Have you been thinking about wall murals for one of your rooms? Find out what the two basic types are and the various methods to put either type of mural on your wall. Is it possible to do it yourself or will you need help? See what the answers are to these questions. With either type, you can have a beautiful wall mural of your choice on your wall all in good time.
Murals are basically large images direclty applied or painted on a wall, ceiling or other large surface. We all have seen examples, if not in homes, in schools, museums, restaurants, hospitals, on outside walls and other places. You’ve got to admit that they are dramatic.
Wall murals perhaps began when prehistoric man or woman wanted to visually express thoughts and decided to do so on cave walls. We all know of the famous locations around the world including France and the American Southwest where we can find such examples. Much more recently in human history we have the fresco murals of Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel and other Vatican buildings.
There was a teacher’s assistant whose mother was an artist. Her mom, the artist, would visit each grandchild’s home and paint a wall mural in their room just for them. It would be nice if each of us had such an artist in the family. Think of the memories for these kids! But murals aren’t just for kids. Murals can really create an ambiance that no other wall decor can replicate. Imagine your favorite scene on that wall inside your castle, your cave…
Wall murals come in two basic types: those that are applied and others that are painted onto your wall. Applied murals can include:
solid vinyl fabric
hanging murals
window cling murals
ceramic tile murals
sticker murals
With an applied wall mural, if you’re not comfortable doing the “affixing” yourself, there are directories such as the Guild of Professional Paperhangers and National Tile Contractors Association that will help you locate a competent professional.
Painting a mural on a wall can be done by a professionial, a friend, family member…or you. Painting wall murals can be accomplished in a number of ways including:
paint by number wall murals
wall mural stencils
image projection
painting wall murals free hand
Most anybody can do a painted mural the first three ways: by number, image projection or stencil. Free hand may require some giftedness. If your gifts reside in other areas of your life – and even here there are work-arounds – and you don’t have a friend or family member to do a mural, it is easy enough to find a decorative painter in many areas of the country, especially metropolitan regions. You can consult a resource such as the International Directory of Decorative Painters.
The subject matter of your wall mural is almost limitless. You can grace your wall with various themes including:
wildlife
flowers
nautical
beach
fantasy
citiscapes
people
nature
sports
retro
tropical
vintage posters
transportation
art masterpieces
etc.
If this large variety doesn’t do it for you, you can provide your own image. That’s right, you can even do custom murals. Create a mural of one of your favorite photos, illustrations or images as long as you have the copyright or permission. In another twist, you order a stock mural but have it personalized for you. For instance, there might be a cat in the mural. You can have your favorite feline inserted in place of the one in the stock image.
You might be lucky enough to find all these mural possibilities in your neck of the woods. It’s possible, though not likely. The good thing is you can find great online sources for both applied and painted wall murals including the varied themes. The Internet makes ordering even a custom mural easy. Without doing more than a few mouse click, you could transform a wall. In a matter of days, your blank wall can become a visual story creating a surrounding unlike any other. What do you want on your wall? Imagine!

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