They work magic
on the walls of living spaces. Wall paintings are slowly becoming an
unavoidable asset when it comes to the interior décor of homes and offices, the
cost and good taste being the only limiting factors.
paintings are traditionally most in demand ,house
owners have not been hesitant in experimenting either. So murals, abstract art
and surrealistic work have been increasingly finding aesthetic currency these
As for the
display of wall paintings, interior decorators lays stress on striking a fine
balance - the technique that goes into any kind of designing, whether it is laying out of a courtyard, a building or even a magazine or
web page. The size of the pictorial elements, their number and placement are
decided on the basis of a scheme decided by spatial arithmetic and aesthetic
There are, of
course, countless ways to create artwork for your walls on your own by using
murals, bhatik paintings, antique art, tapestry and
coir hangings, rugs, afghans, collages, funky art pieces and even terracotta
the norm was to keep pictures and object d'art in showcases in the living or
dining room, now the in-thing is open showcasing. Now these items are scattered
all over the house. You keep them on tabletops, mantelpieces, or on the floor.
In fact, every room is a display room. Too much crowding, however, tends to
make the house look like a museum. The mental makeup
of the owner of the house and his/ her taste should be reflected in the
spaces by the sides of the staircase or the landing and walls where the eye
tends to fall quickly, are ideal for placing pictures, say designers. The
positioning should be such that only soft light, preferably natural light,
falls on the painting. Careful spotlighting can give the painting a
framing paintings behind glass, as the glare caused by oblique light will
obscure details. Good framing takes care of everything and the painting can be
cleaned once in a while with a soft brush. As an alternative to wooden frames -
these frames often cost as much as the painting - now there are polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) frames in various colours that match those of the painting and
the décor as well.
now designed to let in the maximum of natural light, leading architects can
offer a `walk-through' setting of the house-to-be at the plan stage itself,
thanks to Autocad. It is possible to scan the
appropriate wall pictures and paste them on the virtual walls, complete with
beams and shadows thrown by halogen spot-lamps, if you like.
There are any number of galleries and art groups that can be sourced for
paintings done by professionals as well as up-and-coming artists. House owners
can take their pick of landscapes, abstracts, rustic scenes and still life
studies in oil, acrylic or water colour.
can be bought off the wall from the artists themselves during exhibitions at
bargain prices. Beautiful framed replicas of Ravi Varma
oils, are now available at affordable prices.