14 best mural design ideas (2023)

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Ideal for adding design flair, personality, colour and texture to a room, murals are the must have modern wallpaper designs. Large-scale, digitally-printed designs can quite simply be something to marvel at, but with such an overwhelming choice, the hardest decision is which to pick...

Once you have your mural in place, let the colours within it guide the room's scheme – balance and restraint are key when you have something so impactful on your wall. Most of the designs are easy to put up – either ‘paste the wall’ or traditional adhesive – so you can transform your room within hours.

Use our guide to find the best mural for you rooms – and don't miss all our design guides on our dedicated hub page.

  • Find out how to create a mural wall with our top tips

1. Choose moody floralsfor a light-filled room

Still loving dark and brooding interiors? Yep, us too, and we can't get enough of this living room. The expansive mural is a copy of the iconic painting, Vase of Flowers by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem. We reckon something this dark would work best in a room that has enough natural light to balance the dark tones; use plenty of colour to lighten the space.

Vase of Flowers (opens in new tab) mural, £36 per m2, Murals Wallpaper. Oscar two and a half seat sofa in Claret, £2,440, sofa.com (opens in new tab). Kahrs Classic Oak Nouveau (opens in new tab) flooring in charcoal wood, £69.99 per m2, Carpetright.

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(Image credit: Carpetright)

2. Choose a fairytale landscape for a kid's bedroom

Keep children's imaginations flowing with a mural that looks like something straight out of a book. This exquisite mural from Sian Zeng (opens in new tab) has been reproduced from a Chinese inspired hand-painted work and will fit on any wall due to its repeating panels. It also comes in a dreamy pale grey (which we think would be totally fabulous in an adult bedroom).

Classic Hua Trees (opens in new tab) mural wallpaper in pink, panel prices start from £80, Sian Zeng.

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(Image credit: Sian Zeng)

3. Create a library (without any books)

If you'd like to create a display of books to add texture, colour, depth and character to your room but would love to take a short-cut to get it, a library mural is the way to go.

This Natural Bookcase mural (opens in new tab) by Wallsauce is made-to-measure and costs from £30m2.

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(Image credit: Wallsauce)

4. Create an impressive backdrop with a map mural

Create a focal wall in a home office or kid’s bedroom with this made-to-measure map of the world mural – it might even help them with their geography homework! You can even crop a certain area if you don’t wish to choose the whole world. Brightly coloured and bold, it certainly creates an impressive backdrop and works brilliantly with white and mid-toned wood furniture.

World white flags map (opens in new tab) wallpaper mural by Lovell Johns, from £30 per m2, Wallsauce.

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(Image credit: Wallsauce)

5. Embrace the trend for geometric shapes

Pretty pastels in geometric shapes – what’s not to love? This striking mural is made up of four coloured and textured blocks, and comes in a six easy ‘paste the wall’ panels. The pale wood flooring and candy coloured sofa give a Scandi feel to this look; recreate yourself by choosing a similar colour palette.

Geo wall mural (opens in new tab), from £120; can be custom made to fit your space; from £195, Woodchip & Magnolia.

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(Image credit: Woodchip & Magnolia)

6. Add an exotic feel with tropical prints

Create a harmonious bedroom under the palm trees with your own tropical urban jungle. Soothing greens and pastel pink are two colours that are easy on the eye and calming to boot. Accessorise with succulents, trailing house plants, botanical cushions and vases full of exotic flowers to complete this on trend look.Find more botanical wallpapers in our design guide.

Bedroom under palm trees mural (opens in new tab), from £218, Pixers.

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(Image credit: Pixers)

7. Evoke a feeling of zen with Asian inspired prints

Taken from an original painting in plaster and ink, this striking Chinese tree will give maximum impact in a large space. A living room or bedroom would suit this painterly style and colours, and it can be hung in repeat, used with dado and picture rails and cropped to suit all ceiling heights. Pick out cushions and accessories in the two main colours – blush pink and mustard yellow – to tie the look together.

Chinese Tree (opens in new tab) in blush mural wallpaper, £395, Anna Jacobs Art. Love this look? It's inspired by maximalism – check out our feature to see more.

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(Image credit: Anna Jacob Art)

8. Animal lover? This mural is for you

Who wouldn’t love a 1:1 scale polar bear swimming into their bedroom? This stunning image is made to measure and you can have extra blue strips each side of the bear if your wall is wide. Easy to install, it comes with a self-adhesive backing and can be placed over a normal painted wall and be repositioned. Ideal for a boy who can’t decide on a paint scheme and wants to surprise his friends next time they visit!

Arctic polar bear (opens in new tab) self-adhesive wallpaper mural, from £129, Oakdene Designs.

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(Image credit: Oakdene designs)

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9. Get a style hit with a marble wall

Murals are not just for living rooms and bedrooms, they can look fabulous in kitchens too. If you are doing up a kitchen on a budget and that fabulous marble worktop is way out your price range, get this mural on your wall instead! Why not just completely steal this look and combine it with dark grey painted units and warm toned wood?

White marble (opens in new tab) wall mural, £30 per m2, Wallsauce.

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(Image credit: Wallsauce)

10. Opt for a quirky kaleidoscope print

Create your own optical illusion with this all over pattern of pretty pink blossom. This particular design will work in both modern and more traditional settings. Team with black pendant lights and sleek furniture for the former and curvy style furniture and classic accessories if your home is a period property. To keep the look balanced and not too full-on, simply have it on one wall and paint the rest in a plain, complementary colour.

Oasis (opens in new tab) mural, £179.95 per panel, from the Oasis Wallpaper Collection, Galerie Wallcoverings.

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(Image credit: Galerie Wallcoverings)

11. Add texture with a layered wall mural

Opting for a mural with a layered design and assortment of patterns is a great option if you're looking to add texture to a space.

We love this Winter Hills Mural (opens in new tab) from Wallsauce, with its combination of earthy browns, greens and pops of gold. It creates a great focal point in a space and should be paired with accessories in a similar tone.

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(Image credit: Wallsauce)

12. Use green as a new neutral shade

Tired of white and cream, and ready to give a mural a go? Experiment with calm shades of green and abstract motifs. Sage or mint green are especially suitable for a home office, while a deep forest green would work in a bedroom.

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The Pseudo Sage Watercolour Wallpaper Mural (opens in new tab) is from MuralsWallpaper.

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(Image credit: MuralsWallpaper)

13. An orange mural? In a bathroom? It can work...

Orange is making a comeback this season, and that includes the walls. The key to making orange work is to pick a slightly dusty coral shade. A great way to update a room that has lost its mojo (boring bathrooms, we're looking at you).

We like the Coral Reef Pattern Wallpaper Mural from MuralsWallpaper (opens in new tab).

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(Image credit: MuralsWallpaper)

14. Create a statement bathroom wall with a monochrome mural

Introduce a bespoke, playful element to your bathroom with a monochrome wall mural. To keep the design scheme smart, keep the colour scheme of the bathroom furniture monochrome too.

This bathroom with a mountain mural is by Delightfull (opens in new tab).

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(Image credit: DelightFULL)

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FAQs

What makes a successful mural? ›

The design should have some cultural or historic relevance to the community or building. Designs should be presented to, and approved by, the Main Street Board. A rendering should be created to advertise what the final outcome will look like, as well as a basis for the mural itself.

What should be included in a mural? ›

Here are 12 key steps that will help you lead a mural project once your group is assembled.
  1. Generate a Theme. ...
  2. Brainstorm Content and Imagery. ...
  3. Create a Shape Proportional to Your Wall. ...
  4. Create Sketches of the Imagery. ...
  5. Arrange the Composition. ...
  6. Consider Foreground, Middle Ground, and Background. ...
  7. Draft the Composition.
21 Jun 2016

What are the 4 techniques that can be used to create a mural? ›

5 Mural Painting Techniques to Try
  • Sponging. Sponging is perhaps the most well-known and easy mural painting technique. ...
  • Stenciling. Stenciling is another popular mural painting technique because it's easy to complete with minimal materials needed. ...
  • Stippling. ...
  • Glazing. ...
  • Painting.
12 Nov 2021

What are the 2 types of murals? ›

While there is no shortage of images to capture in a mural, there are three general types of this kind of art: Photography murals, painted scenery or image murals, and abstract murals.

How long should a mural last? ›

The recommendations on this website assume that a mural that is painted with careful planning and consideration to technique and materials and that receives regular maintenance could have a lifespan of 20-30 years.

Do murals increase property value? ›

Mural Art Can Raise Resale Values

Most building owners won't luck out and attract work from a world-famous street artist like Banksy. Even so, the presence of mural art on a building — whether created by skilled amateurs or commissioned professionals — can still add significant amounts to a building's resale value.

What is a fair price for a mural? ›

On average, people will charge about $10-$20 per square foot. Although not as common, this price can increase significantly for hand-painted murals and will vary from one artist to the next. Most murals are printed using a custom or existing design.

What are the themes of murals? ›

WHAT ARE THE 8 THEMES OF ART?
  • Personal expression. . ...
  • Religious. . ...
  • Stories and History. . ...
  • The Natural World. . ...
  • Politics and social order. . ...
  • Scenes of everyday life. . ...
  • Fantasy. . ...
  • Conflict and Adversity. .

What is a reasonable price for a mural? ›

As you can imagine, with all these variables affecting the price of a wall mural it is quite difficult to provide standard rates for murals, although the general rule of thumb sets between $15 and $30 per square foot, sometimes moving below on very large murals and above when complexity is high or there are added ...

What are 7 different techniques in creating visual arts? ›

Line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture are the seven core elements of art and they often overlap and inform one another.

How do you prepare a wall for a mural? ›

Basic Steps For Wall Preparation
  1. Remove old wall covering.
  2. Remove flaking paint.
  3. Repair any defects in the wall surface; patch nail holes.
  4. Remove picture hooks, light fixtures, switch plates & outlet plates.
  5. Remove old paste, grease and dirt with a warm, mild detergent solution; rinse well.
  6. Paint wall if necessary.

What is a 3d mural called? ›

Trompe-l'œil.

What is the style of a mural? ›

A mural is any piece of graphic artwork that is painted or applied directly to a wall, ceiling or other permanent substrate. Mural techniques include fresco, mosaic, graffiti and marouflage.

What are 2 paintings together called? ›

As an art term a diptych is an artwork consisting of two pieces or panels, that together create a singular art piece these can be attached together or presented adjoining each other. In medieval times, panels were often hinged so that they could be closed and the artworks protected.

What do you seal a mural with? ›

Polyurethane is often recommended for indoor projects, while varnish, more UV resistant, could be a better choice for outdoor murals. Be cautious of using a sealant that yellows as it ages. Oil-based products may result in a smoother finish, but they take several hours to dry and yellow as they age.

Are murals still in style? ›

Wall murals have continuously been rising in popularity over the past decade, and 2021 is no exception to this rule.

Which material is best used for mural painting? ›

When you're building a mural art, it's best to use acrylic paints as they work on almost all surfaces like floors, and walls. They are famous for their quick-drying and flexibility, which are desirable traits for creating wall art.

How do you price a mural? ›

To get a price estimate, multiply the square footage times the cost per square foot. Prices range from $10 to $20 per square foot for wall murals. A 50 square foot wall at the lowest price (low detail) is $500.00. At the highest price (high detail), the same wall would cost $1500.00.

What adds most value to a house? ›

What Home Improvements Add the Most Value?
  • Kitchen Improvements. If adding value to your home is the goal, the kitchen is likely the place to start. ...
  • Bathrooms Improvements. Updated bathrooms are key for adding value to your home. ...
  • Lighting Improvements. ...
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements. ...
  • Curb Appeal Improvements.
24 Mar 2020

What decreases property value the most? ›

These 19 things can hurt your property value
  1. Deferred or neglected maintenance. ...
  2. Home improvements done wrong or not built to code. ...
  3. Outdated kitchens and bathrooms. ...
  4. Shoddy workmanship. ...
  5. Bad or ugly landscaping. ...
  6. Frail or damaged roof. ...
  7. Noise pollution. ...
  8. Registered sex offenders in the area.
28 Jan 2022

How much do mural artists make a year? ›

Mural Painters in America make an average salary of $44,146 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $72,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $26,000 per year.

How long does it take to do a mural? ›

A: Depending on the size and complexity of design, an outdoor mural (8 ft x 16 ft, for example) takes 1-2 weeks to paint dependant on weather. Interior murals usually take one week to complete, once I'm onsite.

Can I take a picture of a mural and sell it? ›

This means that although someone can always take a photo of the artwork, the artist (you) must give permission for them to receive income from that photo—also called a “commercial use.” Even so-called “illegal” or unauthorized art—graffiti or street art—is copyrighted from the moment of its creation and the artist must ...

What are 7 art themes? ›

Explore Themes in Art
  • Conflict and Adversity.
  • Freedom and Social Change.
  • Heroes and Leaders.
  • Humans and the Environment.
  • Identity.
  • Immigration and Migration.
  • Industry, Invention, and Progress.

What are the 7 different common painting themes? ›

Know Your Art Painting Styles: 7 Most Popular
  • Realism art.
  • Photorealism Art.
  • Painterly Art Style.
  • Impressionism Painting.
  • Abstract Art.
  • Surrealism art.
  • Pop Art.
20 Aug 2015

What are the 9 themes of art? ›

The Nine Themes
  • Architecture.
  • The Figure.
  • Imagination.
  • Landscape.
  • The Portrait.
  • Conceptual.
  • The Object.
  • Nature.

How much should I pay someone to hang art? ›

Generally, they charge by the hour and the hourly rates differ from project to project. The average service rate for installing a single picture is $60.
...
Cost to Hang Pictures.
Mounting SurfaceCost of installation
Concrete Walls$70-$140
Wood$50-$130
Tiles$80-$140
Stone$100-$170
1 more row

What is a good way to price art? ›

Multiply the painting's width by its length to arrive at the total size, in square inches. Then multiply that number by a set dollar amount that's appropriate for your reputation. I currently use $6 per square inch for oil paintings. Then calculate your cost of canvas and framing, and then double that number.

How much should I charge for a wall art? ›

10,000+ for a full sized wall mural, but the rate can vary depending on the complexity of the design and amount of time taken.

What are the 5 basic art forms? ›

What Are the 7 Different Forms of Art?
  • Painting.
  • Sculpture.
  • Literature.
  • Architecture.
  • Cinema.
  • Music.
  • Theater.
18 Apr 2021

What are the 10 common media used in visual arts? ›

There are a multitude of surfaces to paint and draw on.
  • Tempera. Tempera is a term that stands for paint mixed with cohesive materials, such as egg yolk, and describes the painting style and the art medium. ...
  • Oil Painting. ...
  • Acrylic painting. ...
  • Watercolors. ...
  • Charcoal. ...
  • Pastels. ...
  • Chalk. ...
  • Graphite pencils.

What is the 7 principles of design? ›

The 7 Principles of Design
  • Balance. Balance is how the elements within a composition are arranged either symmetrically, asymmetrically, or radially to create the impression of equality in weight or importance.
  • Scale. This is an easy one – how big or small something is. ...
  • Contrast. ...
  • Pattern. ...
  • Movement and Rhythm. ...
  • Emphasis. ...
  • Unity.

Do you paint the background first in a painting? ›

The benefit to painting the background wash first is that you are less likely to mess up the foreground object. For instance, if you were to carefully paint in the subject first (say, a red rose) and then paint in the background, you would risk getting the background paint on the rose, which might mess it up.

Which Colour is used for mural painting? ›

The traditional colours used in this art are red, yellow ochre, green, blue, white and black. The traditional style mural art form uses natural pigments and vegetable colours. But, today the colours used are synthetic colours which are bright.

Do you roll or cut in first when painting? ›

You'll need to “cut-in” the corners and areas around trim with a paintbrush. Cut in the corners before you roll paint on the main surfaces. This means painting both sides of each corner starting about two brush lengths away and painting in to the corner. Use a 2- or 3-inch brush for paints.

What paint do artists use for murals? ›

Acrylics are some of the most durable and accessible paints for exterior application, used by many artists for painting murals due to their lightfastness and weather resistance. They also form an excellent bond to masonry or cementous surfaces.

What is the Doodle method for murals? ›

Some artists use a grid method, some artists use projectors, and one of the more fascinating and logical methods was shown to me by Tati Suarez, called a scribble method, or a doodle method, where you randomly scribble shapes all over your wall and then photograph that, digitally overlay your sketch, and then use that ...

Do you need to prime a wall before painting a mural? ›

Priming the wall is an important step in creating a mural, because the primer will help the paint stick to the wall more easily. In some cases you can apply the primer directly over the pre-existing paint on the wall, and the mural will be fine.

What are the characteristics of a mural? ›

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surfaces. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.

What makes murals a valuable form of artwork? ›

They create important conversations and expand thought

Murals also act as collective thought spaces. They can create dialogue around a subject or community issue through what they depict! A great example of a dialogue-provoking mural project is American artist Wyland's Whaling Walls.

What makes a painting successful? ›

What Makes a Good Painting? In the end, what makes a painting successful is that its composition, color, and subject matter all work harmoniously to deliver a unified and well-executed artwork.

What technique is used for murals? ›

In the history of mural painting, many techniques have been used: encaustic painting, tempera painting, fresco painting, ceramics, oil paint on canvas, and, more recently, liquid silicate and fired porcelain enamel.

What are murals examples? ›

A mural is any piece of graphic artwork that is painted or applied directly to a wall, ceiling or other permanent substrate. Mural techniques include fresco, mosaic, graffiti and marouflage.

How much do artists make per mural? ›

Average mural costs range from $15-$50/ sq. ft. of the area being painted, with an $800 minimum.

What is the goal of a mural? ›

Murals can serve many purposes. Traditionally murals were intended primarily to beautify public or private spaces. However, murals have also become a medium for political or social commentary over time. Murals can also be used to memorialize or record a historical event.

What does mural symbolize? ›

Modern Times Murals - Tools of Social Emancipation

Staying true to their role of expressing religious and political beliefs within societies, murals represent a mighty tool of emancipation, freedom of expression and social activism and propaganda.

What do art judges look for? ›

Submit Art that is Creative and Original.

The artist should stay with one media for their entries, however, as this demonstrates to the judge that they have a cohesive body of work. The artist's entries should relate in terms of media, color, and style, all within the scope or the theme of that particular competition.

What are 5 things an artist needs to be successful? ›

Artists need persistence to:
  • Improve and/or perfect skills.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Finish individual pieces of art.
  • Build an exceptional body of work.
  • Build a successful art career.
  • Sustain an art career.
29 Aug 2016

What makes a painting attractive? ›

Attractive art usually depicts a smooth interaction between line, color, texture, shape and size that is pleasing to the senses.

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