Murals and Decorative Wall Painting

Add style to a room and show off special interests with a mural or decorative wall scene. Browse these ideas for adding flair to adult spaces and kids' rooms.

Beautiful Landscape

Give your guests the impression they are dining on a lush hilltop with a country hillside mural. This scene complements the exposed wood beams and the farmhouse table. Refer to books, photos, or old maps for scenes that mirror your home's decorating style.

Moroccan Flair

Murals are great for bringing a taste of the exotic into the home. This built-in buffet takes its style cues from the familiar graphic shapes used in Middle Eastern design. Limiting the scene to a small area provides just enough character without being overwhelming.

In the Details

Up close, the scene is full of colors that pop against the room's terra-cotta red walls.

Dining Vista

Each wall of this dining room is wrapped in a soft landscape of trees and rivers. To keep the scene inviting and not overbearing, vary the scale of the elements along each wall. In this dining room, smaller scenes to the left of the windows contribute to the overall scene but do not distract from the window treatments.

Farm Fresh

A playful mural depicting rolling hills can be the perfect fuel for the imagination of a miniature farmer or anyone who appreciates the great outdoors and rustic countryside.

Strong Stripes

A striped wall treatment adds lots of color to this bedroom. Horizontal stripes also make the room appear wider and larger, which is a great trick for small bedrooms.

Cool Blue

A blue-on-blue mural adds a focal point to this modern nursery. A sprawling tree such as this one takes advantage of angled ceilings by stretching out for a larger-than-life effect.

Decorative Border

Add a fancy flourish to plain walls with a simple stenciled border. Using two coordinating wall colors is a simple way to customize walls and add interest to a room.

Elegant Headboard

For a fanciful flourish, paint a trompe l'oeil headboard. This handcrafted beauty mimics the ornate scrolls of a wrought-iron version without any hard edges to impede peaceful slumber.

Flower Power

Fun and bold, these graphic painted flowers liven up the study area in this teen girl's room. The flowers were hand-painted freestyle in colors to coordinate with the bright furniture and surfer-girl theme throughout the room.

At the Zoo

A menagerie of zoo favorites meanders along the wall of this bedroom. A foliage border replaces molding and covers the wild creatures as they capture hearts and imaginations.

Happy Animals

Use a children's book for decorative inspiration. This friendly animal grouping is sure to brighten any mood as soon as you step into the room.

Marvelous Marsh

All things aquatic come to life in this colorful detail of a marsh-theme young boy's room. Get the look by painting two-tone waves and underwater plants and animals.

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