Despite being the foundation of a home, walls are often ignored and not quite looked at as decorative elements. We spend a lot on our furniture, flooring, and cushy beds. But when it comes to walls, we’re happy with just a regular clock, an old framed rag, or at times just leaving it empty.
Walls play a big role in home decor. Not only can they spruce up your interiors, but they can also spread a positive vibe and lift your mood.
If you have been ignoring your walls, it is time you gave them the attention they deserve. Read on to know how to do a wall renovation correctly.
The Right Wallpaper Can Work Wonders
Have a good look at your room. Wallpaper that pretty much matches the style and colors of the furniture but still has its own individuality will give your room a sense of order and composure. You can also hang different patterns of wallpaper next to or opposite of each other when you have big walls in a room. Just make sure they follow a similar theme.
Wall cladding (where you mix and match pieces of wallpaper) is a sure way to make any room come to life. If you are opting for multi-colored wall cladding, match it with the rest of the interior. Floral or neon, dramatic or witty, the right wallpaper will enliven your walls and home.
Another option to consider is wallpaper tiles. Patterned wall paper tiles lend an easy charm to a house. You can choose a bold or a striking pattern of wallpaper tiles for the kitchen, the guest room, or the hallway to give that space an entirely different look from the rest of the house. Wall paper tiles could also be used just to accentuate the walls or you can go ahead and tile the whole wall. The latter works out relatively cheaper.
Use Fabric on the Walls
If you have a favorite piece of fabric lying around and don’t know what to do with it, consider it for your walls. Walls upholstered in fabric make a fabulous accent to any room. The fabric on the wall can also match your tapestry and upholstery to create a sense of comfort and coherence. Think beyond paint for your walls. Fabric is an interesting and inexpensive option.
Use Artwork Generously and Wisely
If you want to do a quick and delightful makeover to your walls, splurge on paintings. Paintings in bright colors are perfect for the children’s bedrooms. Vintage paintings by famous painters are the best way to bring class and glamour into your bedroom. Invest in good quality hand-painted replicas. If you have a contemporary home, abstract art on the wall should do justice to your interiors.
You can also create an artistic juxtaposition by hanging a traditional masterpiece like Madonna and Child or Creation of Adam in your unconventional or contemporary interiors.
Have a favorite artist whose artwork you love to collect? Take inspiration from gallery settings and create an art gallery in your own living room. Unite all the paintings (in different shapes and sizes) of the artist and hang them on a central or corner wall. Create this art gallery look on your wall to make them appear refreshing and sophisticated.
Landscapes and figures lift up the dullest of walls and surroundings. Invest some time in figuring out how to enhance the paintings with flattering frames and where to place them for maximum impact. If you do not have time but do want to renovate your walls, buying paintings is your go-to option.
Opt for Paneling
Home decor trends indicate a revival of paneling in wall decor. It lends warmth and texture to a room. It is also a good way to bring a piece of countryside into your urban home. Wood strips can be another interesting addition to paneling. Cast them on the paneling in a decorative pattern and paint them in the same color as the wall or contrasting colors to create an elegant or dramatic effect respectively.
Designed panels are a rage these days. Create a picturesque room with painted panels with drawings of fish, birds or the blue sky. You can opt for designs that will compliment your home best.
Use Boxes and Bookcases
Boxes and bookcases are not just for libraries. Shadow boxes built into walls are a great way to add depth and dimension to mundane walls. Place your artifact or antique collections in them and create an effortlessly chic wall.
Sprawling walls often get the most difficult to decorate. A lot of people exclaim, “It is simply too big. A part of it always looks bare and boring.” Big bookcases will come to your rescue. Cover up chunks of large walls by placing a bookcase against it. Use it to keep and display your music records, artifacts, crystal pieces, framed photos and paintings and book collections of course.
Make Mirrors Work for Your Walls
Mirrors are instant appeal enhancers. Hang a big mirror or groups of small mirrors to fill up your walls. They will make your room look larger and more glamorous. Uniquely designed mirrors also function as gorgeous accent pieces for walls. Hang a painting and mirror adjacent to each other or on opposite walls. Notice how they enhance the look of the room.
Paint It Differently
Finally, any wall renovation project is incomplete without wall paint and colors. Looking for a permanent change in home decor and have the time to invest? Check out the trending wall colors and styles. Use your own creativity and imagination to give your home the best colors that won’t fade over time. Pick appropriate colors and designs for each room. Paint the walls in different rooms in different shades to not let monotony set in. Study the color wheel properly when selecting the colors. Aim for variety. If you want nude walls in most of your living room, reserve a stretch for a pop of bright color.
I hope these tips prove useful for you and mundane walls will not be a part of your home anymore. Have some other interesting ideas? We are waiting to hear them.
About the Author: Sophia Mann writes about paintings and art. Her interest in the visual arts developed early when she attempted to duplicate a drawing her brother brought home as a school assignment. She has been fascinated with this medium of artistic expression ever since. She also paints in her spare time.