If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of your free time hanging out at your house. Between working, entertaining, relaxing and cooking, it feels like I'm always staring at these same walls. Which got me to thinking, what would be an easy, eco-friendly way to spruce up the indoor decor without going all out on a wall paper or paint project?
While flitting about on Twitter, I came across a unique company that might be able to provide a solution to my boring wall syndrome, Trace Designs. Started by Flordia resident Megan Marasigan, Trace Designs specializes in making eco-friendly traceable wall mural kits that can be used to decorate your home in three easy steps: Tape, Trace, and Paint.
On her blog, The Write Design, Megan introduces herself and her business:
I started Trace Designs 3 years ago with the goal of offering smart wall designs through an easy process anyone could do. With the help and support of my talented friends Amy and Lorna, Trace Designs laid the foundation to it's success. We are committed to offering family friendly wall murals that look great and stay affordable. Made in the USA too!
Conventional paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint (EarthEasy). Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.
Trace Designs are safe and affordable wall coverings that act as an alternative to toxic paints, wallpaper, vinyl, and plain walls. From product to packaging, Trace Designs offers materials that are made from recycled materials and 95% are recyclable, yet they are still more affordable than many similar wall decorating products, many of which contain PVC.
Here's how they work:
Simply tape the reusable transfer paper and design to the wall and trace over it using a ball point pen. The pressure of the pen will transfer the design right onto the wall. This gives you a clear "coloring book" image right on the wall. Next is the fun part... paint by number! You can use suggested colors or coordinate your paint colors with accessories that are in your room.
There are designs appropriate for living rooms, kitchens, adults and teens, children, and nurseries, as well as repeating designs, and accents and borders.
Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons - Sundials By Carmichael (picture does not show a Trace Design)