- Choose the mural based on its composition
- Choose your painting according to the room and the atmosphere
Today, murals are easy to apply, allow multiple renderings and play in all colors. One or two layers, how long to let them dry, in which room to apply them, how to be sure of the color, as many questions to ask you before you decide... The essential in a few brushstrokes.
How to choose your mural
Choose the mural based on its composition
The murals are divided into 3 families. Oil paints, lacquers or glycerophthalic are great classics. They have a good opacifying power and are very resistant. Based on linseed oil, however, they contain solvents that harm the environment. Rigorously regulated, which does not eliminate their stubborn odor and easy application, it is better to use them sparingly. For very smooth and flawless small surfaces such as door frames and skirting boards, for example.
Acrylic paints dilute and clean with water. They are easy to install even on uneven walls. They dry quickly and exist in matt or satin appearance. Those who wear ecolabel respect the environment as much as the person. They do not contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury or arsenic and their solvent content is limited.
Most recent alkyd paints represent a compromise between glycerophthalic paint and acrylic paint. They have very little odor and dry in less than an hour. They allow beautiful lacquered renderings without suffering from toxic side of the classic oil painting. This thanks to innovative resins. In addition, they are cleaned with water.
Choose your painting according to the room and the atmosphere
The kitchen and bathroom require washable paints that resist water vapor and grease. The living rooms and bedrooms are often covered with satin acrylic. To highlight some details, such as ceiling moldings, you can use alkyd paint. There remains the choice of colors.
Knowing that warm colors: oranges, reds, big cats are associated with conviviality and cold tones: green, blue, purple are considered soothing, you must know how to play. Do not hesitate to alternate with neutral tones like grays, beiges and grapes. As for the white, it enlarges the small spaces whereas the black delimits it. To consume with moderation.
Think also about glittery paintings!
Far from decorative concerns, the performance of a painting is also important. Indicated on paint cans, it determines the amount to use. For example, a yield of 30 m² for 2.5 liters of paint means a yield of 12 m² per liter. Just divide 30 by 2.5. To estimate the total quantity, take the measurements of the part (s) to be painted. Calculate wide not to run out of paint, especially if the chosen shade is rare.