How to Make Custom Wall Murals like Cityline

By |2019-12-12T10:41:34-05:00November 28th, 2019|Tags: , |

I create a lot of custom wall murals for Cityline and this mural of stairs is no exception.  For so many decorating devotees, it’s especially important to create a unique wallpaper that no one else has.  Something you can’t get from the big box stores or that you won’t see on your neighbour’s walls.

Keep scrolling to learn how you can create your own custom removable wallpaper from a stock image you find online and watch how Kimberley Seldon uses this custom staircase mural on Cityline.

Watch the Custom Wallpaper on Cityline

As an award-winning interior designer, TV personality and podcast host, Kimberley Seldon is always bursting with exceptional ideas to take your home décor to a new level.

Watch as she uses my custom wallpaper to showcase different places to hang your Christmas stockings if you don’t have a mantle.

How to Create Custom Wall Murals like Kimberley Seldon did

Kimberley Seldon and Adrienne Scanlan stand in front of a custom wallpaper of a staircase, decorated with Christmas stockings

There are three ways you can create your own custom made wallpaper with me:

  1. Choose a unique image from iStock like Kimberley did (I’ll explain how below)
  2. By adding your logo or a fave quote over one of my in-stock wallpaper murals (like Colin and Justin did for the Toronto Sun)
  3. From your own painting or photograph

Step 1: Visit iStock

The first step in creating custom wall murals with me is to actually find an image you love.  I recommend using iStock because they have millions of images to choose from and amazing filters so you can find exactly what you want.

Step 2: Search by Keyword

A mobile phone is placed on top of a keyboard and the word "Keywords" is above

When you first land on iStock, there is a search bar for you to type in keywords.

For this episode of Cityline, Kimberley and the producers search keywords like, “hallway staircase 3D.”

Step 3: Filter the Results

A closeup of keys on a keyboard. One key has a photo of a black and blue funnel.

Next, you want to refine the results using their filter:


Do you want the image to fit perfectly snug on your wall?  Then choose an orientation that best matches your wall size.

If you have a wide wall, like 13’W x 8’H, you want a Horizontal Orientation.  If you have a tall wall, like 6’W x 11’H, you want a Vertical Orientation.

For Kimberley’s segment, she only needs to cover 6’W x 8’H of the wall, so she selects a Vertical Orientation.

Image Size

Do you want a crisp, clear image on your wall (rather than blurry and pixelated)?  Then filter by XXL image size – you want the highest resolution possible.

Step 4: Use Your Remarkable Taste

A rendering of a wooden staircase in a hallway

This stock photo of a staircase happened to be THE one for Kimberley and Cityline.  You can scroll through millions of exclusive images on their website until you find THE one that creates your own unique wallpaper.

Step 5: For best printing results…

When looking for images for your custom wall murals, look at things such as texture and file size

Images with a lot of texture print up best.  Take the mural of stairs that Cityline created as an example: they chose an image with textured wallpaper versus a plain white wall.

Also, an image size/quality of 20MB or more gives the most crisp and clear effect.  To figure out the size, click on the image you like and look at the File Size.  For example, multiply 4375 x 4964 pixels to get 21,717,500 or 21MB.

Step 6: Unsure?  Gimme a shout!

A woman wearing pink overalls puts her hands on her hips

Before you purchase your image from iStock, feel free to email me the URL of the image you like.  I’ll take a look and let you know if it’s appropriate for custom wallpaper printing.

Once I give you the go ahead, you simply purchase the image and email it to me.  The cost to purchase an image usually ranges from $15-$40 CAD.


Step 7: Purchase Your Custom Wallpaper

You need to print your image onto wallpaper, right?  This is when you order the custom wallpaper from my website.

The price is based on size and includes resizing your image to print in large scale, printing it onto prepasted wallpaper and shipping it to you within Canada or the Contiguous USA.

Wondering How to Install Wallpaper Yourself?  Watch How:

All of my prepasted wallpaper, whether you’re creating custom murals or looking at in-stock patterns, are printed on the same easy to install wallpaper.  Just watch my video tutorial above and I’ll teach you how.

I believe my wallpaper is the easiest to hang (even if you’ve never done it before) because:

  • You don’t need to
    • Buy wallpaper paste since mine are prepasted
    • Apply messy glue to the walls or paper
    • “Book” my wallpaper (what a headache)
    • Double cut the seams (eek! Google it!)
  • Each wallpaper panel is only 18” wide so you can easily handle them yourself (although having a friend there is always more fun), unlike some of the really wide panels out there.
  • When wet, these wallpaper panels slide around on the walls for several minutes so you can easily match the patterns at the seams – just watch my video showing you this top tip!This is unlike most peel and stick wallpaper which doesn’t slide around, so if you don’t match the pattern perfectly the first time, you have to peel the panel off and reposition it until you get it right.  This sometimes takes the stickiness off the paper so it no longer sticks to your wall.

If you’re busy with the renovation, hire a pro!

The experts and producers at Cityline know they can trust me to install these custom wall murals very precisely – they’re making an appearance on TV, after all!

If you’ve got your hands full with the rest of your renovation, I offer installation services in the greater Hamilton / Toronto areas of Ontario.

If you live elsewhere, visit the Wallcovering Installers Association to find a qualified installer.

The Wallpaper that’s Removable

Tracy Moore and Kimberley Seldon on set at Cityline showcasing custom wall murals from

Another reason the experts at Cityline love using my wallpaper murals is that they’re removable.  At the end of each day, they need to strip their walls bare for the next expert to decorate and they know my custom wall murals simply peel off.

It’s great for your home too.  You know when you’re ready to redecorate, you just pull the wallpaper panels off the wall with no damage to the sheetrock or paint.  Within minutes, you’re ready to change the look of your room.

Watch How to Remove Wallpaper

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About the Author:

Hey, I'm Adrienne…your personal mural expert! I can teach you how to craft your own unique wall (that you simply can’t get from a big box store) as I decorate TV sets, local businesses and customer’s homes with my wallpaper murals and hand-painted murals.

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