Circular office wall with colorful oversized nature-inspired graphics

Bold wall treatments are a growing trend, and for good reason. Walls offer an ample background for decorative elements that can make a statement and instantly change the vibe and mood of a space. Wall art trends seem to take advantage of it and to lean more and more towards the daring and the original. 

However, rather than using heavy materials to achieve an aesthetic combination of color, texture and light reflections, many designers today seem to gravitate towards light wall treatments, such as wall graphics and murals.

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At the Grand Hyatt Dalian, on the Xinghai Beach in Dalian, China, splashes of gold on a light background capture the artistic potential of color beyond the limitations of clear shapes. Designed by Beijing-based Dragon Pace, this wall art has an innate spontaneity and freedom that balances the strict geometry of the modern furniture.

Splashes of gold paint on restaurant wall as a new wall art trend

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Large wall graphics can serve as more than just decorative elements. They can turn into much needed visual stimuli, as it happens with the colorful illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock on the walls of the Commonwealth Bank offices in Melbourne. Here, the vibrant wall art offers an escape from the routine and monotony of the office work.

Created by Sydney-based Frost* Design in collaboration with Davenport Campbell, the interior uses these exuberant illustrations to differentiate between work and break-out areas by using different themes.

Yellow and orange oversized graphics in office wall art


Murals create ambiance and define the purpose, the history and the feel of a place, as in the case of Juha Lahtinen and Samuli Suonperä’s artwork in the Chico’s restaurant in Espoo, Finland, redesigned by Amerikka Design Office.

Wall art trend of oversized portraits in restaurant design

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Telling a story is what well-design spaces aspire to do. When it comes to the Jamie Oliver restaurant in London, designed by Blacksheep, it is the walls that do it.

Mural trend with stories depicted on restaurant walls


Finally, the wall treatment can be as simple as the logo of a restaurant and as large as a whole wall, as in the case of this sea-inspired graphic inside the Alcomar Mexican seafood restaurant in Austin. Wall art trends that make use of a company’s logo as a source of inspiration go way beyond artistic expression and help in brand recognition. 

Oversized octopus logo on restaurant wall

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Please take a look at our Before and After images of selected projects from 2016 HERE.

If you are thinking to open up a new business or in a process of rebranding and remodeling your existing business, contact us to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting. Click HERE to price your project design.

Also, take a look at the “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight into how you can turn your business into a market-dominating competitor by using human cognitive responses. 

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