Frequently Asked Questions:
Since most people have a lot of questions about murals, we have included the following section of FAQ’s for your perusal. If your question is not amongst these, please feel free to visit our Contact Me page and send us your questions.
- What constitutes a “mural”?
A mural by definition is a painting that is done directly on a wall regardless of size or paint used by the artist. There is some controversy in the art world today about murals that are first painted on canvas then glued to walls. Some believe that a mural on canvas is not a mural but instead it is a painting. My personal feeling is that because the painting is attached with glue to the wall, that it then becomes hand painted canvas that is hung like wall paper. However, should the artist or contractor glue canvas to a wall, then paint on the canvas, it is a mural. (A mural is a painting that is created directly on a wall, the surface of the wall matters not.)
- Can A Mural Be Painted On Any Surface?
Yes! Murals can be painted on a numerous surfaces ranging from concrete to wood, wallboard to canvas and even on certain types of wall paper. The possibilities are absolutely endless!
- How Long Does It Take To Paint A Mural?
Painting a mural can take from anywhere from one day to several months depending on size and detail in the painting.
- Do I Need To Get A Building Permit?
No. To have a mural painted, you will not need to obtain a “city building permit.” However, if you are painting a public mural, chances are strong you will not only need to obtain a permit, but you will also need to present to the City Council for their approval.
- Will A Mural Increase The Value Of My Home?
Yes! The value of a building will increase with at least the value of the commissioned mural providing it is painted directly on the wall surface.
- Should I Ask My Interior Designer To Be At The First Meeting?
Though this is a personal decision, working with a professional interior designer is advisable because they can properly coordinate furniture, carpet, window treatments, etc. with the mural.
- How Much Does A Mural Cost?
A custom hand painted mural’s cost depends upon several factors: Size, Complexity, Location, Surface, Detail and type of paint (Oil or Acrylic Paint). I enjoy both mediums, however it takes me twice as long to paint with oil paint as it does painting with acrylic paint. Oil paint is also more expensive than acrylic paint. To give you an idea of cost…an 8×10′ wall that is fairly detailed will run between $2,000 and $2,800 interior, and $2,800 and $4,000. The lower amount for an interior flat surface wall and the higher amount for an exterior heavily textured wall. For a general square foot price, please take a look at this International Mural Price List INTERNATIONAL MURAL PRICING CHART .