Plain and simply, wall murals are hard to pull off—that's probably why most dwellers fear committing. Unlike canvas paintings or framed images, oversized murals change the entire ambiance of a room with their large can't-be-missed scale. But just because murals are dynamic, and quite honestly, a commitment, that's no reason to shy away from incorporating them into your space. When done correctly, they can be the difference between an impeccably designed space and one that falls a bit short.
Our advice: Go with something you're certain will complement your aesthetic because you only get one chance to nail the design. While a floral pattern can make everything feel feminine and fresh, an image of a city skyline can instantly transform a space into a cosmopolitan retreat.
In case you don't know where to start, there's plenty of inspiration waiting to be discovered on Instagram. Here are 17 of our favorite mural ideas that transform blank walls into pieces of art. Go big or you might not want to come home.
Placing furniture next to a wall mural is no easy feat—especially one that boasts a busy pattern or illustration. However, this one has a focal point at the ideal level for a bed or a couch. The jungle scene pokes out from behind the bed in a way that feels organic, yet simultaneously unexpected.
In our dreamiest of dreams, the scenery looks a little something like this—that's what we think every time we look at this mural, at least. The brush strokes are delicate and ethereal, giving any room a spa-like ambiance. Want the look without the commitment? This hanging wall chart does the deed:
Going Out West
If you're the kind of person who dreams about taking a summer road trip along Route 66 and detouring to the Grand Canyon, there's no doubt you need this little piece of the Wild West in your home. Layered with woven fabrics, natural wood, and textured touches, it'll transform your space into a desert oasis.
Behold a mural that unites both plant lovers and those who lack the special touch of a green thumb. For the plant lovers, the bright green leaves create a cohesive backdrop for your fiddle leaf fig and areca palm. For those who can't keep a cactus alive, this is the type of plant you'll be able to enjoy every single day without doing any harm whatsoever—promise.
Not all murals require a prerequisite fine arts class. In fact, that's exactly what draws us to this totally DIY-able mural. The imperfect edges and asymmetrical composition make it easy to replicate. Plus the warm tropical color palette gives the room an OOO feeling at all times, and that's worth every ounce of hard work you put into it.
The Shape Of You
There are very few design styles we love as much as geometric. This design takes the trend to a brand new level, with hints of mid-century modern style. We love how the orange, terracotta, slate gray and greige color palette feels slightly retro while still being completely on-trend.
Hit The Roof
Not a fan of wall decor? Time to bring the eyes up, and we mean way up. This mural covers the ceiling, from one end to the other, in an oil splatter design that looks straight out of a museum. The blue shades complement other elements in the room without looking overly decorated or overly coordinated.
Plaid on plaid. Dots with stripes. There's a certain art to pattern mixing that very few can master with ease. But this simple black and white flower pattern fits easily with other patterned designs. Case in point, we love how it contrasts here against the cold white subway tiles and gray-patterned floor tiling.
We might not have the savings to afford a luxurious trip to Santorini, so this mural will have to do in the meantime. Since nothing screams relaxation more than blue and white umbrellas on a Grecian beach, this mural makes coming home after a long day at work feel like a vacation—no plane ticket necessary.