Transforming my Home Office with a Hand-Painted Palm Leaf Mural

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

In February I moved into a new apartment. My husband and I downsized from a large apartment to a smaller one that was in a more desirable location for us in Washington DC. In our last apartment I had to paint the entire place because it was mustard yellow. I painted it — not shockingly — all light gray and one black wall.

You might remember when I teamed up with Pratt & Lambert to tell you about my painting process when I do my abstract paintings, and we’ve joined forces again for a fun project in my new place — my home office.

In the new place all of the walls are bright white, and I wanted to do something more interesting than just painting the room a color, so I thought it’d be fun to paint a mural! I think you’ll be surprised at how far a little paint can go. It added such a cool detail to the space!

Read about the concept and process below, plus see more photos of the finished room!

HOW TO Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.comSince I have an art background I could easily look at a few photos of palm leaves and freehand them. The trick is to not be too hard on yourself — it doesn’t have to be perfect! I was actually pretty shocked at how much I liked the finished product!

PRATT & LAMBERT PAINT

You might think this would take forever, but it was a quick and fairly easy DIY project for me. All I needed was the idea, a few research photos for reference, the paint — Pratt & Lambert’s ACCOLADE® Interior Paint + Primer, and a few additional materials (towel, stir stick, paint can opener) and the project was a go!

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

Once I had finished painting the mural, I stepped back and stared at it for a day. I could then see a few additional spots that needed to be filled in with more leafy details.

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

I didn’t need a ton of the ACCOLADE® Interior Paint + Primer for the mural. For a small, one-color mural that has a lot of white space, you can probably get away with a quart. But for larger murals you’d need more. Painting a mural is such an easy way to completely transform even the smallest space!

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

Hand-Painted Gray Palm Leaf Mural // megbiram.com

By only painting the mural two-thirds of the way up the wall, the additional white space kept the room from feeling overwhelmed by the mural. I also love how it looks behind the bookshelves. Otherwise I think the bookshelves would look really empty even though they are filled with decorations!

DECORATING A SMALL DEN

To finish off my home office, all I need to do is get a light fixture — I’m thinking a simple yet funky black fixture would be cool — and a small marble tulip table. I can see many a blog posts being written in this room!

There are so many ways to spice up a room without painting it a solid color. For example, a fresh take on stripes can be done with the same paint color but using two different sheens, such as high and low gloss.

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Photos by Laura Metzler

This post was done in collaboration with Pratt & Lambert. All opinions are my own.