Celebrating the Gentle Beauty of Decay

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I’m often fascinated by the cracked and flaky walls so beloved of stylists. The peeling paint and forgotten rooms that are often a complete contrast to the modern furniture placed before them. Or the room sets that celebrate the beauty of decay, Miss Haversham like. A romantic backdrop, complete with velvet and lace, taxidermy and all that is macabre. A playground for the imagination.

'The Dining Room' Mural from £60 per square metre from Surface View

The ‘Dining Room’ Mural

But hang on a minute. What would it really be like to live with crumbling plaster and splintered wood? Wouldn’t it be an absolute nightmare to keep the dust and debris under control? No walking around in bare feet. No sir. Aren’t crumbs in the bed bad enough without chunks of masonry? Anyone who’s renovated a property will have some idea of how unromantic it would really be.

'Rafter Ceiling' Mural from £60 per square metre from Surface View

The ‘Rafter Ceiling’ Mural

So, I was delighted to be given a sneak preview of the  latest collaboration between Surface View and The National Trust. The first instalment of imagery for this collection is taken from the faded splendour of the abandoned rooms of Calke Abbey, a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire. They have taken untouched historical references from a vanished era and transformed them into modern interior wall coverings revealing the textured walls of the Orangery, Pantry, Cook’s bedroom and the Gardener’s Bothy.

'Cook's Bedroom' Mural from £60 per sm from Surface View

The ‘Cooks Bedroom’ Mural

John Parkinson, House and Collections manager at Calke Abbey has long been a fan of the historic house:
‘I have lived and worked at Calke for many years and the textures and feeling of gentle decay have always fascinated me. It was reassuring when the Surface View team arrived on site to find that they too appreciated the special beauty that can be found at Calke. I am sure this collaboration and the story of the decline of the great country houses in the 20th century will bring Calke to the attention of many more people.’

'The Orangery' Mural from £60 per square metre from Surface View

The ‘Orangery’ Mural

Absolutely perfect as large wall murals, these images make stunning backdrops and are all available as customisable wallpapers, along with other bespoke products.

'Gardener's Bothy II' Mural from £60 per square metre from Surface View

The ‘Gardeners Bothy’ Mural

Wall Murals from £60 per sq m, Canvas Prints from £145, Birch Ply Prints from £175, Epic Posters from £60, Textile Wall Hangings from £125, Window Films from £90, Lampshades from £85, Ceramic Tiles from £510 per sq m.

March 9, 2016

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17 Comments

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    richard

    April 6, 2016

    What beautiful rooms. Those tactile surfaces also have such an interesting visual appeal, all adding up to a wholesome relaxed kinda feel. Fab!

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      deardesigner

      April 7, 2016

      Glad you like them Richard 🙂

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    Arianna

    March 9, 2016

    looks lovely hun, such beautiful finishes. Not sure if I am brave enough to try this at home but I do love it! A x

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      deardesigner

      March 10, 2016

      Me too hun. Think the menfolk might think we had gone nuts! x

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    Kate

    March 7, 2016

    Ahh, i love this distressed look Carole! The 2 Lovely Gays currently have this effect in a few of the rooms in their house and it looks divine (though sadly I don’t think they plan to keep it!) xx

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      deardesigner

      March 8, 2016

      That’s a shame I bet it looks great 🙂

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    karen jones

    March 7, 2016

    Living in a 1930s art deco house we have our fair share of crumbling walls and Lathe and plaster for real. I am always tempted to leave it exposed, but my husband, not so much ! love this idea !

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      deardesigner

      March 8, 2016

      Maybe hubby would compromise on a mural instead Karen 🙂

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    Old Fashioned Susie

    March 7, 2016

    What a brilliant idea!!! I love this look but like you say its impossible for real life!

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Glad you like them Susie x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    March 7, 2016

    Aaaack! I die. These are drop dead gorgeous. I love Surface View’s designs. They are so very clever!x

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Aren’t they just Karen. I often lose myself on their site. 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 7, 2016

    This is SUCH a clever idea!! Funny because every time I show a crumbling plaster wall as a result of some DIY or other we’re working on on the blog, someone will always tell me to leave it as is. But the truth is, while it photographs beautifully (as evidenced here!), it’s not the same as living with it! Gah! So this is a great alternative. How lovely! xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      My thinking too Kimberly. Who really wants to live with crumbling plaster? xx

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    Pippa Jameson

    March 7, 2016

    This is beautiful Carole., I love all of the textures. I am tempted to try this in my own home renovations but I fear I won’t get the same finish! It’s great that there are such great Murals available now. Thanks for sharing. x

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    Jo

    March 4, 2016

    This is all so beautiful, I love it. The effect looks difficult to pull off but is worth it!

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Glad you like it Jo 🙂

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