We were blown away by the impact of this flowering quince tree mural when we accidentally ran across it in Robert Lachman's article for the LA Times on the revival of wall murals. We love the way it anchors this room without overwhelming the other elements, an effect accomplished through its well-chosen scale and silhouette.
It was painted by Jeff Robinson in the living room of interior designer Molly Luetkemeyer's home (the place is now owned by Kate Schintzis). As Ms. Luetkemeyer said, "You can add this one, beautiful, dramatic gesture which completely activates the space, and it allows you to keep everything else fairly neutral."
Even if you lack Robinson's finesse, you can create some drama of your own with stencils. Check out The Stencil Library and Stencil1 for ideas and inspiration.
• Robert Lachman's article in the LA Times
(Edited from a post published 06.28.07 - CB)