Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to interview some very creative homeowners as part of my journalism role. I couldn’t help but be inspired by the way they have designed their homes and I noticed something that many of them had in common – they’ve customised their interior using wall murals.
You don’t have to be particularly artistic to design and paint a wall mural, it can be as simple as adding some colourful shapes to the wall. Whatever you decide to create, it will be totally unique to you and adds more personality to a room than wallpaper and paint.
It’s also a money-saving way to decorate, as you don’t need to splash out on expensive wallpapers or hire a decorator to paint your room. All you need is some leftover paint or tester pots, a brush and your imagination!
Today, I’m sharing designs created by influential interior design bloggers and Instagrammers, all of whom I’ve interviewed for Reclaim magazine in the past. They’ve all been recognised for their unique interiors and the creative ways that they’ve upcycled their furniture, fittings and walls – hence the impressive collection of murals here.
The first mural I ever discovered was by Claire Lacey Photography. She decorated her child’s nursery with a mountainscape inspired by her trip to Iceland. She very kindly shared a step-by-step of the process with me so please check out the DIY video on my YouTube channel here:
My favourite interior design style is mid-century modern, so it probably comes as no surprise to learn that this retro-style wall mural by Kate Pearce Vintage was what first attracted me to her Instagram account.
Orange is my favourite colour for living spaces so I’m a big fan of using it in this way. The wall mural is viewed from both the living space and hallway, and ties in with the rust-coloured chairs in her kitchen, so it adds a big bold splash of colour throughout the ground floor of Kate’s home.
My favourite murals are always those that are full of vibrant colours or particularly striking designs. This one by Little House on the Corner reminds me of the dazzle camouflage painted onto ships during World War I.
I love simple monochrome colourways and would love to recreate this look myself. It just goes to show that even the smallest room in the house can benefit from a bold design and, in fact, it looks even more impressive to cover the whole room, from the door to the ceiling, with a mural. Check out the before and after blog post of this project.
Another brilliant bathroom mural was painted by April from Barn Home Living. She used leftover paint from around the house to create a mountainscape that reflects the view outside her Pennsylvania home. By using the same paint colours, this mural also helps to tie the room into the scheme of the rest of the interior.
April’s converted barn is full of her unique, creative touches so be sure to check out the home tour of her stunning barn that I previously shared on my blog.
Where murals work best are in rooms for Children. Whether it’s a bedroom, nursery or playroom, it helps to spark their imagination and create a fantasy environment for them to grow up in. The peaceful botanical design above is by Lana Rose Interiors.
Designer Nicola hand-painted the foliage design using tester pots of paint and leftover colours from the rest of her home. I’ve shared a full home tour of her Scandi-inspired home on my blog, so be sure to have a look at the rest of her rooms including the incredible frame panelling in the bedroom.
This colourful kid’s room mural by Melanie Lissack even includes 3D elements, within Lego people, toy cars and a hot air balloon attached to the cityscape wall mural. Check out my home tour blog post of Melanie’s Georgian home and her epic Ikea hacks.
I love this slightly more grown-up bedroom design by textile artist Elle from Bamaluz Home. Mid-century style runs throughout her interior (I’ve shared a home tour of her urban jungle home here) so this retro graphic sun and seascape fits in perfectly.
Finally, this pretty rainbow design was painted by Karen from @Homing_In_Progress. It could be used in a kids room or in a home office space – or just anywhere that needs a splash of colour. I’d personally love to have a rainbow in my own home office!
I hope you’ll agree that these talented designers and homeowners have really injected some personality into their homes with these incredible wall murals. Let me know what you think of these designs and please share your own theme ideas for decorating kids rooms in the comments below.