When kids decide it’s time for a change in their bedrooms’ appearance, a mural designed just for them is a beautiful, inexpensive way to give the room a fresh look. Murals are commonly composed of the individual child’s favorite characters, such as those from television shows, movies, books, or comic books. Murals could also be themed, such as a deep sea or mermaid theme for girls, and a dinosaur or alien theme for boys.
Choosing the Theme
Over the course of a few days, both children and parents should discuss the mural. First the theme should be decided upon. Once the theme is chosen choose a suitable wall and location, such as above the bed or toy zone, for the mural. The available space should be measured, so that parents can figure out how big each part or character within the mural must be. This will also aid in purchasing the right amounts of paint. Then, individual characters and accents should be chosen and a draft of the mural should be crafted. For those who don’t feel very artistic, stencils can be a life saving resource. The mural can then be penciled onto the wall, allowing the child to see a sample of what it will look like when completed.
Cool Effects to Consider
With a few neat tricks, a wall mural can go from beautiful to jaw dropping. For girls, you could try adding holographic accents or glitter paint to the mural. For boys, cool three dimensional effects would be fun; an example might be the head of a realistic Tyrannosaurus Rex mounted onto the wall, joined with a painted body. If an alien theme was chosen, the aliens could be filled in with glow in the dark paint or black-light paint, which could be enjoyed at night.
Getting the Supplies
Once the rough design of the mural is prepared, it’s time to buy supplies. First, brushes, non-toxic paint, trays, any required stencils, additional crafting materials, and cups for rinsing brushes will be necessary to craft the mural. Lightweight floor protection, painter’s tape, old clothes, and glasses will be needed for protecting the room and the family during the painting process. Be sure that there is enough paint and protection to go around; otherwise, there could be significant delays during the project.
Drying and Clean-Up
Once the mural is finished, allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions. If a second coat of paint is necessary, wait until both coats are thoroughly dried before the room is cleaned up. Once the threat of wet paint has passed, remove all tape, drop cloths, and sheets from the room.
Murals are a fun and beautiful way to update a child’s room, and they are incredibly affordable to produce. People of all artistic abilities are able to complete wall murals with the right supplies.