It's not all about the dog-eat-dog hustle-bustle, you know

When it comes to seeking the utmost in relaxation, choosing city-themed paintings and photos for your bedroom might at first seem a bit counter-intuitive. We normally associate cities with fast-paced, over-crowded, dirty, smelly, loud places.

A busy city street, a while ago.
A busy city street, a while ago.

Yes, we imagine an unbearably stressful degree of non-stop rustle-hustle-bustle that's just not conducive to taking the nightly voyage to our dream destination of Snoozeville in the Land of Nod.

But let's take a step back and think about it for a moment. Maybe there are other, more appropriate pieces that could work very nicely as bedroom wall art. Step right this way...


The soothing sights of city nights

Atlanta Skyline at Night - by Jon Holiday
Atlanta Skyline at Night - by Jon Holiday

There are many, many great photographers and painters out there who capture the beauty of nightlife in big cities. Ever been to Georgia and seen this gorgeous view of the Atlanta skyline at night? No?  Nor have we, but Jon Holiday's photo makes us dream of being there. You can almost feel the pulse there, but it's a nice, calm, relaxing pulse.

Painting the town terrific - in your bedroom.

Regardless the colour scheme in your bedroom, you have superb opportunities to make it a very cozy place, indeed. Plain white walls will obviously work with any combination of images, but if you're planning on a few different city scenes, you should really take some time to consider what kind of mood you're trying to create.

Dusk Lamp - by Robert Mondoux
Dusk Lamp - by Robert Mondoux


Obviously, you want it to be relaxing, and not too in-your-face. You might want to go for a darker, more sombre piece on the wall facing your bed. Something that's nice to look at, but has a nice dream-like quality and depth.

Robert Mondoux's Dusk Lamp is a perfect example of what we're talking about here. Even the tangle of electrical wires seem at rest here, projecting just enough power to give the lamp its sleepy glow.

On the wall over your head, how about something just a little more colourful? Something to look at before you hit the sack?

Pick an icon, any icon

How about an iconic night-time image of, say, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, or perhaps this fantastic shot of 'The Shard' in London.

The Shard, London - by Shannon Sheridan
The Shard, London - by Shannon Sheridan

We love how Shannon Sheridan framed this shot, with the deep blue, darkish top-centre background, the yellow and green lights emanating from the windows on the right, the red and ultra-violet-styled lights from the left (and the way they reflect on the building on the right, giving it a slightly surreal glow). And of course The Shard itself, captured in all its modern, funky-yet majestic glory. Where's the 'Like' button on this photo?

But every city, in every country, on every continent (on at least one planet) has at least one of its own buildings, monuments, statues or gazebos that's unique to that particular city.

What's in your city?

Park it here - right in your bedroom

It's always a treat to take a break from the steel & glass and the concrete & pavements, and take a stroll in the city park. In most cases, parks reconnect us - to some degree, at least - to nature, and allow us to forget that there's so much traffic and general manic hub-bub just a few hundred metres away.

Autumn Bus Stop - by Bev Jones
Autumn Bus Stop - by Bev Jones

Whether it's a warm summer's day, or a beautiful day in the autumn, images of city parks convey a welcome feeling of serenity; an oasis of calmness in our fast-paced and hectic city lives.

This painting, by Croydon-based artist Bev Jones gives us a contrast; we feel the warmth of the autumnal colours of the leaves on the trees - and then the fresh coolness in the air, thanks to the jacket and scarf of the person waiting for a bus.

Summer in the park is for picnics, with food and drink, music, good conversation, and maybe a frisbee or a football. Autumn is good for walking or jogging, and enjoying the colours and the cooler temperatures.

New York photographer Ben Orlansky has loads of images set in Central Park (and elsewhere in NYC). We really like the 'Secret Romance' shot.

NYC Secret Romance - by Ben Orlansky
NYC Secret Romance - by Ben Orlansky

The way that the branches and leaves gently mask the lovers is beautifully subtle, with a teasing little touch of mystery. This would add a perfect serene and romantic touch to your bedroom décor.

There are literally thousands of city-themed photos and paintings that would transform your bedroom into a cozy, dreamy little haven of total tranquility.

What would you go with? City nights or larks in the park? What's the most gorgeous skyline you've ever seen at night? What's your favourite time of year to visit your city's park?

We'd love to hear your views. Feel free to leave a comment.

And enjoy your rest in the city


It's time to enjoy city life at home

London Umbrella - by Linda Wisdom
London Umbrella - by Linda Wisdom

Whether you live in a shack near the Australian Outback, a lovely hut on a tropical island, a bungalow in suburban America, or a two-up-two-down in the outskirts of 'New Town, UK', there's never been a better time to decorate your home with original city wall art prints or paintings.

Over the past decade or so, there's been a massive boom in the field of digital photography, thanks in part to more affordable cameras, and of course to the increase in image quality that pretty much all of us now have from the cameras on our own phones. You've gotta love technology, eh?

You know what you want, now go get it!

Watching Over Us - by Robert Mondoux
Watching Over Us - by Robert Mondoux

So, what did you have in mind? Photograph or painting? Something with sharp, straight geometrical lines? Or perhaps something with more of a dream-like quality?

Were you considering any city in particular? One of the best place to check out is Etsy. They've got so many different photographers, with so many different styles. There are images of just about any city you can think of, and most likely some that you'd never even heard of.

For paintings, we're really into the work of Robert Mondoux at the moment, but we're discovering more and more artists around the web, some of whom we'll be featuring soon.

And of course, there's always Amazon. You'll very likely find something there that's just right to add that glamorous (or subtle) touch of city life to any room in your home.

Prices vary considerably, of course, but there's so much out there that will suit any family budget. And it's well worth the investment. Many photos are limited edition prints, and our friend Bob will actually commission a painting a photo of a city scene that you took yourself. Just imagine sitting in your favourite space, surrounded by city wall art that you either chose or photographed yourself.

Mark with 'Coffee in Malmö'
Mark Base with 'Coffee in Malmö' by Robert Mondoux

What are you waiting for?

Go ahead and make your own day. Browse the many inspiring photos and paintings from around the big Wide World of the Web. Feeling lucky? Give your living space the nitty-gritty city edge.

Feel free to get in touch for more information and ideas by leaving a comment below. Or we'd be happy for you to just say pop in to say hello. Or you might even have a brilliant shot of your own city for Bob to look at? Let us know!

But whatever you do: Enjoy your city life at home.


Pick a city theme to match your passions

Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki
Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki

The living room is where we relax at the end of a hard day. Sometimes it's where we veg out on  our days or nights off work or school. It's where we entertain friends and family, where we listen to music, watch movies or the latest HBO/Netflix offerings. And many of us even have a little corner dedicated to our online life as well.

A really good way to choose the city-themed living room art that's right for you is to go with what you're interested in.

For example, if you're into Jazz music, why not go with some nice photos or paintings of New Orleans or Chicago?

The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki
The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki

Don't go with the obvious

The great thing about this is that you don't have to show close-ups of chubby old guys with puffed-out cheeks blowing through shiny brass things to capture 'the quintessential New Orleans'. You can be more subtle. There are many gorgeous city scenes out there that show other, lesser-known areas of just about any city you can think of. And they make excellent conversation pieces.

Mixing city images is okay

Don't be selfish! If you live with other people, whether it's as part of a family or with fellow students or colleagues, get them involved with decorating the living room with their interests as well! As long as the colours don't clash dramatically (with the décor, or with each other), you can mix & match themes all you want.

Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom
Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom

For example, you might be into Jazz, and one of your housemates might be into movies.

Take Manhattan!

How about New York? Lots of the best movies ever were filmed in The Big Apple, and the Jazz scene is apparently alive and kicking.

Woody Allen, one of the world's greatest film directors, is also a kick-ass clarinet player, and he's definitely a New York icon. There! There's a good two-in-one deal for you. New York can easily cover Cinema and Jazz music. You're welcome.

The point is that involving other members of your household will make them feel good. They can say "That's my city picture, and I chose it because...". Wouldn't that be nice?

Travel much?

Vilnius - by Mark Base
Vilnius, Lithuania - by Mark Base

Maybe you can't be bothered to think of a specific overall theme for your city scenes. How about just going for images of places you've visited? Or maybe places that you'd like to visit? Maybe seeing these on your living room wall will give you the incentive to book that flight (or start saving up). You never know.

And you don't have to travel to Lithuania, you know. Maybe Montreal would make a nice travel treat for you. There appears to be a lot of Montrealers who do some fantastic stuff. Our friend Bob does some great paintings of different city scenes, and you'll find loads of photos on Etsy as well. Can you imagine watching The Montreal Jazz Festival from the comfort of your own sofa? Magic. Your imagination is your only limit (a decent sound system would help, of course).

Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux
Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux

Whatever your passion, hanging some gorgeous city wall art in your living room will add that extra bit of vibrant energy to your environment. It'll be something nice to look at, ponder over, daydream about, or talk to visitors about. Just go for it!

What would you choose for your living room, and why? Feel free to let us know in the comments below...


Treat your bathroom as an equal

An unattractive bathroom, yesterday.

The bathroom is often sadly neglected when it comes to decent décor. This is partly because, these days especially, people tend to spend less time in there. It's all about serving a specific function; either disposing of bodily nastinesses (see left), having a quick shower, shaving or putting one's face on. Fewer people actually spend time soaking in a nice, long hot bath, so it's no great surprise that we spend less of our decorating money on things like colour coordination or nice pictures for the bathroom wall.

But there's no reason - nor excuse - for this neglect. Even if you have a really small bathroom, there are loads of ways to make it attractive. But there are certain things you need to think about.

Pick a colour scheme for your bathroom's décor

Simply thinking about colours and hues would be a great first step toward creating your ideal bathroom.

Do you like soft pastels or brighter primary colours? Are you into floral patterns or sharper straight lines in blacks, whites, and greys?

Remember, this is the most private room in your home, and there's no shame in taking the time to enjoy it.

Which wall art works for bathrooms?

This is totally up to you. There's no right or wrong style of image here. It's your bathroom.

Hydrant-Close - by Robert Mondoux

If you have kids, or if you sometimes have guests with small children, you may want to avoid some of the scarier/more gothic pictures. But you should definitely make sure you use images that go with your colour scheme, and that you feel good about. Make it something you love.

Variety is always a good idea.

When in Venice
When in Venice - By Irene Suchocki

It may also be worth thinking about getting a few different paintings or photos that would work in some of your other rooms as well. A lot of people like to swap things around from time to time, and that's always good.

Just have fun with it; making your bathroom just the way you like it really shouldn't feel like a chore.

But remember - it can get damp in there!

If you've got a well-ventilated bathroom, or if you intend to change your bathroom wall art fairly frequently, this shouldn't be an issue. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that most paintings and photos aren't really made to be hung in damp areas. But don't let this deter you. There are plenty of different waterproof frames out there that will protect your precious pictures (here's an example: A3 Waterproof Silver Snap Frame 25mm).

What's your style? Let us know...

We'd be interested to see what our readers think. What would look good in your ideal bathroom? Let us know by leaving a comment below.



Which scenes of the city are best for the boys and girls of today?


Fun Steps - by Lyle Robinson

There’s a growing trend for modern young parents to start breaking down old-fashioned gender barriers in children’s décor. In other words, people have begun defying the more traditional kinds of art and decorations for their princess’s little palace, or their little boy’s room - or indeed
their ‘little boys’ room’ (bathroom), for that matter. The general advice for the hip young parents of today is to go for neutral colours, motifs, and photos or art.

...or 'boys will be boys', and 'sugar & spice'?

Around The Bend - by Lyle Robinson

Having said that, in our wonderfully patriarchal world, many people still feel strongly about having these gender divisions. Boys and girls will still wear different clothes, and be encouraged to play with different toys. And there’s still a lot of art and photgraphy that’s specifically created for boys’ rooms (pictures of trains, photos of classic cars, and bedlinen with the latest super heroes, etc.), while girls’ rooms are adorned with floral prints, pastel colours, baby dolls, and cute fluffy animals.

It's totally your call!

We’re not here to judge. We’re here to help you find the perfect city-themed wall art for whichever room you want, regardless of who you are. Whether you want art for a boy’s room, photos for a girl’s room, or something that will work nicely for either/or, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for at City Edge Scenes.

Don't delay - buy today!

Many of the images on City Edge Scenes are limited edition prints, and custom-made paintings from your own photos of the city. You can click through on whichever images you like, to get details on how to buy or order the edgy urban scenes of your dreams!