• Robin Kee

5 WAYS TO ADD INTEREST TO YOUR WALLS

Y'all, I am itching to tackle some (read: soooooo many) home projects, but unfortunately time is limited these days so it's all slow going. However, limited time doesn't mean I can't start planning and saving for these projects, right?


Most of my potential project ideas at the moment are around creating more visual interest in our spaces. Some of my very favorite room updates are the ones where I added a bold paint color (like the ceiling of our sunroom) or some wallpaper (like the kids' bathroom and the boys' bedroom ceiling). It's a simple change that immediately adds character, interest and fun to the space.


Today I'm sharing my favorite (easy) ways to add interest to your walls and showing you how I've used that technique in my own home or how I plan to do so soon(ish). Let's dive in and get inspired for a weekend project, shall we?!



WALLPAPER


First up is wallpaper, but more specifically, peel and stick wallpaper. It's easy to apply, can be used even in rental spaces, and makes a huge impact. If you've followed me for anytime at all, you've seen our buffalo plaid wallpaper in the kids' bathroom. I adore it. It took our "definitely needs to be renovated" bathroom from dingy and dumpy to adorable and fun.

We also used peel and stick wallpaper for the ceiling of our boys' bedroom. (Although I must say applying wallpaper above your head is much less enjoyable.) Again, such a quick way to make a big, bold statement. The wallpaper immediately elevated the look of this simple, square room.

Where might you add some peel and stick wallpaper? Even just one focal wall of wallpaper can make a great statement and keep you on budget.



WOOD DETAILS


Shiplap, board and batten, herringbone accent wall....the options are endless on this one, friends! If you're semi-handy (or have a handy friend or hubby), I cannot recommend adding a wood detail wall to your home enough. There is honestly no better way to update a builder grade home than by adding your own wood feature wall.


I plan to add a mix of a vertical shiplap wall (painted black...yes, gurl! So excited!) and board and batten in our main living room. Since I haven't done so yet, here are some gorgeous inspo images for you. Even better, most have a DIY explanation for you. (High-five for the internet filled with crazy creatives who generously share their projects, right?!)


Loving this teen boy's room from Jamie at Southern Revivals. Her faux board and batten is a super simple approach that looks great. (And you know I love that black feature wall!) Click on the photo to jump over to lean exactly how she created this look.

Umm, hello. How precious is this little sister space?! Click the photo to jump over to the DIY tutorial on the Faux Shiplap from Brittany at Ellison Made.

I'm totally digging this herringbone pattern wall (created with Stikwood) from Kristi Murphy. Click the photo to see her finished space and the killer feature wall.



STENCIL PATTERN


OK, y'all. This idea is more time-consuming, but more cost effective than wallpaper. You can order stencils from Etsy or you could even just use a paint brush or sponge to create a custom design. I mean look how amazing these walls are...

I mean, can you believe this isn't wallpaper?! Cassidy at Remodelaholic created this look with cut sponges! Sponges, y'all! (Mind blown.) She also has a design created with scrap cardboard! Go check her out and be ready to be inspired.

OK, so this was created by an artist, Mary-Catheryn, BUT we could totally recreate this look! I mean, if this was a wallpaper, I'd be making a purchase, wouldn't you!? Click this photo to jump over to The Gathered Home for more inspiration from Mary-Catheryn's Home Tour.

I plan to use some version of these ideas in our hallway. It's small, but is begging for some creative love. Where would you be bold enough to stencil or paint your own "DIY wallpaper" feature wall? Laundry room maybe? Powder room?



WALL DECALS


Have you seen these amazing wall decals yet? Guys, it's like wallpaper that you can adjust to your placement preferences. I mean, what's not to love?


Want something more graphic? Create stripes using the decals.


Want something more organic? Place the decals in varying directions throughout the space.


Seriously so many options.

This is one of the projects that I'll be tackling very soon. I plan to add these leaf decals from Urban Walls to our master bathroom to finally finish that space. I love the neutral color paired with the softness of the watercolor style. Plus both pieces of art in our master bathroom are nature inspired so the leaves will tie in beautifully with that theme.


I'm also brainstorming some ideas to create a special hide-out/reading space for my oldest where I'll likely add some more graphic decals as well. (Really excited about this idea, but lots of details still to be decided so I'll share more down the road.)




BOLD PAINT There is nothing like a can of paint to change the entire feel of a space. Although neutrals are a great option for your home, it doesn't hurt to have a little fun with some bold colors as well.


Want a surprise pop of color? Try painting your ceiling! The green ceiling in our sunroom is one of my favorite looks because it's unexpected.


Want an affordable feature wall? Try painting one wall of your space a deep color like navy or black. Best part is you can always repaint it if you don't love it or decide you're ready for a change.


What to add some fun? Try a graphic look like what we're planning to do in my husband's office space (shown below). Adding interest by adding a painted stripe, circle or any other shape is an awesome way to not take yourself too seriously. Plus it looks awesome! Check out these inspirational designs all created with a little paint.






OK, friend. What method of adding interest to your walls inspires you most? (All of the above is an acceptable answer.)



xo, Robin

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