Why having a mural in your home is kind of the best thing ever

Why having a mural in your home is kind of the best thing ever

We all know how it goes. We move into a new place thinking, “I am going to turn this place into my own”…and then two years passes. What happened?! This is exactly what happened when Michael and I bought our condo two years ago. We thought the wall color was fine and we would eventually get to the floors. Then two years hit and I was just like, “THIS HOUSE NEEDS A CHANGE AND SOME PERSONALITY!” I mean, come on…look at what i was working with…

 

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Sorry for the crappy picture. This was the one they took before i moved in

I decided I could take no more of the sticky note yellow walls! They must have gotten a discount on the color because my entire house is painted in this terrible light yellow color. Now, my biggest question was, where was I going to start? I figured since we were in the living/dining room the most, that would be the room to start with. First things first, PINK GROSS CARPET HAD TO GO! Trying to figure out what color floors to put down was a nightmare for someone who has anxiety over decisions. Luckily, I used Best Laminate to get free floor samples so I was able to lay them on the floor to pick a color. It looks like this room gets a lot of natural light, but since we don’t keep the curtains open very often (very vampireish, i know!), we wanted something light and airy that would keep the two rooms open and clean. Plus, we also had to pick a paint color that would also keep the room light and airy. 13 paint samples and 12 floor samples later…tada!

 

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Grey walls and brown floors were just what this room needed!!

Now, most normal people would just be done with these two rooms; not me! I wanted something that had character to add to these rooms. I wanted a statement wall if you will. However, there are so many options when it comes to a statement wall. Do I paint it a different color? Do I do decals? Do I do a design? WHAT DO I DO?! I really wanted to paint my own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night on the Wall, but Michael knew I would bore quickly of it and it would never get finished. So, we compromised. I found a wall mural (similar to wallpaper-ish) on Amazon for under $100 (it was approximately 8x10ft)…which is an unheard of price in the mural community!

When I received the mural, it came in a tube which was confusing to me. I guess I didn’t realize it would come in pieces? It came in six pieces actually (4 pictured below, it was too big on my floor!)

 

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Mural in pieces on my new floor

What we also didn’t realize is that you have to overlap your pieces in order for everything to match up. While the backs of these aren’t wallpaper glue, it’s still a very, very sticky material that was really tough to take on and off again (believe me, we did it many of times!) Here’s what one looks like up on the wall:

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I would say that one panel probably took us about an hour to put up between two of us. One would be up on the ladder peeling off the backing and trying to make sure there were no bubbles. The other person (me, lol) would sit back and make sure everything looked straight and eventually help even everything out. This entire six piece process took us approximately three days after work to get it finished. The middle pieces are the absolute hardest as you find out your ceiling isn’t straight! WHO KNEW?! We actually had to cut a little into the mural so we could match everything up, but I bet you can’t tell! Trying to match up the brush strokes of this mural was the absolute hardest because you would think the top and bottom would match easily; WRONG. However, once we finished that last piece and I could step back (again) and look at my new work of art in MY room…it was all worth it.

 

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It looks like Mom and Michael and are in an art museum!

We didn’t mind that the mural ended up being so much bigger than our wall. Mom came in with a nice sharp knife and cut off all the edges (because who gives me sharp objects, seriously) and now this is my final view every day:

 

 

I highly recommend a mural if you are doing a statement wall. I know mine was a pain in the butt to do but every time I walk into the room, I just feel so much happiness. It’s like I live in my own personal art gallery. There are so many different options out there to pick from as well in cases you aren’t into art as much as i am (i was an art history major if that hasn’t been made clear lol). I think a statement wall in general is such a cool idea. What about you guys? Do you have a statement wall? What did you decide to do? I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments!

As always,

xoxo Krissie

 

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21 Replies to “Why having a mural in your home is kind of the best thing ever”

    1. Hahaha I knew I wanted something unique in our house so I figured not many people have a mural! I highly recommend for empty space!

  1. Okay I always thought I had to be some super awesome painter to have a mural in my house! But this is so gorgeous and it seems like a relatively simple process! Awesome!

    1. Thank you so much! The whole process really wasn’t that bad once we figured out the right way to do it lol.

    1. Thank you so much! It was much easier and less messy than trying to paint a design on, that’s for sure!

    1. I actually had one as a kid in my bedroom which is how I knew about it! There are so many different designs to choose from!

  2. This is really stunning! I don’t think I could dedicate myself to this at this point as I’m not sure how much longer I will stay in my current apartment, but I think once you are sure you will spend some years at a place it can be a really impressive way to make a place “yours.”

    1. Haha it took us a long time for us to finally find a place to call home! So thank you for the positive feedback!

  3. Thanks so much for this post. I’m thinking of making one part of my living room a mural wall so I won’t have plain backdrops in my videos. Now I’m more convinced.

    1. I think that’s a great idea! There’s so many to choose from that will look great on camera!

    1. There’s so many to choose from and it’s pretty easy to put up once you get the hang of it 🙂

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