How To: Write On Your Walls Without Regret

How To: Write On Your Walls Without Regret

Sep 12, 2007

Wall writing doesn't have to be cheesy.

You can go the Barbara Kruger route and make a statement -- political, humorous, or sentimental. Or you can revel in the beauty of typography, and use text almost as a pattern, as Alexander Girard did with his famous alphabet wallpaper pattern, or as Garnet Hill did with their (less famous) travel journal bedding.

Here are some photos of wall writing culled from around the web. These are here for inspiration, but you can make many of these ideas your own with vinyl letters, words, and text elements from Wallwords or Wonderful Graffiti.

(Above: letters float to the sky like smoke in an unidentified locale. Image: Pagoto.)

Artist's graffiti on view at the Spring 2006 Marin Center for the Arts Open House.

A great example of humorous but unobtrusive wall writing posted to the Wonderful Graffiti website by a customer. Clearly not much in the way of actual language was needed to express how he felt by the time he'd climbed to the top of the steps in his house. In the grand tradition of 2x4's Chatter Pause wallpaper from Knoll.

A wooden floor by artist Ann Hamilton at the Seattle Public Library features words in eleven languages, printed backwards. It works beautifully as texture and pattern. Image by Peter Kaminski.

This is another image from a public spot, a fondue restaurant in Vancouver. A great example of how you can create subtle interest by sticking to one color and varying typeface and type size. Image by *Sherry*.

This charmer was posted to Wonderful Graffitti's website by a Swedish couple who used wall words to commemorate their first date.

We debated this example's inclusion and in the end decided it was worthy on aesthetic merits alone. Image by 5512713™.

If you get inspired to write on your own walls or furniture, send us a picture and we'll post it here on AT:SF.

(Originally published on 06.26.06)

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