Wall Murals Create Impact and That Designer Look. Install Yours Now!

A wall mural is a large-scale image printed on vinyl, designed to be hung on a specific wall in a home, office, or public space. A wall mural can be customized to fit any wall, including rooms with a huge ceiling height of 12-foot and above. Wallpaper murals are generally installed on just one wall in a room, creating a memorable accent wall.

You can either choose an existing image or design online or if you’re looking for a more personalized option, you can use a high-resolution image you’ve taken yourself. This could be a great photo of your pet, your kids, a favorite beach, or a city you’ve visited. The options are endless and only restricted by the fact the image needs to be very high resolution to avoid a pixilated look.

At Tinting Chicago, we’re experts at printing on vinyl. If you’re interested in transforming a drab-looking wall with a mural, contact us at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493 and let us know your specifications.

Reasons for installing a mural

  • Personalize your environment
  • Customized to fit any space
  • Makes a design statement
  • Durable
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Takes up no floor space
  • Cheaper than a hand-painted wall

How to choose an image for a mural

  • Must be a high enough resolution
  • Correct dimension
  • Avoid big blocks of color
  • Use dark colors with caution
  • Colorful designs create the biggest impact
  • Select an image with accent colors you prefer

Size of images used for murals

When selecting a suitable image for a wall mural you can either use a pre-designed image or use your photograph. As a rule of thumb, the image needs to be a minimum of 100 dpi when enlarged to its final size, with 200 dpi ideal for closer viewing. The experienced design team at Tinting Chicago will be able to advise whether or not a particular image is usable or not.

Cost of murals

Wallpaper murals are costed per square foot. The bigger the wall art, the more expensive it will be. At Tinting Chicago, we only print wall murals on the best brands of vinyl; 3M and Avery Dennison. Customers should budget between $8 and $13 per square foot for a mural wallpaper. The exact cost is determined by:

  • Size of mural
  • Brand of vinyl
  • Ceiling height (whether scaffolding is required)
  • Location of home/office

Difference between wallpaper and a mural

Traditional wallpaper is printed on narrow strips of paper and is applied to the wall using a brush and wallpaper paste. By contrast, a wall mural is a graphical image that’s custom-designed to cover a chosen wall space. It allows for large-scale designs and has a peel-and-stick application process.

Where can a wall mural be hung

  • Living rooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Hallways
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Offices
  • Public spaces

Different finishes for a wall mural

  • Gloss
  • Satin
  • Matte

What surfaces can wallpaper mural be applied to?

Colorful wallpaper mural designs can be applied to just about any flat, smooth, nonporous surface, including walls, windows, and doors. It’s best to avoid installing wallpaper murals on highly textured walls as they won’t adhere as well.

How do I know if my wall is too textured for a mural?

At Tinting Chicago, we’re more than happy to give you a home visit to check out the texture of the wall you have in mind for your mural. During this process, we apply a small piece of vinyl to the wall so that you can see the effect over the top of the textured wall. At the same time, we also take accurate wall measurements to enable us to give you an accurate quote.

Benefits of a wall mural over traditional wallpaper

  • Custom designed to fit the space
  • Clean application – no messy paste required
  • Quick and easy to remove
  • Doesn’t damage the wall beneath

The durability of a vinyl wall mural

You can expect a vinyl wall mural to last between 5 and 7 years if a high-quality vinyl material is used. Two days after installation, it’s possible to wipe over the vinyl to remove any dust, dirt, or marks, just as you would paintwork.

If applied to the wall correctly, it won’t bubble or peel off or even scratch easily. Pet owners should however be wary of letting dogs and cats scratch up against vinyl murals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a mural cover up the defects in an existing wall?

Mural wallpaper is very thin so don't expect it to cover up any defects in an existing wall. If something as small as a hair gets trapped underneath it, the shape of the hair will still be visible to a keen eye.

Will I be able to see seam lines on my vinyl mural wall?

Vinyl murals are generally hung in 3 to 4-panel sections and always so patterns or lettering marry up exactly. While seam lines are not hugely obvious, even the most professionally hung mural will still have seam lines if you look closely enough.

Do wall mural designs damage the wall they're adhered to?

No, wall mural designs don't damage the wall beneath, even when they're removed. If anything they protect the paintwork from wear and tear.


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