Hand painted wall murals can add a lot of character to the room. It gives you the opportunity to create a theme and make a big impact. Sure, putting up wallpaper might be quicker but it is also less personal. Wallpaper can seem stuffy, while a painting looks like a work of art. You can create hand painted wall murals even if you aren't an artist.
One of the most intimidating parts of hand painted wall murals is the outline. You might be really excited to get to the painting part and just try and skip over the intricate details because well they are just plain not fun. However, this will really affect the rest of your painting. You can always rent a projector and then trace your inspiration piece on the wall. You can even block out different colors so it becomes almost like paint by number deal where you won't have to worry so much about the shading.
Learn about shading. This is what will turn a basic piece into something that looks professional. You can learn how to blend basic colors for a gradient effect. You can even decide to go with a complete absence of shading. The key is to make it look intentional. This will give you more of the look of a wall sticker so just the silhouette will show. For this type of painting you should probably just stick with one bold color for a graphic effect such as black. You'll want to make sure that your lines are as crisp as possible.
Be realistic. Hand painted wall murals can take days, weeks or in the extreme cases years to complete. Your overall design style may have changed by the time you finish. However, when you've put all that work into it you don't want to repaint it. This is especially true in kids' rooms because they'll probably change their design aesthetic in a few years. Give them a piece that can transition into a lot of different design styles like a dramatic night sky on the ceiling.
Don't bite off more than you can chew. You can make just as big of an impact with one wall mural as you can with an entire room of murals. You could even just paint a few panels on the wall and then frame them out by applying molding to the wall for a unique take on a mural. This will also work well in smaller rooms. You'll still get all the color and style of a larger mural but it won't overwhelm the space. Plus, you'll save a lot of time and money on supplies. Your mural shouldn't turn into a chore or dreaded event, you should enjoy the process as much as you enjoy the finished piece.
Hand painted wall murals really add a lot of style and color to a room. You can give it a try even if you aren't an artist. Who knows? You might end up developing a new hobby or career.