Designer-Approved Wallpaper Murals That Will Make Your Guests Do a Double Take
Why succumb to plain white walls when there are so many excellent opportunities to think outside the box? When it comes to wall decor, you can go a number of different routes, whether you opt for picture frames, decals, paint, or tapestries. These days, however, we’re especially loving wallpaper—specifically in mural form. Wallpaper murals add so much welcome color, dimension, and personality to any room and will majorly transform a space so that it looks custom and unique. So what are you waiting for? Add a painted wallpaper mural to your home choice today. Here are some creative ways interior designers used wallpaper murals that set the tone for the space they designed.
floral wallpaper adorns the walls of this cottagecore bedroom with floral window treatments, fresh flowers, and a floral quilt
Liz Caan / Eric Roth
This bedroom by Liz Caan is cottagecore at its finest. Floral prints are abundant; truly, the more the merrier. The floral wallpaper mural helps the well-curated space feel nice and complete, while its lighter tones allow the brightly colored window curtains to really pop.
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Soothing and Sophisticated
a gray tree-themed wallpaper mural sets the tone for this soft white nursery
Erin Gates / Photo by Sarah Winchester
Designer Erin Gates featured a soothing mural depicting an outdoor scene in a nursery project. The white and gray hues add intrigue without overwhelming the space. Best of all, this mural is kid-appropriate without appearing too childlike and therefore will shine in the bedroom for years to come. While pairing white and gray with more traditional blue and white patterns is a bit unexpected, the combination works wonderfully in making a nursery look both sophisticated and timeless.
Martha’s Vineyard Maximalism
Tropical wallpaper mural by French brand Ananbo, used in a bathroom on Martha’s Vineyard
Sure, Martha’s Vineyard may not be known for its palm trees, but they still make for a fun design element! The beachside bathroom by Thomas and Keren Richter of White Arrow received a tropical touch in the form of this dramatic wallpaper mural by French brand Ananbo. Blues and greens are always perfect for the loo, as they evoke a cleansing feel, and this design adds so much oomph to a petite space. After all, who says that bathrooms have to be free of personality?
A striped wallpaper mural adds a rainbow-like touch to this young girl’s room by Eilyn Jimenz of Sire Design; the pastel hues are cheerful but not overpowering.
A pastel-striped wallpaper mural extends to the ceiling in this young girl’s bedroom
Sire Design / Grossman Photo
Young ones will find this feature pretty darn cool! This space proves that wallpaper murals do not need to feature illustrations in order to shine; rather, a playful combination of colors can also work wonders. And nothing is more kid-friendly than a rainbow-like print!
Extending the mural so that it covers the ceiling draws the eye upward and makes this space look larger and more complete.
a purple and gray wallpaper mural with trees and birds used in a gorgeous powder room
Interior Impressions / Mackenzie Merrill
Soothing purples and grays transform a blank bathroom wall and add instant charm. The addition of ornate brass frames and a petite yet elegant chandelier—which perfectly complements the mirror and cabinetry—contribute to the granny chic, antique-inspired feel of this space, designed by Interior Impressions. Covering solely one wall with a wallpaper mural is more than ok if you’re wary about committing to an entire room.
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A Nod to Nature
wallpaper mural used on the ceiling of a nursery, that also features painted shiplap, wood beams, and a large mirror
Wooden beams are a stunning architectural feature on their own; why not celebrate them even further by adding a touch of wallpaper to really make this special detail shine? Painted shiplap and wooden accents contribute to this nursery’s farmhouse feel, so it’s only fitting to add an outdoor-themed print to the mix. Designed by Accent Prone, this space features design elements that are comforting without screaming “baby” and therefore will grow with its pint-sized resident. It’s a win-win!
Warm and Welcoming
a pink and coral wallpaper mural with flowers used in a white nursery
Curated Nest Interiors
This cheerful floral mural adds extra warmth to this nursery by Curated Nest Interiors. The space is outfitted with all of the classic boho elements: a rattan lamp, a beaded chandelier, a two-toned blanket ladder, and of course, a peppy plant. Bright colors contrast wonderfully with these more subdued pieces.
Chinoiserie wallpaper adorns a traditional entryway to a home with a Chinese chippendale bench and an antique wood side table
Mark Lavender / Photo by Chris Bradley
Chinoiserie, please! This entryway by Mark Lavender is a traditionalist’s dream. The wallpaper plays off the timeless Chinese chippendale bench and pairs beautifully with the antique wood entry table. A stark contrast to the modern, minimalist designs we often see in twenty-first century design, this space takes us back to the regency era.
Pretty in Pink
pink swirls wallpaper sets the tone in this bedroom with white dresser, sconces, and fresh flowers
Liz Caan Michael J Lee / Gibbs Smith Publishing, New England Modern
The soft pink swirls in this wallpaper mural are warm and comforting without being overpowering. Paired with a Scandinavian-inspired white and wood dresser, this bedroom designed by Liz Caan is looking nice and hygge.
Twists and Turns
swirly blue-and-white wallpaper in this kid bedroom featuring a bunk bed and primary colors
Etch Design Group / Cate Black Photography
Say yes to swirls! This happy print is reminiscent of Japandi style and is just one of many patterns featured in this playful children’s bedroom by Etch Design Group. The takeaway? Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of geometric designs; the end result is artistic and eye-catching.
Keep It Simple
tree branches and leaves speckled throughout bring the outdoors inside in this playroom
Curated Nest Interiors / Erin Coren
A minimalist play space rooted in neutral pieces is transformed with the addition of calming plant-themed paper. The room, by Curated Nest Interiors, proves that when designing kid-friendly spaces, it’s ok to keep the furniture nice and simple. Instead, it’s easy to add lighthearted elements by installing a wallpaper mural, hanging oversized letters, and keeping colorful picture books out on display so that they double as decor.