If you’re looking for a unique design element to make a room in your house really pop, you might want to consider mural wallpaper. This type of wallpaper allows you to create an immersive pictorial environment, as if you truly had a mural painting on your walls, or as if you had lovely tapestries adorning them. With images available from Victorian floral patterns, to Klimt-inspired Art Décor style murals, to images of ponies frolicking in the ocean waves, you can find something suitable for any room in the house, from the living room, to the study, to the nursery. Of course, the only downside is that mural wallpaper is a little trickier to hang on the wall than normal wallpaper, since you have to be extra careful about lining everything up perfectly. Read this complete manual on how to hang mural wallpaper to find out everything you need to know before you begin the job.
Part 1 of this series will focus on how to choose the right kind of mural wallpaper for your room, and what you need to do to get ready.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Rubber gloves
Step 1 – Evaluate the Room
It’s very important to decide if the room that you are going to decorate is really appropriate for a mural wallpaper treatment. Even if you love the idea of plastering the new baby’s nursery with a panoramic scene of dolphins, or perhaps a parade of tiny lambs, it’s just not going to work if the wall is punctuated with windows, outlets, a wall radiator, or some other similar type of encumbrance.
You’ll also want to take into account other design elements in the room. Think about where you’re going to be placing the furniture, and where you might want your bookshelves or wall-hung shelf units. There’s no point in going through the trouble of hanging a beautiful mural scene if it’s just going to be blocked by the couch or your grandfather’s huge antique bureau. For these types of jobs, remember to try and think everything through in advance, so that you’re not disappointed by the results at the end!
Step 2 – Prepare the Walls
So, you’ve spent some time in the room that you want to decorate and determined which wall (or walls) are best for the mural wallpaper. The best case scenario is that the walls are only covered in paint. In this case, you need to prep the walls for hanging the wallpaper by thoroughly cleansing them of any trace oil, residue or dust that could weaken the bond of the wallpaper glue, which could cause unsightly sags and bulges later.
To clean the walls, simply take a bucket and mix some warm water with a little bit of white vinegar. Put on your rubber gloves, dip a sponge in the solution and start scrubbing. You may want to add a little aroma into the mixture to help counteract the vinegar smell. Make sure that you let it completely dry before you proceed to part two of the process.