Whether thinking of creating a mural yourself or commissioning an artist, this information may be of use at the planning stage.
Make a child's room educational and inspirational by designing schemes to make learning fun and stimulating...
It is important for a child's room to be a space in which they will love to sleep, read, play and learn.
Sensory experiences teach brain cells their specific jobs and much of a child’s early learning occurs through seeing their surroundings.
Well-designed and stimulating environments can release a child's creativity, which is fundamental to successful learning and allows a positive means for self-expression.
Illustrated numbers and letters can help explain sounds or patterns just like you'd see in "Sesame St". Nursery rhyme characters could easily be used to help visualise stories, names, objects and animals.
Incorporating any of these interactive features will help a mural “come to life”:
Height charts - record your child’s progress against an image; maybe a giraffe, lighthouse or a rocket?
Chalkboard areas - leave notes and messages whilst creating a special area to practice creativity;
Magnetic surfaces - play with magnetic characters and rearrange as desired upon your wall;
Special effect paints - add a little sparkle or glow in the dark special effects;
Textured finishes - incorporating fabrics can add another tactile dimension;
Soft toys - small toys can become part of the mural and be removed from the wall using Velcro tabs;
Popular themes can be based upon a variety of favourite topics or treasured possessions:
Books, nursery rhymes, bedtime stories;
Television programmes, films;
Toys, animals, vehicles;
Consider your colour scheme and its effects...
Careful use of colour can offer a simple way of improving a home.
Bold colours add energy and excitement and are easier for the very young to identify.
Softer, more sophisticated colours create environments that convey emotions more suitable for older children and adults.
The Art of Illusion...
A mural can have a dramatic effect upon the atmosphere of any room, helping define its character and purpose.
By designing murals specifically for a location you can accentuate proportions, add light and enhance features to give any room a new look.
Not only does unique artwork energise the room with your personality but it can also change the look and the feel of your room by creating the illusion of length, width, or height.
In a small room, for example, any horizontal line or shape across a wall will deceive the eye and generate the illusion that the wall is longer. By painting a bright landscape on the wall, such as beach, ocean or mountain scene, the room would appear visually wider and it would also help to create the feeling of space.
No matter what dimensions a room may be, the correct use of images and interior design can make a huge difference in the way that your eyes perceive the space.
To make a room appear larger:
Choose colours from the cool end of the colour wheel.
Paint all surfaces the same colour.
Keep flooring dark and walls light , the floor space will appear to expand.
A low ceiling will appear higher if painted a lighter shade than the walls.
A deeper tone of colour near to the floor and the lighter shade on the ceiling will give the illusion of space.
To make a room appear cosier:
Alternatively, a small room doesn't have to be painted to appear larger. Instead a cosy atmosphere could be emphasised by using deep colours from the warm side of the colour wheel.
A sunny yellow will 'heat up' a room, but can be intense, so complement it with a white ceiling and woodwork to keep it looking fresh.
A warmer shade used on the ceiling will bring the height of a room down and make it feel cosier.
When using bright colours such as orange and red, remember to maintain balance by keeping the floor and carpet neutral.
The far end of a long corridor will seem closer if painted in a darker shade.
In a long corridor-like room, paint the two, shorter end walls in a slightly darker shade to make the room appear more square.
Whatever your plans for a mural, please feel free to get in touch with us at The Llama's Pyjamas. We're happy to answer any questions or offer advice.