Art historians trace the origins of murals to humanity’s ancient past. Some even cite the Chauvet cave paintings in France, which date to approximately 30,000 BC, as the earliest examples of mural artwork. Given this long and rich artistic tradition, it is no surprise that mural wallcoverings evolved to include many different styles across the millennia.
Traditional styles and techniques include encaustic and tempera painting, fresco murals, ceramic murals, and oil on large-format canvas wallcoverings. More recently, the commercial production of mural wallcoverings has largely moved toward digital formats.
Advanced printing techniques have opened up a world of exciting new stylistic possibilities. Recent trends have coalesced into four broad categories, which clients can use to help them decide on a general creative direction for their custom mural project.