How to paint a Mural

If you plan to paint a mural using acrylics, this blog post will answer a few of your questions.

  • What type of paint should I use to paint a mural?
  • What other materials do I need to paint a mural?
  • How do I prepare a wall before painting a mural on it?

When you paint a mural, you’ll have two distinct stages of painting, just as when you paint on canvas: first you’ll create an under painting to block in main areas of colour and outline the general composition, and then you’ll paint in the details.

To paint large blocks of colour use interior household paint. Painting large blocks of colour with latex paint is more economical than trying to cover the entire wall with artist quality acrylics. You will get better coverage from interior household paint and save yourself a ton of money.

Interior household paint comes in different sheens: flat, low sheen, satin and semi-gloss. An eggshell sheen works best for murals. Avoid satin or semi-gloss sheens, because they are too shiny. The flat sheen is also not ideal as it cannot be scrubbed. Low Sheen is just right because it can be cleaned and accepts layers of paint on top of it.

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For the detailed sections on your mural, use tubes and jars of artist-quality acrylics and proceed just as if you were painting on canvas.

Other materials you’ll need to paint a mural

Paintbrushes: You’ll need a variety of paintbrushes, from small to wide. The sizes you’ll need will largely depend on the amount of detail you’ll be painting. For covering large areas with paint, use wide brushes – 1″, 2″ and 3″ wide brushes. You can use a 4″ brush, if you have a lot of space you want to fill in quickly with a single colour. For smaller detailed areas, use an array of round brushes in different sizes.

Primer/Sealer: Just as you would prime a canvas before painting on it, you should prime a wall before painting a mural. The primer will create a smooth, even surface that will readily accept acrylic paint.

Paint Tray and Roller: If you are going to cover wide areas with a single colour, consider pouring your paint into a paint tray and using a roller to apply the paint to the wall. This will save you a lot of time.

Painter’s Tape: You’ll need tape for adhering a protective covering on the floor. The best tape to use is a painters’ tape, because it is easy to remove.

Palette: Once you’re ready to paint in the details, you’ll need a palette upon which to mix your paints.

Newspaper or Plastic /Canvas Drop Cloth: Spread newspaper or a plastic tarpaulin on the floor where you will be painting, and use the painters’ tape to secure it to the base boards.

Apron or old clothes: As you learn how to paint a mural, you’ll discover that painting walls is messy. Be sure to dress appropriately or wear the proper protection.

Cup for water: You’ll need a sturdy cup to hold the water that you’ll dip your brushes into for rinsing and cleaning.

A bottle of clean water: In addition to water for your brushes, a separate bottle of clean water is handy to keep on standby if you accidentally spill paint.

Paper towels and/or old rags: Paper towels and old rags are essential for cleaning up spills.

Stool or stepladder: For reaching the high parts of the wall.


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Happy Painting!


How to select the right wall for an accent wall

If you have wondered how to pick a wall to feature as an accent wall, then you are not alone.

Accent walls can be tricky to select, but if done right, they can add interest and excitement to a space with little money spent.

While skimming through a home décor magazine, drooling over a dining room or hallway with a stunning accent wall, you are only seeing part of the picture.  You may love what you see but you have to remember how it will apply to your home, and you need to think of the space as a whole.

It isn’t as simple as adding a few ‘pops of colour’ to get your intended look.  In order to achieve a certain look, all of the colours and the décor in a space must be considered.

So how does one select the right wall to accent?

Accent walls should only be done for two reasons:

  1. A wall is symmetrical.
  2. A wall has an architectural detail you want to highlight, like an art niche, a fireplace detail, or special mouldings.

When you paint an accent wall, you are trying to create added style and flair.

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And how does one pick the right colour for an accent wall?

Look for colours that are already present in the space.  For example – cushions, pictures, knick knacks, rugs, drapes, etc.

You could also choose a colour that is in use in another part of the home for the accent colour.

For example, the living room and dining room might be one colour while the family room is another.

Try using the living room/dining room colour as the accent in the family room. This works well to bring unity and cohesion in the space, without letting it getting too busy.

Using an accent colour that is two or three shades off the main colour is commonly done but not advised.

Happy Painting!

Using colour therapy in your bedroom

Want a good night’s sleep?

There are many little things that you can do to ensure you get your much needed rest, such as painting your bedroom walls the right colour. Find out which colours to use in your bedroom to help you relax and recharge after a busy, stressful day.

The right “colour therapy” in the bedroom will make a visible difference to your day and life.



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People with blue bedroom walls tend to get the best night’s sleep and wake up feeling positive and happy. This is due to the calming, cooling and relaxing qualities of blue, which are said to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and help combat headaches. Choose sky blues or navy blues. Electric blues are more rejuvenating and invigorating.



White is associated with peace and tranquillity. Its simplicity helps to clear the mind and refresh the soul. Avoid very bright whites which can lead to headaches. Choose soft whites which are very relaxing and calming for the mind, body and soul.



Green is a balancing colour that soothes and relaxes us both physically and mentally. There are so many shades of green – bright greens are invigorating. Soft and dull greens like moss green or olive green are recommended for the bedroom to make it more calming and relaxing.



Pink is emotionally soothing and calming. It relieves the feeling of loneliness and depression and brings an air of optimism and happiness. Choose this colour for your bedroom to create a positive atmosphere.



Yellow is a bright, uplifting colour which also stimulates the mind. This is a popular colour for the bedroom as it creates a great space illusion. But, too much yellow will have your mind working overtime, so it might be best to stick to soft buttery tones if you want to get more rest.

Colours can also be added to your bedroom with furniture, decor accessories and bed linen to complement the colour of your walls. Happy Painting.


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DIY Creative Paint Ideas for a Teenager’s Room

Presenting, six simple yet fun paint ideas for a teen’s room that are so easy to do. You could even get your teen involved (Good Luck, with that!).


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Use coloured washi tape to make simple decals/patterns on an empty wall for instant transformation. You can use bright coloured tape or just black on a white wall. Make simple patterns such as crosses, stars, dots, snowflakes if you are planning on filling an entire wall with patterns. All you need is tape measure, washi tape, pencil and scissors. You should start by marking your wall with tiny dots using the pencil. You can try by placing them around 5-6 inches apart so that it doesn’t look too crowded. Also do not make the decals too big – about 2 inches should be ideal size. If on the other hand you are only adding a wall feature to a particular section of the room then base the size of the washi tape art on the wall you are highlighting. These can be peeled off when your teen is bored of the trend and they can also be redone seasonally as this costs little or nothing to do.

Broad Stripes


Add stripes of fun to a teen’s room for just the right amount of fun.  To do this all you need to do is cut out broad strips of chart paper about 10-12 inches in width and paste it from the floor to the ceiling in straight lines. Or painter’s masking tape can also do the trick. Then colour only the exposed wall sections in a colour of your choice that contrasts or complements the base colour or the room decor. Once the paint has dried, remove the paper strips. Best part is you can also make a few stripes broader than the rest or paint vertically instead of horizontally. Just use your imagination.

Polka Dots


Add spots of colour to a teenage girl’s room with polka dots. For this project all you will need is a circle stencil or a circular sponge. You don’t need to make all the dots a single colour. You can use a gradient of colours from pink to magenta to lilac and purple.  Make sure you place the dots equidistant from each other so that the wall doesn’t look off balanced. You can use a pencil to marks the spots and measuring tape to measure the distances. You can choose not to cover the entire wall and only highlight one section of any one wall to complement the furniture or maybe even a lamp.



Create a head board silhouette for just a hint of fun in a fussy teen’s room. You can follow a generic theme or choose an idea that they feel strongly about. It could be an outline of the world or a city skyline. All you will need is a pattern that can be traced on to the wall, a flat brush or think permanent market and a steady hand.

Pin Stripes

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Create a riot of colour with a pin stripped wall. To start, you will need to buy syringes for each colour you are using. Fill a syringe with about 5ml of paint and after you have secured the floor with plastic sheets, start from the ceiling and slowly push the paint out of the syringe and allow it to drip down on the wall. The lines will start out thick at the top and eventually thin down towards the bottom. Some lines will run down straight and some might merge with the others but it will create a wonderful unique pattern and effect.  If you have some left over paint it can be recycled or else just invest in small cans of various colours.


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This idea not only adds a personal touch but also a lot of character without much fuss. Choose a sentence that is quirky or inspirational and start by writing it out with pencil from top to bottom. To ensure that you are writing in straight lines, use masking take to make horizontal lines across the wall above which you can write. This can be peeled off at the end. After you have finished, review and make changes if needed. Then go over the pencil writings with a flat paintbrush of a permanent marker to complete the look. Use black on a white wall for an classy effect.


Happy Painting!

Use a roller like a pro

Streaks, drips, and roller lines are signs of a paint roller used improperly. Nothing can be more frustrating and disappointing when you are trying to get the job done fast and right.

How can you achieve a professional, beautiful, smooth finish? Read these tips on how to use a paint roller like a pro!


We can’t stress enough the importance of working with good quality painting tools. Don’t be tempted to purchase a bargain paint roller to save a few dollars.

Remove any loose fibres from your roller prior to use. Dabbing painters tape against the roller cover is an easy way to remove any extra fibres.

Roll your roller into the paint tray multiple times until the roller is completely coated. A properly loaded paint roller should have an even coverage of paint. It should not drip when moved or require much pressure to transfer paint onto the wall. Working in a ‘W’ pattern, roll paint onto your wall in two to three foot length sections. Shift your pattern to fill in the unpainted areas, overlapping the edges of your previously painted section slightly. Repeat until your wall is covered.

If your project requires more than one can of the same paint colour, mix the remaining paint from your first can into your second to keep the colour consistent.

Always have a damp cloth on hand while painting to quickly clean up any spills or splatters.

Start at the top of your wall and work down.

Avoid applying pressure to the roller when painting. Pressing the roller firmly against the wall will lead to ridges along the edges of your roller lines. If you find yourself pressing harder to get paint on the wall, it is time to reload your roller.

If you find you have tramlines in the area you have just painted, with a fairly empty roller, go over this area, but only roll one way to remove the excess paint and tramlines.

Happy Painting!

How paint colour can change the perceived size of a room

Paint colour selection is extremely important as far as creating a feel or atmosphere in a particular room. That’s part of the reason colour section is so important, as it can be the difference between a room feeling comfortable or cramped.

Additionally, certain colours and lighting can give a room the appearance of being much larger or smaller than it is.

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A common homeowners’ peeve is decorating a small room in a way that makes it feel bigger. Generally, cool, light tones and shades are the way to go, not only because they make the best use of natural light, but because they have a receding quality that visually open a room up. Thus it is recommended that in smaller rooms, you maximise natural light as much as possible and avoid using multiple shades of paint. Using just one is ideal as it makes it difficult for the eyes to recognise the room’s edges.

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Sometimes large, long rooms can look boring and lifeless with long expanses of wall in one shade. Picking the right colours can help. Darker colours and warm shades on the most remote and distant wall can have an effect of making it seem much closer, especially if the walls adjacent (the longer walls) are painted in lighter colours.

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To make a low ceiling seem higher we suggest using the same bright colours on the walls and ceiling. This has an optical effect of blurring the lines somewhat between where the wall ends and the ceiling begins.

If you need more help on choosing the right colours for your space, we are happy to provide you with advice. Drop in to our store for a chat with a paint expert.


Happy Painting!


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A home owners’ guide to choosing colours

We all live in different types of homes. Apartments, villas, bungalows, beach houses… the list goes on. No matter how big or small our house may be we all want to make it feel like home. Which is why painting our house is often termed ‘labour of love’.

We have a few ideas to help you decide on a colour palette for your home based on the type of home owner you are.

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For your bachelor or bachelorette pad, experiment with a palette predominantly showcasing shades of grey. This neutral palette is the ideal base for smaller spaces like apartments and also for any kind of decor pieces like sofas, curtains, vases, blinds, rugs that you might tend to change often based on season or trends. Sticking to shades of grey allows for versatility with décor. Go bold with bright, contrasting colours for your décor pieces if you long for some colour.

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Moms and dads play multiple roles. Besides being parents, they are also cooks, cleaners, doctors, chauffeurs, interior decorators and more – this, on top of their regular 9-5 weekday jobs! At the end of the day, it is important to come home to a bright, happy, yet relaxing space. Bright neutrals for your walls will stand the test of time for all family homes as one can expect a lot of changes around the house with children and pets.

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Those who you who are lucky enough to travel for business or pleasure, often end up with souvenirs, tapestries and furniture from other cities, countries and continents. Since there is the high tendency that your belongings will continue to grow with each trip, choosing wholesome, earthy tones for your walls is a wise choice. This is another palette that will allow you to continue to add to your collections without any major clashes in colours resulting in your house looking like a circus tent.

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If you are design loving homeowner chances are you are very up to date with the current trends in the home decor world and find it exciting to embrace current and popular colours of the year for your home and match them expertly with your home décor or even find furniture and home décor pieces to transform your home into a catalogue worthy space. Look for the colour of the year in our selection of paints to add magic to your walls.

Happy Painting!


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How To Choose The Right Paint Colour

Are you contemplating painting your home, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Painting a house, a room, or even a single wall, is an easy DIY project to instantly give your home a fresh facelift. But, before you pick up a paint brush or step foot into our store, there are a few fundamental things to consider. Allow us to show you how to choose a paint colour you will love, that is perfect for your home.

Deluxe Coatings has hundreds of colours to choose from, and deciding on the right one can be a daunting task. Ask yourself these basic questions.

  1. Do you want your room to have a warm or cool vibe?
  2. Do you want your room to have an accent wall?
  3. Do you want to play it safe with subtle, classic neutrals?
  4. Do you want to stick with the current colour trends of 2017?
  5. Do you want a complete makeover or just a freshen up?


First consider your furniture and decor. The tone of your flooring and other architectural elements like fireplaces or pillars and fixtures like cupboards or cabinets in your room should greatly affect the colour you choose for your walls.

For example: If you have dark wood floors, we advice a lighter tone on your walls to keep your space feeling bright, large and open. If you have light flooring, tiles or carpets, we say add some contrast with darker tones. Avoid matching colours for your walls and décor so that your space doesn’t become flat.

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Consider each of your rooms as part of the same home rather than separate units. Keep your colour palette consistent. This doesn’t mean that every wall in your house should be painted the same colour but that the colours you choose should be part of a cohesive palette and should work in harmony. Choose colours from the same family.

If you have or desire feature walls, then opt for similar but slightly lighter colours in adjacent rooms to create a seamless transition between spaces.


Rooms with large windows that allow abundance of natural light in are every home owners’ dream. When choosing your shade, for bright rooms it is safe to say that the paint colour will likely look just as it is on the paint swatch in our store.

If however, you aren’t lucky with natural lighting in your home, remember that light bulbs can often affect the undertones of your paint colour. Test a sample of the colour of your choice on a wall in each room and observe it over various times throughout the day to see how each lighting scenario affects the colour. This is your surest test for colour.


Happy Painting!


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