Paint or Custom Wall Murals? Benefits of Wall Coverings

26 January 2019 / By Kelly Taylor
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Should you choose paint or custom wall murals? When it’s time for a renovation project, you have many decisions to make. One of them is what you’re going to do with the walls.

While paint is more of a traditional and ‘safe’ approach, custom wall coverings give you more creative freedom. But are they really worth it? In this blog post, we are going compare paint and custom wall murals and help you decide what’s better for your project.

In this post:

Paint or Custom Wall Murals: What’s Best for Your Project?

Pros & Cons of Paint

Paint is a simple and cost-effective way to transform a room. It can instantly change the look of the space. For instance, a darker color can make it feel more dramatic, while lighter shades create a softer, airy look.

However, there’re a few things to consider. First, if the wall is damaged, it will require some preparation, namely using a speckle and letting the wall dry for at least 24 hours. Plus, you need to apply primer paint before painting over a darker color.

If a painted wall gets damaged, paint can chip. In this case, it will be necessary to repaint the wall.

Paint is affordable and easy to apply. But if you choose a higher end paint or textured paint, the price can go up. Additionally, it often takes a professional to apply textured paint.

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What Makes Printed Wall Coverings a Great Option?

What are the benefits of wall murals? They:

  1. Are Fully Customizable
  2. Provide Unique Textures
  3. Work for Many Types of Surfaces
  4. Can Be Temporary or Permanent
  5. Give You Creative Freedom

Wall Murals Are Fully Customizable

One of the best things about printed wall murals is their custom design. You can choose any graphics, texture or pattern. Additionally, if you’re applying murals on glass walls, you can pick a desired level of opacity.

With custom wall murals, you’re also free to match any existing Pantone or paint color. On top of that, you can choose your mural’s size as it doesn’t have to cover an entire wall.

Pretty impressive, isn’t it? And it’s only the beginning!

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Wall Murals Provide Unique Textures

Textured paint is your only option if you have decided to go with paint but want some texture. Custom wall murals, on the other hand, come in various materials.

This gives you even more freedom and the benefits of wall murals don’t end there.

Wall Murals Work for Many Types of Surfaces

With paint, you’re limited in your surface options. Custom wall murals, on the contrary, work on many types of surfaces. Whether it’s drywall or glass, interior door or exterior window, you can apply custom graphics to it.

Wall Coverings Can Be Temporary or Permanent

Changing a paint color of the wall is easy – simply apply some primer and paint over it. When it comes to wall murals, it’s just as simple.

You can change your wall murals every season or with every new branding or promotion idea. Let your creativity have full reign.

Which takes us to the next point.

Wall Murals Give You Creative Freedom

Starting with inspirational word clouds and ending with photographs, it’s only up to you what you want to put on the wall. You can make an office wall reflect corporate values or make a wall in a store promote its products. Or, you can create branding pieces for a lawyer’s or doctor’s office.

Why paint the wall when it has so much potential?

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Paint or Custom Wall Murals: Application

Deciding whether you should choose paint or custom wall murals, consider application process. Unless you’re having a DIY project at your home, you’re probably going to hire a team to do wall treatments.

Painting walls in a commercial project can take days. The team will have to fix any imperfections, apply the primer and let it dry. When they finish painting, the paint will also need the time to dry.

Such job can interrupt the workflow in the space you’re working on. Not to mention, the smell often makes it hard for people to stay in a freshly painted space.

You will also need a team of pros to install a wall mural. However, their work won’t get in the way of business, especially if the team is flexible enough to meet your needs. After the installation is complete, the clients are left to enjoy their new wall murals and work in a transformed space.

If You Have Chosen Wall Coverings

There’re many companies you can call to get help with painting in your project. But what about companies offering wall murals?

There’re not as many, but you do have plenty of options. Our only piece of advice is finding the one you can trust.

At Metropolitan West, we’ll be happy if you choose us to provide and install custom wall murals for your next project. Having been an industry leader for over two decades, we’re proud to provide the highest level of customer service and accommodate every request.

With our resources and experience, there’s no limit to your creative vision. Contact us today and let’s talk about your project.

About The Author

Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor is CEO for two companies, an innovator, and driven by her passion for improving the aesthetic and function of her clients’ spaces – a process she calls “WOWification”. As a CEO for Metropolitan West, she leads her team of professionals daily on the front line, providing products and services for design firms, construction businesses, and facility management companies by supplying and installing mural wall graphics, decorative glass films, solar control films and any other film that covers glass, walls, floors, ceilings and doors. Her most recent innovative product is peerhatch, a dry-erase writable wall covering that includes a patented graphical layer to promote collaboration in team environments.

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