Over a year ago, I saved an image on Instagram that stopped me in my tracks – a gorgeous mural wallpaper in a water closet, and I’ve had murals on my mind since. It also kind of turned into one of those things that once you start noticing something–you see it everywhere! Now I have an entire folder of beautiful murals in every space from a bathroom, to bedroom, hall, living room, bedroom–they’re so magical. I think it brings such a special mood to a space that goes even deeper than a repetitive patterned wallpaper can.
It’s clear I love wallpaper – the girl’s office, Polly’s room, Faye’s room, Greta’s room, the playroom, and (my most favorite) our water closet in the bathroom, but this might just be the beginning (is that crazy to say?). What makes a mural different (whether papered or hand-painted!) is that there’s no pattern, but a scene. Most wallpapers are patterns duplicated over and over again to make one seamless pattern. It has its own mood that I still love and will definitely implement in our new house, but right now I’m really digging the mural trend. At one point I was considering doing a mural wallpaper in the music room, and maybe if we would have stayed longer that would have happened.
I do think a mural needs to be used a lot more sparingly than traditional wallpaper. Maybe one space in a house! And I’m already thinking about what space that will be in our NC house. I’m thinking possibly the dining room? Or one of the girls’ rooms? Our next house is more traditional so it really lends itself to something like this, but I’ve also seen it work really beautifully in a more modern space.
Here’s all the images I’ve been saving. Brace yourselves for a gorgeous, drool-worthy scroll, and note how a mural can add so much depth, height, and drama to a variety spaces!
Are you convinced yet? By the end of this I’m anxious with anticipation to do this project ourselves! I’ve linked a few mural wallpaper sources if you’re curious about doing something like this in your house, but I’m desperate to find more! Let me know if you have any additional sources I can add to this list!
Anthropologie – I’m really loving this one.
VintageArt Wallpaper – This Etsy shop is a show stopper. It’s full of vintage looking landscape drawings, printed on peel and stick panels for ease.
Graham & Brown – They have a tool on their site where you put in your wall measurements and choose your crop. So handy.
Charlotte Terrell – Obsessed doesn’t cut it. Charlotte is a landscape artist and hand-paints directly onto the wallpaper.
de Gournay – More gorgeous hand-painted wallpaper, with lots of botanicals, and birds. Adorable.
A New Wall – Another great printed, peel and stick option.
Rebel Walls – Such a large wall mural selection.