Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cutting Edge & Bigger than Life

Undersea decals by Inaninstantart
Adding color, texture and imagery helps us personalize our spaces. It can make a standard room feel like our own personalized lair.   It  can make an anonymous space feel comfortable. Composing wall colors is a huge part of that process but  paint isn't our only option. New technology gives us state of the art  options.

The recent proliferation of laser cutters has opened the market for vinyl decals. Designers draw the patterns using vector programs. Then the decals are produced using a laser to cut the patterns out of vinyl sheets.
Tentacle decal by Pillboxdesigns
These colorful accents are a great option for renters or  color commitment-phobes. Because the vinyl sticks to the wall using static electricity instead of adhesive they can be removed without damaging the wall. They are also great because buying them supports small design shops. The vinyl comes in an amazing varity of colors.
Vinyl colors by Pillboxdesigns
Are you a bit more adventurous but the thought of painting your own mural is daunting? You can move up to custom wallpaper murals. While more expensive, a variety of large format printing shops make custom murals to fit your chosen wall. Large format printers are very similar to home printers but they can print up to 100 inches wide and can accommodate special papers like wallpaper.

Wallpaper mural via Epiplo Aris

Wallpaper murals are much harder to install and to remove but they pack a visual wallop. The example above is  'Lady from the Orient ' by Vladimir Tretchikoff.  These beautiful murals  can enhance  neutral minimally  colored  spaces and lend an air of sophistication and scale to living.   They can take "accent wall" to a new level.

In contrast, children's murals, can add color and imagery to spark the imagination.
A half sized wall mural via Eglue
Will you consider using laser cut vinyl decals or wallpaper murals to spice up  your environment ?


- Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
- Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio


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