Giant Wall Murals & Giant Wall Art

Putting art on your walls is a perfect way to express your individuality, turning your home from a same-old space into a you-space unique to your personality and style. Any time you choose artwork, you’re creating a space that people will want to be in, especially in a living room, bedroom, or office where people spend a lot of their time. 

Here at 1Wall, our giant wall murals and giant wall art are perfect for creating a statement look that will draw the eye and create spaces that feel open and welcome. Whether you’re redecorating a living room, bedroom, or office space, you’ll find expressing your personality through giant wall art satisfying.

What’s the difference between a wall mural and wallpaper?

Let’s start with the different types of giant artwork you might be considering hanging on the walls. There are two broad categories of giant wall art and wall murals. One thing that we’re asked often is what is the difference between a wall mural and wallpaper?

Whilst on the surface, wall murals seem very similar to wallpaper because they’re made of similar materials and are applied to a wall in the same way, the key difference is in how you use them.

A wall mural is best used only on a single, feature wall whereas wallpaper is designed to cover multiple walls at once; sometimes all four walls of a room.

When looking at the material that wall murals are printed on, you can be forgiven for thinking that it’s exactly the same as wallpaper, but in fact, a mural is typically printed on the highest quality photo paper so that the image is perfectly crisp. There are some materials that are only used on murals:

  • Photo paper
  • Canvas
  • Perforated window film
  • Polyester or Mylar

And the following materials can be either murals or wallpaper:

  • Lining paper
  • Cellulose
  • Grasscloth
  • Vinyl-coated paper or fabric
  • Vinyl
  • Velvet-flocked paper
  • Foil
  • Non-woven

When you also consider another option, wall art, we need to also consider that a boxed canvas that sticks away from the wall is not really a mural, but is wall art. These pieces can be just as stunning as wall murals, and the 3D effect of the wall art can be as much of a statement as a giant mural with a pixel-perfect image.

How do you show art on a large wall?

There are a couple of reasons why you would want to show art on a large wall, either you’ve got a larger piece of wall art, or you’re organising lots of smaller pieces to create a gallery-style wall mural. Modern styles of decor emphasise minimalism, and a single larger piece of art fits this aesthetic more than many pieces of smaller framed artwork. We find that large artwork is surprisingly a great way to open up smaller spaces, giving an illusion of depth and openness.

Look for suitable wall space

The first step is to look for walls that are suitable for giant wall art. This might mean thinking about rearranging large bookcases, taking down shelves, or moving furniture. Likely spaces include living room walls, hallways in entryways, space above a minimalistic mantel, or places between windows.

The emptier the wall, the better. Putting giant wall art or murals up against windows or ornate mantels will reduce the impact of the mural, making the space look busy rather than intentional.

Arrange the room around the art

When choosing to go giant with your wall art or murals, there’s little point in attempting to make it a backdrop to something else in the room. You’ll find it much easier and more satisfying to make the whole room centre on the mural itself.

Choose decor that matches the colour of the art, for example. Your walls should either be a neutral white or grey, or a contrasting colour that allows the artwork to stand out. If you’ve chosen your giant wall art to hang over a minimalist mantel, then have a sofa facing the art. A second option would be to have seats and sofas on either side of the room, framing the artwork in the middle.

If you’re choosing to decorate a bedroom with giant wall art, then make sure it’s hanging over the bed to create a great sense of balance in the room.

How do you hang a giant wall mural?

Of course, ultimately you should always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific wall art. Ensuring that you hang wall art securely is very important, you don’t want to damage high-quality artwork, and you don’t want to hurt anyone with it falling on top of them — especially if you’re hanging it in the bedroom!

This largely depends on the type of giant wall art or mural you’re aiming for. When opting for a wall mural, you will typically purchase it in panels that are pre-cut to a specific size. You will need to ensure that you have enough space on the wall you have chosen for the entire mural. If you’re able to specify dimensions then you have to be careful to provide exact measurements of the area you need covering. A wall mural is not supposed to be used exactly the same as wallpaper.

The benefit of wallpaper is that because it’s designed to be used across entire rooms, it’s made with patterns that work well when repeating and as long as you cut down or across lines of symmetry you will always be able to match your wallpaper rolls to one another.

A wall mural isn’t designed to be repeated, so there are no lines of symmetry to follow and no home-cutting involved. But, depending on the mural you purchase, you might find that the paste required is included, and the mural will come in multiple panels that are to be arranged on your wall in specific ways. Some murals can be applied the same way as wallpaper, with paste.

Wall art, on the other hand, especially canvases, will need either specially designed sticky pads that are rated to the weight of the wall art, or a wall hook that is rated to the weight of your wall art. As opposed to wall murals, wall art can be very heavy and you have to consider that when purchasing.

If you have a lot of space, and you know what’s behind the wall, you shouldn’t have too much trouble working out where multiple wall hooks can go to take the weight of your wall art. If you are unsure about making holes for nails and wall hooks, then you can opt for sticky plastic “velcro” wall hangers that have two halves, one for the wall, and one for the wall art.

Be aware that whichever method you choose, you should always be careful that you aren’t underestimating the support your wall art will need — otherwise it will fall!

What size art fits your wall?

Whilst this depends on the wall in question, you have a few options with wall murals and wall art. If you choose to go for a wall mural, you often need to measure the exact size of the wall. Some murals will be designed to go from floor to ceiling, to create the impression of an opening, not a wall.

Other murals are designed to be used as large, but not full-wall murals. Often, in these cases, it’s best to create a natural border around the mural. When centred, these murals can be great features. Unaligned murals can look odd, and out of place, so make sure to measure the spaces on all sides of the mural and mark off with a pencil where you want to hang the mural so get as even and straight an application as you can.

When thinking about what size art to put on your wall, it’s partly about what space you have available there, but also what kind of decor you’re using in the room. A room that already has decorations on the wall, bookcases, or shelving that is in the way should consider moving those items. Murals, unlike wallpaper, work best when they are uninterrupted. You wouldn’t consider adding a shelf to the front of a piece of art, and you probably shouldn’t do so with a giant wall mural, either.

How do I choose the right wall art for my space?

A really important question for most people is how to choose the right wall art for your room or house. This is a difficult question for most people because of how varied the answers could be.

The way to go about answering this question is a process of finding the type of wall art that you admire the look of, first and foremost. There’s no reason to choose a giant mural that takes up the entirety of your wall and for you to not really enjoy the look of it. 

Secondly, you should aim to choose something that gives the room a feeling or setting the mood of the room. As such a large piece of art, these giant wall murals are the single biggest attention-grabbing thing in whichever room they are in, and so your whole room will focus on it.

If you’re decorating a dining room, you may want to reconsider trees and jungle murals, as not everyone wants to feel like they’re eating outside. If you’re looking to create a lounge where you can go to relax and escape the vigours of modern life, then stay away from cityscapes and contemporary artworks that evoke urban living.

Thirdly, get some opinions from others that are either going to spend a lot of time in the room you’re decorating or that may visit more often. These people will be able to visualise the space with the mural better than someone who has no experience of your home and the spaces that you have.

Overall, it’s a personal choice that is impacted by the type of room you are aiming to create and the feeling that you want to evoke when people enter your house!

Giant wall murals here at 1Wall

Before you leave, we hope that you’ve had some of your questions about giant wall art and murals answered here today. Take a look through our collection of wall murals available online now.

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