Now that I’ve shown you my daughter’s made-over bedroom, I wanted to talk mural-style wallpaper in general – because personally, it’s not something I’d ever considered before…but now I totally get the appeal.
What is mural wallpaper?
While most wallpaper patterns can go on indefinitely and just have to be matched up seam-by-seam, mural wallpaper contains a finite number of panels and shows a distinct scene.
Mural wallpaper is perfect, in other words, for a statement wall (or two) – but does present some issues if you want to cover a space longer than a single mural, as you’ll have to make sure the first panel of the second mural matches up with the last panel of the first mural, or shorter than the mural, because it might end up feeling sort of truncated. (I love how the woman I hired to hang the wallpaper dealt with the latter issue: by letting the print sort of bleed onto the next wall, as if the animals are hopping right off the paper.) But in the right spot – and especially in kids’ rooms, which mural wallpaper feels practically made for – they can be spectacularly unique and striking.
Something you can’t really get away from: Mural wallpaper can be expensive. Cheaper versions are certainly out there, but a look around the Internet showed me that this is one of those areas in which design quality goes significantly up with price. And that’s a little annoying, yes, but consider this: How much would you spend on a piece of artwork that visually anchors a room, virtually eliminates the need for additional wall decor, and is flat-out awesome in every way? There you go.