Olivia Szczeblewska – Moore gives us an insight into the new stress busting range from Mural Wallpaper – The decor you can colour in
With colouring books for adults on the rise, it has become well known that both kids and adults alike are taking part in the somewhat nostalgic activity. Publishing houses like Penguin and Aleph are breaking the myth that colouring books are just for children, and have come up with colouring books for adults, bringing some vibrancy and brightness into their monotonous every day routines. A way to escape from the fast-paced working world, where almost everyone experiences high levels of stress; the simple act of colouring takes adults back to the relatively simple and carefree time of childhood and helps them to switch off for a while.
The activity of colouring has actually been said to be an alternative to meditation, so what better way to escape and de-stress than with a colouring wall in your own home? Installing creative wallpaper is a way to take ownership of your space, and make it a personal, fun environment for you to relax in. Murals Wallpaper, based in Liverpool, have taken on this idea and created an entire collection of colour-in wallpapers for anybody to enjoy. From fun, kid friendly monster designs to intricate and artistic floral pieces, they have made sure there is something for everyone with their Colour In Collection.
“In response to the ever growing popularity of our World Map murals, the idea of extending our range of creatively educational wallpapers evolved. To Murals Wallpaper, decorating a child’s bedroom or playroom means creating a space that helps to break them away from their screens and engage in stimulating, productive activity. However that doesn’t mean adults can’t have the same experience in their own homes. Injecting a bit of light hearted, interactive decor will help customers to escape the outside world and take a couple of minutes for themselves. We felt inspired to create a collection which was all about simple, creative fun – for all members of the family.”
“The paper we use is a self-adhesive, removable wallpaper which is extremely easy to install as well as remove. It’s as easy as just applying to the wall – almost like an large sticker – and smoothing it out with your hands. No paste, no mess. It applies really smoothly and is a very low hassle option especially for those in rental properties. When you’re ready for a new design or you’d just like a change of scenery, when you want to remove the wallpaper you literally just peel it off. A really great feature of this paper is that no residue is left after the wallpaper has been removed. This leaves endless opportunity for individuals to customise their walls.”
“You can use pretty much any type of felt tip pen on the wallpaper, we found that larger markers were our favourite when colouring in larger areas. There’s even the option for people to use mixed media to make their walls their own. Gluing fabric or other textures onto the wallpapers would work especially well for an interactive, sensory space for kids. There’s no limit to how you can customise the wallpapers; part of the fun is experimenting and finding new ways to create your own artwork.”
“We have definitely found that the colour in wallpaper hasn’t just appealed to those with children. They do make a brilliant addition to a child’s playroom or bedroom, however we’ve seen plenty of adults wanting to release their inner child by purchasing designs for their kitchens, bedrooms and even their hallways. Having a colouring wall signed by guests and family members alike works as a lovely alternative to a guestbook. People are increasingly interested in having fun with their decor and the idea of total customisation seems to really appeal.”
“By creating art together, it’s possible for individuals to make their spaces even more unique and personal to them. We print to order, so there’s the opportunity for people to submit their own designs and work with our designers to customise and create their own wallpapers for their homes. By putting their own personal touches on their homes, they are able to live in an environment which feels a lot more personal and homely.”