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Brick Wall Mural Ideas

What can you do with a Brick Wall? Well, plenty actually!

Our Brick Wall Mural Panels come in several different styles, colors and features and there is a very good reason for that. Customizing your space. After almost 15 years of creating murals and themed environments for kids’ spaces, we’ve learned some things about designing rooms that we have applied to our new vinyl wall mural packages. One of those things is what we might refer to as “black hole areas.” A black hole area is a section that needs to be designed in order to match the rest of the themed area but has characteristics making it difficult to theme. Let’s examine a few of these:

Doors and Windows

Doors and windows can always be problematic when theming. When trying to apply a preprinted vinyl wall mural, these areas can prove almost impossible. Trying to fit a wall covering panel around a door and getting an exact fit or trying to theme a section with a window without losing vital design elements in the mural is a huge headache.


If you are creating a Main Street environment with our Main Street Mural Panels, you may be needing to wrap the design around a corner. It’s possible to have two “shops” meet in the corner but this may also be undesirable. In some locations, corners may be a bit remote and you might not want to lose a “shop” in an area that is rarely accessed.

Wall Objects

Many spaces that are being themed, have sections of wall with pipes, fuse boxes, lights, switches, safety equipment or other such obstacles that would require a vinyl wall mural panel to be cut, sliced, or pieced together.

Design Flexibility

When building a Main Street village, some may feel that too many “shops” side-by-side is over-stimulating and the design may need a rest for the eyes.


Sometimes it is desirable for a classroom to have one or more walls themed in a way that matches the overall theme but also isn’t overpowering.

Lesser Used Areas

We frequently find that customers want to theme areas such as restrooms, stairwells, closets, offices and other areas that don’t get as much use as common areas. It doesn’t make sense to waste rich design elements in these lesser accessed areas.

Imagination Atmospheres designed our Brick Wall Mural Panels to solve most of these difficult areas. We offer two types of brick walls: our Irregular Brick Wall Murals and our Tiling Brick Wall Murals. Here is an explanation of the difference between the two.

Irregular Brick Wall Murals

Main Street Murals Irregular Full Brick Wall.    Main Street Irregular Half Brick Wall

Our Irregular Brick Wall Murals were created for one main purpose: as a separation panel between Main Street Mural shop panels. Some may feel that too many Main Street shops side-by-side create an excess of visual stimulation. The Irregular Brick Wall panels are a perfect way to break up the pattern. Because these panels are made to be used only one panel at a time, they do not tile together to form a longer brick wall. However, they are quite useful for placing in between shops, putting around a small window or wrapping around doors and corners. Have an area with a bulletin board, video screen or coat rack that would be wasted space for a Main Street Shop Mural? Add some bricks! You’ll be surprised at how much the Irregular Brick Wall Murals add to your Main Street theme.

Tiling Brick Wall Murals

Tiling Brick Wall Panel  Tiling-Half-Brick-Wall  Tiling-Brick-Wall-Purple

If you need to have a brick wall area larger than the width of one of our Irregular Brick Wall Murals (54″), take a look at our Tiling Brick Wall Murals. These panels do everything our Irregular Brick Wall Mural Panels do but they can do it much longer! Because these panels are made to seamlessly tile together, you can make a brick wall as long as you want! Create a long brick wall in your hallway, stairwell or even brick and entire classroom. And because they are made to seamlessly connect, you can cut them in half and make a long half brick wall or just use pieces where you need them. It’s all up to your imagination. The Tiling Brick Walls can be used anywhere the Irregular Brick Wall panels can be used but, because they can be tiled together, you can use them for theming around larger windows, double doors or entire rooms. And because these Tiling Brick Panels come in a variety of colors, you can make different rooms or areas different colors. And if you really want your room to get wild, mix them and go multi-colored! A rainbow brick wall room! Again, it’s all depending how you want to customize your space.

We hope you will find our Brick Wall Mural panels useful. We encourage you to dream up your own ideas for how and where to use them and when you do, please send us photos of your space so we can show everyone else!

Vinyl Wall Murals Are Here!

New changes are coming to Imagination Atmospheres as we start rolling out the latest additions to our themed environments department. Our custom designed vinyl wall murals are now online and available for ordering.

Custom spaces have always been important to us and we’ve designed these murals to be as customizable as possible. That means you can order our new murals, install them yourself and still have a unique space. We’ll work with you to make sure our new murals fit your individual space in size and design.

Main Street Vinyl Wall Murals

Ultimately we’ll be offering hundreds of mural designs in our mural shop. Currently we are developing murals for church groups with our Bible Story Murals. These murals are based upon some of our most popular hand painted murals from the past 15 years of Imagination Atmospheres mural work. These murals depict many of children’s favorite stories from the Bible such as “Noah’s Ark,” “Moses,” “David and Goliath,” “Old Testament stories,” “Jesus’ parables,” “Jesus’ life events” and more. These murals are specifically designed to be adjusted in size so they will fit your space. We’re adding new stories on a regular basis so if you need a mural we haven’t added yet, feel free to contact us with your request.

We’re also excited to be developing our new Main Street Murals theme. The “Main Street Theme” is always one of our more popular themes and with the addition of the theme on vinyl wall covering, we can make these murals available anywhere in the United States! Best of all, our Main Street Murals are designed with customizing in mind. Each Main Street “shop” is printed on a single 54″ x 96″ panel of vinyl material. These panels are exactly like wall coverings you see in a wallpaper store. They require no special materials (other than wallpaper paste) or advanced skills to hang, so you can do the installing yourself! All you need to do is figure out how much space you want to theme, decide which Main Street shops you want to put into your theme, place an order and create your own Main Street village. It’s that simple! The Main Street shops are great for long hallways but are also wonderful for classrooms. You can even start the theme in the hallway and move it into classrooms. The choice is completely up to you. And for an extra design fee, we’re able to make a few design changes on the panels themselves, such as the addition of a logo, ministry name and even some color changes. Contact us with any custom requests you may have.

We believe our new vinyl wall murals will be an popular addition to our custom themed environment offerings. It allows us to serve customers all over the country with custom art, on a quality product, at a very economical cost. That’s what we believe Imagination Atmospheres is all about.

Did you know you can hang vinyl wall murals on a cinder block surface? The main thing to keep in mind is to prepare the surface by making it as smooth as you can. The smoother the surface, the better the mural will stay secure to the wall. Having painted block is a great foundation and you can insure even more secure adhesion with the addition of a liner. Here’s an article with tips on hanging wall coverings on concrete Have questions? Give us a call at 800-621-0236.


artist drawing

I’m one of those artists who enjoys doing a variety of creative art forms. I’m lucky in that my job involves mural painting, airbrushing and cartooning because these are some of my favorite types of art but in my personal life I also enjoy fine art, performance art and photography as well.

Recently I’ve been diving back into photography and rediscovering my love for capturing still images. I don’t know about you but when I am concentrating on a certain type of art, my creative mind doesn’t want to be interrupted with thought or ideas about any other type. It’s very difficult for me to work on photography at the same time I am painting abstracts, for instance. I’m not sure why this is but my mind only wants to concentrate on one creative outlet at a time, which makes my artistic life always look very compartmentalized. If you meet me at one period, I may show you all of my recent photographs, but another times I may have several new canvases to display. Rarely will I have new art from several different expressions.

I wonder how artists such as Picasso could work on so many different types of art pieces at the same time. Some artists seem to have this well of creativity inside them that must come out in whatever form is handy at the time. They can paint a landscape or snap portraits in the same day and still feel a sense of fulfillment.

How about you? What is your creative process? Can you work on several different types of art projects at the same time? What’s your secret?

— Rick

Welcome to the Jungle

Jungle murals and themes are always fun to create, especially when the space is on the smaller side. The surrounding jungle mural can give you a real claustrophobic feeling, similar to what you might feel in the real jungle. In this theme for Highlands Church in Cumming, Georgia, we created a jungle environment that is a mix of cartoon and storybook, with some elements of the realistic. 3-D vines and airbrushed leaves, trees and foliage provide a dense canvas for the jungle feel while 3-D elements such as bamboo awnings, door frames and jungle rock walls give everything an added pop. The sign-in area features lighted jungle torches and coconut candles and a 3-D toucan to welcome the kids into their new space.

Jungle themes and murals are always a great idea for a kid space. The animals and detailed design provides an environment which stimulates a child’s imagination and sense of adventure. It’s a theme which lends itself equally well to small areas and large areas and a wide range of budgets. It’s a good choice for churches, amusement areas and daycares. For a consultation about your space, contact Imagination Atmospheres at 800-621-0236.

Checking Out the Check Ins: Your Themed Sign In Desk

No matter what type of themed environments you utilize in your church, theme park or pediatric office, the first impression most people will get of the experience that awaits them is the Check In or Sign In Desk. An interesting and exciting themed Sign In Desk is a vital part of your facility design, so don’t forget it when planning your project.

Jungle Sign In Desk

The Check In Desk serves many functions. In a church environment it may be where the parents register the children for Sunday or Sabbath school  and drop the babies off for nursery care. In a theme park, the Check In Desk may be where tickets are sold or information is distributed. In a medical environment, the Sign In Desk may be where nurses or other staff members greet patients, gather information and  secure appointments. Whether your venue is a museum, haunted house or restaurant, the Sign In Area is often where your patrons initially gather, so it makes sense that it should be designed for both theming and function.

The design of your Sign In Desk will depend on your needs, your budget and the theme of your environment. Imagination Atmospheres can custom design your Sign In Desk from the ground up. If needed, we can incorporate sound, lighting or other special effects. We can add 3-D sculptures and mural techniques to ensure that your Sign In area draws your customers in and give them a focus for the start of the experience that awaits. If your needs are more simple, Imagination Atmospheres can create smaller kiosks for computer terminals or even theme your existing desk or structure to fit your environment.

Your Sign In area is one of the most vital parts of your themed environment, so don’t neglect it when planning your theming project. Ensure that it has an exciting design that will give your customers a perfect introduction and keep them coming back for more.

Our Location

3-D tree sculpture carving foam

Many people ask where we are located. Our main office and mural studio is located in Atlanta, Georgia, while our theming workshop is in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This gives us a centralized location to many major cities and venues in the southeast and eastern United States. Most eastern United States locations are a few hours to a day’s drive from our studios.

Since 2004 we have been creating kids’ room murals and themed children’s room designs all over the United States. We have built projects in Texas, New Hampshire, California, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Florida and South Carolina. Our biggest clients are churches, pediatric and health care facilities, pre-schools and amusement areas. We’ll travel to practically any place in the continental USA that needs our work.

We’d love to come to your city and create something for you. Give us a call  at 800-621-0236 and let’s make a project together!

A Different Kind of Main Street Theme

Today, one of the more popular themes for children’s church areas is the “Main Street” theme. This flexible theme converts a plain, ordinary church hallway into a design that calls to mind a classic, small town Main Street, complete with store fronts, street lights and 3-D signage. The model of this theme, of course, is the Main Street, USA at Disney theme parks. It’s a salute to hometown Americana with it’s retro decor and design with shops such as candy stores, ice cream shops, barber shops, arcades, police and fire stations. You can see several examples of Imagination Atmospheres‘ Main Street designs in our gallery but in this article I’d like to focus on a different kind of Main Street design and one that works quite well in a children’s ministry church environment. This is a “Biblical Main Street” or “Old Jerusalem Town Square,” complete with Biblical-style storefronts, merchants and vendors.

Jerusalem Temple Main Street Stage Design

A worship room stage has become a Jerusalem temple in this Biblical themed environment.

Types of Biblical Main Street Themed Environments

Imagination Atmospheres has created several Biblical Main Street themed environments and we’ve discovered they generally fall into three main design categories:

  • Realistic Design
  • Storybook/Cartoon Design
  • Modern Design with Biblical References

Let’s take a quick look at the different categories.

Realistic Design

A Realistic Design would be one that fabricates an authentic Biblical environment. This type of design is rare in children’s ministries and is usually created for theme parks, stage or film sets. The purpose of this type of theming is to capture the realism of a Biblical landscape. architecture and experience. A professional theatre company producing a Passion play, for example, would have need for this type of environment and would request Imagination Atmospheres to build a village, room or set with the most authentic detail. Creating this type of detail would involve many artists and would require a larger budget and timeline but the end result would be an atmosphere of stunning realism.

Storybook/Cartoon Design

The Storybook/Cartoon Design uses the Realistic Design as a model but creates a visual environment closer to the illustrations in a child’s storybook. Architecture, murals and other details have a more stylized or cartoon feel to them. This design is the most effective for children’s rooms in churches. Depending on the needs of the particular children’s ministry, the design can range from the more realistic look to an extreme, stylized, cartoon version. This allows for a fun, humorous environment that also serves as a teaching tool. Many of the Main Street designs created by Imagination Atmospheres have a Disney or Looney Tunes feel. This allows the environment to appeal to kids and adults alike. Because Imagination Atmospheres custom designs all of their themed environments, your particular theme could be created to focus on preschool, elementary school, middle school or even high school kids.

Often, the Biblical Main Street themed environments reflect the standard Main Street environment in that they also feature “store fronts” and “vendor shops” along the themed street or square. These can feature the humorous as well. Some of the “store fronts” we’ve created in the past are:

  • Delilah’s Barber Shop
  • Joseph’s Carpentry Shop
  • Paul’s Travel Agency
  • Mary & Martha’s Bed and Breakfast
  • Goliath’s Big and Tall
  • Noah’s Pet Shop
  • David’s Music Shop
  • Elijah’s Chariots
  • Matthew’s Tax Service
  • Dr. Luke’s Office
  • Samson’s Gym

The options are limited to your imagination and it’s a great opportunity to completely customize your own themed space.

Cartoon Biblical Main Street

A cartoon Biblical Main Street brings humor and teaching opportunities to kids.

Modern Design With Biblical References

This design isn’t really a “Biblical Land” environment, however, we put it here because it is a modern Main Street theme with Biblical references. This is also currently a popular choice for children’s church areas. The distinguishing characteristic of this theme is that it looks like a contemporary Main Street theme but the store fronts and vendors (and frequently street signs as well) have names that evoke Bible characters and stories. The shop names are usually the same as the ones in the Storybook/Cartoon Design mentioned above, while still incorporating a contemporary design. This gives a humorous level to the atmosphere which kids always appreciate and teachers can utilize for stimulating questions and teaching points. In this type of themed environment, you get the best of both worlds while still being very customizable and personal.

I should mention briefly that it is possible to do the opposite to this design, where you have a Biblical environment with modern references. This is also a great way to incorporate humor. For instance, “Delilah’s Barber Shop” may have murals featuring contemporary barber tools and furnishings in her ancient store front. Often the Storybook/Cartoon Design utilizes this technique to some extent anyway so it is indeed possible to have a theme incorporating all of the different Biblical Main Street design elements.

Childrens Ministry Bible Village

Biblical Main Street store front options are limited only by your imagination.

The Main Street themed environment is a popular design for children’s worship areas today. The added dimension of Biblical style and elements make it a fun and unique way to bring your teaching curriculum to life while giving your kids a fun atmosphere they will want to come back to on a regular basis.

You can start designing and customizing your children’s ministry space today by contacting Imagination Atmospheres for a free consultation.