5 Home Mural Ideas That Wow!

Updated: Jul 6, 2021


Consider home mural ideas as an intentional way to bring art into your home decor. As artistic expression on a grand scale, they make perfect accent walls that tell a story or are simply sources of inspiration.

Whether on an interior wall that pulls in a room together or on an exterior one that becomes the backdrop of a patio or garden, a home mural makes a significant impact. Not only does it drive design direction, it also contributes to the energy you desire your space to have (vibrant, chill, romantic, etc.).

Here are some of the best home mural ideas to achieve this type of “wow” accent.


1.PAINT

If you have some artsy inclinations, one of the most popular home mural ideas is to simply use paint.


Once you’ve narrowed down your home mural ideas and have sketched them on paper, the easiest way to transfer it to the wall is to use the grid method.

If you're wanting to go bolder, why not go beyond the wall space as your canvas? Designer, stylist, Liz Kamarul shares her process of utilizing doors, trims and even the ceiling as free range for a wall mural. The result is jaw dropping, unapologetic art.

You can also use some simple methods for an abstract look. Painters’ tape is one of the simplest to create lines and shapes that are clean.

More tips:

For interiors, acrylic paint and matte finishes are suggested for beginners since they are less likely to show imperfections. Hint: Use chalk before paint to outline your design.


Acrylics are also recommended for outdoor murals. Chroma Mural Paint is a water-resistant paint with excellent coverage, designed with the mural artist in mind.


2. WALL COVERING

Remember when wallpapering was a slow and often sloppy process that took hours? In the 80s, this was something I witnessed my mom doing again and again.

Well, now with adhesive wall coverings, the task has been greatly simplified and those looking for home mural ideas can go in this direction.


For design geeks like me here’s some history on how we got here.

  • Wallpaper dates back to China in 200 B.C. where birds, flowers, and landscapes were painted on rice paper

  • 16th century Europe catches on

  • In the early 1800s full-wall murals or scenics were introduced

  • France invents the first machine for printing wallpaper in 1778

  • In 1920 the mechanical silkscreen machine opens up more varieties


Current wall coverings are a refreshing change to painted walls. They add multidimensional color to walls as well as a variety of textures to bring interesting finishes to your home.

Favorite choices for a feel that’s:


simple boho

botanical deco

brazen modern


3. STENCILS

Depending on the wallpaper and the size of the wall, this type of covering can get pricey. Using stencils or large stamps to draw attention to your space are good options for home mural ideas.


I had a talented stencil maker design a large banana leaf pattern in my former showroom in San Miguel de Allende. I loved how it brought the wall to life and added a botanical element to the space.

If you have the patience, this can be a very satisfying DIY project. Consider the scale of the pattern and wall size to make sure it’s not a repetition that is too overpowering. Also, select a pattern that speaks to your design style.

This Star & Jewel pattern is a favorite for a vintage, global look.


Tips like having a level to make sure the stencil is straight are important to keep in mind before getting started.


4. WALL HANGINGS


Wall hangings are a low commitment option as a wall mural idea. Whether an ever trending woven macrame creation or a large tapestry, these can be easily removed when you’re ready for a change.


As fabric, this accent brings in a 3D element of texture and softness that helps balance out a room. Consider this to act as a headboard to a bed or the backdrop to a living room as alternates to traditional wall art.

There are a number of ways to hang favorite textiles like using a rod or velcro that open the door to more options as well.


Some cool IG accounts to follow:

https://www.instagram.com/meghanpurcellart/