Making your own bespoke wall art gives your home heaps of personality, and if you think big – like floor-to-ceiling photo murals or super-sized canvas wall art – it’s also a high-impact, low-cost way of transforming your space into something unique. Here’s how to get the look…
A photo mural is an easy way to bring life to a single wall. You can choose from the huge range of designs online, or create a mural from your own photo, for more personal wall décor. Most murals are supplied as printed panels which are then pasted on the wall, side by side, like wallpaper. Wallsauce also offers a self-adhesive option – ideal if you’re renting because you can peel it off and use it again. To fit your mural, you’ll need a good eye, a plumb line or spirit level (to hang it straight) and some patience but, other than that, anyone can do it.
Top tip: Wall murals work best in rooms without too much clutter – dining rooms, bedrooms and living rooms where the mural can be seen in a single glance are best.
These two designs from Murals Wallpapers (above and below) create very different moods. The pop-art image is buzzy and fun – perfect for when friends come over for dinner. Add a smart dining table and A-shaped table legs for a fresh, retro feel. The snow-covered trees mural in the living room gives you Scandi chic on a budget. Simply team with a luxe sofa for snuggling and plenty of textured accessories to complete the look.
Wall art stickers and stencils
If a mural feels too large, wall art stickers and stencils are another way to bring personality to your home. You’ll find lots of stencil suppliers on Etsy, including the Henny Donovan’s range. Stencilling takes patience and a steady hand; if you don’t have either, try wall stickers instead – they work best on ultra-smooth painted walls or on glass surfaces.
Wall art prints and canvases
Want something you can hang instantly and take down easily when you move? Then digitally printed wall art is for you. Go large for maximum impact and, if none of your own photos grab you, choose from millions of images online. WhiteWall prints onto canvas, aluminium and wood, and lets you use up to 16 individual prints in one single piece. A row of three big images can work well – try to connect them in some way (by style, size or using similar frames) to bring harmony to your display.
Top tip: Jan-Ole Schmidt, photographer and product manager at WhiteWall recommends laying your pictures out on the floor to see how they’ll work together, before hanging or creating your art.
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