Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

Wow it’s so green in Raleigh, North Carolina where I’ve just arrived to attend the Withit Leadership Conference. People always say Vancouver is green but It’s kind of cool when you can get into a cab, drive 20 minutes and barely see a single building.

Are Murals dated? Yay or Nay

When the cab turned into the Renaissance Hotel where I’m staying it looked like we had just entered a big strip mall.

Me:  Well it’s not very sexy is it?

Cab driver:  There’s shopping here.

Me: Oh, well that changes everything.

Cab driver: I know, I have 2 daughters. The last time my two daughters whined that they didn’t have anything to wear, I walked into their closet and pointed out all the clothes that still had tags hanging on them.

Then he drove into the street with the hotel and it’s actually surrounded by a village with shops and restaurants. All was well until I realized it’s Sunday. And most everything closed at 6:00 pm.

Speaking of green, I have a big blank wall in my studio and I don’t want to fill it with a bunch of frames and random artwork, so I’ve been thinking about a mural.

Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

I was really excited when Inkshuffle emailed me their site and I found this wall of leaves. But sadly, it does not come in 21 ft x 8 ft which is the size I need.

What was cool about their murals is that they are not permanent. Easy to take down when you’re tired of looking at it, or if you rent.

So now that I can’t have it, I really want it (of course).

Then I found another company with a wall of leaves. But they are in Sweden so I’m not sure if they ship here.

Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

Then I found another website with even more amazing murals, here’s one that would work in my office since turquoise is already an accent in there:

Are Murals Dated: yay or Nay

The sky is the limit really. If you have a big, blank wall, a mural could really transform the space!

Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

I love the way this room has been totally decorated around the mural.

Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

Hmmm. . . I’m back to a big green wall of something as you can see. . . I just think it might be the easiest to live with over time. Plus next to yellow, I really love green.

Over to you my lovelies. Do you have a mural anywhere? Are they a great way to handle a big wall or what?

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  1. It all depends on where and how they are used. Not too long ago, when I was looking to buy a house, I saw a huge, Renaissance inspired, handpainted mural on the side of someone’s GARAGE. What a way to “class” things up?! IMHO, it was the most ridiculous thing I ever encountered.

  2. Just checked out Murals Your Way – love, love, love! Maria, I’m sure you will be able to work something out – I think a mural would look fantastic in your space – and they ship to Canada!

  3. I appreciate them but find all but the one of the leaves overpowering. Too much going on, too big a scale and nowhere to look for relief. I’d rather look at interesting artwork personally.

  4. They are definitely not dated if done beautifully. I am doing a Laduree inspired mural for my daughter’s bedroom as we speak. No, not me personally. But I found a wonderful mural artist where we live and this is the second mural that he is doing for us. Still halfway done, but it is coming together nicely….

  5. They are not for me. Just this morning I woke up thinking about a room that a renter/ artist painted with a circus theme in one of my parent’s homes in 1949.

  6. Check out yorkwall.com for many different styles of murals. Most in 2 sizes. Plus panels and lots of other ways to decorate your walls!

  7. Go for the giant leaf…there’s nothing passe or cheesy about it. It looks very contemporary: not trendy, just cool. It’s so large and green, it really becomes a neutral backdrop. You’re an artist in the design field and your office should reflect that. I can’t wait to see what you choose.