Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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Spice Up Your Boring, Blank Walls



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Does your house look like the inside of a clean room rather than a home, full to the brim with blank, dull walls everywhere you go? If so, then it’s time to spice things up a bit. After reading this post, you’ll no longer be stuck for inspiration on how to liven up your walls and create a home environment you can be proud of. Here are some of the best ways to make dull walls interesting again.

Go French

Even though French styling has been around for more than 200 years, there’s still something so “ooh la la” about it that people love. French furniture, French fittings, French lighting: it’s all so darn romantic, isn’t it?

Do you want to spice up a blank wall French style? Try pairing a traditional French chaise with elegant sconces on the walls above. The combination of the settee and the sconces can brighten up even the dingiest, cupboard-like alcove in your home. French is particularly good in hallways, so go to town - or as the French would say, “au Centreville.”

Whack Out The Vintage Plates

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Does your grandmother try to fob off old plates every time you go and visit her? Do you wish there was some way you could extricate yourself from the obligation to accept them? Well, now you might not have to. It turns out that vintage plates are all the rage right now. What’s more, they’re the perfect antidote to a boring, dull wall. An eclectic display of plates hung on the wall can transform the feeling of an entire room, and is especially suited to baby’s bedrooms.

Put Up Vintage Signs

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Is your home a little “edgy?” Well, if it is, then you might want to put up some vintage signs - like the sort of signs you might see advertising a diner in the American Midwest. In fact, these signs can be the perfect complement to a bright kitchen, opening up space and completing the atmosphere in a way that no picture frame ever could. Try pairing vintage signage with animal or automotive decals for that ultimate kitchen diner feel.

Find A Hidden Gem In The Charity Store

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One of the great things about charity stores is that you never quite know what’s going to turn up. It seems that every week there’s some new and exciting item in the local Oxfam shop just waiting for the right home to receive it.

If you’re going to use charity store pictures and paintings, make sure that you stick with a theme. Pairing landscape paintings by a classical artist to dog pictures by a modernist can clash. Take a look at the rest of the room in which the offending blank wall is situated and ask yourself what kind of prints would match. Flowers? Birds? Landscapes?

Invest In High-Quality Photography

There’s no need, of course, to stick with artwork per se. You could liven up your blank wall with some specialist photography too. But what to choose?  According to Samuel Burns Photography, landscape photography works really well in practically any room, no matter what the decor. However, the company also says that it takes time to capture the perfect photo. Often it requires chasing the light and returning to the same scene over and over again to make sure that the colors are perfect.

Add Mirrors

Mirrors are usually reserved for the bathroom. But mirrors, it turns out, can have a big effect in practically any room of the home, including the kitchen and living rooms. Got a boring wall you want to liven up? Get rid of it all together with mirrors and reflect all that light back into the room.

Experiment With Geometric Designs

If you’re the type of person who loves ultra-modern interiors, then you’ll probably also like geometric designs on the wall. Geometric designs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but most people go easy on themselves if they’re DIYing and stick with squares.

How do you DIY a geometric wall? Simple really. First, you’ll need to choose a base layer for the background color. Any color of paint that suits the rest of the room will suffice. The next is to grab some plywood from your local hardware store. Once you’ve got the wood back to your shed, start painting it in a color which complements that of the original wall. For instance, if you painted the wall blue, then choose something like white for the plywood.

Finally, attach the plywood to the wall using glue. (Glue is better than nails because it won’t ruin the look of the wooden pieces). And there you have it: a geometric wall design worthy of a place in the Louvre.

All Your Favorite Quotes

Are you the type of person who loves to post inspirational quotes on social media? Then you’re in luck. It just so happens that putting your favorite quotes on blank walls is becoming something of a trend at the moment.

You don’t want your wall writing to look like graffiti, of course, so make sure that it looks as artistic as possible. HGTV contributor Michelle Edgemont suggests using a combination of different bright colors and washi tape for a funky display.

Cork Boards

Whoever invented cork boards was a genius. They’re so versatile, and they’re the perfect solution to a dull, blank wall. Corkboards can be put anywhere in your home, but they work best in places where you’re really busy, like your home office or kitchen. Try putting up a cork board and pinning important articles or post-it notes to it. Don’t have much practical use for a corkboard? Not to worry: you can still put up your favorite pictures.

Photo Collage Of Epic Proportions

Most photo collages will fit inside an A2 frame. But if you want to rehabilitate a dull wall, you’re going to need something a lot bigger than that. The good news is that thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to get your favorite photos blown up and blended together.




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