One of the things I absolutely love about where we live is the Blue Ridge mountains always in the near distant view. I find them so peaceful and calming. In fact I have tortured my husband by having mountain themed decor all throughout our home. So, when I decided to redecorate our guest rooms I knew I wanted one of them to be Blue Ridge mountain themed.
After doing a few Pinterest searches I got the inspiration to paint an accent wall with a mountain themed mural. I am absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out, and over all it wasn’t too difficult to accomplish.
Step 1 – Sketch out your design
Identify which wall you want to be the accent wall with the mountain mural. This took me way longer that normal. I really only had two walls to choose from based on the layout.
The next thing I did was sketch out my design. Of course I neglected to take a picture of this step, but what I did was take a ruler and grid out my wall in 18 x 18 inch boxes with a light handled pencil. This step may not be necessary for everyone, but I found the grid helped me draw the mountains easier and more “uniform”.
After my pencil grid was drawn on the accent wall I created multiple squiggly lines that would ultimately be my mountain range. You can look to Pinterest or google searches for beautiful pictures of mountain ranges for inspiration. I actually used a brochure I had for the Skyline Drive showing the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains up here in NorthWestern Virginia.
Step 2 – Paint the base color
After you have your pencil drawn mountain range as a guide, you will want to paint the base color. I chose a neutral sand color so it would not distract from the blues of the mountains.
To me this was the most boring step, but I did it first to mostly get it out of the way. All the other walls were painted in two coats, and I painted the same neutral color from the top of the soon to be mountain range to the ceiling.
Step 3 – Start filling in the mountains
I actually painted all these mountain range variations from just two paint colors. I started first with my lightest blue at the top of the mountain range, and my darkest blue at the bottom of the mountain range (as seen in the picture). Then I began mixing the paint colors to paint the mountain ranges in between.
I have to say I might not do this method again as the color mixing was a lot more challenging than I expected. I ended up wasting a lot of paint because my mixed color was just not right, and I would have to start a new cup of mixed paint. However, if I had bought a bunch of different colors from the paint store that quickly would have blown my project budget.
I have to say, this was a LOT of work but in the end I am so happy with the results. I purchased a mountain themed bedspread and accessories online to finish off the room, and its ready for some overnight guests!