Maximalists, rejoice: The past few years have seen a resurgence in bold patterns and colors, resulting in a newfound wallpaper craze. And if you're looking to lean in even further, we'll see your wallpaper and raise you an even more showstopping treatment: a wall mural. Unlike wallpapers, which feature a repeated motif, wall murals show one large image or pattern, either custom-designed for the space (and sometimes even painted right onto the wall) or created with oversized repeats in mind to encompass a large room. Some companies, like Gracie, Fromental, or De Gournay, hand paint intricate scenes on silk or paper rolls, which are then painstakingly installed in a home, with thoughtful attention paid to spacing around doors, windows, and even light switches. Others, like MJ Atelier, may even add three-dimensional details to the panel. In any case, a finished wall mural essentially serves as a built-in artwork—and one that you can even hang more artwork on top of if you really want to flex those maximalist muscles. Read on to see some of our favorite murals from designers and artists.
Designer Bailey Li creates handpainted murals for her clients, pulling in colors from the room to create hypnotic abstract masterpieces like this one (watch her at work here).
"The dining room was our greatest challenge, but it ended up becoming the most exciting room in the house," says designer Sarah Gilbane of this wild and cheerful space. The theme was vintage Everglades so decorative artist Brian Leaver painted the palms and flamingos over a grasscloth wallpaper, then created a trompe l'oeil tented ceiling. Painting over texture-rich materials instead of straight onto the wall can add even more depth.
Inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, Jeff Robinson added a lush mural to designer Molly Luetkemeyer's LA home for a fantastical, jungle-like feel.
Raji RM warned up this modern home by Piet Boon with several full-wall murals throughout, including this one drawn from an 1807 painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly.
De Gournay's Japanese Garden animates this modern yet timeless dining room designed by Studio DB. The romantic mural is a sweet backdrop for contemporary furniture.
For a retreat in Bellport, New York, designer Aamir Khandwala enlisted artist Shantell Martin to go wild on the kitchen wall (using her trademark Sharpie), resulting in a bespoke graphic wall treatment that's also a one-of-a-kind artwork.
De Gournay's Sans Souci motif gets a jolt of energy with apple green details in this bold bedroom by Miles Redd.
Denise McGaha enlisted Bettinger Studio to create a mural that reflected the cabinetry in the adjacent open kitchen of this Texas home to unify the open space.
A Gracie mural in a rich lavender gives the otherwise modern dining room in a Massachusetts house by Mary McGee the feel of a secret garden.
Miles Redd makes the case for adding extra dimension to mural-swathed walls with framed art—even better if it's graphic and modern, to create a beguiling juxtaposition.
Designer Kevin Isbell gave this media room in an East Coast beach house the royal wallpaper mural treatment with a Moby Dick-inspired masterpiece. Best yet, the mural doesn't stop at the top of walls--it continues all the way up the ceiling.
A dining room by Christopher Maya gets a similar high-contrast treatment with red lacquer millwork against a cerulean De Gournay mural and coordinating seating.