Last week I started designing the Twins big boy room, and shared my options for beds in shared rooms. This week, I’m taking things a step further and thinking about the walls. I would love the boys to have a mural wall, and it’s something I’ve always fancied having a go at. Despite being fairly artistic, the idea of embarking on an epic mural is more than daunting, and I don’t want it to end up so awful that my hard work is painted over with ten layers of tasteful pale grey. So, let’s be realistic, and consider some DIY murals for kids rooms that all of us can achieve.

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WARNING: The mural shown above may require a fine art degree… read on to start with something basic!

I can draw, but I’m pretty rusty and I don’t have much time. The last thing I want is to make life difficult for myself, after all, I’m a big believer in ‘keep it simple stupid.’ So… I’ve searched high and low, and this is the best selection of easy peasy murals I’ve come up with. And remember, you can always paint over it and start again!

Draw like a Child…

Leo's Room contemporary-kids

 

This cute mural is the work of designer Jane Reiseger, and although there is no doubt in her talent, I believe we could all have a go at this simple style. Pick a color and have a look through some of your favorite children’s books. Come up with a simple child-like drawing and go big! 

Cityscape

Nursery & Guest Room Re-Design contemporary-kids

 

A cityscape doesn’t need to be complicated. Use masking tape and straight lines to make a simple skyline. If you’re feeling really brave you can even add a few windows for that finishing touch! 

Mountains

Modern Nursery transitional-nursery

 

This masterpiece is the work of Eclair Decor. I love the colors and really… how hard can it be? All you need is some masking tape and loose arm for those rolling hills. Create a makeshift compass with string to get that perfect sun circle!

Chalk Board

Eclectic Kids eclectic-kids

 

For the lazy parent everywhere… just let your kids create their own mural! 

Simple Trees

Violet's Nursery contemporary-nursery

 

Okay, so you may need some artistic skills for this, but keep the design super simple and the colors abstract. I love the grey accent leaves on the white branches!

Washing Line

PebbleKids_Cross Lines modern-kids

 

OK, this one looks is a little complicated, but notice the simplified shapes, it’s totally doable! Go on… have a go!

 

And when DIY murals for kids rooms don’t work out… cheat!

 

Wallpaperflower wallpaper DIY murals for kids rooms

This wallpaper is so pretty, and works perfectly in this room! Floral Coloray on Etsy have quite the selection for those wanting to wimp out on the mural skills. And with designs like this, I don’t blame you!

 

Stick on Decals

DIY murals for kids rooms decals teepee cactus
Available at KennoSatoDesigns on Etsy

If all else fails, there’s alway the total cop-out option of wall decals. There are loads of fantastic ones about now… I’m particularly crazy for these cactus and teepee stickers from Etsy.

 

So, I’m feeling inspired… yet slightly terrified to bring brush to wall. I quite like the idea of mountains because we are surrounded by them here in Phoenix. But if we go local, you know we have to include… a cactus or two! Here are my current thoughts…

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I feel the Twins’ big boy room design brewing – what do you think?

**UPDATE!!!** I tackled a DIY mural in my twin boys room… check it out here!

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37 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE all of these!! Those Dream Big Mountains and the doodle and teepee setup would have to be my favorite though! So stinking cute!!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I love the doodle, it’s my favorite but probably the most daunting to take on! Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  2. Great inspiration although would probably go for bolder colours but like the chalkboard realism and also the wigwam idea and also the mountains. I have always wanted do a mural too

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Yes! I like contrast too… so many colors choices!

  3. Love some of these. Given me some great ideas, thanks! We have a chalk board wall in the kitchen and my daughter loves it #brillblogposts

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I bet she does! I am making one to close off the back of a bookcase in our playroom, my daughter can’t wait to get stuck in!

  4. Oh my goodness I want that floral wallpaper for my room! We did a geometric mural in Mo’s old room and now his room is sort of a sunrise ombre. Both were a lot of work but so worthwhile!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Hi Jill! I remember the geometric wall, love it! I don’t think I’ve seen the ombrΓ© though, that does sound like a lot of work!! Thanks for dropping by, big love to the fam πŸ™‚

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Yes! I think the chalkboard would be most kids’ favorite and the easiest to do!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I think the way the twins are going I should probably just chalkboard the entire house ?

  5. The chalkboard is such a great idea and I absolutely love the look of the doodle. Not sure I could pull that one off though! Your design looks great, I love that you’re making it personal to you (I’m also a sucker for a cactus – so cute!) Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Thanks Katy, it’s all very well getting it on paper… I need to get it on the wall now! ?

  6. I love the wallpaper idea. I’m artistic but my husband is an engineer so unless I could ensure it is 100% perfect, it’s not going to happen. Wallpaper it would be for me!
    #sharingthebloglove

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Haha. A pair of perfectionists eh? I’m sure an engineer can do wallpaper, don’t they train them in that at college?

  7. Stoppig back again from #sharingthebloglove Seriously, these are all so awesome. On my second look I really like the draw like a child one also!

  8. Some great ideas! I’ve always loved the idea of getting the whole family to use a bold rainbow selection of colours to just put handprints all over the place! I think it would be really personal, fun and colourful. xx #sharingthebloglove

  9. Ooh I love these! I’m moving back to the UK in the summer and want to redecorate the kids bedrooms, the chalkboard would be so awesome, they’d love it! #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. I love all of these!! The telephone box door is amazing, I would so love to do that one but I’m really not very artisitic! #sharingthebloglove

  11. For Peachy’s room we went with decals. Maybe we’ll do a mural when she’s ready to graduate to a big girl room. I like the mountains. Sort of a modern contemporary feel. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I big girl/boy room is almost more fun than nursery decoration!

  12. Oh my goodness that wall paper I am so glad I have boys otherwise o think I would be 500 dollars lighter. Lovecthe whale and the phonebox! Stopping by from #sharingthebloglove

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