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UP AGAINST THE WALL; DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER MODERN MARVELS HAVE TAKEN FULL-SIZE MURALS TO NEW LIFELIKE HEIGHTS, AS THIS MAGNIFICENT FOREST OF WHITE BIRCHES PROVES.

Pictorial murals often jolt one's memory, transporting him or her to some 1970s basement where a pixilated waterfall amid an autumnal woods looms over mustard carpeting. Not anymore. With the development of digital photography and printing, murals can be as lifelike as the Grand Canyon or abstracted in illustration. They can be wall-sized canvases of exuberant paisleys or the popular Woods wallpaper by Cole & Son. The trick is to always be mindful of the size of the room. Depending on the image or the print, murals can add a sense of wonder and luxury. Done wrong, you can hear that eight-track playing in your head.

Caption(s): White Birches mural in commercial grade vinyl, $400 to $600 depending on size, muralsyourway.com. From left: The Esoteric Character of Concealment chair by Disfigure in antique wood frame and Stephen Sprouse for Knoll graffiti fabric, $1,900 at The Future Perfectfutureperfect.com; Tibetan wool Swim rug by Tyler Hays for BDDW, $75 per square foot, bddw.com; wrought iron and glass Barkley table by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, $450, ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com; wood and wool Relaxer Rocking Chair by Verner Panton, $1,295 at CITE, citenyc.com. / Night sky mural by The Sky Factory in laminated paper ink jet print featuring deep space photography by Robert Gendler, $1,650, theskyfactory.com. From left: Papier de Bon bon stool in bentwood frame upholstered in elastic fabric, $890, Property Soho, propertyfurniture.com; stainless steel and leather Tipping Point Chaise by Peter Mann, $3,295, designlush.com; Achille Castiglioni's Toio Floor lamp by Flos, $951.95, ylighting.com, 888-888-4449.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:May 29, 2006
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