Since the cave painters, humans have been decorating the walls of their homes. Today’s trendy way to do that is with a wallpaper mural. Whether peel-and-stick or traditional pasted paper, wallpaper murals offer a relatively quick way to give a wall personality. Here’s our guide to wallpaper murals.
Murals vs. wallpaper
While wallpaper has a motif that repeats periodically, murals depict one large-scale scene stretching across a single wall. Typically, the room’s other walls are painted a harmonizing color.
A wide range of designs
Murals have adorned walls for hundreds of years. Reminiscent of the woven tapestries that preceded them, the murals of colonial times were painted botanical scenes. Today’s murals still offer romantic imagery like florals, other botanicals and outdoor scenes, but they can also feature bold geometric designs, maps or photography. Some come in multiple colorways.
You can purchase wallpaper murals online or from traditional wallpaper companies and home design retailers. They’re also available at big-box stores such as Home Depot, Walmart and Target. Prices begin at just a few hundred dollars.
Where to use a wallpaper mural
Murals have traditionally been found in formal areas such as living rooms, dining rooms and powder rooms, but the right mural can also be a fun decorating choice for a child’s room. Because they generally portray scenes covering an entire wall, it’s best to use wallpaper murals on walls with little or no furniture to interfere with the design. But you can install a mural in a bedroom as a substitute for a headboard.
Applying a wallpaper mural
Like all wallpaper, murals come in both peel-and-stick and pastable forms. They generally come in panels. Before buying a mural, measure the wall carefully to ensure the panels fit. You can help align the mural on a wall by applying the central panel first and then working outwards.