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
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.
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 They have taken untouched historical references from a vanished era and transformed them into modern interior wall coverings revealing the textured walls of the Orangery, Pantry, Cook’s bedroom and the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.
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
Absolutely perfect as large wall murals, these images make stunning backdrops and are all available as customisable wallpapers, along with other bespoke products.
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.