HOW TO COMMISSION A MURAL

Commissioning a mural decoration is much like having a contractor build a room addition, a deck, or a patio. The great part is that for a mural decoration it is not necessary to have a "city building permit" and there are no extra taxes on the property. However, the value of the building will increase with at least the value of the commissioned mural.

Similar to the case of hiring a building contractor, prior knowledge of the type of work an artist or company does is highly recommended. Most artists and companies will provide a portfolio with examples of their accomplishments and can be very flexible in style to accommodate their work with the surrounding environments.

A professional interior designer can properly coordinate the artist's point of view and future projected design decisions such as furniture, carpet, window treatments, etc. When contracting a mural decoration, it is also recommended to first try and have the wall treatments completed.

There are artists and companies that specialize in a certain style of decoration. Like buying furniture, once a certain style is picked, browsing for the proper artist that can create that particular look is the right thing to do.

Classic Murals is specialized in Italian and French Neoclassic styles, and we are happy to recommend independent artists working in other styles if you are searching for something different. We also have built successful connections with studios specialized in all types of different wall treatments such as faux finishes, marbleizing, or Venetian plaster.

Here are some more guidelines for a successful collaboration on commissioning a mural decoration with Classic Murals Gallery & Studios.

Free In-Home Consultation*
(*for customers within 20 miles distance)

One of our qualified professional muralists will come to the client's home or office to discuss the custom mural project and show the client how we can fulfill their decorating needs. This initial in-home consultation is free and we are available any day of the week to set meetings. To provide a written proposal along with custom renderings for the decoration project, a $250 non refundable deposit in account is required.
We will begin with developing any ideas on the design and general concept of the mural or trompe l'oeil decoration. We welcome any pictures, photographs, or magazine clippings of specific images we can base the design on.
If unsure where to begin, browse our past mural and decoration projects. We have put together an impressive number of examples for viewers to get their inspiration flowing. Each project has several images. Go to Mural Portfolio and browse through the many categories of mural decoration.
In order to enable us to better match or coordinate the mural with the existing colors and textures of the room and its contents (i.e. furniture, current wall colors, artwork, carpet, window treatments), digital pictures will be taken of the space to be decorated.
We will also take measurements and decide if any architectural changes or details are required. If so, we can provide referrals to many highly dependable professional contractors specific to any trade. OUR REFERRAL SERVICE IS COMPLETELY FREE, but any work completed with our referred contractors is at an additional cost outside of our fees.
Upon request we can also provide you with INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES at no additional charges. A free consultation with an experienced interior designer that can give professional guidance and helpful ideas for the custom mural project is highly recommended.

Interior Designers
Professional Artists
Decorator Showrooms
Art & Framing Galleries
Interior & Exterior Architects
General & Specialty Contractors


Our extensive work with the trade over the past 12 years has provided us with a large database of highly qualified professionals in the decorating world.
We have built very strong relationships with these businesses and individuals and feel completely confident recommending their services to our clients.
We want to help provide our clients with anything and everything they need to fulfill their decorating dreams!

Finally we will conclude our consultation with several quick sketches that give a clear idea of the custom mural and show any major design features. These ideas will be incorporated in drafting a detail proposal for the entire project.



Custom Mural Proposal

A detailed proposal of the entire project is submitted either by fax, mail, or email. It will outline all supply and labor cost for each part of the project. Standard supply cost includes all the expenses for the job at a rate of 10% of the labor cost.

Any necessary revisions are incorporated and upon your approval the Proposal becomes your Invoice & Contract with Classic Murals for the project detailed within it.

Note: Scaffolding fees are
not included in our proposals.

50% Deposit

Initial deposit of 50% of the total is due along with approval of the Invoice/Proposal.

Examples of various mural or trompe l'oeil decorations can be viewed by browsing our Classic Murals Portfolio. Prices are unique to each project and are based on several factors. Call us at (949) 376-9493 to arrange an appointment to discuss your new decoration project.

Preparation Work Begins


Classic Murals schedules all on-site work at least 45 days in advance. This allows our artists time to incorporate all of the ideas and design decisions and prepare renderings for the project. These color renderings show the complete layout and design the custom mural.

There is no extra charge for your color renderings!


The renderings are sent to the client for approval. At this time, we will make any color changes or revisions in design. The final renderings will serve as a platform for the entire project and what the artists will use as a model, thus we work hard to make sure our clients are completely happy and satisfied with their design BEFORE we begin painting the artwork.
On-Site Work

Classic Murals will create the custom mural on any interior or exterior wall surface. We use acrylic paints with long lasting coatings to ensure that the unique artwork will endure the elements for years to come. Paints are not harmful to children and can be washed with water and light soap.

Our artists are meticulous about keeping a clean working environment during all of our in-house projects. The painting site will never be damaged and we will try and contain our "no mess" work area as much as possible.

We are happy to reasonably move any furniture or take down wall fixtures in the area to be painted, but we will ask to have those areas cleared as much as possible before we are scheduled to begin painting.
Our professional and reliable staff of artists is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of quality in all of our work. All of our projects will be completed before or on their estimated deadlines and the artists will work around the client's schedule and lifestyle.

" I was amazed how professional your artists were and all the great customer service your entire staff gave me throughout the entire project. Beyond the beautiful artwork that gets numerous comments,
I can't stop telling all my friends and house-guests what a pleasure it was doing business with you. Many thanks!
"

Audrey Sams
Newport Beach

In-Studio Work (Canvas Murals)

Sometimes our clients prefer to have their custom mural finished on canvas instead of directly on the surface they wish to decorate. We can accommodate this request and it is recommended for those not local to Southern California or for commercial sites.
We will prepare the mural on canvas and ship it to any destination.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We are dedicated to providing the best services and highest quality artwork. We will work as much as needed to create the custom murals exactly how our clients wish. Additional work or changes not detailed in the final proposal and renderings will be at an extra cost. The balance of the invoice will be due upon completion of the mural project.
Touch ups & Repairs

We'll come back and touch up any of our previous artwork by request. Additional work and respective fees will be treated as a new project.
 
 

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