17 amazing designer wall decor ideas

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Maximalists, rejoice: recent years have seen a resurgence in bold patterns and colours, leading to a new craze for wallpaper. And if you’re looking to lean Even further, we’ll see your wallpaper and give you an even more spectacular treatment: a mural. Unlike wallpapers, which feature a repeating pattern, murals feature a large image or pattern, either custom designed for the space (and sometimes even painted directly onto the wall), or created with oversized repeats at the same time. mind to encompass a large room. Some companies, like Grace, Fromental, or De Gournay, hand-paint intricate scenes on rolls of silk or paper, which are then painstakingly installed in a home, paying particular attention to spacing around doors, windows, and even light switches. Others, like GM Workshop, can even add three-dimensional details to the panel. Either way, a finished wall mural essentially serves as a built-in piece of art that you can even hang After extra work of art if you really want to work those maximalist muscles. Read on to see some of our favorite murals from designers and artists.

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Designer Bailey Li creates hand-painted murals for her clients, drawing on the colors of the room to create mesmerizing abstract masterpieces like this one (watch her at work here).

“The dining room was our biggest challenge, but it ended up being the most exciting room in the house,” says the designer Sarah Gilbane of this wild and joyful space. The theme was vintage Everglades so decorative artist Brian Leaver painted palm trees and flamingos on grasscloth wallpaper, then created a trompe-l’oeil tent ceiling. Painting on texture-rich materials instead of directly on the wall can add even more depth.

For his daughter’s bedroom in their California home, designer Eric Olsen asked artist James Goldcrown to create a custom version of his iconic graffiti hearts. (Wondering how to commission your own wall artist? Read our guide here.)

Inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, Jeff Robinson added a lush mural to designer Molly Luetkemeyer’s Los Angeles home for a fantastical jungle feel.

Raji RM curated this modern house by Piet Boon with several murals, including this one taken from an 1807 painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly.

De Gournay’s Japanese Garden animates this modern and timeless dining room designed by BD Studio. The romantic mural is a soft backdrop for contemporary furniture.

For a retreat in Bellport, New York, designer Aamir Khandwala asked artist Shantell Martin to go wild on the kitchen wall (using his Sharpie brand), resulting in a bespoke graphic wall treatment that is also a one-of-a-kind work of art.

De Gournay’s Sans Souci pattern gets a burst of energy with apple green detailing in this bold bedroom by Miles Redd.

Denise McGaha commissioned Bettinger Studio to create a mural that mirrored the adjacent open kitchen cabinets of this Texas home to unify the open space.

A Gracie mural in a rich lavender gives the otherwise modern dining room in a Massachusetts home by Mary McGee the feel of a secret garden.

Designer Devin Kirk took inspiration from the hand-painted approach of De Gournay murals, but gave it a modern twist by using a stencil to hang the painting in this hallway. He used Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue and green studio.

Here is another fun example of a custom graffiti wall in the designer Dee Murphy’s LA House. She commissioned a local artist Diego Arturo Mendoza to pay homage to family and neighborhood while transforming a hallway into something much more meaningful and inspiring.

Miles Redd argues for adding an extra dimension to mural-covered walls with framed artwork, even better if it’s graphic and modern, to create an alluring juxtaposition.

Designate Kevin Isbell gave this media room in an east coast beach house the regal wallpaper mural treatment with a Moby Dick-inspired masterpiece. Even better, the mural doesn’t stop at the top of the walls – it continues up to the ceiling.

A dining room by Christopher Maya gets a similar high-contrast treatment with red lacquer millwork against a cerulean De Gournay mural and coordinating seating.

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