How to Paint a Wall Mural

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Murals are an increasingly popular method of wall-decoration, particularly in the workplace. They have the potential to both delight and inform, changing a room’s appearance and character while at the same time, projecting a vivid statement about a company’s identity. These days, commercial painting and decorating companies like ourselves, offer a diverse portfolio of styles, finishes and effects that can be adapted to suite various tastes. Here’s a rough, step-by-step guide on how some of the most beautiful, eye-catching wall murals can be created.

1. Grand Designs

First off, identify an image or design that you think will fit the existing decor of your office-space. Don’t be tempted to use a large variety of colours in your design – less is often more especially with regards to commercial decorating. For instance, if we were to use the Invisible Painter Logo as an example, you’ll see that the design is distinctive, simple, only utilises three colours and therefore could quite easily be turned into a wall mural.

2. Scaling and Placement

Next, consider how large you want the mural to be. Again, much will depend on how complicated your design is. Over-elaborate murals have the potential to distract so keeping them to a reasonable size is often advisable. Placement is also an important consideration. For example, a company logo mural like would be ideal for a reception area or shop-floor. However, plastering the managing director’s walls with the company name might be considered a tad over-the-top.

Best Way to Paint a Wall Mural

3. Prepare the Surface

Make a thorough examination of the surface your mural will be displayed on. Strip off any wallpaper present – don’t even think about transferring an image on top of wallpaper as it often distorts the mural and shows through paint. Damp and mold can also spoil mural designs so check that the wall surface is free of any imperfections, sanding out any bumps or rough patches you may encounter. In addition, identify any cracks or holes and fill them as best you can so that they don’t cast shadows across your design.

4. Which Paint?

Oil-based paints are well-suited to creating wall murals because they offer a hard, durable finish that can withstand scratches and abrasions. It might be necessary to create a base for the hand-painted patterns of your mural – latex paint is useful in this regard. Once a base has been prepared, acrylic paint is often used for the main design – it’s a convenient option because it’s water soluble and dries quickly.

5. Image to Surface Transferal

A number of methods can be used to transfer images on to surfaces. Stencils, for example, are very useful for creating frescoes, allowing the decorator to block in their chosen elements with the stencil and then adding different shades with a specialist brush. This approach is also useful for less complicated images such as our logo. For more elaborate patterns, drawing grids are more suitable. The principle is rather simple: a grid is drawn over an image and the mural area itself. The master image is then copied square by square onto the final surface. Results can prove very impressive.

Image from Phillip Pessar.

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