Thursday, June 24, 2010

Accent Walls on Steroids

While there’s something to be said for a well contrasted, flatly painted accent wall, the excitement level it generates in a room typically ranks somewhere between snoozefest and yawnsville.  If you want a classic, traditional space then a plain accent wall could very well be the way to go for you…but if you ’re in the market for a look that’s a little more daring, a wall with oomph is a great place to kick things up a notch.  Need a few ideas to get you started?  Look no further.

Painted Techniques

When it comes to decorative finishes and murals the only true limitation is your imagination (or lack thereof as the case may be).  While the price of a professionally painted wall can be high, it’s a great investment if you have the money.  If dollars and cents are a problem try offsetting the cost by choosing a small wall, or even part of a wall to use as a canvas.  You may have to adapt your idea a bit, but with a little creativity and the right collaboration you’ll find a solution.  If there’s one area where you shouldn’t cut corners, it’s choosing an artist.  Make sure you’re comfortable with their style and portfolio before committing to a project and be upfront about your expectations.  Most importantly, be creative and don’t be afraid to take a few risks.  You don’t have to go with a Giant Squid mural, per say (like the one above by Raewyn Haughton) but don’t be afraid to do something different.

Wall Decals

Believe it or not, wall decals have nearly limitless potential as well.  Choose a pre-made decal for a less expensive venture, or a custom made one to achieve any look you can envision.  Wall decals come in any size or shape, so you’re free to cover a small area or an entire wall.  The great thing about decals is that most don’t require a lot of commitment...most can be removed (and some even re-used) with very little hassle.  Keep in mind, if your walls have any texture whatsoever you’re better off sticking with a mural or another decorative painting technique. 


Using fabric on your wall allows you the look of fine wallpaper with a few added bonuses- lots of texture options as well as the ability to better hide wall blemishes.  Whether you’re looking to hang fabric loosely, upholster the wall, or even try a method such as tufting, fabric is an incredibly versatile choice.  While many techniques can be accomplished without a professional’s help, you may want to hire someone if you’re attempting something you don’t feel comfortable trying.  


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