A kid's room should be their personal creativity canvas — a place to spotlight their unique personalities and hobbies. And what's the boldest way to do just that? A mural that takes up a WHOLE WALL.
These murals were all painted by the pros, but don't worry — the artists are here to share their expert tips and tricks with you. All you need is a kid or a baby (that’s probably a good place to start, right?), some paint, and heaps of imagination. If you're extra brave, you can even ask your child to join in the making!
A trip to Paris
Dana Maciag, owner of Kid Murals by Dana , created this Parisian getaway for her own daughter. She matched the wall’s blue hue to the comforter, added 3-D elements and pulled it all together with a vanity, whimsical drapes and a custom dresser that she painted as well.
“[My daughter] had that Paris bedspread for a while, and we were finally in a home where I could paint the walls. She's been obsessed with Paris for quite a while now, so it’s just something she enjoys. She would obviously like to travel there someday!”
Dana’s bonus tips
“If you don’t have the ability to draw freehand, don’t be ashamed to use a projector and project an image onto a wall. There are plenty of talented artists who do this to save time of course, but to also make sure they get an image just right — including me on certain jobs!”
An out-of-this-world space voyage
This far-out piece was Trista Lundquist ’s first crack at painting a mural — but the fact that she's a graphic designer probably helped! She designed this mural for her son, starting with a dark teal color and then drawing the planets with a pencil. She kept photographs of the actual planets handy to mimic their hues and textures.
“My son loves science and wanted an outer space-themed bedroom, so it only seemed fitting to do a space mural on one wall.”
Trista’s bonus tips
“Have fun with the stars. They shouldn’t be perfect — and expect a mess. Dip your brush in paint that you’ve watered down slightly, stand back and flick the brush towards the wall. Also, concentrate on one planet a time. It feels so much less daunting.”
A sweet walk in a meadow
Natalie Lundeen started her artistic journey by studying oil painting and specializing in traditional landscapes and portraits. But when she had a baby three years ago, she switched to children’s illustrations. That's obviously a sweet spot for her, based on this fanciful mural.
“This mural was for a little girl’s nursery. She was only two and didn’t have strong opinions about what she wanted, so I made something sweet that she and her parents would enjoy, and that would be suitable for several years as she transitions into a big-girl room. I kept the colors soft enough for it to be fun to look at but still keep a relaxing atmosphere in the room.”
Natalie’s bonus tips
“The wall was purple, so I started by painting it white. I did a small, rough sketch to work out the composition and colors, taking into account the dimensions of the room and where the furniture would be. I traced the bear on the wall from a projection. I got a gallon of white latex paint and used small bottles of acrylic craft paint to tint it. If you want to do a colorful mural, you can get a lot of colors this way for much less money.”
An invitation to go on adventures
As the Lead Editor and Designer of her DIY décor blog Harlow & Thistle , Andrea Haraldsen knows a thing or two about artistic projects — like the mural she designed for her son’s room. She created a simple yet inspiring accent, and even detailed her experience through a blog post .
"This mural is like a badge and speaks to his love of the outdoors. As a person, I’m scared of a lot of things and I don’t want to pass this onto my kids. I want them to always seek adventure and enjoy life.”
Andrea’s bonus tips
“My number one tip is to not be afraid to make a mistake. As Bob Ross used to say, mistakes are just ‘happy accidents.’ My next tip is to step back often. Once you draw your design with pencil on the wall, step back and make sure it’s the look you’re going for before you start painting. Lastly, think of your mural as a layered Photoshop file and paint from the last layer to the first layer, or in other words, from background to foreground.”
A prickly path through the desert
Natalie Prill Irvine is a soap maker by day and a painter in her spare time — a hobby she’s cherished since college. She spiced up her daughter's wall with some playful cacti, beginning with a basic sketch and a solid-color background. She painted each cactus a solid color and added the shadows and highlights later. Finally, she added the needles for a spiky touch.
“I imagined something bold, fun and desert-inspired, since we reside in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Saguaro cacti are all over the landscape here, so I decided to bring them indoors — minus the needles!”
Natalie’s bonus tips
“Don’t overthink it! If you have an idea and you’re excited to execute it, go for it. It’s paint, and you can always paint over it when you make a mistake or if it doesn’t work out. Also, invest in a quality stepladder. Just don’t try painting while balancing on a chair!”