Trend Alert: Panoramic Murals
What’s old is new again in the interiors world. Panoramic wall murals were a major decorative trend in the 18th century, but now we’re seeing the classicist accent integrated into more modern and eclectic spaces. Manufacturers Joseph Dufour et Cie and Zuber et Cie were the predominant brands of the 18th and 19th centuries, and were loved by French King Louis Philippe I and, later, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Today, you may find hand-painted wall murals and printed mural wallpapers alongside a sleek Parsons table, a midcentury Danish wing chair, or a modern chrome canopy bed. We love the juxtaposition of the Old World aesthetic with funkier, more contemporary pieces, but even in traditional settings, the painted scenery never ceases to look chic.
Scroll below for a look at these panoramic murals in current interiors.
Designed by San Francisco-based interior designer Benjamin Dhong, this Cow Hollow, SF living room features a richly detailed panoramic mural wallpaper, a Chinoiserie-style pagoda bed, and contemporary gold accents.
Interior designer Sasha Bikoff covered the entryway of one of her clients' homes with de Gournay's black and white Eden wallpaper. "I am always incorporating foliage and leaves in my spaces because it creates a certain exoticism, as if you are entering another world," she says. Head here to take the full tour of this project.
Interior designer Michael Smith, who decorated the Obamas' White House, lined the master bedroom walls of Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massanet's 1880s London mansion with Zuber wallpaper.
British artist Shantell Martin covered the bedroom walls of her Brooklyn home with a green and white scenic mural.
Mathias Kiss and Olivier Piel of Atelier Attilalou hand-painted a mural in the dining room of fashion designer Stefano Pilati’s Paris duplex.
Decorator Hutton Wilkonson, former business partner to the late, great Tony Duquette, had the staircase in his Beverly Hills home muraled to reflect a scene in Venice, Italy.
Interior designer David Netto draped the walls of his own Greenwich Village, NY apartment with a panoramic muralled wallpaper. The traditional accent is juxtaposed with a contemporary chrome canopy bed.
This hallway, styled by Erin Swift, features a mix of influences, with a geometric Persian rug, contemporary Chinese lanterns, and traditional Zuber wallpaper.
The Marin County outpost of much-loved LA restaurant Farmshop features an agrarian photo mural in the dining room.