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The Ultimate Guide to Abstract Wallpapers & Wall Murals

Abstract – the idea of representing reality within a selection of colors, forms, and symbolic imagery. Most of us know roughly what abstract art is about, yet few of us have likely considered how we could benefit from the use of such art within our home. The good news is abstract wallpaper designs make it far easier to take advantage of this look. The same applies to abstract wall murals, designed to make a splash and to get you thinking about what is represented within the design.

But where to begin? We have the solution – a practical guide to a wide selection of abstract wallpaper and wall murals. Watercolors, plentiful shades, and diverse designs are all included within the following selections. See if you are inspired by any of them.



16 Original abstract wallpaper & wall mural ideas




distressed shabby chic wallpaper

Distressed is often used as a negative word, yet it is anything but in this charming design. This watercolor wallpaper uses a palette of natural tones to achieve a calming effect throughout. It draws the eye in and would look equally at home on a feature wall or used throughout a room.

Despite the abstract design in this shabby chic look, it still manages to give you a sense of detail throughout. The odd brighter hint of color gives it added depth, while providing the ideal backdrop to a bedroom, a lounge, or even a dining room. If you’re looking to achieve a natural shabby chic look in your home, the Oh La La wallpaper design is a surefire hit and a smart choice to make that look easier to achieve.  This design has been an award winner in the last few years, including being picked by the London Evening Standard as Best Wallpaper 2018.

Pictured: Oh La La wallpaper in Sand




shabby chic gold wallpaper

Searching for a more exotic look and setting for your room? This Safari shabby chic abstract wallpaper brings in golden tones to give you something altogether different to appreciate. This wallpaper is sure to become a talking point. The more you look at it, the more you can see within the design.

Even if gold is far from your favorite color, the Safari print is shabby chic gone wild. Those crackled areas of white paint lighten the whole design and bring in a more calming feel. This specific tone of gold has been chosen to inspire a more natural setting, too. The print gives you the ideal striking wall mural for a chimney breast or simply a feature wall. Why hang art when you can hang this wallpaper instead?

Pictured: Safari wallpaper in Gold



abstract wallpaper mural

If you’re looking to introduce a mystical presence into your home, you might be wondering how on earth to do it. Look no further than this abstract wallpaper mural, created from various tones of blue with a hint of green, the ideal teal mix to enhance any space.

This design is certainly mystical in its power to bring different elements to mind for different people. Do you see a thundery sky or rolling waves in the sea? Do you see a mix of watercolors dipped into water to do as they will? This Mystic Teal design is sure to create a splash no matter where you hang it. Could it provide the perfect bathroom backdrop for a haven from the day? Maybe you’re imagining it in your bedroom, to appreciate once each day is over. It’s your choice.

Pictured: Mystic wall mural in Teal




blue and grey abstract wallpaper mural

Blue and grey are calming colors, especially when used together. The sense created by this abstract wall mural design is one of water seeking the path of least resistance. Areas both light and dark meet in this design, giving you powerful imagery and an inspiring backdrop to create your interior design look around.

The design also takes on a marbling feel, providing a smooth and dramatic feature that would bring life into any room of your home. It could provide a striking piece for an entryway or a feature wall behind the head of your bed. Alternatively, if a dramatic yet cozy dining room is your aim, consider hanging this on opposite walls with a complementary paint color on the remaining two walls. This Waterfall print inspires and unleashes the creativity inside you.

Pictured: Waterfall wall mural in Original



pink and blue watercolor wall mural

It’s wise to remember not all abstract designs need to be bold or striking. Some can achieve the sense of a watercolor painted almost directly onto the wall. If you are searching for an understated look for a large space, this First Bloom design is just the ticket.

Using shades of pink and blue to create a wall mural that works well in larger rooms, the design lets the natural path of watercolors in water do its work. The bolder section of the design remains calming, while fading around the edges. Yet there is still ample detail as the design fades. Even the most striking areas of the design are easy on the eye, making this watercolor wallpaper the perfect choice for a space intended for relaxation. The light tones also brighten any room you are considering using it in.

Pictured: First Bloom wall mural in Original




grey and gold abstract wall mural

A whisper is soft, sensuous, and a moment shared between two. This wall mural seeks its inspiration from that idea, taking a palette of greys and golds and mixing them in a gentle way. Some may shy away from the idea of gold in wallpaper, but this design proves this need not be the case.

A bold and abstract design, yes, but the Whisper abstract wallpaper idea uses its colors in bold shapes and strokes. Use those colors to suggest the ideal furniture to complement the room. Subtle greys work well, as does the occasional gold item. This is a design best suited to splashing over one wall – a longer wall, ideally, to highlight the entire design.

Pictured: Whisper wall mural in Smoke




beautiful abstract flower wallpaper

Are you searching for a floral design, yet you dislike the appearance of flowers on wallpaper? It may seem a contradiction in terms, yet this English Rose wallpaper proves how easy it can be to achieve the impossible. Using shades of pink, green, and blue, the wallpaper is inspired by flowers and yet it does not take its primary cues from them. It uses the inspiration of a floral setting and combines bold strokes with appropriate colors to produce a darker and yet cozier setting.

This English Rose design would be perfect for an intimate dining room or space. It proves the idea that darker designs can indeed work beautifully when used intelligently. The abstract presentation also makes this far less harsh than real floral displays would be when used in wallpaper designs.  English Rose was created by Finnish artist Reeta Ek, winner of the prestigious Young Designer of the Year Award.

Pictured: English Rose wallpaper in Midnight



indigo blue abstract mural

If blue is your favorite color and you receive a sense of calm when viewing such shades, you’ll love this Indigo abstract mural. It gives a sense of experimentation, with nothing but indigo and water mixed together to see what happens. The upper section of the design uses darker shades, dropping into lighter ones as the design continues. This keeps the room lighter yet introduces a feeling of comfort as well.

While some murals take inspiration from a variety of colors, the Indigo wall mural uses just one and runs with it. If you are looking to change the color scheme in one room, this is a great example of an abstract wall mural that inspires a new approach.

Pictured: Indigo wall mural in Deep Blue




jade green abstract wall mural

Infinity is an idea most are familiar with – the sense of things continuing with no end. Replicating that idea within a wallpaper design is far from simple, yet it has been done here with aplomb. Infinite Paths manages to mix a sense of marble with a watercolor design, creating something unique that is as striking as it is calming.

The jade green tones are subtle yet they’re there, and there are other natural tones coming into play here as well. Used as a mural for a single wall, the Infinite Paths design provides an eye-catching piece that is sure to become a talking point. Create a sense of marble hallways or of a never-ending selection of paths guiding your eye through a room.

Pictured: Infinite Paths wall mural


smoky blue watercolor wall mural

Can the illusion of smoke be developed through using watercolors? Does the idea of smoke within a room even make sense? You can see it does in this bold design called Sacred Smoke, which truly can inspire a stunning backdrop to all manner of spaces. If you are looking for a bold watercolor mural for a larger room or open-plan space, this design could be the one.

All at once, you get a sense of dusky smoke and of water too, created by drops of smoky blue with touches of pink and grey there as well. This design guides your eye and your mind wherever they wish to go, inspiring a new color scheme for the room of your choice. Calming blues and baby pinks would go beautifully with this design, as would a neutral grey color scheme.

Pictured: Sacred Smoke wall mural


abstract watercolor beach wall mural

There are many lighter and more subtle abstract wallpaper designs around, but we think this Venice Beach design is one of the best of them all. Let your imagination take you out to sea, leaving the beach behind and looking to the horizon.   Every aspect inspired by the famous Venice Beach in California can be found in this beautiful wallpaper design.

Perfect for a reading nook, a bedroom, or a larger space where relaxation is the most common desire, this abstract watercolor wallpaper can provide the beginning of a neutral and calming color scheme. With nothing but the finest and most understated watercolors and shades present, you cannot go wrong with this wallpaper design.

Pictured: Venice Beach wall mural in Original



terracotta ombre wallpaper mural

A true two-tone wallpaper design, this is a bold and yet relaxing mural divided into two simple sections. Yet within the white and the terracotta sections, you can see subtle changes in color and shade. This is a great example of a simple design that has far more depth than you suspect at first glance.

The Sand Dawn wallpaper mural is calming enough to make a splash in the smallest of spaces. Yet it offers enough depth and some stunning tones to make it a sure choice for a larger room too. Suitable for long hallways, large bedrooms, and even small dining rooms, this is a truly versatile wallpaper that shows off its skills wherever you choose to hang it.

Pictured: Sand wallpaper in Dawn




abstract minimalist stripe wallpaper

Many people are embracing the minimalist lifestyle. There are many ways to do so, starting with paring down our belongings. Yet inviting minimalist décor into our homes is calming in an altogether different and inspiring way.

The minimalist idea behind this Misty Beach II design is easy to appreciate. The geometric design is minimal, yet it provides a graduated change from light to darker tones as your eye goes down the wall. Many people also love the natural tones in this design, giving the striped wallpaper the ability to look good wherever it ends up. It’s hard to think of a room that wouldn’t look superb with this wallpaper in place. It could inspire you to pare down your life in ways you haven’t done before.

Pictured: Misty Beach wallpaper in Oat




abstract marble wallpaper

Many people associate marble with kitchens, yet this versatile abstract wallpaper design could be put to good use in any room of the home. Indeed, it showcases a marble design that is altogether more calming than real marble. The subtlety of the design, its calming shades, and the way different colors mix with each other can all be seen to be the ideal backdrop to whatever room you want to change.

It’s clear this wallpaper was intended to introduce calmness into the home. Could it prove to be the ideal canvas on which to build your minimalist dream bedroom? Could this be a place to daydream, a place to feel calm and relaxed? You decide. Wherever you decide to hang this abstract wallpaper mural design, you’re going to have the most beautiful room to complete with your choice of interior furnishings afterwards.

Pictured: Marble Dream wallpaper



abstract forest wall mural

A sense of early morning is present in this forest-inspired design that provides you with a dramatic yet calming wall mural for your chosen room. The design is bold enough to provide an impressive presentation as a wall mural on a single wall in the room, complemented by light colors on the remaining walls. It would make the ideal choice for a chimney breast or similar feature too, providing the full drop of the wallpaper was used. That forest look is achieved in the bottom section of wallpaper, offering a depth that is hard to deny.

You also get a sense of mist in the early hours whenever you view this abstract wallpaper design. The watercolors used here show how your eyes and your mind can fill in the finished piece, providing memories, perhaps, of forest holidays or other life experiences. Imagine inviting those memories into your own space every day.

Pictured: Morning Dew in Day




abstract cloud wallpaper mural

A marbled design with a sense of clouds and mist… that’s the idea behind this beautiful Drifting Away Mist wallpaper design. Creating a statement wall is a much-desired look in many modern homes. Choosing the right statement to make can be much harder, of course, yet the tones and shades in this misty design mark it out as a clear winner.

A room with this watercolor wall mural on one wall would surely provide the perfect location to begin each day. Settle back in your dining room or wherever you wish to start the day, and let your thoughts melt into the design, dreaming perhaps of what may come. The calming appearance of this wallpaper design makes it far easier to put together a color scheme to go with it, too. Subtle greys are ideal for this, although pastel shades of many colors would likely complement it too.

Pictured: Drifting Away Mist



Watercolor wallpaper designs give a sense of calmness and relaxation to any room. The natural use of color and style works well with abstract designs. Look around the room you wish to change and imagine how each of the above styles might work. With stunning abstract wallpaper designs or murals, why restrict yourself to hanging artwork? Your entire room acts as an inspirational canvas to guide you towards the space you truly desire.

The above selections provide ample sources of inspiration to help you achieve the look you really want. Even if you’re unsure which wallpaper to go for, you can step into the room you wish to change and use your imagination to get a sense of what might be. With plenty of options available, your perfect abstract look could be far closer than you think. Browse our modern living room ideas for design inspiration.


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