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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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