Jul 30 2011
When it comes to walls, well, let’s face it – most are pretty boring. People hang a few pictures, maybe a shelf underneath and a couple of wall sconces. You see the same old thing in most homes; it seems that people lack imagination when it comes to decorating walls.
The tips and ideas in this article will help you transform your walls from boring to “wow”! Fill your walls with personality, and decorating the rest of the room will be a breeze.
Start with the largest wall hanging
For the best effective, start with the largest item you will be hanging on the wall and work around it adding those items that lend to the look and taking away those that do not. Arrange all of the pieces on the floor first, that way you will be able to visualize how it will look on the wall before you start hanging. Rearrange and maneuver until the look suits your tastes.
Create a soft wall in the bath
In the bathroom, if you like a feminine or shabby chic look, use 7 to 9 pictures of various sizes framed out in white and trimmed in lace, shells or other designs. Two larger pictures can be placed catty-corner; then fill in with smaller pictures of all shapes and sizes from round and square to rectangle. These frames don’t necessarily have to be pictures; they can be shadow boxes, prints, or a collection of starfish you have placed on a mat, a clock – anything that suits your decor.
Add depth to a living room wall with a “frame”
This is a unique idea, and one you will love when you actually see the finished product.
Take 6 one-by-one boards which are 8 feet in length and stained any color you like. Place three of the boards vertically on one wall about 3 feet apart, then place the other three horizontally across the vertical boards about 2 feet apart beginning about 4 to 5 feet from the floor. Place hooks anywhere you like on the boards, then hang photos, the kid’s drawings, prints and other decor items that suit your decor. This adds depth to the wall, and is great behind a rustic style sofa.
Deck out the dining room
If you have a buffet in the dining room, it’s the perfect place to create a focal point for the room.
Depending on your color scheme, place 9 to 11 plates on the wall that all include the same two or three colors but have different sizes and designs. Use a mixture of small, medium and large plates with floral designs, trees, natural settings or even profiles of people; black and white work perfectly for this idea. Place the plates on the wall starting just about 6 inches from the top of the buffet and scatter them in an abstract manner keeping them fairly close together, about 3 inches apart.
On top of the buffet, display elegant or contemporary tall candle holders, a small casual floral arrangement, a pumpkin and various sized melons and two smaller votive candles. The variety of size and texture adds depth to the arrangement.
The various colors in the buffet arrangement contrast beautifully with the black and white plates on the wall, creating an artistic, rich look for the room.
These are just a few unique ideas that will give your walls depth and personality. With a little creative thinking, you can create all sorts of attention-grabbing looks for the walls in your home.