Wall Mural Ideas for the DIY Artist | Pandr Design Co. (2023)

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: ANYONE can paint a mural. We truly believe this! No matter your level of artistic ability, you have the skills and the power to turn your ‘blah’ wall into something beautiful.

Though we have all the confidence in you, some of the most common hang ups about painting a mural that we hear from our audience is that they are afraid to mess up, they don’t want to ruin their wall, or that they’ve never painted a mural before.

Listen - you might mess up when you paint your first mural. We’ve painted 200+ murals and sometimes we still mess up. But the beauty of paint? You start over… again, and again, and again. Nothing is permanent. So if you paint your last brush stroke, take a step back, and are horrified by what you see- just grab your roller and cover it up!

We know it can be nerve wracking (especially if you consider yourself a perfectionist), but we believe in you. So much so that we dedicated our how-to guidebook, Wonder Walls, to everyone who has ever wanted to paint a mural but has never had the courage (seriously, we say these exact words on the first page).

In this guidebook, you can expect to be walked through everything: from the supply list , to how to choose the right colors, to what type of mural to paint based on the size of the room you’re working in. Best of all though? It’s chock-full of inspiration for you to draw from. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your mural for it to be awesome…. just copy one of ours to get started!

Is your copy of Wonder Walls still on the way? ;) We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find three mural ideas in varying levels of difficulty pulled straight from our book- instructions, photos, and all. All that’s missing is your liquid courage of choice.

Color Blocking

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Skill Level: Easy
Time: 1-2 hours (not including drying time)
Supplies: 1 quart paint in the color of your choosing, 1 sample size paint in a different color, pencil, 1 roll painters tape, drop cloth, 3-4 brushes in varying sizes, roller and tray, level

Have a small space that needs a little bit of love? Color blocking is a super-easy way to add color to any room without going overboard. If you’re worried about getting the lines super straight, you can double check them with a level before you get started!

How to Paint:

  1. Measure from the floor up to where you want the first color block to end, and then make a pencil mark.

  2. Repeat this mark every few inches or feet (depending on size of wall) to indicate the top of this color section.

  3. Apply tape to connect each of the marks you made in Step 1 so it forms a straight line. Use a level to ensure that the tape is parallel to the floor.

  4. Smooth out the tape with a credit card or gift card so that it’s as close to the wall as possible to prevent paint seeping under the tape and ruining that clean line of negative space you’re going for!

  5. Decide how tall you want the second block of color to be. Measure from the top of the tape and then repeat Steps 2-4.

  6. Paint the top block with your first color and a medium sized brush (don’t worry if the brush is slightly wider than your finished stripe - the tape will protect it!) If you come across any tight areas (i.e. around a sink or a toilet if you’re painting in a bathroom) use a smaller brush to get the paint in there.

  7. Repeat Step 6 with your second color on the bottom block.

  8. Take a step back to see if you missed any patches or see-through spots.

  9. Look good? Carefully pull off the tape, let dry 1.5-2 hours, and enjoy your new color block mural!

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Transparent Shapes

Skill Level: Medium
Time: 5-7 Hours
Supplies: 3 samples size or quarts of different color paints, chalk, 1 roll of painter’s tape, 4-6 brushes in various sizes, 1-3 black Bosca paint pens (optional), drop cloth, and solo cups to use for paint!

This one’s for all of our soul brothers and sisters who hate using rulers! If you’re comfortable free handing blobby shapes, give our Transparent Shapes mural a try. We love this design because it can be customized to whatever space you like. Corners, onto the ceiling, in the one awkward area of your house you don’t know what to do with… this is your mural!

How to Paint:

  1. You wanna keep things looking fresh! Tape off the floor, ceiling, and trim with painter’s tape and lay down your drop cloth to protect it from any paint spills.

  2. Grab your pencil, and get creative. Start sketching out some blobs in various sizes, overlapping some of them to make a nice layering effect. Don’t worry about sketching the black lines yet - you’ll get to that later.

  3. Start painting your blobs in solid colors, ignoring the overlapping sections for the time being. Working with one color at a time, fill in the shapes with paint until all the shapes are completed.

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  4. To create the layering effect that gives the illusion of transparency, mix together the two overlapping paint colors.

  5. Use this new, blended paint color to fill in the sections where the shapes overlap. Wait for the paint to dry, and add a second coat if necessary.

  6. If you like the look of this mural as is…. you’re done! Take a step back and admire your work, pro.

  7. Want to add black lines for contrast, like we did? Now’s the time to get that pencil back out and draw some more blobs over the painted shapes.

  8. Trace the pencil with a black pen, making them as thick or thin as you like (ours are 1/2 inch thick, but it’s your wall so do whatever you want!).

  9. Voilà! Your work is done here. We hope you’re proud of your blobby creation!

Sunset Ombré

Skill Level: Medium
Time: 2-3 Hours
Supplies: 1 quart coral paint, 1 quart bright pink paint, 1 quart golden yellow paint, 1 quart white paint, 2-5 medium/large brushes, pencil, solo cups for mixing paint, step stool, drop cloth, 1 roll painters tape

An ombré mural in your favorite colors creates a show stopping moment wherever you paint it, while still being relatively “minimal” and understated. We chose to paint our ombré on a fireplace to give it a pop of color, but you can use this same technique on any wall, or even furniture. We used “sunset” colors for ours, but you can switch these out for whatever color mood you’re going for!

How To Paint:

  1. Make a pencil mark to show where you want each color to fade into the next one.

  2. Paint each section in the color that you want to fade into the next section, mixing a small amount of white paint into your colors to create lighter tints, if desired. Don’t worry about blending yet - just create solid blocks, and add a few coats (waiting for each one to dry fully) if necessary!

  3. Once your color blocks are down, it’s time to blend. Paint a solid line at the top of the first color you want to blend (make sure to use a good amount of paint), and a solid line at the bottom of the color you are blending it with. Make sure that these lines just touch, but don’t overlap yet.

  4. With a dry brush, make long, back and forth strokes where the two colors meet. Continue blending until you get the look you want.

  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 where each color meets the next, continually pausing and stepping back to look at the mural as a whole. It’s easy to get caught up in details when you’re working up close, but taking a moment to take in the mural from farther away allows you to see that the wall probably looks great!

  6. Once you’re satisfied, remove the tape, let dry about 2 hours, and clean up. Now you’ve got a sunset to enjoy no matter the weather!

Wonder Walls is your guide to at-home mural design. Click here for more designs and tricks to creating a mural as beautiful and unique as you are!


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How do artists make murals? ›

It starts by applying a gesso layer to prime the area to be painted. The area is then chalked out with a numbered grid, which is used to translate the scaled down image design to the mural site. Finally the mural is painted using the glaze painting technique, which uses multiple layers of paint to create the image.

What are the common themes for mural paintings? ›

Find the perfect mural to match your motif!
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  • Graphics Murals.
  • Map Murals.
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Where can I find mural templates? ›

Getting started with a MURAL template

If you have an account (Get your free workspace if you don't!), you can access templates directly within your workspace (app.mural.co) by clicking on the 'Templates' icon in the upper lefthand corner of your workspace toolbar.

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 material is used for wall murals? ›

Vinyl: Two materials are often used to produce vinyl wall murals. Cast vinyl is a thin material that can provide bright, vibrant colors. Calendared vinyl is slightly thicker and better suited for larger walls.

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.

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.

How do you seal a wall mural? ›

The final step to finishing your painted wall mural is to seal it. This means applying an isolation coat and a varnish. Use a clear, non-yellowing archival varnish in a matte or satin sheen. (Glossy varnish would be too reflective for a wall mural, and probably look weird under interior lighting conditions.)

What is the difference between a painting and a mural? ›

mural, a painting applied to and made integral with the surface of a wall or ceiling. The term may properly include painting on fired tiles but ordinarily does not refer to mosaic decoration unless the mosaic forms part of the overall scheme of the painting.

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 are 7 art themes? ›

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What are the 7 different common painting themes? ›

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What are the 4 themes of art? ›

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Do any phones have a built in projector? ›

That's where Movi comes in: It's an Android smartphone with a built-in pico projector that can project 720p images up to 200 inches in size diagonally. It's available now for $599 and is unlocked, so it should work with any carrier.

What app turns your phone into a projector? ›

iShow. This is one of the simplest smartphone applications for those who want to project their phone content on large screens. Just like some projector applications discussed here, you need a WiFi connection to project documents, photos, videos, and documents, among others.

Can you turn your iPhone into a projector? ›

Unfortunately, you can't use the device as a stand-alone projector. You need a portable projector to get the job done. For a stable connection, use an adapter cable to connect your iPhone to your projector. Alternatively, you can pair your devices wirelessly or via a mobile projection app.

What can I use if I don't have a projector? ›

There are other alternatives to a projector if you want to project an image. You can use a DIY projector box with a lens and a flashlight to display enlarged images on the wall. You can also use a fresnel lens with the same effect.

How do I download a mural template? ›

Click the Templates tab on the left sidebar of the MURAL dashboard. Select your desired template from one of the categories. The template opens in a preview. Click Create mural from template on the upper right.

Is there an app for mural? ›

MURAL has a Windows application specifically created for Microsoft Surface Hub and Surface Hub Pro. We also have native apps for Windows 10, iOS (App Store), Android (Google Play store), and Microsoft Surface Hub that support these devices: iPhone 8 Plus or newer.

How much does a printed wall mural cost? ›

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 is a good size for a mural? ›

1) Wall art should take up 60%- 75% of the available wall space, i.e wall space that isn't covered by furniture or moldings. Start by measuring the width and height of your wall and then multiply them by both 0.60 and 0.75. This will give you the range of canvas print sizes that will suit the space.

What technique of painting is ideal for mural painting? ›

Fresco painting is ideal for making murals because it lends itself to a monumental style, is durable, and has a matte surface. Buon, or “true,” fresco is the most durable technique and consists of the following process.

Do murals increase property value? ›

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What is the best paint for murals on walls? ›

What is the Best Paint to Use When Painting a Wall Mural? 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.

What is the difference between a mural and wallpaper? ›

The biggest difference between a wall mural and wallpaper is how you use murals. With wall murals, you usually only apply it to just one feature wall in a room whereas with wallpaper, you would apply to more than one wall, sometimes applying it to all four walls.

What brushes to use for wall murals? ›

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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.

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 ...

Are wall murals in style? ›

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

What is a mural painter called? ›

A muralist is a fine artist who designs, paints and/or applies large paintings or pictures to expansive surfaces, such as walls and ceilings. Some cities consider murals public art and hire muralists to paint on public buildings or structures.

What is a wall mural called? ›

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.

Can you paint designs on walls with acrylic paint? ›

Whether you're painting on a large canvas and attaching it to a wall, or painting directly onto the wall itself, acrylic paints are highly versatile and durable for murals in exterior and interior settings.

Can you use house paint for murals? ›

Paint comes in many shapes, sizes, and types, but the simplest method is to use good ol' indoor house paint for your murals. To expand on that, you need to figure out if you need to prime the wall (basically a paint that will help the paint stick to the wall).

How much should an artist charge 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 ...

How long do painted murals 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.

What do murals symbolize? ›

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.

Why do artists paint murals? ›

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.

Is mural painting a fine art? ›

In fine art, a mural is a painting on a wall or ceiling. Usually, it is either applied directly onto the surface, or painted on a canvas which is then fixed or cemented onto the wall.

What makes a mural successful? ›

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.

How do you charge for 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.

Who owns the rights to a mural? ›

Copyright protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.” This means the author of an original work in a tangible medium of expression owns the copyright in that work from the moment of creation: the copyright springs into existence as soon as the pen leaves the paper (starting with ...

How do you project an image onto a canvas without a projector? ›

With graphite transfer paper, you'll set your canvas on your easel, then put the graphite paper with the graphite side facing the canvas and tape it in place. Then take a printed copy of the image you want on your canvas (be sure to size it correctly when you print it) and place the image on top of the graphite paper.

What can I use instead of an overhead projector? ›

The most popular classroom projector alternatives are:
  • Commercial Displays.
  • Interactive Whiteboards.
  • Interactive Displays.
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Can I use my iPhone as a projector? ›

You can easily use your iPhone to give presentations or project movies. Unfortunately, you can't use the device as a stand-alone projector. You need a portable projector to get the job done. For a stable connection, use an adapter cable to connect your iPhone to your projector.

What program can I use to make patterns? ›

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  3. FREE Wild Things - With design planning tool.
  4. PatternSmith - Wide range of templates.
  5. Inkscape - Vector drawing software.
  6. Modaris Quick Estimate - For 3D prototyping.
  7. Optitex - 2D and 3D patterns.

What material can I use instead of canvas? ›

Paper and Cardboard

Paper and cardboard are great support choices if you are a beginner or just want to experiment. Both are economical and easy to find. Both have absorbent surfaces that make washes and over-watered acrylic techniques possible.

What can I use instead of art canvas? ›

Hardboard Panels

They're a good choice for beginners and make excellent painting surfaces for acrylics because they're cheap but durable. Some professional artists even prefer masonite over canvas. Masonite comes in tempered or untempered form.

What can I use as a substitute for a canvas? ›

Substitutes for Canvas Material
  • Cardboard. Cardboard is a cheaper substitute for canvas in painting and it is also a great way to recycle. ...
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  • Glass. ...
  • Metal.

What can I use as a homemade projector screen? ›

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  5. A Garage Door or a White Fence. ...
  6. A White Project Board or Cardboard With White Paint. ...
  7. A Big Rock. ...
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What is an old fashioned projector called? ›

Overhead projectors were widely used in education and business before the advent of computer-based projection. The overhead projector facilitates an easy low-cost interactive environment for educators.


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