While hiring an interior designer and paying a professional decorator may be many homeowners’ dreams, not everyone can afford to hire someone just to decorate their walls.
If you can’t afford to get a professional in though, your home doesn’t have to be plain and boring. There are loads of different, creative ways to transform your walls on a tight budget, and you don’t even need to be an arty person.
Here are five different ways that you can turn your walls into the highlight of your home, without having to break the bank:
A coat of paint can really make a difference to your walls, especially if they are currently bland, peeling or out-dated. You can either choose one striking shade to paint your walls with, choose a couple of different colours or create individual paintings to hang on the wall.
There are lots of different techniques for painting walls, including sponging, colour blocks and murals. There are lots of different types of paints available though, so think about the surface you are painting, whether you want a matte or shiny finish, and the room the paint is going in – some paints are more resistant in high traffic rooms.
If you aren’t particularly arty, then stencils are a fantastic way to add professional looking designs to your walls. You can buy stencils online or make your own using plastic, metal or strong cardboard.
Before using the stencil you will need to prepare your walls. Strip off any old wallpaper and paint them if you want a different background colour. Cover up any nearby furniture and stick the stencil to the wall using painter’s tape. Use a stencil brush to apply the paint and wait until it is dry before removing the stencil from the wall.
Vinyl decals have been used for years, but were usually shaped as cartoon characters and used to decorate children’s rooms. Today though, homeowners can buy a range of wall stickers in a variety of designs that are suitable for more sophisticated décor.
These vinyl decals easily stick to walls and can be removed without leaving a sticky residue or ripping off paint or wallpaper. If you want something a bit different, then think about getting a text decal for one of your walls.
Almost everyone has photographs somewhere in their house, but they also come in handy when decorating your walls. The most popular way to decorate using photographs is simply by putting them in frames and hanging them on your walls.
You can also use photographs to create photo murals across your wall and mosaics using smaller photos to make one big one. There are lots of companies online that create fun and interesting effects using photographs to enhance your home décor.
Mirrors are underrated when it comes to wall decoration. Not only do they give the illusion of more space, but they reflect light and make a room seem a lot brighter. A large mirror can make a fantastic centrepiece, hung over the fireplace, above a dining table or even on top of the headboard in your bedroom.
Another way to utilise mirrors for decoration is to group some smaller ones together in frames or hang then in sets of 3 or 4. This gives the impression of a line of pictures, but still reflects the light.
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