ChromaLuxe Panels for Décor: Personalization Is Always in Style

As the year starts to wane, décor magazine editors often start compiling chic trends anticipated for the upcoming year. However, for some designers – like Nate Berkus – a trend that is always relevant is individuality and personal style. In an interview with Atlanta Magazine in 2017, Berkus said your space “should remind you of the people you love and have loved, or the places that you’ve been or wish to go.”

What better way to follow Berkus’ advice than helping customers decorate their homes with meaningful art pieces created from images of family members or important places? With ChromaLuxe Aluminum Photo Panels or ChromaLuxe EXT, you can turn family portraits and vacation pictures into personalized art décor.

ChromaLuxe panels utilize dye-sublimation technology, which means the image is sublimated into the panel, so it is protected from indirect sunlight and other environmental factors indoors, while ChromaLuxe EXT panels have additional UV protection when the artwork is displayed in the outdoor elements.

With multiple display options available, ChromaLuxe prints make great housewarming or wedding gifts, are perfect décor for family reunions and provide a little piece of home for students who are looking to brighten up the drab walls of a college dorm room or apartment.

If you are interested in learning more about how to create dye-sub art, or any of the components of the process, including ChromaLuxe Aluminum Panels, Epson F-Series printers or LexJet InFuze paper, visit or call 800-453-9538 and speak with one of our specialists today.

Give Custom Walls Personality with the Right Wallcovering Product

Gone are the days of choosing from a few wallpaper options that may ­– or may not – match your style and personality. Creating custom artwork for your home or office is one of the new trends for wall décor. From kids’ rooms to board rooms, we’ve rounded up a variety of solutions that are tailor-made for you.

Check out some of the ways our customers added personality and life to their wall mural projects:

Wall Murals That Go with the Flo: If you are doing a project that will be displayed for a few months or several years, LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, with its air-egress liner and repositionable adhesive, makes installation a breeze. When John Toth from Triad Creative Group was tasked with bringing the past to the present, he opted for Simple Flo – laminated with LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Gloss UV Laminate (2.4 Mil). For this project, some of the murals were displayed on different substrates, including primed MDF and Sintra, while others were applied directly to the display walls. Toth knew that the applications would be bubble-free due to the air-egress liner and that the repositionable adhesive would allow him to fix any misaligned panels during installation. The wide color gamut of the Simple Flo contributed to the authenticity of the project by bringing out subtle nuances in the historical images.

Grizzly Creek Gallery Helps Bring Serenity of Nature to High-Stress Workplaces

Georgetown, Colorado is a former silver-mining camp nestled in the mountains about 45 minutes west of Denver. Although the town only has about 1,000 year-round residents, a steady stream of tourists visit Georgetown to get a sense of what life must have been like during the Colorado Silver Boom in 1850s. The well-preserved, historic town has proven to be the ideal location for the Grizzly Creek Gallery operated by nature and wildlife photographer Gary Haines and his wife.  And in fact, the gallery is located in the town’s first framed commercial building, which dates back to 1867.

Most images displayed in the gallery are Gary’s, but the Grizzly Creek Gallery also represents other photographers who specialize in Colorado scenics. In addition to selling a wide selection of matted prints, notecards, and decorative furnishings to tourists, Grizzly Creek Gallery offers customized mounting and framing services and large-format digital printing. Gary also provides complimentary, on-site consultations to interior designers and art consultants who want help choosing which images would work best with existing home or office décor.

A Simple Way to Produce Durable, Kid-Friendly Wall Murals

Here’s a great example of how a LexJet customer is using Simple Flo wrap adhesive vinyl for a project other than vehicle wraps.

The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center in Honolulu is a warm and friendly museum with hands-on instructional exhibits for children of all ages.  So when designers of a new facility at the center wanted to enliven the walls with bright, kid-friendly murals, it’s only natural that they would want materials that not only deliver ultra-vibrant colors but also extra durability and easy cleaning.

That’s why Pro Digital LLC of Honolulu, Hawaii is using LexJet Simple Flo wrap vinyl with a luster laminating film to create the murals.  Simple Flo wrap provides the opacity needed to prevent unsightly seams with overlapping panels. The repositionable adhesive on Simple Flo supports easy installation. Air-egress channels in the adhesive help prevent air bubbles and wrinkles.

Although the 2.4-mil Simple Flo wrap vinyl doesn’t disguise underlying imperfections in the wall surface as well as a WallPro textured wallcovering material would have, Pro Digital’s Bradley Igawa reports that the client is very pleased with how the installed mural looks.

Kem McNair Creates Custom Surfboards as Wall Art

A well-crafted surfboard is a work of art—especially when it’s embellished with images that evoke the awesome power and beauty of nature that surfers experience while riding the waves.  That’s why surfer/artist/photographer/musician Kem McNair of New Smyrna Beach FL came up with the idea of creating limited-edition Surf Artboards. Each Artboard incorporates a giclée reproduction of one of McNair’s surf paintings and is custom-manufactured by McNair himself. The boards can be ordered through Kem McNair’s website ( along with limited-edition canvas prints and posters of some of the thousands of paintings, illustrations, and photographs McNair has created over the past 40 years.

Kem McNair combines his surfboard-manufacturing experience and art talents to reproduce his paintings on wall-art replicas of longboards. Shown here: Shane Smith helps with some of the fiberglass work.

Kem McNair started surfing when he was a child, and is so passionate about the sport and the surfing culture that he has built his career around it.  He has won regional and East Coast championships, surfed and photographed waves in exotic locations all over the world, and worked in a surfboard manufacturing studio.

Since he began painting surfboards in the mid-60s, he has airbrushed and hand-painted over 10,000 surfboards and created thousands of surfing-related T-shirt designs and illustrations.  Recently, some of his watercolor and oil paintings were accepted for inclusion in a regional juried art show. Plus, he shoots photographs of local surfers—primarily in the inlet where he continues to surf as often as possible.

The first Surf Artboards McNair produced were hand-painted, 42-in. miniature surfboards that were time-consuming and expensive to produce. But thanks to the wide-format Epson Stylus Pro 7600 inkjet printer he uses and the 3P Universal Light inkjet-receptive polyester fabric that he purchased from LexJet, McNair has discovered that he can scale up the size of each Surf Artboard while keeping the selling price affordable enough for many surfing enthusiasts. Now, he can make the Artboards in whatever size a client might want.

For a client in Colorado, he recently custom-made a longboard decorated with a reproduction of his “Rainbow Tube” painting. At 6 ft., 6 in. long, the Surf Artboard is 2/3 the size of a real longboard and packs a more powerful visual punch than the 42-in. miniature surfboards.

“What made the whole thing work was the fabric I bought from LexJet,” says McNair.  Not only was the fabric more durable than some of the inkjet art and rice papers he had previously tried with his ArtBoards, but “The colors were insanely great!” On the 3P inkjet fabric, the colors didn’t look muted or subdued as they had on some of the inkjet papers that McNair had tried. 

Plus, the polyester material held together nicely when the resins were squeegeed on top of the print. Nor did the inks on the 3P fabric run as they had on some of the art papers.  Even when the print is encapsulated in resin, which is then laminated with fiberglas, sanded and polished, the 3P Universal Light fabric still displays a subtle bit of tooth that makes the finished art look more like a painting than a print. McNair signs and numbers each print before coating it with the clear resin. 

This 78 in. board, which features an encapsulated, signed and numbered reproduction of one of McNair’s paintings, now decorates one of the office walls of surfing enthusiast in Colorado. “It looks like a fine piece of furniture,” says McNair. “It’s highly glossed and polished, like we used to produce boards in the old days.” (

Custom-imaged ArtBoards are just one example of the type of innovative, custom products that you can create with some of the dozens of different inkjet-printable materials available from LexJet. If you have an idea for a new product you might like to create with your inkjet printer, call a LexJet account specialist at 800-953-9538.

“Tell us what you have in mind, and we can recommend some options for getting the job done—including some inkjet-printable materials you might not have considered,” says LexJet account specialist Katie Rizi, who recommended using the 3P Universal Light fabric for Kem’s ArtBoard project.

You can read more about the steps used to create surfboard art in the next issues of LexJet’s Expand and In Focus newsletters. See more of McNair’s artwork by visiting his online gallery at

When you visit Kem McNair’s website, be sure to check out his famous “shark jumping the waves” photograph that went viral online and was featured on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, Inside Edition, and many other media outlets. Some skeptical bloggers speculated that the shark-jumping image was a clever bit of Photoshop trickery. But McNair insists he just happened to be taking action shots of some surfers when he captured a natural phenomenon that he and his fellow surfers at New Smyrna Beach see more often than they might like.