The walls in your house affect the overall look of the interiors. Large blank spaces can make it appear dull or plain, whereas beautifully decorated walls can help to create a stunning visual. From bold wall paint to murals, several ideas can come to mind when you think of sprucing up the walls.
In today’s ideabook, we present tips on how to decorate your walls to make them eye-catching. Some are D-I-Y ideas that you can undertake, while for others, you might need to hire a professional wall painter or interior designer to achieve the desired finish.
One of the first things that one considers for filling up a blank wall is to create a gallery-style display. If you are a collector, then this is an easy option for you. Whether its decorative plates, clocks, hats or black and white photographs of your most cherished memories, you can arrange them on the walls in an artistic display. This is a simple D-I-Y idea, as in most cases, all you need to do is to fix a few nails or hooks from which you can hang your collection.
If your busy lifestyle prevents you from doing this on your own, you can hire an interior designer to help you with the task.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford expensive art for your walls. You can get creative by producing works of art that make your walls stand out. Look around your home for artistic items that you can convert into exquisite artworks. It can be anything from beautiful gift-wrapping paper to hang up on the wall to a collage with postcards from your travels. Keep it simple, as less is more when it comes to dressing up your walls without making the space appear too crowded. Alternatively, you can mount an old carpet on the wall to add a stylish element to the room.
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In general, light tones create an airy feel, so choose shades such as white, cream, beige or pastels so that the walls reflect light and add a sense of spaciousness to the room. Another idea is to paint your walls with vertical stripes to make the distance between the floor and the ceiling appear larger.
If you have a niche or a recess in your room, instead of painting it in the same shade, choose a darker colour as this will create the illusion of depth and make the room look bigger.
A feature or accent wall is an excellent way to distract attention from the blank space on your walls. However, unless you choose the perfect colour, it can take away from the overall look of the room. The right colour can create a focal point around which every other element in the room can be carefully arranged to create a picture-perfect space.
Firstly, you need to choose the right wall in the room to highlight with colour. Picking the wrong wall can add confusion to the design of the space, so it’s advisable to consult an interior designer before you get started with painting it. As a rule, choose a solid wall that has no windows or doors as the light coming in through them can dilute the colour of the wall and make it unnoticeable.
The choice of colour for the feature wall will depend on the ambiance that you want to create in the room. For instance, blue has a calming effect and can be used to bring a refreshing touch to a dull room. Similarly, bright shades such as red or yellow can be introduced to bring warmth into a space. It’s advisable to choose muted tones over bold ones as you won’t get bored with them easily. Consult a professional to create the desired ambiance using colour.
Choosing a colour after looking at the various options on a shade card or in a paint store is just half the work done. Quite often, the colour can turn out to be completely different from what you expect once you apply several coats on the wall, by which time it will be too late. At that stage, you will have to decide either to live with it or to spend more on changing the colour.
Therefore, before you paint the walls, you should consider these points:
· The amount of natural light in the room can affect the way the colour looks, so before you paint the entire wall, it might be best to paint a test patch and assess how it looks in the room.
· In modern houses, the shade of paint on the feature wall should not only look good in the space but also match the colour scheme in the adjacent rooms.
· Consider the size of the room. In a small room, it might be wise to stick to lighter shades that don’t make the room appear cramped.
· The colour should also coordinate with the other elements in the room, whether it’s the furnishing or accessories.
It’s important to make a note of the colour that you use for a feature wall, because a time will come when you need to touch up a spot or apply a fresh coat to cover up scratches or scars left by nails. If you can’t find the identical shade in the market, we have some tips for you on how to match a paint colour without a sample.
· Nowadays, you can find apps that help you to match the wall colour with the right shade based on the image taken on your smart phone.
· Alternatively, you can use items readily available in your home to match the shade. These can include thread, fabric or even a décor accessory.
· In case you can’t find anything in your home in the same shade as your wall, another option is to scrape off a strip of the paint using a knife and carry this with you to the store as the sample.
Contrary to what most people believe, the first wall that you see when you enter a room doesn’t have to be the best choice for the feature wall. When you want to create a focal point in the room, look around and evaluate whether there are any elements that you want to highlight. This could be anything from a wall-mounted television to a unique piece of furniture. Painting the wall behind the focal feature in a contrasting or complementary shade can add to the effect.
You can also use an accent wall to highlight a focal point that you create. For example, if you plan to have a gallery of photographs on one of the blank walls, painting the background in a bright colour can draw attention to it.
If you have a long and narrow room, then it is best to avoid creating an accent using one of the long walls. Instead, paint the farthest short wall in a bold colour so that it appears closer and balances the awkward length of the room.
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