by Heather Paper
It all started with Colorforms. You know—the peel-and-stick vinyl pieces you played with as a kid. I was never one to be reigned in with mere coloring books. I wanted to create my own artistic masterpieces, and I think the geometric nature of Colorforms made me feel like a mini Mondrian. Or maybe I was drawn to them because I could change and rearrange any creation on a whim. (And don’t get me started on the implications that, even then, I was a non-committal type.)
Who knew that this kid-friendly pastime was created by two struggling art students looking for a way to inexpensively decorate their walls? And that—more than 50 years after they came up with their idea—wall decals would be all the rage? I wish this type of wall décor had been around when I was an apartment dweller. As it was, I had to work hard to find ways to apply paint, paper and fabric without losing my deposit at the end of each lease.
But even though I’m now a bonafide homeowner, with license to do anything I want to my interiors, wall decals still have a lot of appeal. I love the fact that you can turn bare walls into something beautiful in a matter of minutes. And then, again, there’s that non-committal thing. Truth be told, I’m a fan—to some degree—of every decorating style. So, short of owning a dozen different homes, decals let me play out those various preferences, changing things out just as often as I like.
Blik is one of my favorite lines, carried by Velocity Art and Design over at South Lake Union. One of my current favorites has (surprise, surprise) a furniture theme. “Chair Mix a Lot” lets you virtually surround a room with traditional chairs in anything-but-traditional colors. And a recent discovery is Tacky Smack, which you can find online at http://www.tackysmack.com/ or over on Capitol Hill at Retrofit Home, 1419 12th Avenue.
Locally made, this line features more than 60 uber-imaginative designs that include everything from mermaids to a gi-nor-mous pair of puckery lips. But if you really want to get your creative juices flowing, check out Dezign With a Z out of San Francisco. Simply send them a digital photo and they’ll turn it into decal for your wall—you name the size and the color.
Hmmmmmm….my shih tzu, Murphy, has always had a “big dog” attitude. I wonder how she’d look blown up six feet tall?
~~Photo courtesy of Dezign With a Z.
Heather Paper is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in all subjects design-related. A contributing writer for Miscelaney, she’s a dog-lovin’, wine-slurpin’ resident of Atlanta who considers Seattle her second home.