|These are basic tips on how to integrate a nature landscape wall mural into any room interior design scheme. There are 2 ways to do it, one is to be inside a room looking outside at a view. The other way is if the wall mural is part of the room and you are inside the mural’s design scheme. See the other articles on how to select the right wall mural for your room. Once you have selected a wall mural you have made a nice investment in installing a major focal point of the room, and you will now have a very nice piece of art which will add color and scenery to what was a very dull room before.|
|Tip #1 – The focal point: All rooms can have only one focal point. The rest of the rooms finishes are boringly integrated around the colors and style of the main focal point. The wall mural may not fit the width dimensions of the wall exactly, so how to blend in the other finishes around the wall mural is critical. The basic idea is to look at the strongest, most prominent colors in the wall mural, and then select darker and lighter versions of those colors as the paint, flooring, and other finishes for the room. The mural should be at peace with the rest of the room, as if the room is all stuck together as one big object.|
|Tip # 2 : The wall paint color should match the most prominent background color of the mural. The wall mural may not actually go to the corner end of the wall, and there will likely be 3 more walls to paint or wallpaper, so the other 3 walls can be a lighter version of the dominant mural color. It is easiest to match paint colors with background colors that are a little on the dull side such as a slight gray tone paint or khaki tan paint, the wall paint color should not be brighter than the wall mural’s colors. The other 3 walls do not have to be all the same color, and can be wallpaper or other textures, depending upon whether you want to be inside the wall mural’s scene or being inside a room looking outside at the view. So if you want to look outside at a view, you paint or paper the rest of the room in a different color than the mural, but all elements should be compatible.|
|Tip # 3 : Basic color theory. There are basically 2 color schemes. earth tones and clear tones. In nature, the ground is an earth tone, and the sky is always some version of a clear tone, the sky seems far away from the land because they don’t match, they contrast. Our planet earth is incredibly beautiful, and only nature can provide a brilliant blend of colors fading from one into the next, and it is nearly impossible for even the best of artists to duplicate this brilliance. So you as a decorator need to decide between earth tones and clear tones before you buy the mural, and the whole room will be either earth tones or clear tones, and for beginner basics, you can’t mix earth tones and clear tones.
Earth tones are warm tans that provide a nurturing feeling and are the top selling color for interior design in residential. However, earth tones close down a space making it feel smaller, and can make a person feel sleepy in the daytime and hot. Clear tones are invigorating and better day time colors, but are always cold and never nurturing. This is why most day time commercial spaces are decorated in clear tones, and most residences and hotels are decorated in tans. So look at the mural, and decide if the colors are earth tones or clear tones, and be consistent throughout the room with one or the other.
|Tip # 4 : Be consistent throughout the room with respect to the style of the mural as modern or traditional. Essentially, much as we love all the styles, modernism is clean lined with strongly defined geometric shapes one against the other, and modern rooms do not need a crown molding, so the wall mural can go from the floor to the ceiling without trimming. Traditional rooms have rounded details and are softer in all the lines with small details, and typically will have a crown molding, so the wall mural needs to be integrated into the moldings dimensions as well, and a paint color choice made for the trim. Ironically while many traditional rooms are designed in earth tones, and modern rooms are designed in clear tones, this is not a rule, so you can go ahead and plan your color theory in tan with modernism if you wish.|
|Tip # 5 : Select a floor. Typically the floor is the darkest color for the space, and is the dominant hue for the room which establishes and anchors the room design scheme. Your choice of floor is critical in whether you want to be inside the wall mural scenery, or looking outside at a view. If you want to be inside the mural scene, select carpet or tile that matches and is a little darker than the main bottom color of the wall mural. If you want to be inside a room looking out at a view, design the room differently than the mural’s scene, but integrate the colors and style.|
|Tip # 6: Select the furniture. The woods, colors and style of the furniture is critical in creating a blended look. The style of the furniture has to be as close a match to the style of the mural as possible. Many traditional nature murals are actually country style, which means the woods will be oak and pine. Whereas one of the top selling wall murals of all time is the classic Italian country side in tans, and the furniture match is the classic Italian carved dining room set shown below. If our mural is a mountain scene with bright clear tone blue sky and water and forest green trees the furniture has to be very sharp lined bold color and understated modernism. It is always easier to buy furniture in neutral colors, and then use the accent colors in the mural as the accessories for the room such as throw pillows.|
|Tip #7: Furniture placement. The choice of a wall mural completely covering one wall, effects the the floor plan layout radically because one main long wall of the room is taken so you lost a key furniture spot. While it’s ok to put low cabinets and seating in front of the wall mural, you will have to plan out the positions of taller furniture, which can include the china cabinet in your dining room. Try to place the furniture so that it is perpendicular to the wall mural. Try to rotate the furniture on a 45 degree position to the walls.|
|Tip #8: Window treatment. Since you have just added a huge new window into the room, you probably have existing windows that need drapes or blinds. The idea is to be very understated with the real window’s treatment making it not very noticeable in the room. Paint any window moldings with the neutral color for the room, and then select very simple blinds and solid color drapes also in the neutral color for the room. You will get the best deal on blinds with a full range of styles from Blindsavers own home brand.You will get the best deal on the price and a full range of colors on drapes at Half Priced Drapes blackout section.|
|Wall mural example #1 – Classic Italian country side dining room with landscape wall mural in rust and tan. This is an example of a wall mural room where the viewer is inside the landscape scene, and the room is decorated to blend. This is one of the top selling wall murals of all time, and is not an expensive mural, selling around $100. in the paper backed version. For obvious reasons it’s a real classic in dining rooms, being in traditional style tans, with soft olive greens and rust. By the way, rust is a great wall paint color in traditional style rooms, particularly dining rooms, as adding a little sassy red and an easy match to cream and tan trim colors, and dark walnut woods, and providing a match to red upholstery. In this classic traditional dining room, the wall mural is Murals Your Way : Prepasted Paper – EGI Uzzano 13′ x 8′ $97., the wall paint color is Sherwin Williams Rust SW0008, the trim paint color is Sherwin Williams rosy tan SW6644, the dining room set is an Italian design solid wood traditional 8 seat set with china cabinet by Acme inventory number 60030, frosted glass ceiling chandelier from Lamps Plus, terracotta style 12″x12″ floor tile by Shaw Floors Quarry-Q01_Canyon_Red, area rug by Nourison Timeless 20 in navy blue center field and rust border.|
|Wall mural example # 2 – Desert landscape wall mural by Diana Maderas in purples set in casual country style dining room. This is an example of a wall mural room where the viewer is inside the landscape scene, and the room is decorated to blend. There are quite a few of these beautiful wall murals drawn by artist Diana Maderas in desert scenes in stunning pastel colors that are very different from other murals, and the colors are fantastic for creating rooms around it, any way you want. Since the main color of the mountains in the background is purple, the wall paint color next to the mural is a dark gray tone purple by Sherwin Williams SW6010, but the other 3 walls are painted lighter lavender color purple in a slight gray tone also by Sherwin Williams SW0055, and the base and crown molding are simply white paint in semi gloss. The floor is made by Interceramic the style is Romagna Azul quarry tile in purple, the casual country pine dining room set is by Alpine Furniture in the Aspen style 8812-01, and the wall mural is Murals Your Way: Nature Dept / Deserts / Rainbows End by artist Diana Madaras 11′ x 8′ $511.|
|Wall mural example #3 – Beach scene wall mural in a bedroom
This is an example of how to install a wall mural where the viewer is inside a room looking out at a landscape that is outside the room. The wall mural is simply placed on the wall as if it is one big doorway, and can have doorway molding placed around it, and the viewer is in another room or tree and grass section of the beach. So the room is decorated as a separate area from the beach scene but the colors and style of the room are compatible. The wall mural is Murals Your Way : Nature / Trees / Coconut Palms 10′ x 8′ $470., the carpet is by Mohawk Carpet forest green, the wallpaper is a grass cloth by Seabrook, pine bedroom set by A-America Furniture Amish Highlands Collection.