Looking for simple, spring spruce-up tips? In just a few hours, you can transform a blah and boring wall into a design focal point. Here are some simple examples to use as a reference.
Create a Feature Wall in Just a Few Hours
- Change the paint color. A new coat of paint may be all you need to make a wall pop. Accent walls are often thought of as bold or bright. However, even subtle changes can be enough to make an impact. See your room through the eyes of a paint palette and choose a color accordingly. Analogous colors are a wise choice since they are different from the root color but not so strikingly different as contrasting colors.
- Paint a half wall. If you want something a little different than the traditional accent wall, consider painting a half wall. This trick is smart in smaller apartments or cottages. Using a darker color on the bottom and a lighter one on top will add the pop you want without making the room seem smaller than it is.
- Display a collection. Do you have a prized collection? Maybe it’s time to get it off of shelves (or out of boxes) and onto an empty wall. Depending on what it is you collect, you can use shelves, frames or shadow boxes.
- Add texture with trim. Texture is a vital part of interior design – and a part that is often overlooked. One way to add texture as well as an upscale finish is to add trim to an otherwise straightforward wall. Check out this craftsman-style entry and living room. Now, imagine it without the beautiful trim pieces. It would look dramatically different.
- Create a gallery wall. Get out that shoebox of pictures – or start printing the favorites from your digital collection and create a gallery wall. There are all kinds of ways to cohesively display photos of varying sizes.
- Wallpaper it. Don’t forget the power of wallpaper. For many, it’s easier to deal with than paint (clean first but no need to primer…) and there are so many great patterns to choose from. You can take advantage of the ‘half-wall’ idea, by papering half and applying a nice chair-rail trim piece to finish the transition.
- Make the most of your fireplace. Are you getting all you can from your fireplace? Here in the Bay Area, fireplaces are used more for accent than for warmth, so it’s important to make the most of it. Using a new paint color above the mantel can give the fireplace wall new life. Then, prioritize the mantel and create a beautiful and/or interesting place to rest the eyes.
- Paint or stencil. If you’re an artist, now’s the time to explore your creative side and conjure up a masterpiece to give a wall a facelift. If you aren’t much of an artist, look into stencils. Even the simplest of patterns will transform a wall from normal to absolutely stunning. It’s easier than you think and yet it’s rarely done.
- Reflect and shine. Mirrors are a wonderful way to accent your interior design, which is reflected back in duplicate. They also help to increase illumination in an otherwise dim room and can make a small room seem larger. Perhaps it’s time to look for a single, stunning mirror – or create a gallery-type mirrored display. It will dress up a blank wall while providing additional design boost as well.
Creating a feature wall is a simple way to give a room a facelift without having to start over from scratch.