Murals of sorts have created statements since ancient times, but their power endures – and now – these bold and brilliant walls are having a moment once again. With their fearless overflow of colors, patterns, and prints, it is unsurprising that these wall coverings have the ability to steal the attention in all spaces – but with their great power comes greater responsibility.
Yes, the size of this age-old feature means they are tricky to get right, especially when injecting them into a modern home. So, we caught up with the experts who share how to shake up this decorative technique and make it work in our contemporary interiors.
Why should we bring a mural into our modern home?
'The world of design has advanced over the last few years.' So, we are searching to surround ourselves with more spectacular things in our homes,' explains Founder of Ophelia Blake Interior Design (opens in new tab), Scarlett Blakey.
Alongside this, murals allow us to showcase our individuality, as they stand as 'one-off pieces' that are oozing with exclusivity – which is perfect if you want a space to have a 'high impact' and feel entirely memorable.
'The bespoke nature of a mural' is a favorite among designers who have the ability to 'make a space feature relevant, whether it's lifestyle or customer-focused,' Scarlett adds.
How to style a mural – the contemporary way
1. Pay homage to the escapism trend
According to wallpaper extraordinaire and founder of Andrew Martin (opens in new tab), Martin Waller, we should choose a mural that celebrates the current escapism interior trend. Martin has recently seen a 30% increase in wallpaper sales as consumers look to combine elegance and escapism and reminisce about far-flung destinations and overseas shores throughout their homes.
Martin suggests mirroring elements of individuality by choosing a feature that will 'surprise and harmonize a space.'
'You can do this by not matching all of the interior elements – this will add diversity and pace to the room. Don't be scared to select pieces that are a true representation of you and your personality; these are the pieces that say something about you and your house,' he adds.
2. Choose a mural with a purpose
While ensuring your mural fits an aesthetic purpose, it is equally important that you choose a mural with a meaning – as this will ensure the space looks and feels more curated.
Scarlett recommends commissioning a 'bespoke mural, which can be unique and individual for you and your chosen space' and urges us to think about the type of effect we want to create. It's also important to attract. 'It's all about making it relevant,' she adds.
3. Experiment with fearless twists on traditional design
Sure, murals have an ancient heritage, but their design certainly doesn't need to reflect this past. While we're not against conventional patterns, we're wholly inspired by designer Beata Heuman's mural in her child's nursery (opens in new tab), which combines innocent fairytale elements with more daring features (look closely) for a lighthearted spin on quintessential design.
Take this as a cue to embrace the ever-popular mural trend – the writing is, evidently, on the wall.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.
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