Amazing walls! How a mural can help secure the sale of your home

There is something special about murals.

Unlike canvases or framed pictures, they are so big, bold and whimsical that they instantly attract attention in any room. Sometimes they can even secure the sale of a home.

This was the case for retired businessman Gary Kelly when he first set foot, 25 years ago, on Paypals Farm in Tyndon End, Saffron Walden.

A room with a view: The former studio of hand-painted artist John Pascoe in Islington, north London

A room with a view: The former studio of hand-painted artist John Pascoe in Islington, north London

“I was looking for a renovation project but nothing like this,” says Gary, 59.

“There were brambles growing on top of the roof, weeds were infesting the floors and the ditch was completely dry.”

Gary was about to turn his back on the wreckage of a house when something caught his eye.

In the shadows of the drawing room, notice the faded colors of some of the stylized and ornate medieval murals.

“They blew me away, and what really clinched it was the initials ‘S’ and ‘G’ in the work,” says Gary.

“My wife, Sharon; I’m Gary, so it’s also our initials. It seemed like destiny that we would own the house.

Gary then spent two years restoring and reconfiguring the layout of the house and adding bathrooms.

With 2.5 acres of land, an orchard, heated swimming pool, gym and party barn, Byeballs Farm is now for sale with Cheffins at £1.75 million.

Classic originals

The murals date back to the Paleolithic period. It was widely used by the Romans and remains hugely popular today, with news of the newfound Banksy making the front page.

Tess Newall is one of the country’s most sought-after mural artists, having previously painted and decorated film sets.

“Hand-painting adds charm and texture to a room,” says Tess, who worked on Vita & Virginia for the Bloomsbury Collection.

‘There’s something magical about seeing brushstrokes knowing that a person has painted them. Wallpaper has curious joins while a mural celebrates the shape of a room.’

Murals are often used to create a sense of space. Opera designer and artist John Pascoe did just that in his studio in a Victorian house in Islington, north London, where he created a mural surrounding the entire room, adding beams of sunlight to the monuments, trees and lakes, making the room a kind of extension of nearby Clissold Park.

“I believe nature has an amazing power to enhance our well-being,” says John, who put the studio on the market last year. “I hope I have created a slice of calm in the city.”

Back to Nature: Botanical designs provide homeowners with a sense of calm

Back to Nature: Botanical designs provide homeowners with a sense of calm

For your own slice of tranquility, Joanna Berry specializes in nature-inspired scenes from Japanese gardens to forests.

The best murals are mainly about deception—they’re fun. Modern parents often have their children’s nursery walls decorated with scenes from Disney — The Jungle Book is still their favorite — or Barbie pink.

Birmingham-based company Sweetart Murals offers bespoke designs while specializing in children’s and nursery pieces.

Deep down

Bathrooms can be a source of inspiration. A seller recently put his house on the market with a mural in his shower room that gave the impression that the entire room was under the ocean.

The ceiling depicts the bottom of boats. The sun was streaming through the fish swimming around, and it was all very realistic.

We will miss so many things about the house and the murals are at the top of the list

Unfortunately, many viewers with young children were less impressed by the naked mermaids. So be careful because murals can be a selling point but just as much a detractor.

“I recently advised a client who had a Sistine-style fresco in the kitchen to paint over it,” says Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Search.

“I think the mural is more of an expression of the owner’s interest.”

Others take exaggerated pride in their murals.

“Whenever we start planning the day we have to move out of this house, my wife, Sharon, breaks down in tears,” says Gary Kelly of Peebles Farm.

“We will miss a lot of things about the house and murals are at the top of the list.”

(tags for translation) Daily Mail

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