You've just moved into your new home and the walls are all a dull, boring white. Sure, the white makes the place look bigger, but it's also cold and uninspiring. Since the home is yours now, you can cover the walls with anything that you want. The question is: what do you want? The following article will introduce you to some ideas about what you can use to cover your walls, some traditional, some chic and trendy. Hopefully it will inspire you to create your own perfect space.
Paint is the most traditional wall covering there is, but that doesn't mean your color choices have to be traditional. Even rented lofts can be painted as long as they're returned to their original neutral when you move out. Some ideas for trendy painting schemes include murals, using textured paints to create the look of brick or stone, rag-dabbing with a second color to create a mottled effect, painting in stripes, or using different colors for different walls. You can even paint the ceiling! We love the painting ideas showcased on the Pinterest website.
Wallpaper was the most popular form of wall covering a hundred years ago and can still be used to create a great look in your current home. Many manufacturers have copied the floral patterns popular in Victorian times but have made them much easier to install by coating the backs with an adhesive. Just add water and it's up! Wallpapers are also good for children's rooms because they come in fun, colorful patterns and contain cartoon character motifs.
Paint and wallpaper may be the most common ways to cover a wall, but they're not your only choices. Using fabric as a wall covering is a new and trendy way to cover up a wall. Much like wallpaper, fabrics can be pinned in place flat against a wall creating a tapestry effect or they can be pleated or folded to give a softer feel. Fabric walls are a great talking point for new condo for example, but be aware that they can aggravate allergies by trapping dust and pet hair and will have to be vacuumed regularly.
Paneling, especially wood paneling, was popular in the 1960s and 1970s but had fallen out of favor. However a quick visit to HGTV.ca will show you how popular it has become again. You can use traditional paneling like wood planks but there are also panels available in materials like plastic and composite if you're looking for durability. Paneling can be painted later if you tire of its color. For a tropical affect, you can use lattice, rushwork, and bamboo paneling on your walls, especially in outdoor areas to promote air circulation. Shiplap, beadboard and wood planks are very popular for sunrooms or solariums due to their indoor/outdoor feel and durability. Choose your wall medium by matching it up to your patio furniture and decor. If you are about to buy a home that was renovated with one of the above techniques by the owner, be certain you ask for a home inspection, from a certified company such as House Master, to be positive any renovations were done according to code for safety reasons.