Murals are pieces of art that cover a wall or ceiling. That might seem simple, but there are numerous types of murals that have been used throughout history. When talking to a designer or home décor expert about making a mural for your wall, you might find that they use terms you haven’t heard before. This list of key terms should help you understand them better.
Fresco – A technique that involves applying colors directly to plaster, often while the plaster is still wet. When the plaster dries, the artwork can withstand centuries of exposure to the elements without losing its color.
Tempera – A technique that combines pigment with a medium such as egg whites. The albuminous medium protects the pigment, allowing the wall painting to last for many years.
Wallscape – An advertisement that covers a large space, usually on a billboard. They can be made of stickers and decals that adhere to billboards quickly. This allows companies to replace them often.
Frescography – A digital technique that allows artists to make very large, unique murals. The technique was created to avoid many of the pitfalls of using decals and stickers. Frescography, for instance, makes it easier for artists to create unique works whereas decals are replicas of a static image.
Stencil – A piece of material that has a design cut into it. Individuals can use stencils to create images on their walls and ceilings without hiring a professional. Many craft stores sell stencils that have been designed for specific types of home décor. You can find them to match visual themes such as maps of the world, beaches, tropical jungles, and sports.
Spicing up your room doesn’t always have to involve changing the paint color or hanging up some wallpaper. Why not make your decor really special with a custom mural? Don't worry if you don’t know how to paint or draw. Hire a professional for your custom mural. Murals are great for any room of the house, such as children’s rooms. Just come up with a theme, find a professional and your mural will be a great addition to any room in your home.
Creating a mural can be a time consuming task, as precision must be taken to get every detail right. However, the end result will be well worth it. You can make it a little easier by using stencils instead of writing or painting the mural free hand. You can even incorporate wall stickers or wallpaper into your décor.
Ideas for murals include world maps, beaches and jungles. Make a mural for a baby’s nursery, incorporating sheep, princesses, a jungle theme or even family photos. Creating a billiard mural theme is great for a man cave. Hang posters, lay tile, insert a border and add vinyl decals to contribute to the overall design. From your business office to your living room, create themes that relax and inspire you, from oceans and tropical islands to horses and sports. Even graffiti is an art form that looks aesthetically pleasing as a mural.
The ceiling is a great canvas for any mural. Cover the ceiling with creative designs and have the visual décor and mural also be on the walls and even floor. You can find stencils, decals, stickers and wall coverings at craft shops. Look for paint and brushes at home improvement stores.