A Woodsy Wall Mural Makeover

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    forest wallpaper mural

    While updating our dining area, I decided to step outside my usual black-and-white painted walls and add a forest-inspired wallpaper mural. I loved how it it transformed my dining nook by bringing the outdoors inside!

    A few years ago I built a corner built-in bench for the dining nook in my Philadelphia rowhome. Although it made for a cozy space for my husband and I, we wanted to switch things up and make better use of the space.

    modern dining area
    modern dining nook

    It was also feeling like time for a new table – I loved that this table from Urban Outfitters had storage while still feeling minimal and sleek, and had matching bench I could mix up with my wire chairs.

    Urban Outfitters Huxley Storage Dining Table
    Urban Outfitters Huxley Upholstered Bench

    After removing our built-in bench and repainting the living room walls, the space felt much roomier, but like a blank slate.

    While looking for inspiration for what we could do with the space I started finding some really great wall mural ideas and fell in love with the Virgin Forest wall mural – all of the evergreens remind me of the New Jersey Pine Barrens (one of my favorite spots to go camping).

    wallpaper mural design concept
    Dining area concept

    I was still really nervous about putting up a wall mural – what if I put it up and hated it?

    To help make the decision I created some 2D and 3D floorplans using Floorplanner so I could see what it would look like. I always want something to help me visualize an idea – whether it’s inspiration from a similar space, a floorplan design, or even a messy Photoshop mockup – so even if the floorplan wasn’t 100% perfect it would still help me visualize what it would look like.

    Concept 2D floorplan of living room and dining area
    Concept 3D floorplan of living room and dining area with wall mural
    Concept 3D floorplan of the dining area with wall mural

    Putting up the wallpaper mural took about a day – mostly because we were working with plaster walls (which are never plumb and don’t have straight edges) along with some more complexities like a doorway and a window that we needed to cut around.

    forest wallpaper mural dining room
    dining area with forest wallpaper and gallery wall
    modern dining area with mounted antelope head and propagation planters
    vintage pendant light and mounted antelope head

    Source List

    Paint + Fixtures

    Walls: Valspar bistro white 7006-4 in eggshell
    Wallpaper Mural: Rebel Walls Virgin Forest
    Trim: Valspar ultra white 7006-24 in semi-gloss
    Ceilings: BEHR® ultra pure white ceiling flat interior paint
    Pendant Light: Vintage blown glass pendant


    Table: Urban Outfitters Huxley Storage Dining Table
    Bench: Urban Outfitters Huxley Upholstered Bench
    Chairs: Arhaus Iron Wire Chairs (no longer available)

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