How to Create an Artwork Wall

Thousands of millennia ago, the inhabitants of the Lascaux caves in southwestern France began adorning their walls with glorious Paleolithic paintings. The denizens of these vast caves painted figures of animals and humans, along with abstract elements on their walls, whilst incorporating prehistoric star charts in their designs. They would trace the glittering constellations in the sky on the stony surfaces of their cavernous walls. The constellations of Taurus and Pleiades were detailed in vivid shades on the stone, and are evident even today.

The Lascaux cave civilization existed around 15,000 BC, but their artwork walls chronicle the oldest mural art in the world. These humans were possibly the earliest demonstrators of indoor aesthetics and emoted themselves through their surroundings, much like we do today, through our homes. Then, like now, design was a medium of expression and walls were the perfect canvas.

In most Indian homes today, walls are seldom touched as a platform for design or expression. Rather than being decorated in deep, rich palettes, most walls in Indian homes today are coated in light, tonal colours, with a hope that they will make the room look larger. Yet, what happens most often is that lackluster walls draw energy from the room giving it a somber, pallid feel. Adding elements to your walls through colour and texture is a good idea, and our French forefathers would have agreed!

If you're a loyalist of vintage inspired homes, creating a book leaf wall will leave your room looking like a rustic escape. All you need is some classic novels that you could procure from a second-hand book store. If the pages don't already look weathered, leave them out in the rain or stain them with tea leaves and let them dry overnight. Try mixing pages from various books to produce various tones and create a light-and-dark effect. Once they are dry, spray some adhesive on to the back of each page and position them on to your wall to achieve a book leaf collage. The best part is, it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, the more overlaps and tilts there are, the more natural your wall will look. All you need then, are some warm teardrop lamps to infuse a sixteenth century feel into the room.

Alternatively, if you're not a fan of DIY projects, there's a great solution for you: wall murals! There is no dearth of talented artists in India, and you'll find that the economics of employing one for a wall mural can often be cheaper than buying, collecting and framing paintings. Not only that, murals look spectacular under spotlights and can lend your home a distinct personality of its own. There is a wide range of styles that you could go for, including abstract, modern, ethnic and contemporary. 


Photo frames are cliché, yes, but they are a great option to dress up your wall to give it an elegant, sophisticated touch. Why restrict your frames to contain only photos? Fit small frames inside large frames, leave some frames empty, and fit some with inspirational quotes. Then space them out on a wall of your choice. 

Wires can make for excellent home decor accessories. While we tend to stuff television and other electronic wires into obscure niches and corners hoping that they don't show, they can actually aid in our home decoration endeavours. Create simple patterns with your wires to embellish a spare wall, like sky-rise horizons and delicate animals. 


Panels can work wonders to bring your wall to life. They could be of varying kinds, right from plain wooden panels laid across the length of a wall to picture panels that divide a picture into multiple parts. Not only do these provide depth to the the room, they also break the monotony. 


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