
Just goes to show what a little DIY, Wallpaper, and a bit of Creative Design can achieve....
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