Take Your Wall Decor to New Heights With Murals

Want to do something dramatic with that big, blank wall in your home? Creating a custom wall mural from your own photos or artwork is easier than you might think.

The HGTV Dream Home 2016 is beautiful with plenty of eye-catching features, but the detail that caught my attention most was the huge wall mural in the living room created from a vintage photo of surfers negotiating a wave. I've seen my share of gallery walls and overscaled art, but this one took me by surprise.

Mix Things Up

Mix Things Up

Not only is this a creative way to turn a blank wall into a personalized, showstopping feature, but it's also not too DIYWSH (that's my short-hand for DIY with some help). The mural at the HGTV Dream Home actually isn't that different from the ubiquitous vinyl wall decals featuring quotes or cute designs.

Gray Bedroom with Mural of California Redwoods and Natural Wood Furniture

Gray Bedroom with Mural of California Redwoods and Natural Wood Furniture

Photo by: Julie Mikos, Design by Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Julie Mikos, Design by Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Rather than purchase the wallcovering from a home goods store or Etsy.com, you'll need to get in touch with a company that makes custom signs like wall decals for other businesses or giant advertising banners. You provide them with the photo or design that you want turned into a vinyl wall mural and the dimensions for the mural, and they'll handle the printing part.

Blue Hall With Multicolor Ocean Mural

Blue Hall With Multicolor Ocean Mural

Photo by: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Jackson Design and Remodeling

A small mural might run you about $75, while a larger mural could cost a few hundred dollars, which may end up being cheaper than amassing pieces for a gallery wall or purchasing overscale art and then having it professionally framed.

Large Circular Table in Transitional Dining Room With Saturated Red Accents, Blurred Wall Look and Ceiling Molding Design

Large Circular Table in Transitional Dining Room With Saturated Red Accents, Blurred Wall Look and Ceiling Molding Design

Photo by: Vanessa Deleon

Vanessa Deleon

The trickiest part is hanging your new artwork. Some murals are printed on self-adhesive vinyl, which requires removing the backing and adhering the mural to the wall. Others will need special adhesive added, resulting in an installation a process that is very similar to hanging wallpaper. Either way, at minimum you'll want some extra hands to help you hang things straight and evenly. HGTV Dream Home designer Brian Patrick Flynn shows you how to tackle this part:

How to Turn Your Photos Into a Wall Mural 03:08


Vinyl wall coverings aren't your only option for creating a custom wall mural. Companies like Spoonflower.com print custom wallpaper if you're looking more for a pretty design pattern and less for a gigantic replication of a photo or art.

Dining Room Features Black-and-White Canvas Mural by Street Artist

Dining Room Features Black-and-White Canvas Mural by Street Artist


Cecilie Starin

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

Another option is to use painted fabric. Cecilie Starin enlisted the help of San Francisco street muralist, Ian Ross, to paint long pieces of fabric with black-and-white spray paint, which she then hung on the walls of the dining room seen above for a fresh, urban look.

Take a look at these other rooms that use wall murals to stunning effect:

Contemporary Bedroom With Nature-Inspired Accent Wall

Contemporary Bedroom With Nature-Inspired Accent Wall

Photo by: Metcalfe Architecture & Design, LLC

Metcalfe Architecture & Design, LLC

Bright, Contemporary Racecar Room

Bright, Contemporary Racecar Room

Photo by: r.guarnieri


Beach-Perfect Wall Mural

Beach-Perfect Wall Mural


Beach Flip


If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

Photo by: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Todd Douglas / Getty Images



Check Out These Kid-Themed Wall Murals:

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Modern Cityscape

Gold Polka Dots

Photo By: Land of Nod

World Traveler

Vibrant Colors

The Giving Tree

Retro Reading Nook

Green and Blue, Hue Knew

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