Few things are more exciting than redecorating your home. There is no denying that feeling of accomplishment when your project is finished and it feels like you’re living in a whole new space. However, that doesn’t mean redecorating is an easy feat. We’ve all been stumped at one time or another by a project – most notably by an awkward nook in a city apartment, or a wall in a living room or bedroom that just seems too big to properly decorate.
Here are a few exciting ways to dress up any wall in your home:
“Maps or book pages are more personal than wallpaper.”
Make a collage
Decorate your accent wall with a collage of book pages, maps or metal flowers. Not only is this option cheaper than using wallpaper, but it’s also more personal. Perhaps you can use pages of your flowers, colors, favorite books or maps of cities you’ve traveled to. If you’re not ready to take the plunge by decorating an entire wall this way, you can put these papers into frames instead to achieve that same nostalgic effect.
Faux brick panels
Isn’t it funny that houses and apartments with exposed brick walls are typically more expensive than places with finished walls? That’s because the industrial look is very hip right now. If you envy the look of exposed brick, you can actually fix faux brick panels to your wall and nobody will know that you created the aesthetic yourself. This effect may actually be even more convenient than actual exposed brick, as as drilling into the wall to hang art will be easier.
A great way to make a bold statement in your living room or bedroom is to pick one large staple piece for the wall and decorate the rest of the room around it. This could be a beautiful tapestry you got on your vacation to India or a handcrafted oversized artistic piece. You can also invest in a large canvas print of a calming scenic photo, or even a family portrait. Whichever type of decor you choose for your statement wall, make sure it’s something you love to look at!
There’s no more romantic of a way to decorate than by utilizing candles. Whether you fix shelves to the wall with an array of different candle sizes or illuminate a highway wall with candle wall sconces, there’s no denying that using candles is an elegant decor choice. If you don’t have children in the house and trust yourself not to fall asleep with lit candles burning, go for the real thing. If not, you can always opt for fake candles that give the illusion of a flickering flame. Whatever lights your fire.
A gallery wall
Gallery walls are a lot of fun for someone who really wants to highlight his or her personal taste. You can do just about anything with them. Think of a cohesive theme, like retro advertisements, family photos or a floral motif. Scour thrift stores for frames for your art, and hang them in a fun arrangement along the wall. Consider painting the frames with pops of color if the rest of your living room has a neutral theme.
We all know the age-old decorating trick that utilizes mirrors to give a room the illusion of looking bigger. Take this trick and modernize it by using decorative mirrors in a variety of shapes and sizes all along a wall. You can even put the mirrors in antique frames for a quirky look. You’d be surprised at all of the different ways you can use mirrors to decorate your wall when you put your mind to it.
Do you have a plethora of books, but kind of lack in the decorating department? Well, if you’re not lucky enough to have a “Beauty and the Beast” style library in your home, consider using your books to decorate your living room. Do this by either hanging an array of shelves along the wall, or by using a large-sized bookshelf to take up most of your wall space.
A screen can make a huge impact on your decor. Not only are these a fantastic way to separate parts of a room – like the dining and living room area – but they’re also a great way to add a little bit of pizzazz to a room. A bright folding screen can add some color to a neutral room, or you can invest in a screen that goes along with your room’s theme. If you currently have a ’70s vibe, try an avocado-green screen, or if your living room could use some extra lighting, try an opulent chandelier screen for a magnificent focal point.