25+ Dramatic Wallpapers & Murals To Fall For This Autumn
Outside, the summer blooms have faded and the trees are turning crimson: inside we are turning our attention to an exciting new season and looking forward to fall decorating. Lush pillows, deep colors, cozy rugs… autumn means layering with abandon. A shadowy mural offers instant romance and sets an ambient tone, adding depth to a room. These wall coverings are so dramatic and transportive, we bet you won’t miss those summer flowers one bit.
In this Calgary showhome, a dark floral Ellie Cashman wallpaper had visitors to the dining room buzzing. Sandwiching the wallpaper between box moulding on the ceiling and panelling elevates it to the level of art, and gives guests seated at the table the impression they are dining in a midnight garden.
If you can afford a hand-painted mural — like this beauty by Agnès Menabreaz in the former country home of Les Ensembliers’ Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal — we say, go for it. This chinoiserie-style pastoral painting not only brings the outdoors in all year long, it also camouflages walls that have been plastered with layers of old wallpaper.
In this ultra-luxe bathroom designed by Theresa Casey, cherry blossom season lasts long after spring has sprung. Hand-painted by Peter Costello, a gold-leaf chinoiserie mural creates a tranquil atmosphere in the principal bathroom of Rick and Ariel Zhu.
In the former London home of designer Colette van den Thillart, a canvas (Colette guesses it was a stage prop in a former life) — depicting smiling cherubs and classical motifs — acts as a whimsical mural.
In this Toronto powder room, a stunning hand-painted mural by Peter Costello reflects how the neighborhood might have looked in the 18th century.
An iconic Ellie Cashman wallpaper turns designer Denisa Nica’s small guest bathroom into a major moment. “I was so inspired by this dramatic wallpaper, it looks like a huge painting,” she says.
The young couple who owned this house wanted something to perk up their white kitchen, and designer Sarah Hartill delivered with a fairytale-like Zoffany wallpaper mural. Mounting a rustic floating shelf instead of uppers lets the verdant greens and sweet folkloric style shine.
Fans of modern rather than scenic murals — like this one by Mr Perswall — will appreciate the bold, artsy spin designer Erika Floysvik used in her condo bedroom. “The mural pays homage to our urban neighborhood and reflects what we love now,” says Erika.
The visual stimulation of murals are especially fun for animating a child’s room. In this nursery, a mural of a historic Goya painting dominates the space, so the furnishings are kept simple and spare. The detail of this piece can be fully appreciated when it’s blown up to encompass a wall.
A sakura mural is a delicate note in this circular dining room, and echoes the refined, soft beauty of the space.
A painterly design or pastoral landscape brings instant gravitas to a room, and these days, elegant removable murals are easy to find. This room by British designer Ben Pentreath demonstrates the power of murals to convey a sense of history.
Handpainted Gracie wallpaper panels rightly belong in the decor hall of fame for their incredible craftsmanship and enduring quality. In this Texas bathroom, they create a lushly feminine and calming environment for homeowner Dina Arnott to apply makeup and wind down after a night out.
Piero Fornasetti’s leafy Frutto Proibito pattern adds autumnal warmth to this Montreal triplex’s charming vestibule, and picks up the motif of the stained glass windows.
In a foyer, this enchanted forest Imaginarium mural in Gypsum from Fine & Dandy Co. offers a warm welcome. The mural is printed on removable vinyl and tricks the eye into thinking the borders of the room extend beyond the perimeter, so tight quarters look more spacious.
Former H&H editor Suzanne Dimma papered the pocket door to her bedroom with a powdery blue Zoffany scenic wallpaper to give it a little more distinction and create impact when the door is closed.
Artist Rajiv Surendra riffed on the intricate mouldings of designer Garrow Kedigian’s Montreal apartment by drawing trompe-l’oeuil chalk rosettes and panelling on the walls.
Alessia De Gasperis-Brigante, the singer-songwriter known as Kai, uses her two-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot condo as a refuge. Enveloping the foyer with a showstopping Kelly Wearstler wallpaper defines it from the living room, making the space seem larger.
This alcove (which was once a shoe closet) at the end of a hallway was transformed into a dressing space for primping, courtesy of this standout avian wallpaper also by Cole & Son. Designer Sabrina Albanese used this wallpaper to create more depth in a shallow space, as well as inject dreamy color.
Artist Keri Serrao used a Fromental wallpaper as inspiration when she painted this meandering mural in designer Silvana D’addazio’s home. Traditional Asian motifs such as koi leaping after dragonflies are accented by antique figurines on the mantel, giving this space a lyrical quality.
Iconic Martinique wallpaper is best known for lining the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel, so its popularity is no surprise with those seeking a similarly glam, tropical note in their own space. Drive the leafy look home with beachy woven furnishings.
Botanical wallpaper panels from Gracie create a lush, romantic environment in designer Betty Theodoropoulos’ own principal bedroom.
In Anastasia’s room, the daughter of designer Betty Theodoropoulos, an accent wall with a hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper treatment is like a permanent garden view.
Former H&H design editor Sally Armstrong uses an artsy, pastoral mural by Anthropologie to turn a structural wall into a pretty focal point in her own basement. “I don’t follow any rules for mixing color and pattern. If you like it, it should work,” she says.
Based on a 19th-century still life depicting spring lilacs by Otto Franz Scholderer, this oversized moody mural from Surface View injects calming color and painterly detail into a room.
“Cole & Son’s Nuvolette pattern adds such a sophisticated whimsy to this bedroom — perfect for the young lady who sleeps here,” says designer Nam Dang-Mitchell, who created this cloud-swept room for a Calgary family.