Adding a mural to the wall of any room in your home can be a beautiful, magical touch. Many people cringe at the thought of a mural because they picture a cheesy, over-the-top themed painting that looks like it came from a bygone era. However, modern murals can range from graphic silhouettes to subtle shading, soft impressions or images, to simple outlines that suggest shapes and forms.
Using paint you can add dimension, depth and life to even the most boring room. Here are some suggestions to get your started on painting a mural in your own home.
One of the most difficult things for people who are considering painting a mural is getting the image that they want to paint large enough and then getting it transferred to the wall. An easy way to overcome this challenge is to use an overhead projector.
Simply draw or find an image or design that you want to add to your wall and get an overhead transparency made of it at you local copy shop. Then, project it onto your wall at the size that you want and trace the design.
You should already have a nice base coat of paint on your wall before you begin tracing. Use a pencil to trace the design so you can rAemove your lines later after you have finished painting the mural. Or, alternately, you can just paint over the lines to hide them.
Once you have transferred the outline of your image onto your wall you simply need to paint it. Use small paintbrushes for doing the edges of the design so you have more control and don’t go outside the lines.
Here are some ideas for different styles of murals that you can do.
Black & White or Stark Contrast Wall Mural
Start with a white wall and trace on a design or image that you have chosen. Look for an image with strong edges and well defined, recognizable shapes. Once you have finished your outline, fill it in with black paint so you have black silhouettes on white walls. As an alterative, you can use any paint colors that have high contrast for this method. This method of painting a wall mural gives a lot of visual “punch” and can really make a strong impact in a room.
Subtle Shading Wall Mural
Using the same technique as above, but rather than using black and white or sharp contrast paint, use shades of the same color. For instance, you could try a soft blue background with a slightly lighter blue silhouette. A great way to pick paint colors that will look great together is to choose colors from the same paint chip.
Detailed Painting Wall Mural
If you have more artistic ability you can add details or shading to your wall mural to really bring it to life.
Experiment with adding unique touches like subtle gold or silver paint accents, or even gold leaf details.
Wall murals are a fun and easy way to add interest to any room in your home. Spend some time brainstorming ideas and you’ll be sure to come up with a mural that you love.