John DeVlieger transforms the plain walls of area homes and businesses into extraordinary masterpieces.
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Considering a Mural for Your Home?
Muralist John DeVlieger offers these tips:
1. Carefully choose the room you want to adorn. “I’ve done everything from wine cellars and kitchens to small powder rooms and master bedrooms,” says DeVlieger. “Once you decide on the room, the choices become a lot clearer.”
2. Be open-minded. Murals can also go in nontraditional places. DeVlieger has had requests for murals on pool bottoms.
3. Research your options. DeVlieger has been painting murals for 25 years, so he has a diverse portfolio of work.
4. Go with what you love. “Many times, designing a mural becomes a three-way discussion between myself, the homeowners and the interior designer,” DeVlieger says. “But it’s the owners who will be the people living with it every day, so they have to love it.”
5. Know that a mural can be modified. “I did a mural once for a client and incorporated their children into it,” says DeVlieger. “Years later, their family grew, so they had me come back to add in two other kids.”