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Casa Quickie: Kids' Art on the Wall, Not the Fridge

Casa Quickie: Kids' Art on the Wall, Not the Fridge

In Amsterdam, a Dutch couple based its décor on a range of noncolors, using blacks and whites, asphalt, variations of gray, earth tones, and light — skillfully (and daringly) playing with blends and mismatches. In the playroom, they used the dark colors but made a bold move by wallpapering with their children's drawings. Rather than letting their children run loose with fabric markers on a muslin sofa, they made large-format, black-and-white photocopies of their children's artwork and adhered them to the wall in a repeat, much like traditional wallpaper. This technique gives the children a sense of involvement in their home, without sacrificing taste. You may not have kids of your own, and maybe you find the drawings a bit unpolished. But, you can still use this technique of wallpapering photocopies with illustrations or imagery that's more refined. Just make sure there's a theme that runs through each image uniting them, such as the color scheme here.

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xtsr xtsr 8 years
This idea is fab because I've always wanted to write or draw on my walls.. the fact that you turn something into wallpaper is a pretty cool idea.
Isista Isista 8 years
Cute idea. Although I still have to say I like the chalkboard coating stuff for walls and just letting your kids draw straight on the walls more. It seems more real and the coating makes it crazy easy to wipe off and let them start again.
HipMom HipMom 8 years
I love this idea. I'm glad they chose to go for black and white! I agree this would woprk best in a non-traditional pad.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
Hit "source" for more images -- I really dig the soft grey tones in this stylish monochromatic maison. The only room that doesn't move me (as shown in the photos) is the sitting area (living room, I suppose). (I'm internalizing this a bit too much. It's causing me to feel a bit frumpy and ordinary in my own decor, plus all around wistful. I wanna run away to Europe, now. *chuckles*)
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
Inspirational design work shown here. I'm all twitterpated. (I don't think this (particular design) would work as well in a traditional style American house, but would be fabulous in an urban loft, or an edgy European pad.)
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