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Letters & Words Rendered Artistically as a Great Interior Design Idea for Your Kid’s Room.

3D alphabet wall décor makes for great interior design ideas for the kid’s room using words written artistically
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The Writing is On The Wall - And it’s in 3D

In May 2019, we shifted to a new house. My elder daughter Isha was pretty excited as she was getting her own room. And I was her ‘go to’ guy for room decor.

You see, I had previously wallpapered her wardrobe with a 7 foot close-up of her face. That interior design idea was a super hit.

And like all hit movies, the audience was demanding something bigger and grander for part two of the same. And while there were no specific directives, Isha’s instructions were as follows…

  • Give me a decor that is super-personalised and talks about me as a person.
  • The room interiors have to be absolutely unique.
  • So use an idea that has never been thought of by any architect or home interior consultant.
  • Also, make sure that you ‘wow’ me and my friends. (After all, friends are probably more important to my teenage kid than the air she breathes).

 

I know what you are thinking. ‘Impossible demands’, right?

But when Isha asks me to ‘jump’, my only question is… ‘How high?’

The Inspiration for the Letter Wall Decor Idea

Before I start describing the project we undertook, I need to fill you in on a bit of background. It will help you understand where I got my inspiration for Isha’s wall decor.

Our family had just come back from a long vacation in South Africa.

Now, everyone knows about this country’s beautiful wildlife reserves and gorgeous vistas. But apart from this, visitors to South Africa are presented with opportunities to participate in some of the most extreme sports you can imagine.

I found my girl of 14 jumping off planes and skydiving from a height of 10000 feet on one day and bungee jumping off the world’s tallest bridge on the next. She zip-lined into thin air between lofty mountain peaks and burrowed beneath thousands of feet of hard rock in the Cango Caves. And if this was not enough, she went scuba diving with sharks off the coast of Cape Town.

Isha was flush with the excitement of all these achievements.

She also became a YouTube star of sorts in her school. Check out her skydiving video at the bottom of this page. (Make sure you see what happens at 3:15 on the video timeline.)

Isha started identifying with all these high-risk activities. And I started wondering if there was some way to make her room reflect this side of her personality.

The ‘interior decor’ Gods were probably smiling upon me at that time and gave me an idea right away. Inspiration struck when I was walking through one of the outdoor markets at Table Bay in Cape Town.

I came across this shop selling some very funky looking signs. As you can see from the images below, the letters have been twisted into artistic shapes. And these shapes convey an emotion or an idea. I now knew what I had to do, to decorate the wall in Isha’s room.

Mission ‘3D Alphabet Wall Decor’ was ON!

Letter wall décor made of scores of artistically designed words made of wood with a young girl posing in front
Young girl standing in front of a 3D wall mural made of letters and words of different colours cut on a CNC router

3D Letter Wall Decor – Production Steps

One cannot count the amount of work that you put in a labour of love. Nor can it be based on any generic template. So I mustered all the resources at my hand and put on my creative hat.

My daughter’s awe depended on the success of this project. And so did my world.

On the flight back home, I started making a list of words that my daughter identifies with. I shortlisted some, like ‘adrenaline’, ‘scuba’, ‘sharks’, ‘cute’, ‘daddy’s girl’, etc. I am not listing all the words here because I want you to guess the rest; more on this in a minute.

Also, just pasting these words, in an Arial font, on the wall was no fun. To attract attention, I had to convert the letters into something more artistic.

They had to be rewritten in weird shapes and cryptic ways to arouse viewer curiosity. And while this was difficult for me, it wasn’t really impossible. You see, I was a designer in an earlier life.

Albeit a failed one…

Failed’ in the sense that I never managed to make any money from my ill-fated design studio. I ventured into printing and started Orchid Digitals to keep body and soul together 🙂

Anyways, let’s come back to the problem of designing our words. The idea was for the alphabet wall decor project to look like… well, artistic graffiti. So I twisted the fonts into strange shapes and ended up with the final designs shown below.

Take a moment to see if you can figure out what the words mean. And click here if you want the answers to the puzzle.

Papa's girl imagination high IQ zone sharks bungee sweet dreams adrenaline cute as a button creative chaos topsy turvy ooh la la fancy artwork

Fabricating the Wall Decor Letters in 3D

Designing layouts on the computer screen is just the first step. And the easy one at that. But I now had to convert these 2D pixels into tangible 3D letters for my wall art project. And for this, we have to go through the following two steps.

  1. Material selection
  2. Cutting and fabrication of the letters from the above material

Selecting The Right Material to make the Artwork Come Alive

At Orchid Digitals, we work with a variety of materials. In our signage section, we cut sheets of acrylic, MDF and metal (SS). And in our print division, we reproduce images on paper, plastic, canvas, metal foil, etc.

Heck, we even print on roles of rexine, and faux leather, for creating sofa covers with custom designs.

custom print on leather and roll of rexine that can be used for sofa covers and interior decoration

But the best choice for this project was either wood or a material called – sunboard. Sunboard (also referred to as foamsheet) is a thick, rigid, but lightweight sheet of plastic. It has a pretty smooth finish. We use it to print poster panels. But it can also be repurposed for the project at hand.

sheets of sunboard are available in different thicknesses ranging like 3 mm, 5 mm, 10 mm and even 20 mm
stack of thick sunboard prints with photo vinyl mounted on top to create wall posters

Foamsheet is not a very dense material. And one can easily cut it into a variety of shapes.

And shape-cutting is what this job demanded.

Cutting & Painting

The actual cutting/carving took place on our in-house CNC router. I loaded a 10 mm thick sheet of sunboard on this machine.

CNC routers work very much like cutting plotters, whereby a drill bit (or cutting blade) moves along the X & Y-axis to trace any shape desired. Moreover, this blade also moves ‘down’ through the Z-axis. So, giving depth to the letters by drilling down was a breeze.

Painting the letters was the next step. I chose light pastel shades to colour the individual letters. I restricted myself to three or four shades, as I did not want too much of a rainbow effect.

Installation

The letters were now ready, and the final step was to paste them onto the wall. For this, I used a specialised 3M brand, double-sided tape. 3M manufactures super-strong adhesives, and their tape would be good enough to hold my letters in place.

For precise alignment of the letters, I first placed a pre-cut stencil on the wall. This stencil marked the positions of each individual letter. And finally, the letters were pasted in place.

And that’s it. Our personalised letter wall decor project, was done!

Words and phrases artistically cut on a CNC router to create 3D wall graffiti as an interior design idea for kids room

Answers to the Graffiti Words Puzzle

 Pink Attack
 Girl Power
 Papa’s Girl
 Giggle
 Imagination
 Scuba
 Ooh La La
 Creative Chaos
 Cute as a Button
 Sweet Dreams
 Topsy Turvy
 Adrenaline
 Bungee Girl
 High IQ Zone
 Swimming With the Sharks

How Much Does Such a 3D Letter Wall Decor Project Cost?

While we could give you some quirky interior decoration ideas for your kids’ room, home decor isn’t really our forte. At Orchid Digitals, we mostly provide commercial printing services. And this is why this ‘3D Wall Mural’ project does not really figure in our service portfolio.

But since this was such a novel idea, it merited a mention in our ‘Interesting Projects’ section.

And in case you are wondering, an interior design idea like this does not really cost much. The materials are all readily available and also very economical. The designing part is where your creativity comes in.

Get your designs and materials (wood, acrylic, sunboard, etc.), and we’ll gladly cut the same out for you. Click on this page to get in touch with us.

And in case you are looking for interior design inspiration for your office/workspace, I strongly urge you to take a look at this beautiful write-up on the same.

Seven office decor ideas to enhance the looks of your workplace by using personalised wallpapers posters floor graphics,laser etched name plates logo boards and name directory boards

Turning Ideas into Reality

As children, we all dream of acquiring superpowers. And in a way, that wish came true for me. When my daughter laid eyes on her newly decorated wall, I became her…. ‘Super Dad.’

All I gotta do now is get rid of my middle-aged paunch and find myself a cape! 🙂

So what do you think of this home decor idea? Would you consider it for your kid’s room? Do let me know in the comments section below.

Cheers!

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Larger Than Life Close-Ups of Your Loved Ones on the Panels of a Wardrobe

Personalized print of children’s photo on furniture printing as a great interior design idea for kids room
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A Snazzy Print on the Door to Hide the Mess Inside

So you are doing up the interiors of the house. And every room has to be made just perfect. You need to choose the correct shade of paints for the walls, the right designs for the tapestries, and of course, the perfect laminate for the wooden doors of the wardrobes. Interior design ideas for kids’ room(s), your room, and parents’ room are being searched, researched, and discussed day in, and day out.

Interior decorations shops have hundreds, if not thousands of choices for all of the above applications. But your choice is ultimately limited to the materials and designs in their albums / showrooms. Almost no interior design shop offers to personalise a piece of furniture for you, right?

When you walk into a wallpaper shop they give you an album containing every wallpaper design under the sun. You get to choose from designs containing images of nature, ponies, hearts, flowers, rainbows, and so on. Yet, their offerings are just generic. 

But now think about this – what if you wanted to plaster your walls or doors with a humongous 20 foot image of your family? 

And just how cool would it be if the furniture in your kids room carried larger than life images of… well, your kids?

This would be taking ‘personalised decor’ to a whole new level. And this is exactly what I did at my place.

Fulfilling Your Family’s Aspirations

Girls of a certain age love everything pink. And my two preteen daughters were no exception. We were shifting into a new house. Everybody was coming up with their own interior decoration ideas. 

 My parents wanted a wooden floor in their room. 

 My wife demanded a walk in closet and a walkway to the garden. 

 And my daughters Isha and Mahi wanted to overdose on everything pink. 

The kids (encouraged by their mother) wanted exclusive decor. And generic wallpaper or paint was just not good enough for them. We brainstormed dozens of interior design ideas. But they were all rejected. We visited scores of stores for the right kind of wardrobe, but nothing clicked. Every style and color was rejected. 

There were tears. There were recriminations. 

And there was a demand for a ‘wow’ looking wardrobe, the likes which nobody has seen before.

Finally inspiration struck. I wondered how it would turn out, if I could display a super close-up of their faces on the furniture. Wardrobe doors are plain surfaces after all and it’s pretty easy for a digital printer like me to print on a plain surface, no matter how large.

Luck was on my side as well. We had recently commissioned some high resolution studio portraits of the sisters and I had just the right photograph in mind for this project. It was time to jump into the interesting concept of personalized furniture printing.

Personalized print of children’s photo on furniture printing as a great interior design idea for kids room

Personalized Furniture Printing Using My Daughters’ Photos

What you are seeing above is a three-door wardrobe of roughly 60 inches width (total) and 7 feet in height. Each of the three doors had a width of 19.5 inches. I already had a great, high resolution close-up of both the kids that I intended to turn into a photo on the furniture. The procedure here on was fairly simple and straight-forward – 

Resizing the Image to Fit the Wardrobe: I went ahead and resized that picture to the dimensions mentioned above. The idea was to achieve a larger than life effect using an extreme close-up of the girls.
Before putting the job to press, the image was broken into three parts, one for each of the 19.5 inch wide doors. This process is known as tiling. In fact, all wallpapers come in tiles which are then pasted / joined together, on your walls.

Printing the Images: The next step was to print these images. At Orchid Digitals, we have very high resolution inkjet printers in house. I chose my trusty HP 5500 inkjet photo printer to generate these photos for furniture printing. Apart from its high resolution output, this machine is also known for its vibrant colors and stunning image reproduction. 

Laminating the Photo PrintLaminating the prints was the next thing to do. A lamination film is a coat of plastic given to an inkjet print to protect it from scratches, scuffing and water damage. Remember, this is house furniture that we are talking about. It’s going to be subjected to dusting and wiping on a daily basis. So a coat of lamination increases the longevity of the print and ensures that it will not fade or degrade over time. 

Installing/mounting the PrintsFinally the loose prints were mounted on a 3 mm thick sheet of sunboard. Sunboard is a lightweight plastic sheet which imparts strength and rigidity to our vinyl photo print. We then used Araldite adhesive to paste the sunboard prints onto the doors of the wardrobes. And viola, one hyper-personalised piece of furniture for two kids and their doting mother, ready to be served!

Apart from the wardrobe, the girls also wanted a pink abstract design for the headboard of the bed. The same print had to continue on the bathroom door frame to give a uniform effect. The overall look was stunning. Also this project became one of my favourite interior design ideas and I recommend that you too opt for it to hyper-personalize your decor.

Have a look at the images below to see the overall effect.
Furniture printing of personalised designs and colors on the head board of a bed is a great interior decoration idea
furniture customized with printed vinyl pasted on its surface
One interior design idea would be paste printed wall paper on the door frame to enhance the looks of the kid’s room

What's the Cost of Personalising Furniture Using Custom Prints?

At Orchid Digitals, we are more into industrial and commercial printing and don’t really provide home interior solutions. So, you won’t really find ‘furniture printing’ or ‘photos on furniture’ in our service portfolio. But since this was such a novel idea and could be used by anyone, I felt that it had to be featured in our ‘Interesting Projects’ section.

Also, if you liked this idea, you might want to check out this post on our ‘Swastik’ shaped photo frame.

And in case you are wondering, a project like this does not cost much. The primary component of this project was the printing on vinyl, which was then stuck onto sheets of sunboard. Sunboard printing as a service costs ₹ 90.00 per square foot at Orchid Digitals. So printing on a two-door wardrobe should cost you approximately ₹ 2200.00 (plus taxes).

Becoming an Enabler of Happiness in Lives

While many look at the services we provide at Orchid Digitals as commodities, this particular example expands on that narrative. It reminds us that sometimes, our tech knowledge, equipment, and materials can be combined to bring to fruition, a fabulous idea.

An idea that results in happiness and a look of sheer delight on the faces of your family and loved ones 🙂

So, what do you think about this interior design idea? Do let me know in the comments section below. And if you too want to be the hero of your family, go ahead and print a 20 foot picture of your loved ones. For help/advice regarding the same, simply get in touch.

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