Mural ideas for a radical teen boy's bedroom

Written by nina makofsky
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Gone are the days when a puppy poster or cowboy picture makes the grade in your boy's bedroom. Radical teenage boys seek a bedroom that expresses their cutting-edge aesthetic. A wall mural is a quick way to add dramatic impact to a teenage boy's bedroom while also integrating his current interests. Involve your teenager in the planning, design and implementation of his bedroom mural to ensure its positive reception. Remember that you can opt for a hand-painted mural or choose from a variety of packaged murals, wall decals or stickers.


For people who think packaged wall murals translate to country kitchens or garden art, think again. There are many types of packaged wall murals on the market, from Gothic cemetery scenes to graffiti-inspired looks of spray painted art on faux brick walls. Naturalists might like an enormous tiger bursting through the wall. Skate punks enjoy a cartoon depiction of skaters flipping on a ramp. A line of electric guitars interests garage band musicians, while surfers can get tubular with a wave theme. For people interested in a do-it-yourself project, try a simple backdrop such as a night sky, the ocean or a faux stone finish, and hand-paint graphic elements to complete the look. You can also use stencils or wall decals to add images, graffiti writing, Manga cartoons or band logos.


Wall murals can set a scene or provide a backdrop. More radical murals with graphics tend to dominate the room and look best on no more than three of the walls. Murals with simple patterns, such as stars or water ripples, may fill the room or even cover the ceiling. A radical teenage boy may accessorise a more simple mural backdrop with small accessories or canvases featuring thematic artwork. Try mounting a surfboard on a water mural, or graffiti-covered canvases on a brick-wall mural.


Most packaged wall murals feature wallpaper-like strips for simple adhesion to the bedroom walls. Some mural sets come in panels that you can frame individually. A teenage boy might enjoy a ceiling wall mural that covers lit panels for a more dramatic look. Some teenagers appreciate a more creative approach to bedroom murals, using decals or stencils instead of packaged panels. A kaleidoscope or paisley wall decal adds a groovy tone, while black and silver checks recall skate punk sneakers.


Many radical teenage boys may love a look one day only to abandon it when the next trend comes around. Many packaged wall murals accommodate a teenager's rapidly changing tastes by being easily removable. Although the packaged murals may differ in their materials and adhesives, most companies recommend using the dry cellulose paste included with most mural packages. Another option is clear, non-staining paste that has already been mixed. Make sure that it specifies that it is able to be stripped. You can remove purchased wall murals like traditional wallpaper, using steam, and it should not damage the wall. And of course a painted wall mural can just be painted right over when the mood strikes!


Packaged wall murals may feature some of the more radical designs, such as killer sharks mid-attack or spine-tingling apparitions, but they are not suitable for rough and textured walls. Very slick, glossy walls also impede adhesion. In these conditions, go for a hand-painted mural or backdrop and add wall decals or stencil trim with radical motifs, such as skateboarders in silhouette, an urban skyline, rock stars mid-jump or coiled serpents.

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