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If these walls could speak


If old walls could speak, what would they say? I’m always fascinated by interiors that keep decayed walls [or ceilings] as decor statements. In French, we have an expression that says “les murs ont des oreilles”, translated literally as “walls have ears.” Is there a similar say in English? I wonder.

If these walls could speak, they’d certainly have long stories to tell, tales from the past to share. In any case, they add instant charm and character to a renovated building, don’t you think?

Here are a few examples of interiors that embrace decayed walls, or old painted ceilings magnificently.


How about you? Would you keep a decayed wall [or old ceiling] as a decor statement if you were renovating an old home?



  • Angelina Majeed

    I love the one with the staircase. Beautiful colors and yes I would certainly keep an old wall as it is. It creates a sense of time passing.

  • Nadia Kaplan

    “les murs ont des oreilles” it a lovely expression. Love when people keep the old walls as a statement.

  • Taste of France

    If you had either of the last two examples, I suspect you would be forbidden from touching them–they look as if they would be under historic preservation protection.
    I like the Sabon Home bathroom, and white-washed brick walls are always great. But some of the others pose a real challenge in looking intentional, rather than “we ran out of money to finish the repairs.”