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WORDS Debbie Loots PHOTOS Adam Letch

The Majeka House boutique hotel has gone topsy-turvy by placing super-sized digital art prints on its ceilings.

Home-art trends come and go, and come around again… And sometimes we get to turn them on their heads, thanks to technology making new things possible. Big things. Such as the digital ceiling prints from Artlab that interior designer Etienne Hanekom commissioned for Majeka House, a 22-room boutique hotel in Stellenbosch he was given carte blanche to renovate.

Etienne wanted to give each room its own personality without going overboard. He kept things simple throughout the rooms, allowing the large, ceiling prints in each to infuse the spaces with a distinct character. Insets were cut into the specially fitted ceilings, framing the prints in each room, while hidden LED lights create a dramatic night-time picture.

Majeka House’s two pool suites also received the big-print treatment, but here the walls bear the larger-than-life prints.

This is the way to go if you’re on a tight budget, says Etienne. Fixing a busy print, such as the palm-treescape, on a wall creates volume in a sparsely furnished space. Images can be enlarged to any size, to fit any wall or ceiling, making it easy to get the big-picture effect in your home.