Modern Murals: The New Wallpaper?

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Perhaps it’s a continuation of the oversized art trend and a backlash against gallery walls, or perhaps it’s the natural next step for wallpaper to take. Either way, murals are hot. No longer relegated to children’s rooms and DIY efforts, the full-wall image has gone mainstream.

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Maps make great murals, as shown in this bright, casual dining space. (Image credit: Jenny Brandt for Design*Sponge)


  1. Mural by World Maps Online, Design*Sponge
  2. Photographic print overlay, Design Milk
  3. Pool suite, Majeka House
  4. Bob Marley mural, Ashley’s Hollywood Knolls House
  5. Deborah Bowness wallpaper, Lisa & Piero’s English Inspired Los Feliz Home


  1. Vinyl Wallpaper, Pixers, €199
  2. Blow-up of vintage photo, Inside Out
  3. Door Sticker, Wallnit on Etsy, £23.05+
  4. Living room by Moutoseikka, Stylizimo
  5. Vintage wallpaper blown up by Wizard Prints, Cup of Jo

Many wallpaper companies now offer non-repeating, large-scale images, usually printed on one or multiple panels, as an alternative to the traditional wallpaper. Companies like Pixers, Surface View, and IXXI offer a variety of images and even do bespoke options, meaning you can have just about anything you want on your wall.

How do you feel about wall murals? More like wallpaper, or more like art? Would you get bored seeing the same image covering your wall for month after month? Chime in below!