Kids' Mural Idea
Mermaid Mural

The Inspiration for this kids mural...? This framed mermaid print

Mermaid print

Click for detail of this Mermaid print in this  Decorative art selection. Use their search facility and search using the word 'mermaid'.

The Basic mural idea
Let the framed mermaid poster tell the whole story.
Surround the framed picture with elements from the image. Fish, starfish, turtle etc.
Ask your mural artist to use the design as a guide and dot them around the room.

There are endless possibilities for a childs mural using this print as the inspiration, but here are a few of my ideas.

Kids decor Idea
Painting idea for kids rooms. Use the colours in the picture to paint the other walls. Perhaps paint each wall a different colour.

Kids Mural Idea
Using the dotty patterned background as your guide, paint the lower half of the wall with the same effect. Keep it simple and paint random dots of white and pale blue over your darker background
Paint your skirting boards the same green as the seaweed and run a wooden rail dividing the wall into two and paint that a co-ordinating blue.
Paint seaweed at the corners and the turtle walking along the top of the skirting.

Kids decor Idea
Use a co-ordinating wallpaper for the lower half of the wall instead of paint. Have a look at some of these wallpapers on the right which would go very nicely with the mural and picture.

Kid mural Idea
Enlarge the mermaid and make her the focal point of the room. Place the framed mermaid print on another wall to tell the whole story and pull the room together.

If you think you'd like to paint your kids' wall mural yourself, here is a guide on how to go about it.

You will need

  • Acrylic wall paint in the colours chosen from the posters. (Use tester pots available a DIY shops).
  • White acrylic paint to dilute the colours.
  • Masking tape to mask off your skirting boards.
  • Tracing paper or overhead transparent film.
  • Paint brushes (Various sizes).
  • An overhead projector (optional).
  • Coloured crayon to draw the design onto the wall.

Unless you have a reasonable amount of artistic ability, I would suggest you make use of an overhead projector to enlarge the fish and sea creatures onto the wall. You can hire overhead projectors at a reasonable price.

  1. First, paint the walls in your chosen colours, a different one on each wall perhaps.
    If you find the colours in the picture too intense for your liking, tone them down by mixing them with white emulsion paint.

  2. Mark where you would like to hang the framed print. Draw a very faint line of it's outline.

  3. Trace the chosen fish/sea creatures or mermaid from the print onto overhead transparent film and project the designs onto the wall.
    Play around with the size and position of the mural design using the overhead projector.
    Draw fish around the framed print as if they just swam out of the picture.

    If you can't use an overhead projector, trace off the designs and have them enlarged to the sizes you would like on a photcopier. Transfer the designs to the wall using either transfer paper or rub the back of the paper with a soft graphite pencil and then when you tape the paper to the wall and draw over the lines, the design will be transfered to the wall.

  4. When you are happy with the layout, trace the design onto the wall in chalk or a pale crayon.

  5. Paint your mural design in colours to match the ones in the print.

Good luck, and if you do this children' mural, please send me photos of it so I can include them in the website.
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If you use a graphite pencil to draw the design on the wall, do it very lighty as it can show through the paint and be impossible to remove. It is better to use a water soluble crayon or a coloured pencil in a colour similar to the final paint colour.

Use tester pots of acrylic wall paint available form DIY and paint stores. They come in small quantities and are inexpensive. Mix them with white to create a subtle version of the colours in the posters.


The painted Children's mural

You may feel the background blue is too dark. Paint one wall in the darker blue and either choose lighter tones of the same blue for the other walls or lighter tones of green or yellow.

Make the mermaid the center of attention.
Let the framed picture tell the rest of the story.


Wallpaper ideas


Click here to see these wallpapers.
To find each wallpaper, use their search facility inserting the pattern numbers shown below each picture.