You work hard to keep your designs fitting but fresh, applicable but artful. Design inspiration can come from anywhere, anytime. We’re constantly on the lookout for creativity catalysts in nature, architecture, and humanity, as well as finished projects and installations. Here are a few of our current favorites.


As light is emitted through a glass of champagne, you can see the bubbles rise and pop.  Similarly, incandescent walls capture the light and “pop.” 



There’s a reason cabins and lodges are popular vacation destinations.  They allow people to let go of the complexity of daily life by showcasing the pure and simple.


Retro done right is eye-catching, playful, and fun. That’s what we thought of when we saw this old pink telephone.


A little black dress. A dozen red roses. A perfectly tailored three-piece suit. Some things have been and will always be a staple in American society.

An Elegant Game of "Where's Waldo?"

As original and eye-catching as the design was, something was missing. Applied directly to the painted wall, the montage of images fell flat. Then Director of Design Pam Valenta had an idea to use Vycon Legacy Pivot wallcovering from MDC as the base for the digital images. The design took on a rich look, full of dimension. It became the dynamic "Mexican toile" Valenta had envisioned for the walls of the bathroom at the new Ancho and Agave restaurant in Bloomington, Ill.

School Pride Shines from Above

Educational designers might learn a thing or two from Julie Williams of Larson & Darby Group in Rockford, Illinois. The firm received the AIA Prairie Chapter’s 2018 Excellence Award for Interior Design, having turned an Illinois high school into a space where school pride is high and the noise low, thanks to her creative use of Zintra acoustical ceiling clouds from MDC.

Nothing Says “Welcome” Quite Like Flowers.

At first glance, you’d swear you were looking at a full-scale renovation of the second floor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In truth, the interior design team transformed the Digestive Diseases clinic of the Thalians Health Center into a more inviting space simply by installing a custom digital mural. Vivid lotus flowers create an inviting atmosphere for patients and staff alike.

Grocer Discovers Fresh Looks that Last

The more familiar you are with your favorite grocery store, the faster you can shop up and down the aisles. Senior Interior Designer Vicki Wiesman remembers this when choosing materials for a Kroger Grocery Store remodel.

The "Wow" Factor without the "Wow" Price Tag

Interior design is the closest thing we have to time travel. An apartment complex clubhouse in the Chicago suburbs recently moved out of the 1990s and into modern day, under the expert eye of Creative Director Paul Polk of dL Design Chicago. He combined colors and textures to achieve a more sophisticated image for the property, including Factory wallcoverings from MDC.

Restful Stay Starts with Eye-Popping Welcome

Like the cover of a book, a hotel lobby sets expectations. It projects an image that tells guests they’ve come to the right place. Hotelier Amy Gamble uses MDC Dimension Walls to create a first impression that makes a lasting impact. Gamble and her husband began buying, renovating and selling hotels approximately 14 years ago.

There’s a lot riding on the interior design of Flywheel cycling studios.

Heart-pounding, music-driven workouts keep Flywheel members coming back for more. And Zintra acoustic panels keep that energizing music right where it belongs: inside the studio.

Interior designer finds stunning new way to save money at the bank

There’s that moment when you hang a painting and the beauty of a newly appointed space becomes perfectly complete. Interior Designer DeNae Krzyzanowkski of Linden Group Architects used framed artwork to finish her transformation of a historical bank into an 18-room boutique hotel in Homewood, Ill., with a distinctive French theme.

The Look of Metal. The Price of Gypsum Board.

Even an expert eye can’t tell the difference. The ceiling appears to be made of metal panels that lend a silvery sheen to the sleek interiors of the New Medical Office Building for Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates (JOHA) in New Lenox, Illinois. In reality, the panels are an inexpensive gypsum board coated in LiquaPearl metallic paint from MDC. The illusion was dreamed up by Kaleb Yanko and Bret Mitchell of Buchar, Mitchell, Bait Architects, Inc.

These Talented Architects Spend a Lot of Time Staring at the Walls

SERA Architects had a small budget and a big idea when they set about renovating the third floor of their offices in Portland, Oregon. They wanted more communal space where designers and project managers could collaborate. They envisioned a new, experimental workstyle, and they created it with an open floor plan and FUZE Dry Erase Paint.

Laurens Restoration has a 25-year history of making things look new again.

A two-year growth spurt prompted Laurens Restoration to update their offices after more than two decades running a successful business. They know a thing or two about breathing new life into a space, given their experience in restoring homes and businesses after a disaster. When it came time for their own office refresh, Laurens discovered a new purpose for their walls.

“Intellectual graffiti” frees the mind at creativity-driven school

Glenbrook North High School ranks among the top schools in Illinois and nationally, due largely to its focus on individual creativity. It’s an innovative school with access to all of the latest computers and classroom wizardry they need to create a dynamic learning environment. But the best technology they have, according to Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Bretag, is the dry erase paint that covers the walls.

How Pebble Beach Ended up in North Dakota

A community center, by nature, draws a diverse crowd. People of all ages and interests converge in one multi-purpose building, which poses a design challenge for even the most creative minds. The architects at Sink Combs Dethlefs and JLG Architects designed and built the innovative Williston Area Recreation Center in North Dakota, and they tapped MDC for graphic murals and specialty paints that add atmosphere to each room.

MDC’s Ceramic Paint makes its mark by preventing wheelchairs from doing the same

A visitor’s impression of a hospital starts in the parking lot. You want your entire property looking its best, from the manicured grounds to the patient rooms. Every image reflects the quality and cleanliness of the facility.

Updates and upkeep make all the difference, according to Elaine Ryan, Director of Materials Management for Whittier Health Network, which owns 13 health care facilities on the East Coast. Ryan sources Whittier’s interior design materials directly. She recently changed paint suppliers to reduce the disruption of maintaining clean, attractive walls.

Nettelhorst School
Stimulating Creativity and Imagination

It’s hard to believe it could be so simple. One application of MDC's dry erase paint turns even the most ancient of chalkboards into a modern-day teaching tool that makes the smart board look like a seriously overpriced investment. Better still, those old chalkboards are steering clear of the landfill, enabling schools to repurpose materials while conserving limited budget dollars. Now that their old chalkboards function as whiteboards, Nettelhorst children have a bright clean surface for drawing word maps, curriculum maps, anything that you can imagine.


On this university campus, it's the library that draws a crowd


There was a time when the library wasn’t a quiet storehouse of books. It was a vibrant place where scholars gathered to collaborate, discuss and explore. Today, that’s what you’ll find at the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada in Reno. Under the direction of Tod Colegrove, Ph.D., MSLIS, this library has reinvented itself as a hotspot for creative thinkers who thrive in an atmosphere where the ideas are as plentiful as the books.

It was a surprisingly easy transformation: they simply coated the walls with dry erase paint from MDC.

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If these walls could talk, they’d offer to pour you a cold one

A restaurant brewery is sure to attract a crowd, but things get tricky when it’s hidden behind a wall. Unless, of course you turn that wall into something equally dramatic and enticing.  The Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, Calif., engaged MDC to create a graphic mural of brewery images that’s 65 feet wide and 18 feet high. In other words, it catches the eye of everyone who walks in the door which makes it not only a stunning piece of art but also a great advertisement.


Rutgers Redefines Campus Dining with Stunning New Facility


Today’s college campus dining experience is a far cry from what it once was.  But it’s not just about serving better food. It’s also about creating atmosphere. Copper had the right look but was cost-prohibitive and difficult to maintain. Instead Rutgers selected Dimension Walls from MDC which has the kinetic look of copper without the expense. “It’s a strikingly beautiful, textured surface that’s surprisingly rugged and easily cleaned”. “It was the ideal solution for Rutgers’ new dining hall walls.”

The ideas never stop flowing at VML, a digital marketing agency in Kansas City, Mo.  Yet creativity is an unpredictable thing and great ideas have a way of popping up without warning, so the VML staff writes on just about every surface they can find. It could be a scrap of paper, a napkin, a candy wrapper or even a conference room wall.  Fortunately, that wall wipes clean easily, because it’s covered in dry erase paint from MDC – a coating that turns any smooth surface into a dry erasable one.



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