How often do we open an Architectural Digest or Veranda magazine and see a spectacular dining room, bedroom or foyer with the most amazing, hand-painted wallcovering and wonder where it came from? Recently I was viewing the spring collection of Brunschwig & Fils and was introduced to an amazing resource they represent: Paul Montgomery Studio Hand-Painted Wallpapers.

    For more than 30 years this studio has been creating and designing the most glorious and unique hand-painted murals and wallpapers that have been installed, literally, all over the globe. Variety of theme is only limited by the end user: The company has created everything from Asian scenes with bamboo and birds in a tranquil garden to an equestrian hunt scene through the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside to an art deco-inspired cityscape. Each project is truly created for the room getting the installation, hand-painted and designed in perfect scale, color and texture for the space. 

    Most of the scenic mural patterns require about 20 panels (not for the faint of pocketbook) in order to achieve a continuous and panoramic scene. The openings of the space (windows, doors and fireplaces) are taken into account when the pattern is laid out. If budget is a concern, then think about using this treatment just below or above a chair rail, or settle on a four- or six-panel screen that can be freestanding and moved from one location to another. Don’t forget the ceiling; it, too, can be adorned with, say, a celestial mural (think the Sistine Chapel)! This is the product when stock wallpapers simply won’t do! For more examples go to