The “Mountain Mural” Bedroom Makeover That You Can Do Yourself!

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This very cool bedroom makeover was done by Pam Lostracco of Canada. 

Last Spring, I started envisioning how my artwork would look at a larger size. The mountain design I created for a calendar was doing really well, so I decided to start my first large piece by transferring the mountains onto my bedroom wall. Not only did it transform the atmosphere in the whole room but my entire business plan too! I felt entirely in my element throughout the whole process which has resulted in my new mural business.

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While traveling through Thailand and Laos, Pam saw endless ranges of beautiful and sometimes unusual mountainscapes, which she used as inspiration for the mural. 

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The mural is like a mirage—it seems like the real thing and draws you in to look closer. The multiple layers create visual depth, as though you can actually see over each mountain ridge. The gentle gradation in color creates a sense of calmness also.

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THE PROCESS:

I composed a scaled drawing of my bedroom wall in Illustrator. Then, added a square-foot grid over the drawing which was transferred onto the wall using string. Square by square, I penciled in the drawing. The solid white (top) and charcoal (bottom) were painted first. Then I carefully blended the remaining middle colors to get a gradual gradation from light to dark.

 

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THE MATERIALS:

This mural is 120 square feet and took 3 full days to draw the outline and paint. I used 3 different colors of paint: the white and natural white were leftovers from previous projects so only $50 was spent on a gallon of Kendell Charcoal from Benjamin Moore. The colors were selected to blend with the neutral tones in my bedspread, curtains and furniture.

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