A few months back I was rummaging through some books at my grandparents house. I ran across a Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Book from 1961. What a treasure it is! While trends have changed, the basic concepts found in this 400 page book stand the test of time.
One of my clients wanted to create a Tuscan feel in her kitchen. She had a blank wall that screamed out for attention. I painted a stone niche with various elements in it to evoke that Tuscan feel she desired. Most recently I was in a workout facility that has a wall mural of a canyon. It served as scenery to let those using the facility feel less contained.