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.
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
The homeowners love the California Redwoods, so these majestic trees were incorporated into the design of this bedroom. The gray color on the wall complements the misty quality of the mural. The natural wood of the headboard, bed frame and the dressers reflect the inherent beauty of the Redwood Forest.
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.
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
A blurred wall effect with running horses creates movement through this dark dining room. Black molding forms a bold ceiling design surrounding a chandelier over the large, circular wood dining table. The table is surrounded by chairs with alternating red and plaid upholstery matching the two sides of the curtain.
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:
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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
With an interest in street art, designer Cecilie Starin turned to surfer and muralist Ian Ross, whose designs are inspired by kelp, for the eye-catching wallcovering in "Street Soiree," the dining room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Ross spray painted 17 yards of canvas for the wallcovering, which is complemented by black lacquered paint and a black-and-white striped ceiling.
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
A nature-inspired wall mural serves as the backdrop for the bed in this contemporary bedroom. The rest of the bedroom's walls are kept white to ensure a clean, fresh look.
Metcalfe Architecture & Design, LLC
Bright, Contemporary Racecar Room
To create a one of a kind bunkbed in this racetrack inspired room, designer Carrie Maniaci built the upper bunk as the garage with the lower bunk as the car parked underneath. "We wanted something that would be fun for the kids and spark their imagination," Maniaci said.
Peel-and-stick decals make creating a wall mural easy and affordable. You'll find a wide variety of styles on the market, from contemporary styles like this graphic city scene to more traditional motifs. Photo courtesy of Blik
Designer Bri Moysa of Emerson Grey Designs used a wallpaper map of the world to give a Hawaiian-themed nursery a global vibe. An unexpected color scheme of red and yellow instead of the typical blues and greens, and wallpaper-type patterns for each country offer an updated take on what’s become a standard kids’ room motif.
As you choose colors for your child's room, don't forget the fifth wall: the ceiling. In this energetic Miami bedroom, the strongest splash of color is on the ceiling, where sunny yellow adds energy without overwhelming the small space. Photo courtesy of Amy Lau Design
Green and Blue, Hue Knew
Painting the walls in this teen's bedroom in a color-blocked pattern helped the client's existing low-profile furniture work well with the room's high ceilings. Instead of trying to camouflage a ceiling support beam, the designer highlighted it with turquoise paint — turning a design flaw into an interesting architectural element. Design by Nancy Barrett of Decorating Den Interiors; photographery by Anne Matheis