Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If the following information does not answer your queries, or if you would like to discuss an idea, an order or commission, please do feel free to contact us.
Murals & Paint Effects
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MURALS AND PAINT EFFECTS
How do I commission a mural or trompe l’oeil?
Initially you may want to use this website, books and other visual sources to get an initial idea of the sort of thing you would like. Another very good way to start is to contact Laura and tell her a bit about your project and perhaps arrange a visit so she can discuss your requirements and draw up some ideas.
What is trompe l’oeil?
Trompe l’oeil - is French for 'deceive the eye', and is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions. In murals this can be an effective way of creating a visual joke, suggesting perhaps that a blank wall has a bookcase on it, or by creating the illusion that a wall has a window or archway, opening to a further room or a distant view. Not only does this add humour and intrigue to a room, it is an excellent solution where the desire is to increase the visual size of a space or create perspective in a space where the sight lines are shorter than they might be. Trompe L’oeil murals can also be used to create atmosphere in a small awkward space such as an alcove or corner, creating interest where there is perhaps limited space for furniture or ornaments.
What areas of my home might a mural or faux paint effect be suitable for?
Decorative paint finishes can be used anywhere in your home, in a single room, or a single part of a room. There are few limits in terms of size and scale in any direction. As for the climactic issues, with the sealants and varnishes available now, even a damp and steamy atmosphere such as a bathroom or swimming pool is a perfect spot for a mural or paint finish, just as long as the wall the decoration is going onto is reasonably sound. Murals are very popular for a range of areas in the home, from children’s bedrooms, to bathrooms, pool rooms, hallways and garden rooms.
Faux paint effects can be widely used throughout the home, on walls, ceilings and even floors.
How much might it cost?
Each commission is priced individually with factors such as distance, time needed, specialist finishes, and complexity of design all contributing to the price quoted.
How long will it take?
The lead time and completion date for a commission can be agreed before the order is confirmed. A reasonable average would be four to six weeks from order confirmation to completion depending on the scale of the project and Laura’s other commitments.
What geographical area does the bespoke mural commission service cover?
Laura can be engaged to carry out bespoke wall and floor mural and paint effect commissions throughout London and the South of England. However, with the options of bespoke hand painted wallpaper, and with painted furniture commissions she may be able to provide a service over a wider geographical area.
How do I get started?
To find out more about commissioning a work, or to discuss your ideas without obligation, contact Laura.
Laura has developed a range of wallpapers and fabrics in a range of traditional colours suitable for the comfortable, country home. The print method used creates an attractive chalky textured effect similar to that obtained from block printing.
How can I get swatches and samples?
Contact us and let us know which designs and colour ways you are interested in. Up to xx swatches and paper samples will be supplied without charge (or just P&P?)
Where can I buy wallpaper and fabric from the standard range.
All the products from the current range can be bought exclusively from www.sorbetliving.com who provide a mail order service via their website.
How can I commission unique wallpaper and fabric?
Short runs of bespoke wallpaper and fabric are now available on a commission-only basis. This is the ideal solution where a specific design or colour way is required and is a useful middle ground between bespoke murals and off-the-shelf solutions. Please contact Laura to discuss your requirements.
Laura is able to carry out bespoke hand painted wallpaper commissions inspired by any number of English house, Swedish Gustavian and Chinoiserie influences.
Home accessories with Laura de la Mare designs
Following the success of the wallpaper and fabric ranges, Laura is producing a range of home accessories, which are retailed exclusively by www.sorbetliving.com.
Are other home accessories available using Laura’s designs?
Laura will either accept a brief to find or will be provided with a piece of furniture for which a specialist painted finish is required. You can see some examples of her painted furniture commissions here. When the piece and finish has been agreed upon, Laura will discuss the effect required and provide samples of the colours and finish for approval before going ahead with the commission.
I am a retailer/interior designer interested in stocking or ordering Laura de la Mare products for my clients.
We are happy to supply to trade and to offer trade discounts. Please contact us to discuss your needs.