It’s London Design Festival! That (plus my trip to Stockholm, closing on the house, normal work, and some other little projects I’m doing at the moment) means I’m not getting much time at the keyboard. The good news is, I’m out pulling together loads of inspiration, so hopefully you’ll be kept suitably entertained in the weeks to come.
To kick things off, I thought I’d do a little post on a decorating challenge almost everyone faces at one point or another: what to do with the big, blindingly empty wall. They present a brilliant opportunity to do something really memorable, but also pose the biggest risk – getting it completely wrong and either over-or-under-whelming a room.
Most people solve this challenge with a bookcase, a picture wall, a daring colour of paint, or a gorgeous piece of furniture. The large unbroken space is the perfect canvas to feature these things. But if you want a more modern, dramatic solution, I’ve stumbled into a pretty cool one in the past few weeks. Especially cool if you’re into photography.
I ‘met’ (thanks twitter!) the lovely Tom at NL Wall Art, a Sheffield based company that specialises in wall coverings. They will also create framed images, canvases, posters, art boards and bespoke artwork. In the last few months they’ve perfected the art of printing images onto a self-adhesive wallpaper, which can then be custom-sized to fit your wall. So imagine something like this:
The photos they have on hand to use are from the British Press Association, so some pretty iconic images including the ’66 World Cup, British icons, famous cities, and world-known celebrities. You can also choose to upload your own image, which they will print for a truly personalised piece of artwork – like so:
I hadn’t heard much about this trend before I met Tom (in fact I didn’t even know it was possible) but after a little snoop around Pinterest where I found the photos above, I’m thinking it’s a really smart way to modernise a space and add a splash of personality. Definitely head over to the website (www.nlwallart.co.uk) and have a look! And if you have any questions, just get in touch with the guys – their team of designers, photographers and artists should be able to help you out.
Wishing everyone a good Thursday! And if you’re in London, try not to miss the Design Festival. Loads of brilliant stuff (even into the weekend) to check out.