How to Hang a Wall Mural

What Is A Wall Mural?

Wall murals were an extremely popular choice of art in the 19th Century and have since taken on a slightly different meaning. Today, we associate them with vivid photographs which often take up the expanse of walls, adding depth, colour and a fantastic focal point to any room of the house.

Where can I Add a Wall Mural?

Wall murals make great additions to any room. Whether you have a business and need to liven up certain areas, or your child wants to make a creative space in their bedroom, murals make the ideal choice. The one thing you will need, however, is a smooth wall! If you have any existing wallpaper or texture on your walls, this will need to be completely removed before you apply your wall mural. 

When thinking about which wall to choose for a mural wall, try to pick the wall that the eye is most drawn to when you enter the room, as this will have the most visual impact.

What Is The Difference Between Wallpaper And Wall Mural?

Murals are more often than not applied to just one feature wall in a room, whereas wallpaper is usually applied to four walls. However, there are many significant differences that you may want to take into consideration if you are planning to incorporate a wall mural or wallpaper into your home. 

Wall Murals

Wall murals are often digital prints which use photographs or prints of an extremely high quality so that the image can be blown up to the scale of a wall. The earliest known wall mural was traced back to 30,000 BC in France, showing a painting directly onto the wall. This became a popular method of art over the subsequent years, creating images, scenes and art-work directly onto walls which became known as wall murals. Today, we have deviated slightly from the origins of the mural and often tend to use photographic images and hang the mural as opposed to direct application. 

Wallpaper 

Wallpaper is a highly popular choice in many households, whether that is for feature walls or the entirety of the room. You can incorporate specific patterns, colours and textures of wallpaper into your home. Wallpaper also comes in rolls; you may need multiple rolls to fill your room, whereas your wall mural will be a set amount of panels to ensure the picture is complete.

Preparation:

Hanging a wall mural without the help of a professional can seem like an overwhelming task. However, If you break the steps down and follow our instructions, you will find it is easily done!

What you will need:


1. Standard wallpaper paste

2. Pencil

3. Tape measure 

4. Brush

5. Clean cloth

6. Spirit leveller 


Preparation Step 1: 

First thing’s first; you need to double-check that your plastered wall is smooth and doesn’t have any hidden bumps that may impact the appearance of your mural. If you have decided to place a wall mural over the top of pre-existing paint, you may need to consider which paint has previously been used. If you haven’t painted recently, you will want to consider scraping the old paint off and smoothing it down to avoid the flaking and disintegration of the paint underneath the mural.

Preparation Step 2:

Unless you have bought a peel and stick wall mural, you will need to purchase the standard wallpaper paste in preparation for hanging your mural. At 1Wall, our wall murals require standard wallpaper paste, which we provide inside the tube. 

How To Hang A Wall Mural

Step 1

To begin, start by mixing up the wallpaper paste after you have consulted the packet’s specific instructions. Once you have thoroughly mixed, leave the wallpaper paste to rest. 

Step 2

While you are waiting for the wallpaper paste to rest, you will need to mark out the centre of the wall where your mural is going to be placed, ensuring that you have measured accurately.  You can do this by using a pencil and a plumbline.

Step 3

Once you have drawn out where you are hanging your wall mural, you will need to lay the mural image-side down and apply the wallpaper paste evenly to the first panel of your wall mural, ensuring that you are pasting out toward the edges. Once you have pasted the back of your mural panel, you will need to leave it for approximately two minutes before hanging it to the wall. 

Step 4

You will then want to apply the pasted mural to the marked out area, being cautious not to squeeze the paste from the corners. Once your first panel of mural is hanging, you will need to take a damp sponge or cloth and smooth over the surface to ensure there aren’t any air bubbles that are going to cause issues. 

Step 5

Move onto pasting the second panel, once again ensuring that you are evenly distributing the paste and leave it to rest for two minutes prior to applying it to the wall. Once you have allowed for this, you will need to put up your next panel, ensuring that the pattern match is perfect. Proceed with this method for the following panels to complete the wall mural!

Step 6

Once all four panels are on the wall and are matched up, you may find that you need to trim off some excess on the top and bottom of your mural. However, this won’t be necessary for every wall mural.

Step 7

Take your damp sponge or cloth and smooth the entirety of the mural to make sure it is flat and symmetrical. Allow your panels 24 hours to dry, and you should be able to enjoy your brand new wall!

Follow these steps, and you’ll have your new wall mural perfectly pasted in no time! If you get stuck on any of our steps, you can also watch our handy video tutorial on how to hang a wall mural or wallpaper.

Here at 1Wall, we offer an extensive collection of wall murals, including nature murals and children’s’ murals so that everyone can enjoy a newly decorated room. Don’t shy away from trying something a little different; wall murals can be a real showstopper, adding a sense of individuality and uniqueness to any room of the home.

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