In my quest for interesting wall dressing solutions at home, I recently developed a keen eye for my architectural and interiors surroundings. Out and about on the underground for instance, the iconic metro tiles at Caledonian Road and the Art Deco ceilings at Manor House tube station fill my commute with fleeting snipets of inspiration.
One cultural trip to the V&A later, I’m back with numerous snapshots of lavish panelling and ornate ceilings to admire and play with.
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy lecture Theatre at the V&A
However wonderful these may be, my flat doesn’t quite lend itself to such opulence.
Closer to home, my new favourite coffee shop in Crouch End also caught my eye. Coffee Circus Limited ticked my box right away with their quirky choice of wall dressing in the back room.
The more conventional alternative in the front room is a winner too.
So my head and camera are now full of these snapshots of beauty from around town. But the prospect of carving my ceiling or gluing sheet music to my walls makes my brow sweat a little.
I’ve therefore gone as far as putting a few pictures up (well, my father in law actually has, in a more truthful recollection of events).
My Wall of Shame is now a proud parade of artsy prints and a painted Ikea hanger successfully retrained and is now offering professional “framing” services to an awkwardly shaped map.
The ceiling situation has also been addressed with timid attemps to display eye-catching light features like this one:
This lampshade should obviously be hanging much lower –I know, it has been bugging me for a while… But I quite like the fact it takes a bit of neck-twisting to catch a good glimpse of it.
There’s always something special to spot if one takes the time to look around. Keep your eyes peeled for those hidden gems around town.