Your options for covering your walls with art are virtually endless. Art is subjective. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all. My job today, is to give you not only options, but hopefully a better understanding of what you are getting when you purchase some of these items. Seeing as how it’s my blog, I want to focus on my favorite option, large wall murals. And when I say large, I mean LARGE. I’m talking let’s cover a whole wall, maybe even a whole room full of walls.
Imagine making your kid’s room look like an enchanted forest. Three walls covered in trees full of magical fairy tale creatures. The fourth wall, where the doorway is, is a fantastic castle, with the door lined up to make you feel like you are walking into it each time you leave the room. Remember, we live in the realm of anything you can imagine! As I talked about here, there are several types of materials to consider when you think about your wall covering. Even in the adhesive backed vinyl “family” there are a ton of choices. When deciding on which material to print one very important consideration for me is who will be installing the finished product, and how long will it be staying up.
We have some materials that are very aggressive in terms of adhesion. This material has a stronger hold, though technically still considered removable, but is very unforgiving when it comes to mistakes during the installation process. You also need to remember, if it is aggressive going on, it will be aggressive coming off. It is not uncommon for customers to have to literally redo sheetrock and paint if they decide to remove the covering. With this information in mind, I would really recommend this type of product be professionally installed. If you are just putting up a single piece, a two person team may be able to handle it on their own. However, if you are doing a large area that needs to have several pieces lined up and put together, call in a pro. If you are wanting to save on installation, and do the work on your own, a fully repositionable material would be ideal.
These materials are designed to go up and stay up, until you take them down. The great part is, after you take them down, you can put them right back up in another location. This is great for people who like to change things up by simply rearranging without having to buy all new decor for the home. It also helps in the installation process. If it’s not straight, just pick it up and try it again. The trade off here is that the product is not designed to last as long as some of the other adhesive products we have for home use.
This brings me to my personal choice. A happy middle ground between these two products are adhesive vinyls that have “air egress channels”. Sounds fancy, huh? These products are also known as pressure sensitive adhesives. The product will stick to the wall as soon as it touches it, but only lightly. You can easily lift it back up and lay it down again. This is a huge benefit when it comes to wrinkles and bubbles. Once you have the product in position where you want it, you apply pressure. There are thousands of small peaks of adhesive on the back of the product. These peaks create channels for the air to escape and allow you to move the product around a bit during installation. Once you apply pressure, these peaks rupture and spread the adhesive across the back of your wall covering. I would still recommend a professional install if you have several pieces to get lined up, but if you are putting up just two or three panels, or if lining up the image is not crucial then give it a shot. I know when I did my very first install using this type of product, not only was it doable, but it was a ton of fun too!
With any of these products, I always recommend an over laminate. Laminates are available in a matte or glossy finish to fit your needs. Laminating your finished wall print will help to protect it, as well as make it easier to care for when it comes to spring cleaning time.
Well, I hope you have found at least a little bit of useful information here. Remember, I’m always happy to answer questions as best as I can. Coming up next I think we shall take a look at indoor VS. outdoor products. In the meantime, as always, if there is anything you would like information on send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll work it in sooner rather than later.
Thanks for reading,
The Guru of Wide