Wall treatments may not sound like the most exciting of interior design subjects but, getting the basics right is so important in the overall scheme of things. With so much inspiration online at places like Instagram and Pinterest, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone out there has an immaculate home! Remember, a lot of what you see is fabulous photography!
As much as we’d all love to spend a fortune on a newly renovated kitchen full of technological wizardry or a bathroom that’s so pristine and beautiful it is worthy of a pin all on it’s own, these kinds of refurbishment simply aren’t viable on the average household budget. If you feel that the time is right to shake things up a little in the home decor department and want to inject a little je ne sais quoi into the home, the best way to do this without maxing out your credit cards is to take a good long look at your walls. Really? i hear you cry – read on to find out more!
The Building Blocks of Your Home Design
Your walls can be a canvas upon which you can etch your personality, a sense of mood and atmosphere or a splash of jaw dropping visual audacity. If you want to make a statement with your walls or just make them a perfectly prepared backdrop for your treasured artwork or objets, here are some easy and relatively inexpensive ways to do so…
Tell a Story with a Mural
Wall murals are brilliant because they can add a sense of theatre to even the plainest living space. Suddenly, a flat wall can appear to have movement, colour and life. You can either paint one yourself or purchase a ready made one from a company like Wallpaper Ink who specialise in high quality wall murals and mural artwork.
For a loft apartment, perhaps a mural of your local cityscape? For a scandi inspired hallway, perhaps a serene, snow covered forest to lend the room a sense of tranquility, or even a giant representation of your kid’s favourite superhero. A great quality mural can instantly transform any room.
try to erase the idea of wallpapers being old fashioned or high maintenance. There are so many high quality wallpapers making a mark on the interior design world that introducing one to your own home can only be a good thing. Think bold florals, stripes or faux wood and add a whole new dimension to a plain old flat wall.
Play with Colours and Textures
Creating a wow factor in your home can be such fun. Create a focal point to which the eye is drawn by experimenting with the interplay of colours, textures and patterns. Panelling is a quick and easy way to add character, while chalk paints and lime pigments can add a natural, aged feel to even the newest, flattest of walls. If you want to play it a little safer with an easier to achieve look, simply painting areas of your room in a shade darker hue can be really effective – think insides of cabinetry, alcoves or a firebreast. We love a charcoal grey, swoon swoon.
Your home’s walls, once well prepared and painted in your favourite shade are the ideal opportunity to show off your tasteful artwork. If you hang art on your wall it’s important to give it space to breathe and avoid hanging anything else near it that will detract from the overall effect. Statement art should be hung at eye level to ensure that it has an optimal effect. For this reason, it’s a good idea to consider whether you’ll be mostly sitting or standing in your chosen room and choose your art’s positioning accordingly. Pictures and paintings hung too low or at varying heights can really lose their impact so choose their position carefully.
In some rooms in your house, you may well be aware of areas that with no matter how sunny it is outside, they just don’t catch the light in a nice way. As well as choosing colours that will complement the artificial and natural light sources, you also need to consider investigating some new lighting options for areas like this. Plug in uplighters are a great quick fix, available in many places online. You could also thinking about covering wall areas as these with full or glass cabinets with lighting incorporated. Playing with the room’s light source could really make a big difference to the overall feel.
Happy decorating! x