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Guidelines for Adorning Your Home with Wall Murals

By Jack Subscribe to RSS | March 4th 2012 | Views:
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Whether indoors or outdoors, only a few decorative ideas can match up to the artistic appeal of a wall mural especially since the variety in this niche is endless. Although some people might feel that the best as also the easiest way to cover bare walls is to stick photo wallpaper on it, many vouch for the notion of painting a mural as being the most effective. Not only are wall murals creative, colorful and eye catching but are also one of the easiest as also economical ways of transforming the atmosphere within the room by creating a visual focus.

As compared to putting up photo wallpaper, painting a mural on the wall is a decision which entails a lot of preparation. The process commences with listing down of various ideas and then selecting one which best conforms to theme and décor of the room. One of the advantages of wall murals is their versatility – these can be designed to depict anything ranging from landscapes and animals to motives, floral designs, 3-D images and so on. Therefore, irrespective of whether it is a kid’s room, living room, school or work place, finding a perfect wall mural is just a question of patient research.

Prior to starting on the mural, it is imperative to clean and prepare the area so that apart from achieving a great outcome the rest of the room remains virtually undamaged. Covering up the furniture and carpet, taping woodwork, cleaning the particular area of the wall and filling the holes and cracks with putty are some of the steps which must precede painting of wall murals no matter what the location is. Smoothing of surface and rendering it free of oils and grease is a practice which is applicable in case of photo wallpaper as well and is accomplished by wiping and sweeping the walls.

Next it is time to plan the concept on the wall and use of templates is common at this stage as it helps to span out the image within the given dimensions. This is the stage in which the difference between photo wallpaper and wall murals is most apparent because in case of the former the next step of installing the paper is last where as in case of the latter it is just the beginning. Now is the time to get paints which could be acrylic, emulsion or waterproof, brushes of various sizes, mixing tools and empty paint containers not to mention music in the background.

The actual task of painting begins with laying out a basic sketch on the wall with a thin paint brush and stepping back to review it time and again to see if any adjustments can be made. Having acquired an outline, it is time to fill in the background colors and gradually build up the image in layers with the final layer being the most detailed. Unlike photo wallpaper which can be put up in a day, wall murals take up to a few days to complete depending on the complexity if undertaken as a DIY project. This duration can be shortened by hiring a professional but self painting is also a fun and exciting option.

Considering that wall art has been in existence since the time of our cave dwelling ancestors, wall murals could be described as their contemporary avatars. In spite of the long list of differences there is indeed a point of similarity between these and photo wallpaper namely the convenience in altering. It is possible to change wallpapers as also murals by simply removing the existent one and replacing it with a new design. In this way it is possible to depict the various seasons as also the designs in kid’s room as and when required without much ado.

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Adorning your wall with wall murals is one of the best ways of adding a colorful ethnic touch to your room. Although a photo wallpaper is an easier option a wall mural has a unique appeal of its own which is unmatched by any other form of wall art.

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