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An adjoining walls mural project in chronological photos

Here's how I approached an adjoining walls mural project in chronological photos. Planning a span and planning around a window and large expandable closet opening.

7/9/20243 min read

How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project in photos. Wall 1
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project in photos. Wall 1
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project using movement wall one.
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project using movement wall one.
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project in photos. Closeted wall 2.
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project in photos. Closeted wall 2.
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project adding large color shapes on wall 1.
How to paint a mural around a large window. A bedroom adjoining walls mural project adding large color shapes on wall 1.
Analogous colors create a strong statement wall and mural design.
Analogous colors create a strong statement wall and mural design.
Painting colorful shapes on a wall mural surrounding closet doors.
Painting colorful shapes on a wall mural surrounding closet doors.
Using soft colors to layer multiple flower shapes on a large mural surrounding a window.
Using soft colors to layer multiple flower shapes on a large mural surrounding a window.
Using soft colors to layer multiple flower shapes on a large mural surrounding a closet.
Using soft colors to layer multiple flower shapes on a large mural surrounding a closet.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural with closet doors.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural with closet doors.
Using rim light painting technique to contrast bright bold colorful shapes in a stylish interior wall mural.
Using rim light painting technique to contrast bright bold colorful shapes in a stylish interior wall mural.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural.
Using bright contrasting color shapes for a bright stylist interior wall mural.
Colorful parrot mural with flowers and foliage in a bedroom mural.
Colorful parrot mural with flowers and foliage in a bedroom mural.
Painting a parrot mural on a large wall with a closet door.
Painting a parrot mural on a large wall with a closet door.

Painting a mural requires patience, planning, and focus. The focus comes from your color pallet. Once you've chosen those colors, do not deviate unless the design itself has changed. Your color pallet keeps your art professional looking. Planning comes from considering how the space will be lit and used. There's no romancing the idea of bad lighting. Murals do best in blue light spectrum. Patience starts with knowing the time this takes will be the time you need to stick to your plans and focus.

And when additions need to be made for inclusion. As in this project when the client adopted a new parrot. A greenwing macaw. I sought color guidance from the established pallet to create the red that was not planned for, but yet could fit right in.

Approach your mural dream with these questions:

The idea of filling a space as large as a wall feels intimidating. Design, color, and layout, no matter the wall size or window count, remains the same as principles for art and print. The only difference is the size and the impact it will bring. When you're considering a mural for a wall first things first. Don't go on Pinterest quite yet. You're looking for your wall, not someone else's.

  • Take a walk around your entire home. Look at the colors you lean into. Consider the colors you wish were there. Make notes on these.

  • What's your lifestyle? Is it obvious through design, or how pillows get thrown into a pile on the couch? Does the use of your space dictate, or does the decor?

We how live in our homes, will have temporary messes, permanent messes, and then corners piled with things we'll use again tomorrow. We're too busy to live in a Pinterest home. And that's where a mural steps in and says, "Hello." A mural can bring that feel, color, element, emotion, or reflection into a space that is just too busy serving your lifestyle, to be a lifestyle statement.

What about small spaces and murals? Take a quick scroll through my half-bath project that brought the style!