Maximalists rejoice: In recent years, bold patterns and colors have seen a resurgence, leading to a newfound wallpaper craze. And if you want to lean further, we’ll take a look at your wallpaper and bring you an even more eye-catching treatment: a mural. Unlike wallpaper, which features a repeating motif, wall murals feature a large image or pattern, either designed specifically for the space (and sometimes even painted directly onto the wall) or created with oversized repeats to encompass a large space . Some companies, such as Gracie, Fromental, or De Gournay, hand-paint intricate scenes onto rolls of silk or paper, which are then carefully installed in a home, paying careful attention to clearances around doors, windows, and even light switches. Others, like MJ Atelier, can even add three-dimensional detail to the panel. Either way, a finished mural essentially serves as a built-in work of art—and one you can even hang more Artwork on if you really want to flex those maximalist muscles. Read on to see some of our favorite wall murals from designers and artists.
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Designer Bailey Li creates hand-painted murals for her clients, drawing color from space to create hypnotic abstract masterpieces like this one (watch her at work here).
“The dining room was our biggest challenge, but it ended up being the most exciting room in the house,” says designer Sarah Gilbane of this wild and fun space. The theme was vintage Everglades, so decor artist Brian Leaver painted the palm trees and flamingos onto a grass wallpaper and then created a trompe l’oeil tent ceiling. Painting over textured materials rather than directly onto the wall can add even more depth.
For his daughter’s bedroom in their California home, designer Eric Olsen commissioned artist James Goldcrown to create a customized version of his signature graffiti hearts. (Wondering how to commission your own mural artist? Check out our guide here.)
Inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, Jeff Robinson added a lush mural to designer Molly Luetkemeyer’s LA home to create a fantastical, jungle-like ambiance.
Raji RM warned this modern house by Piet Boon with several murals, including this one, which is based on an 1807 painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly.
De Gournay’s Japanese garden enlivens this modern yet timeless dining room designed by Studio DB. The romantic mural is a cute backdrop for contemporary furniture.
For a retreat in Bellport, New York, designer Aamir Khandwala enlisted artist Shantell Martin to go wild on the kitchen wall (using her trademark Sharpie), resulting in a bespoke graphic wall treatment that’s also a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
De Gournay’s Sans Souci motif is given a boost of energy in this bold bedroom by Miles Redd with apple green details.
Denise McGaha commissioned Bettinger Studio to create a mural that mirrors the cabinets in the adjoining open kitchen of this Texas home to unify the open space.
A Gracie mural in rich lavender gives the feel of a secret garden to the otherwise modern dining room in a home of Mary McGee in Massachusetts.
Designer Devin Kirk took inspiration from the hand-painted approach to De Gournay’s murals, but gave it a modern twist by using a stencil to paint this hallway. He used Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue and Studio Green.
Here’s another fun example of a custom graffiti wall at designer Dee Murphy’s Los Angeles home. She commissioned local artist Diego Arturo Mendoza to pay tribute to family and the neighborhood while transforming a hallway into something much more meaningful and inspirational.
Miles Redd advocates adding an extra dimension to murals with framed art – even better when it’s graphic and modern to create an alluring juxtaposition.
Designer Kevin Isbell gave this media room in an East Coast beach house the wallpaper mural treatment royalty with a Moby Dick-inspired masterpiece. Best of all, the mural doesn’t stop at the top of the walls – it continues all the way to the ceiling.
A dining room by Christopher Maya receives a similar contrasting treatment, with red lacquered millwork set against a sky blue mural by De Gournay and coordinating seating.
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