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