A Mural Is the Antidote to Gallery Wall Burnout
Twenty options to energize your space.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:57 AM
A blank white wall is one of the most daunting challenges we face when decorating a new space. Each one requires a long list of decisions to be made: picking a style of art, acquiring said art within your budget, finding hanging essentials like frames and hardware, and safely and accurately installing it (or finding someone to do this for you).
Today we propose a simplified solution to high-impact art: a removable wall mural. The sister to removable wallpaper, a temporary mural is easy to put up and take down (leaving no residue or damage). Not to mention it offers a visual composition that steps outside of the patterned realms of traditional wallpaper design and into large-scale images that have the power to transform a room via a single wall (at a fraction of the cost of a massive canvas). Take Minted founder Mariam Naficy’s gorgeous bedroom, which masterfully solved the behind-the-bed art dilemma with a painterly wall mural.
Not sure what motif would be right for that blank wall in your space? Think about the mood you’d like to convey (the large scale will amplify this feeling with gusto). Do you want your friends to feel electrified for your dinner parties? Or are you hoping to feel soothed and ready to drop off to sleep? To get you started, we’ve sourced 20 options spanning six atmosphere-setting styles.
Can’t live without color? Trust us, we get it. Supercharge your space with a mural of many colors, found here in a variety of lively configurations.
Caught up in the concrete jungle and missing Mother Nature? Bring the outside in with these natural beauties spanning minimal and photographic to plein air paintings.
Always get compliments on your graphic tees? Bring that screen-printed style to the big time with one of these shapely artworks.
Turn your walls into a garden with one these blooming designs (no water needed!). Try a visually dense option for full on Gucci maximalism, carefully-arranged stems for a calming play with scale, or vibrantly painted blossoms for art-collector cred.
Who said calming had to be dull? Each of these peaceful numbers will ground your space, but with just enough variation in pastel color and texture to keep things interesting.
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