Tips For Giving a Mural -- No Surprises

Somewhere along our societal developmental path, we discovered that it was fun to give a loved one a gift. Who doesn’t welcome a gift? I’ve been loving receiving gifts for as long as I can remember. When I got a bit older, I learned that giving a gift was almost as fun as getting one.

But then, a dangerous concept got into the giving mix, which is: Giving is good. And surprising someone with a gift is even better. Not so fast!

In the “Captain’s Paradise” on the DIY Network, Marnie Oursler opens the box of nautical chart mural panels, and plans out the installation onto the living room wall.

In the “Captain’s Paradise” on the DIY Network, Marnie Oursler opens the box of nautical chart mural panels, and plans out the installation onto the living room wall.

Surprise gifts, especially expensive gifts can be an expensive and a very sad mistake. Over the 16 years of creating murals I’ve had my share of success with the gift of murals, but recently I had a mural ordered as a surprise and the spouse of the giver, was not happy about getting it and there was nothing that could be done to make him happy.

Similar stories have happened to us so now we have a two-step approval process that helps with design and quality control.

Since this sad experience, we have changed our policy about gifts. We will not do surprise gifts with the person ordering the gift of a mural, period. Now, if they want to still do a gift, we need to know the name of the gift recipient and include their name on the signature approval line. No surprises, no unhappy clients..

The Captain is surprised at his nautical chart wallpaper. Fortunately, this time, the surprise worked!

The Captain is surprised at his nautical chart wallpaper. Fortunately, this time, the surprise worked!

RETURN POLICY

Quality work is the best policy to avoid a return. We have a layout approval process, then payment, then a printer’s file approval, including a magnification study to show how it will appear on the wall.

Finally we send the approval form with some new stipulations. Please read it all, and either let us know what needs to be fixed, or electronically sign the approval document.

After all that, the only reason to return a mural is a printer’s flaw, which must be reported within 30 days of receiving the mural. If we judge the return to be justified, we will require that the customer return the old mural to us, paying for the shipping fee.

If that sounds harsh, it is just that we do not wish to provide our clients with two murals after they paid for one. Sadly, the “double mural tactic” has happened to us more than once.

We still want to help you have the best nautical chart wallpaper mural possible. Tell us your ideas and we will show you how you can best implement them in your imaginative, excellent mural.

Pick up your smartphone, then call or text us at 801-367-7945.

Now let’s talk about a gift . . .





Designer Workshop: Selling your Client

A challenge for interior designers is to communicate how a feature such as Nautical Chart Wallpaper will look on a wall. Here is how you can help us help you do just that.

The waiting room. Needs to be brighter don’t you think?

The waiting room. Needs to be brighter don’t you think?

You will need your smartphone and a tape measure.

Stand in front of the wall onto which you want your mural, turn your smartphone sideways, and after centering your camera as much as possible, take a picture or two.

You can email this picture to skippersteve@gmail.com or text the picture to 801-367-7945.

Next, using your tape measure (don’t take the word of blueprints or the clients), find the height and width of the mural area and text or email that information to me using the contact information in the previous paragraph.

Next we make the wall transparent. We made the six pictures transparent too.

Next we make the wall transparent. We made the six pictures transparent too.

What I will do is take your photo and using our graphic software, I’ll create whatever image you want into the wall. I’ll email that new image to you and can paste the image into a short presentation piece for your client to see, including pricing if you like.

Pricing is easy to figure. All our murals require a $170 set up and printing prep fee. To that, add $10 per square foot.

The formula for square feet is: Height in inches X Width in inches ÷ 144 = square feet.

Here is an example of a presentation I recently made myself. My dentist’s office has a waiting room with pictures of aspen trees in several small frames. I took a picture of the wall and dropped a bright, cheerful picture of aspens in the fall with their yellow leaves. Needless to say, it made for a colorful presentation.

Ta-Da! Now waiting for your dentist is as restful as a walk in the woods!

Ta-Da! Now waiting for your dentist is as restful as a walk in the woods!

Finally here is a tip on how to obtain quality, high-resolution photos that can be used for murals at no royalty charge. Go to: unsplash.com . You can find just about any picture you like. Send us the link for your photo and we will be delighted to make your unsplash image into wallpaper for you or your clients.

Want more details? Call or text me anytime at 801-367-7945, or email to: skippersteve@gmail.com.

Stair-well Done!

When I ask a client what walls are they considering for a mural, more often than not, a wall that is wider than it is tall comes to mind.

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But tall walls can be spectacular too.

Pat Custis Fisher had that in mind when she and I designed her tall stairwell for Delaware Bay. If this mural seems familiar to you, loyal reader of my NEWS, you are right. Back in December 22, 2018 I did an article, “Don’t Look at the Fine Print” about how you can get rid of some text and insert a picture into the mural.

For Pat’s mural, we added a tall ship to her mujral in place of some small text that wasn’t important to her. You can see the tall ship hanging out in the upper right-hand corner. For more details, click on the link above.

As for style points, note that Pat’s octagonal window is reflected in the octagonal shape of her lamp, albeit her lamp is more stretched.

So what tall walls are neglected in your home or office? What forgotten wall is waiting to be discovered with a nice mural to brighten a dark corner? There are many excellent views of a chart that can be used to create a mural.

Just think “tall” and then give us a call!

New Jersey in the bath? "Shore e'nuff"

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When Lisa Cochran Nei contacted us about a New Jersey Shore theme in her bathroom, we were delighted. The chart of the New Jersey Shore takes some interesting turns with tidal flats, a splendid beach, Atlantic City, and cool bays.

Best of all, the Nei’s were using wainscoting in their bathroom which meant that we could get more area into the bathroom with a nice height-to-width ratio. In short, the chart subject was perfect for the room!

I just got these picture from Lisa, and wanted to show you how a simple bathroom becomes spectacular with nautical chart wallpaper.

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One hint I give all my clients is to get a good, paperhanger with commercial experience. You can see the results of quality in the tiny nooks an crannies of the bathroom when a paperhanger knows how to do a professional job. Check out the paper tucked into the door frame and adjoining wall, for example.

We did a bit of graphic work to make this perfect for the Nei’s and it paid off.

These days there are plenty of so-called wallpaper designers who simply crop and image and print it on low quality paper.

Not Nautical Chart Wallpaper. Your mural will be printed on the highest professional grade wall covering, in a washable surface.

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Give us a call or text us at 801-367-7945 and let us know about your project. We would love to make your mural project unforgettable!




Kudos to Kerry!

I love to get photos from my clients! I always ask for pictures, but I know how it goes.

You get your beautiful Nautical Chart Wallpaper on your porch, get the wallpaper hanger over pronto, and get it up right away. Then, after basking in your nautical glory you invite your friends over to be amazed at your decorating acumen!

With your ears filled with your friends astonished accolades, you bid them goodnight, take another look at your mural, then have the best sleep in years — and forget all about me!

I get it, really I do!

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But every now and then, one of my clients remembers me and sends some pictures that take my own breath away. Such is the case with Kerry Sullivan, who recently mailed me a picture of her washbasin alcove, complete with a mirror framed with driftwood. Now THAT’S a fine bathroom theme!

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I’m predicting a very healthy year for everyone in the Sullivan family because they all will be frequently washing their hands while gazing at their nautical chart mural. Family members will find themselves spending more time at the sink, languorously, yet lethally washing cold and flu bugs down the drain.

Such are the health benefits of basking in the colorful luxury of the sink and the beautiful wallpaper mural surrounding it!

And now to answer your unspoken question: Yes, you can have a spectacular effect with your home decor by ordering a splendid wallpaper mural from us. Don’t forget, we do other types of murals too! We reward your imagination with magnificent wallpaper murals.

Call or text us at 801-367-7945 and we’ll put your imagination to work today!

A new home for a well-known fisherman

The big news around here is my grandson Tim “Timberwolf” Major got a job at the local grocery store. On his first day he saw a cardboard stand-up display in the cardboard bundling area waiting for recycling. Knowing his gran’dad (me) would get a kick out of it, he asked the manager if he could take it home with him.

My San Juan Island mural before . . .

My San Juan Island mural before . . .

So the next thing I see when Timberwolf walks in my door is a full-size, yellow slicker adorned fisherman sailing into the breeze with his huge hands on the ship’s wheel.

I was delighted!

“Dee Dee, said you might not want this,” he said upon entering my office.

“Nonsense, I’ve just the place for him!”

.  . . and after the Gorton’s Fisherman finds new waters in which to sail.

. . . and after the Gorton’s Fisherman finds new waters in which to sail.

And now - for a little while at least - I have the Gorton’s Fisherman in front of my San Juan Island mural off in search of the Pacific waters for a change. Instead of Atlantic Cod, he is in search of Dungeness Crab, or maybe Coho Salmon.

But there is a point to be made here. Once you have a magnificent nautical chart wallpaper mural from us, almost anything looks good with it! Lobster buoys, Japanese glass floats, pictures of your favorite beach all look better with our nautical chart murals as a backdrop.

So get your order in today! You’ll never know what your grandkids might bring by to enhance your sea-going theme.

Call or text us at 801-367-7945.

A case for gray

Ask any photography buff who is their favorite photographer, and the name Ansel Adams will come up. But follow up with a question of “which color photo of Ansel Adams is your favorite?” You will be stared at as if worms are coming out of your ears.

As we all know, Ansel Adams is famous for his black and white photos of Yosemite, and the total range of light, from absolute black to absolute white — and wonderful grays in between! His photos elicited the best emotions, and made a strong case for conservation of this beautiful park.

But black and white — grayscale, actually, is a choice that you can have for your mural at no extra charge. The effect can be quite dramatic. Consider this recent mural by Richard Byers for the hallway of his home:

The gray scale reflects the treatment in the floor, the trim and the doors in the Byer’s hallway.

The gray scale reflects the treatment in the floor, the trim and the doors in the Byer’s hallway.

As you can see, the “wow factor” is not diminished by the gray scale.

And here is a sneak peek at a photo that is going to be in a Bar Harbor hotel lobby. The photo is of the founders of Acadia National Park in Maine. Wait to you see what they will do with the mural in a future NEWS article on this website.

Historic photo of the founders of Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine.

Historic photo of the founders of Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine.

Take-home message of this article? You don’t have to be Ansel Adams nor ancient of days to “go gray.”

What you DO need is Nautical Chart Wallpaper to make those grays come alive on your wall. Give us a call or a text at 801-367-7945 and we will help you explore your mural options today.!





Measure twice, Cut Once . . . Oops!

Oops! That’s a word you don’t want to hear from your surgeon, or in our case, from a client.

Seriously, we do encourage our clients to measure CAREFULLY, even to the fraction of an inch. And then we add a few inches to height and width to make sure your have plenty of paper.

Even so, in the last couple of months we have had two “oops” calls, and what do I do now that the paper is up and the mural is short in height or width? Can’t we just reprint more?

Border strips come in a variety of widths and are easily purchased online from a variety of vendors.

Border strips come in a variety of widths and are easily purchased online from a variety of vendors.

The problem with that is subtle changes in color often take place in a second printing and the mistake really shows up. What can be done?

Well, there are a few low-cost solutions that will work. I’ll list them in order of ease and effectiveness.

Often a border in a similar shade as the beige land works well in covering a shortfall.

Often a border in a similar shade as the beige land works well in covering a shortfall.

  1. If you are short in the height dimension, you could order some wallpaper border strips. You can find these in all kinds of colors that would look good with your mural, and some have nautical designs that could work. I’ve listed a few here with a bit.ly link to the source if you are interested. That is probably the best way to fix up a mural that is too short. You could even order enough to frame the entire mural if you like.

  2. You could cut some hardwood baseboard and with a mitre box and saw, “frame” the mural as if it is a large piece of artwork (which it is). Some baseboards look like picture frames, so this is a workable option.

  3. Paint. Yep, good old paint, but make sure you are not trying to match the mural colors exactly, as getting a good match is hard to do. But if you are feeling courageous and want to give matching a try, please check out my article on matching paint color with the ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams. It will be the best $58 you will spend, and will help you choose a color that will be close match to the mural colors.

ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams is a great tool for matching colors.

ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams is a great tool for matching colors.

But it is a new year! Let’s pledge to avoid the oops from now on! Measure your wall — twice — and give us a call at 801-367-7945 and we will be delighted to help you with an “oops-free” mural idea for your home or office.

Nautical Chart Wallpaper on the "Marnie Marathon," February 8, 2019, in the morning!

SET YOUR RECORDING DEVICES — MARNIE OURSLER RETURNS . . .

In case you missed it on DIY Television “Big Beach Builds” is coming back in a marathon viewing on February 8th!

Captain’s Paradise, Season 1, Episode 4 features our Nautical Chart Mural.

Be sure to set your DVR’s, Tevo’s, and other TV recording devices to the DIY Network at 11:00 am Eastern, 10:00 am Central, 9:00 am Mountain, and 8:00 am Pacific for that particular episode.

If you would like to read our news article about the broadcast that was first aired in 2017, click here: https://bit.ly/2HYjbJY

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The best part of the show is seeing the expression on the captain’s face when he first sees his wall covered with a giant nautical chart. Priceless!

Marne Oursler, the star of Big Beach Builds, is an amazing decorator AND carpenter. She is the fifth generation of a family of builders in the Delaware Beach area. She really understands beach living and interior design.

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Check into the Captain’s Paradise, and prepare to get excited about nautical decorating — including a nautical chart mural!

Then call or text us at 801-367-7945 to plan out what nautical chart will look magnificent on YOUR wall!

A Pinterest Private Sale

Last year we gave a discount to those who installed our mural in a public place. The “public place” promotion was quite successful and we nearly doubled the public places like restaurants, hotels — anywhere where the public can go to see our nautical chart wallpaper up on a nice wall!

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This time we have a special for all for our Piinterest followers. It works like this. If you follow us on Pinterest AND allow us to send you an occasional message, you are eligible for our promotion.

So let’s say you see one of our charts or perhaps a Pinterest posting that you like and choose to share with others on Pinterest.

If one of your followers or referrals purchases a wallpaper chart mural from us, we will send you a check for $50.

Whenever we receive an order in 2019, we will ask if they were referred by anyone on Pinterest. If we see your name as a follower AND you allow messaging, we will send you a $50 check as soon as the mural has been ordered and delivered.

But you also need to be sure to allow us to send you a message. Here is how you can tell.

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Right now, out of 92 “followers” only 62 have their Pinterest Message enabled.

Not sure if you allow messaging on Pinterest? Ask someone who follows you on Pinterest to open their program and click on your picture under their “following” area. They should see something like the illustration above. Look for the top right-hand corner and see if you have the two boxes visible. The first box says “Message” and the second says either “Unfollow” or “Follow.” Your left box should read Message, which means we can inform you when you have $50 coming your way, and you can, in turn, privately let us know to what address we should mail your check.

We leave it up to you to figure out how to allow the Message Box to appear on your Pinterest account, as it seems to vary depending on if you are using an Android, iPhone, Laptop or Desktop computer. But don’t despair! There are a number of YouTube videos to help you.

My grandmother used to say, “It is nice to have a little “pin money” in my purse.” Well, Grandma, this year we are all about trying to get a little PINterest money in your purse.

Map Wallpaper - A Hot Trend for 2019

As we look at current trends, it appears that “map wallpaper” is a strong trend for 2019. This means ALL kinds of maps, such as road maps, trail maps, nautical charts, weather maps, air charts, etc.

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In 2004 we started our business with just nautical chart wallpaper murals, but since then, we have done just about any kind of map wallpaper you can imagine.

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Think about it. If you are a pilot, you would really want an aeronautical chart in your den for a map wallpaper mural.

For a sailor, the nautical chart wallpaper is still popular, but a hiker would love to have a topographical map of her favorite hiking area.

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And what car enthusiast can resist having Route 66 covering the walls of their workshop! We can even add you and your car into the map if you like.

Golfers are the exception. They may not be fond of map wallpaper, but they have a hard time resisting a satellite view of their favorite golf course.

So how about you? What kind of map would you like to see on a mural in your home or office?

Text or call us at 801-367-7945 and we will “map” out a strategy for you!









Show off Your Mural in the Gallery

We are pleased to announce a new feature in our webpage, the Gallery.

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Here is a place where you can share your mural with others and help others get great ideas of how they can use nautical chart wallpaper murals to beautify their home or office with nautical excellence.

Within the Gallery you can see murals we did from around the world and in a variety of ways.

To participate, simply take your smartphone and take a picture of your mural wall with good lighting and text the picture to us. You can text your pictures to 801-367-7945.

So if you have not ordered a mural, take a look in our Gallery and see if some of the ideas inspire you to order a mural of your own.

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For those of you who have a nautical chart wallpaper mural, please share your photos with us and we will post them in the Gallery.

Inspiration awaits!

Welcome to the Gallery!

Don't Look at the Fine Print!

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Nautical Charts make wonderful wallpaper, but , for your mural, you may want to eliminate some of the fine printing that appears on a nautical chart.

Pat Fisher is a good example of this. On her mural of the Delaware Bay, there is quite a bit of text on the land in the upper corner of her mural. We removed it and sent her another view of the mural.

Now, it looked too empty with all the land and no detail. We tried a few options with color changes, but it still looked too bare.

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I happened to know of a royalty-free line drawing of a tall ship that I thought would look good in that corner. I sent her a couple of pieces of art to put in the corner and she chose the tall ship that I first had in mind.

To make it look good, I cleaned up the drawing, taking out some flaws in the picture, and then made the background transparent as you see here.. I colored the trim a dark brown and then pasted the image in the center of the plain land.

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Now the mural has some character not found in the original nautical chart!

Do I need to remind you that we are the only custom nautical chart mural company that does this kind of work?

Let us show you how you can have your mural customized to your wall and desires. Call or text us at 801-367-7945 and let us know what you have in mind.

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The Writing on the Wall

“The Words of the Prophets are written on the subway walls / and tenement halls . . . “

— Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfield. 1964

In this legendary song of the sixties, the authors of graffiti were elevated to the status of a “prophet.”

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I guess it depends on what was written. Or even how it was written.

These days, instead of spray cans, you can pick out your favorite slice of wisdom at the wallpaper store and attach it to the wall. You may have seen messages like these, or perhaps you already have them on a wall in your home.

But generic messages are more cogent when they are nautical. Here are a couple of samples from some past clients.

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Diamond Neeley is a fan of the Ernest Hemingway, a long-time resident of Key West Florida. He was a fan of this quote and wanted it in one of our complimentary scrolls

Molly Lineberger had another idea. She loved the excerpt from The Wind in the Willows which is a favorite quote of many a sailor or boater. She wanted her quote to match the color of the compass rose and reside in the water. We used a nice font to reflect the easy feel of that message.

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But we are only scratching the surface. How about:

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky / And all I want is a tall ship and a start to steer her by. —an excerpt from Sea Fever, by John Masefield.

Or this one by Ella Wilcox Wheeler, circa 1850

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

Or my favorite quote, attributed to Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

And this piece of concise wisdom:

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

What bit of wisdom is worthy for your wall? We’ll make a mural worth musing over! Call or text us at 801-367-7945 and we’ll get started!

Welcome to the Captain's Office!

Every now and then an interior designer or a client will envision a masterpiece. Sometimes I get to work with that visionary to make a masterpiece of a mural come to life and inspire others to do their own creations.

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Such is the case with Beth Champlin, Owner of Expressive Interiors in Medway Massachusetts, who worked with me to make her client’s office come alive with a fantastic application of nautical chart wallpaper murals. So good is the work Beth and I did that, for the first time, I will show you EVERY VIEW of an office installation.

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What makes this office remarkable, is how it lays out. Every wall and every view stands on its own as a perfect balance of land to water, and comes replete with multiple eye paths for the viewer. In this view to the left of the door, we even simplified the chart details to match the level of detail on the rest of the murals. More on this work at the news article, Too Much “Information,” from August 31, 2018: https://bit.ly/2MEYuo9

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For an office in which productive work is to be done, the danger is that too much daydreaming by looking at the walls is possible if not likely!

Let’s see if you agree. I’ll begin with the behind-the-desk view and work around clockwise until you see the whole office.

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Besides the murals, see how Beth Champlin used an off-white color with warm browns, reminiscent of the white hulls of a boat and the brown decks of a ship to achieve a nautical ambiance. Notice how she used stainless-steel cleats as handles for the drawers!

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Beth’s touches makes me feel that when I am coming into this office I should be “piped aboard” from a boatswain’s whistle rather than simply walking in the door!

So are you ready for your own voyage into this kind of decorating?

Permission to come on board is granted! Call or text us at 801-367-7945 and we’ll toss off the dock lines for you and, instead of hoisting a sail, we’ll hoist (with some help from a paperhanger) a magnificent mural onto your wall!

Will the real revere pewter please stand up!

So I recently got back from Arizona visiting with my daughter’s family and had a marvelous time with her, my son-in-law and grand kids! A very nice break from Nautical Chart Wallpaper indeed!

But you know me. Everywhere I go I notice walls, with and without murals on them. It so happened that I noticed that my daughter painted the walls since I last saw her. She told me that she painted her walls Revere Pewter, a Benjamin-Moore color.

Now I’m familiar with Revere Pewter as I have had to match that color in wallpaper on more than one occasion. But it is tricky. And here is why matching paint colors to murals is so challenging.

The one color can look dramatically different depending on how the light hits the color.

Paul Revere would be surprised to see 14 different colors out of one “Revere Pewter” color!

Paul Revere would be surprised to see 14 different colors out of one “Revere Pewter” color!

Here’s a good example of what I mean. I took a photo of her wall and cropped it down for the purpose of illustration. Below the picture is a swatch of Revere Pewter. But notice that there are 14 red arrows showing the same Revere Pewter, but with different aspects of the same color!

So which is the “true” Revere Pewter? Phew! You got me!

I think is the best way to go about your decorating approach is to order your mural FIRST, BEFORE you do any painting. Once the mural is installed, use your paint swatches or the ColorSnap tool from Sherwin-Williams to find the best color matches to the selected color(s) in your mural. But do this at different times of the day when the light on your wall appears differently. Use your electric lighting to examine the swatches. Try the swatches without any indoor lighting. After finding out which swatches look the best in different lighting situations, THEN — and only then — pick your color and do the painting.

Pardon the pun, but you will “revere” your decorating prowess much more by following this shady advice and calling Nautical Chart Wallpaper to discuss your project.

On your mobile? Just press the contact button and let’s get the conversation started!


Let there be light -- wall wash style

Let’s say you order a mural from Nautical Chart Wallpaper. (A very good decision indeed!)

Now you have the mural installed, but maybe it doesn’t “pop” as much as you had hoped. What should you do?

You would be very smart to redo your light source to wall wash lighting.

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What is Wall Wash Lighting?

Wall Wash lighting is essentially the opposite of spot lighting where a spot light narrows a beam of light onto an object of focus such as a painting or an object of art. Because the entire mural is the object of art, you will want to have your lighting evenly illuminate the entire wall.

This is accomplished with wall washer lighting. Illustrated here, courtesy of Home Depot is a wall washer light. For the purpose of this news article, I picked one with a five-star rating, which still comes in at a modest price. This ceiling-mounted light is angled to wash the mural wall with light, making it a well-illuminated conversation piece.

Need a nautical chart wallpaper mural? Have your wall washer illumination in place?

Call or text us at 801-367-7945.

Now you’re seeing the light!


Welcome to "Wains World"!

For 15 years we at Nautical Chart Wallpaper have managed to keep our prices where we started: $10 per square foot. It has been challenging, but realizing that custom wallpaper is more pricey than off-the-shelf wallpaper, we do what we can to get nautical chart murals into the homes and offices of those who want them.

But for some clients, doing a wall from ceiling to floor and wall to wall just is too costly.

So welcome to Wains-world, and the misspelling is intentional. I mean “wains” as in wainscoting.

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Tara Farris is a client of ours who wanted to do a mural above the wainscoting in her bathroom. In her case, a subway tile look really sets off the mural above her wainscoting.

The mural is the coastline near her home waters in Middleneck Virginia.

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A concern Tara had was her window. She did not want her window to cover up any land or water areas important to her. In the mock-ups we sent to her, we sketched in the window as a transparent rectangle so she could see if was okay to remove that section of the chart when it came time to paste up the wall covering.

Cost of Wainscoting

Of course there is a cost to wainscoting and you might want to shop a bit for the best price and look for your room. Remember that the height of the wainscoting can vary according to your taste. The rule of thumb is that wainscoting is a third of the total height of your wall.

What do you think? Are you ready an affordable mural and a trip to “Wains World?”

Call us a 801-367-7945 and let’s talk about your project.

All Murals are Beautiful . . . ah, well, not really!

I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many businesses had beautiful murals painted on the sides of their buildings and interior walls.

A beautiful thing, right?

Well, there is a notable exception, and that is the creator of the mural. You see, many murals are painted freehand onto a wall. The painter has obviously met with the owner, and received instructions on what is wanted on the wall. Then the painter paints — and it sometimes looks bad.

Now what does the owner do? Hire another painter? Or just live with the results.

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I’m going to share a picture with you and I’ll keep the hotel name confidential as I wouldn’t want to hurt their business. My stay was great, but oh that mural!

Well, at least the clouds looked pretty good. And the ocean just proves how challenging the ocean can be to paint.

Why do I bring this up? Because if you want a mural in your home or office, you can get just the mural results you want whether it is a nautical chart wallpaper mural, or a scenic view of the ocean, BEFORE you approve your mural. This is what we have been doing for 15 years.

I took a few pictures on my trip, and from the second picture, you can easily imagine how splendid a mural can appear from a simple photograph.

Want a hand-painted look? No problem, we can use our graphics program to add paint strokes, or adjust the colors in any way imaginable. But you can bet it will look magnificent on your wall because we go through two separate proofing processes, including sending you the actual file that will be used to print your mural.

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So put the paint cans and brushes away and pick up your phone and email, call or text us. Our mobile-friendly website includes a graphic with a one-push capability for you to call or email us while you are looking at our webpage.

Let’s make a mural happen for you, complete with NO surprises!