Grand Designs

Ben’s latest mural artwork was commissioned for the property located close to the village of St Mawgan, Cornwall. Owner of the property, Harry Anscombe, explains that the main challenge for the property concerned an existing long corridor and a wall that was clearly visible when entering the house. Harry was looking to develop a feeling of bringing the external environment into the home.

Paintings and prints have the ability to bring life to a home, confronting and enhancing the atmosphere of its interior. Art provides an opportunity to create a story, an identity, and a mood. More often than not, there will be a story behind the purchase of a print or painting.


For this specific project, Ben Allen worked on the concept of delivering a sanctuary, creating a series of imagery based on a theme of designing a colourful macaw combined with trees and plants from around the property. Ben incorporated photos of tree ferns from the surrounding site and stencilled intricate hand cut exact copies onto the wall alongside the macaw, which was also created from many more layers of hand cut stencils and spray paint.

Ben’s work created the sanctuary we were looking for, literally bringing the outside into our home. We are really pleased that this piece of artwork is the first thing people see when entering the house
— Harry Anscombe - Home Owner

Art is a finishing element that can really assist in pulling a space together and making a home feel complete. It can provide that added touch to transform a specific part of the property from looking functional to appearing stylish and attractive.

Quite often, art is considered an afterthought in the interior design process. Many professionals argue, however, that delaying decisions on artwork can result in missed design opportunities.

With the right choice and selection, art can remodel an entire space, and to many artists is the quintessential focus of interior design. Selecting artwork to complete a room shouldn’t be considered as the final piece of the project. To many designers, artwork is vital when looking at interior design, providing a platform to enable a clear design plan for the remaining space.

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The upcoming release of Ben Allen’s latest print (above) inspired by his time working on the Grand Designs featured house, focuses on transforming the interior space of a property. Ben’s original painting ‘Neon Halo’ is a central feature of this stunning property which the owner based on the famous Ferris Bueller movie fame ‘Ben Rose’ home designed by A. James Speyer. Ben explains that his latest print will be a direct replica, digitally created using giclee with hand finished screen print and silver leaf layers, produced onto fine art paper and published with master printers Harwood King in a very limited edition.

Ben Allen