How to Add the “Wow” Factor to Your Walls

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Adding a “wow” factor to your walls can bring new life to any room. Whether your bedroom, kitchen, living room or even bathroom is looking a little drab lately, adding colour and character to the walls can transform the space.

Sometimes we get so carried away with decorating by arranging furniture, adding accents, tweaking lighting and doing other things, that we neglect the walls. But, when you think of your walls as blank canvasses just waiting for you to add life to them, you will start to come up with some creative ways to use them to make a design statement.

Get Creative with Paint

A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to add a “wow” factor to any room. You can start with a fresh coat in any colour that complements your decor. But, you don’t have to stop with a solid coat of paint. There are so many ways to use paint to dress up a room, from creating a faux finish to painting only portions of your wall.

You can use different rollers and application processes to give paint a textured look and you can use painter’s tape to divide your walls into sections, painting each one a different colour. For example, you may paint one wall slightly darker than the others, or you may paint a chair rail one colour and then paint the wall above it a complimentary colour.

Highlight a Collection

A large section of wall is the perfect place to highlight a collection. You can mount a small shelve or an entire system of shelves, cubbies or shadow boxes on the wall and use it to display collectables or small accents and decor pieces.

Things like souvenirs, collections and even random pieces that follow the same theme look good in groups and create an excellent conversation piece. If you don’t have a collection to display, look around your home and gather pieces that flow together, with the same theme or colour, and artfully arrange them on your wall.

Add Removable Stickers

Removable stickers are a great way to dress up a room and are especially fitting in a bathroom or kid’s room. These stickers are designed to be placed on paint and then easily removed, without damaging the walls.

You can purchase these stickers in sets and create a scene or simply add accents throughout a room. Or, you can purchase words, phrases or letters and use them to add interest to your walls. Think about adding short mottos, single words of inspiration or a child’s name to the wall.

Display Artwork – Gallery Style

One of the easiest ways to add a “wow” factor to your walls is to hang artwork. But, don’t just hang a picture in the centre of your wall. Instead, adopt a gallery-style arrangement. For example, group pieces together, create an entire wall of artwork and even use spotlighting to show these pieces at their best.

You can branch out and use different kinds of art for different rooms: modern art, classic prints, photographs, children’s art, family portraits and more.

Use Stencils to Add Shapes and Patterns

Stencilling is a great way to use paint to add interest to a wall. The great thing about stencilling is that you can use a variety of shapes, patterns, sizes and paint colours to find something that works in any space.

Add stencilled borders along the top of a wall or at chair height to add a touch of interest or use a bigger stencil across an entire wall to make one area stand out or to create contrast. If you are especially creative, you can make your own stencils or use painter’s tape to create patterns on a wall.

Trade Retro Wallpaper for an Accent Wall

Many older homes have walls covered in retro wallpaper. Some wallpapers are still in style and can work with modern themes, but others are outdated. If you aren’t happy with the style of your wallpaper, or if it is getting torn and dingy, use a wallpaper stripper to remove it and then turn that wall into an accent wall. (Hire a wallpaper stripper here: www.hss.com/g/61132/Wallpaper-Strippers.html.)

Here’s how you can use a wallpaper stripper

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Of course, you can simply paint over the wall after you remove the wallpaper, but you can also take it a step further and install something to add texture and interest. You can use anything from bricks to wood to tile to make a wall stand out and add contrast to a room.

Paint a Custom Mural

If you are an artist at heart, put your talent to work and create a custom mural on a wall in your kitchen, entryway, kid’s room, office or anywhere else that could use some colour. This can add a major “wow” factor to your walls because murals add a lot of interest and are one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.

You can freehand a mural or you can trace an image onto your wall with tracing paper and then use paint to fill it in. No matter how you create your mural, when it is done, it will be a major conversation piece and will take a room from ordinary to absolutely beautiful.

Hang Mirrors Creatively

Hanging mirrors will add depth and interest to a room and will bring a modern touch to your home. When you hang mirrors in the right place, they will even reflect light and natural sunlight to make your room feel bigger and brighter.

You don’t have to settle for hanging a mirror in the ordinary way. Consider grouping a few mirrors together to make a statement or using several smaller mirrors across an entire wall or large portion of a wall to create a piece of art.

Creating a “wow” factor on your walls is as easy as getting creative with paint, accessories and decor. With some creativity and just one weekend, you can make a wall an amazing space or even a piece of art that will add interest, colour and texture to a room.

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