With stunning images, wall paper murals are an excellent addition to any room. They open the space, and this is especially true when the mural is hung across a large expanse of wall. Designers use wall paper murals to create instant impact in the room decor.
Before you start installing murals wall paper, consider answering these questions:
- Did you check with the retailer what material was used to print the wallpaper mural on?
Some manufacturers print on vinyl, some on canvas. Is the material resistant to tear or washable?
- Are the inks used for printing resistant to fade and UV rays?
This is important to consider if you plan to install your mural on a wall exposed to lots of sunlight: bedroom , livingroom or sunnyroom.
- After instalation, can you protect the mural with a polyurethane coat?
You might want to consider this option if you plan to hang the mural in a bath where you gets moisture, or in a high traffic area.
- Will you damage your walls when you decide to remove the wallpaper mural? Some of the wallpaper murals are”peel and stick”, and totally removable, with no future damage to the wall.
Getting answers to all these questions before you decide what to buy, will save you headaches later.
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Installing Wall Paper Murals in 8 Steps
Follow carefully the manufacturer’s instructions and:
- Prepare your walls.
Make sure your walls are free of dirt, grease, nail holes, loose paint, cracks, or any other irregularites that might show through. If you mural will go on a wall with light switches, or electrical outlets remove the covers before starting installation.
- Most manufacturers advise to put the mural on a wall painted with flat latex paint.
If you have semi-gloss or gloss paint on your walls, you will have to sand them a little bit to achieve proper adhesion of the wallpaper. If you have a textured wall, some manufacturers recommend to use a lining paper, and then a couple of flat latex paint coats.
- Think of the best layout for your mural. If the mural is bigger than the wall, you will need to trim out the mural – this is done from extremities, so the layout is preserved. If the mural is smaller than the wall, you will have to center it. Place the mural in such way so the scene begins at he same height as furniture; otherwise scene will appear to “float” above it. Most murals come in 6 to 8 panels. Lay out each panel next to its matching panel. Look for good color and pattern match.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about the order of panels.
- Lay out your wall. Some manufacturers recommend to start by drawing a center line on the wall, and hang the panels from the center line out towards the edges. Others consider the first panel to be the one farthest left and on the top of the overall scene.
We recommend to follow the instructions that accompany the wallpaper mural.
- Mix the dry paste.
Wallpaper murals usually come with a package of dry paste. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing. If you have to purchase your own paste, use a cellulose wallpaper paste.
- Install the first panel.
Apply an even coat of glue to the back of the mural panel; stick it on the marked area of the wall. Wipe off any excess glue or air pocket with a soft rag. If needed, re-apply glue and press down any loose ends.
- Install the rest of the panels. Do not wait too long between installation of the next panels or they won’t line up correctly. Overlap each panel between 1/8″-1/4″ to prevent gaps between the panels once dry.
You can start trimming the overlaps once the mural has dried so you will prevent tearing.
- Remove any paste from the front of the mural. Be careful not to overwork it, or you might remove the ink from the paper.
For children’s room, bathroom, hallways or kitchen consider installing wallpaper murals, but the vinyl top coated ones. They are stronger and hence more durable in time.