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 lovely 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 palate of three colors 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. Add a few windows for that finishing touch! You’ve got to love the London phone box too!
This masterpiece is the work of Lorena of digital branding experts Bloguettes. I love the colors and really… how hard can it be? All you need is some masking tape and a perfectionists eye for crispy edges. You can find more photos of baby Diego’s room here at Melissa Jill Photography.
For the lazy parent everywhere… just let your kids create their own mural!
These are the simplest trees I could find for your walls. Manageable? Rebecca in Tasmania painted this mural herself but knows her limits because the birds are decals. Sensible woman!
Be Really Brave and Doodle
OK, so I know I’m pushing the limits of the non-artistic here but you could practice on paper first? Look how simple yet adorable this wall doodle is by Danish graphic designer Rikke Wehner Hein. If you, like me, just can’t get enough of it, check out the rest of this room. The mural on the other side is spectacular!
And when DIY murals for kids rooms don’t work out… cheat!
This wallpaper is so pretty, and works perfectly in the shared bedroom of Molly Guy in Brooklyn. Unfortunately it’s quite hard to come by, because designer Nathalie Lete limits production to 100 numbered and signed pieces a year. If you have a spare $500, splurge on this paper now!
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 particularly love the look of the designs at The Lovely Wall Company. I highly recommend you check out their very pretty website!
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?