Ever since I first saw how easy it is to install wallpaper murals, I’ve been dreaming about adding touches to my office and making a cozy reading area. I partnered with Ever Wallpaper to make the cozy reading area of my dreams in the new studio office a reality!
As I've shared in our barefootdetour.com blog, after living full-time in our 5th wheel for about 7 months, we purchased the property of our dreams in the same mountain we used to live, but now, we have a huge area for the kids to play (about 5 acres) and while the house is half the size of our previous house, we are loving having all the outside space and making the house ours one project at a time.
And the best part about the move for my business! We now have a detached barn/garage that was used to work and paint cars. The previous owners had a fully enclosed car-painting booth that is the perfect space for my new studio office.
Thanks to the fact that it was perfectly insulated and lit up, there were no structural upgrades to do, and I jumped into cleaning and painting right away. But of course, my favorite part has been planning the space to make the most out of the different areas, so I can work more efficiently and so that things can be stored in the best way possible.
After planning all my working zones, I knew I wanted an area with a cute couch where I could read or just have someone over if I needed to.
This area is right by my new massive pegboard. If you remember, I used to have 4 pegboards in my old office that have now been turned into one big full wall =] (but I'll go into the pegboard in detail on another post)
Planning my wallpaper mural
When designing the outline of the office, I knew that I wanted a dark and moody wall, and to have everything else be light and bright.
So when I started looking for ideas for that wall, I knew that I didn't want all the wall covered, because one, it was a super large area, and two I was going to add a big pegboard, so I didn't want to cover all the beautiful wallpaper with the pegboard.
Once the idea and area that I needed to cover were set, I head over to EverWallpaper and started browsing their large gallery of beautiful floral designs.
Since I wanted something very feminine, I went with soft color flower arrangements.
After mocking the area that I wanted to use the mural on, I selected the design named Dark Fantasy, I loved the soft pink colors and the moody dark gray background, also the top position of the flowers was perfect for the area I wanted to cover.
Custom wallpaper murals
One of the coolest parts of Ever Wallpaper is that you can have them print your designs. I considered that option, but I liked the flower design so much that I decided to instead add a chalkboard wall on the next wall instead and create the design I had planned in chalk, so I could erase it later on.
But if you want to try this option, it is so cool that they offer the service!
Installing a wallpaper mural
I already cover the installation in a step-by-step post while sharing the wall we did for the boy's room in my other blog, so if you want to read detailed instructions and materials, just head over to barefootdetour.com for the tutorial explanation.
Partial wallpaper mural
When I started planning this wall, I knew I wanted to cover as much as possible on the top of the couch area, but I didn't want to cover the part of the wall where the pegboard was going to go.
The perfect solution was a partial mural, so I measured the approx area where the pegboard was going to go and had the guys from Ever Wallpaper proof the artwork, and they fitted it to the exact measurements I needed.
Once the wallpaper panels arrived, I took them to Home Depot and have them color match the end of the mural so that I could paint the rest of the wall and the pegboard in the same color, that beautiful charcoal gray =]
I am excited to share the rest of the new Studio as soon as it's ready =] It has definitely taken me way longer than I had planned, but I think all the hard work will pay off, so stay tuned!