Spruce up your walls with these creative apartment design tips! Are your walls in dire need of a makeover? If your walls are cracking, peeling, and outdated, it’s time to refresh your space.
Most times, a fresh coat of paint is all that’s needed to update a room. But sometimes you are looking for something a little different. Perhaps a pattern that will add a little visual texture to your space. Either way, I say life is too short for bland walls. If you’d like to transform your space without painting, consider these tips:
Apartment Design Tips for Stylish Walls Without Paint
Add a hint of shimmer or full-on shine to any room with metallic wallpaper! Metallic wallpapers come in an array of textures, styles, and colors to choose from.
You can use metallic wall covering to accentuate a portion of the space or stick all around to take your apartment design to a whole new level. You can also mix different patterns and finishes to create a unique space all your own.
The metallic wall covering in this Chicago residence added just a hint of shimmer and texture variation to this monochromatic color scheme. Beautiful isn’t it?
On the other hand, this Northwest bathroom glows in lustrous light thanks to the marbled wallcovering by Calico wallpaper. Ohhhhh…so much visual texture!
If you’d like to ease up on the shimmer, try this trick: use wallpaper cutouts to create a standout design:
Burkedecor.com offers a host of stunning metallic wallpapers in every conceivable design.
Add warm, earthy tones to your home by covering the walls with wood panels or wood veneers. Wood panels and veneers come in an array of finishes and colors. You can go light and textured or dark and polished, like this pretty living area:
You can also combine wood veneers with wall stickers to create a fun focal point. Check out this statement wall with its funky 3D design:
If you like it rustic and classy, you can reuse wood pallets to create a unique accent wall.
Unless you’re a hardcore DIY-er, wood veneers will require professional installation.
A quick way to incorporate patterns into a living space without making any permanent change is to use fabric wall covering. You can go to your local textile shop, choose the fabric color or patterns you like and start making your own wall treatment.
The subtle patterns of the gray fabric wall covering added drama to this moody bedroom:
The graphic wall treatment added texture to this white-walled boudoir:
Covering the walls with fabric is pretty easy. Just secure the fabric with thumbtacks or nails. You can also use foam boards! Just cover the boards with the fabric covering before sticking them on the wall. The foam fabric will extend the height of the walls too!
Hanging Wall Art
Hanging a wall art is the most effortless way to dress up the walls. There are so many ways to do this too. These hanging floral artworks gave a nice contrast to the soft pink walls:
On the other hand, the colorful strips of patterned fabrics added a pop of color to this white wall:
Install a curtain rod above the bed and use it to hang a graphic rug… or even a sarong!
You can also make your own hanging decor using a piece of wood and several dreamcatchers. Check out this pretty number (tutorial here):
Wall decals are super-sized wall stickers that you can reuse! Depending on the size, you can use wall decals to cover small and large spaces too! Best of all, you can simply peel the stickers off whenever. The decals do not leave a sticky residue on the walls when peeled off. So if you are in a rental, there is no stress come move out time.
Wall decals make the perfect accent to any room because they are just as visually striking as any artwork sans the clutter. For instance, this pretty royal blue wall decal looked absolutely perfect for the bedroom. It goes well with the all-white walls!
On the other hand, these colorful wall decals bring a fun, energetic vibe to this space! The size of the decals is manageable too. You can peel it off and stick it again and again to reposition the stickers.
Wall decals come in an array of colors and styles too. You can use mirrored or metallic wall stickers to brighten your bedroom, kitchen, and dining area. You can also use lighthearted designs to add a touch of whimsy to the children’s bedroom or playroom. The choices are endless!
If you’re a sucker for adorable patterns then you’re probably no stranger to washi tape. Washi tape comes in an array of rainbow colors and patterns. Just like wall decals, washi tape is easy to remove and won’t leave any residue on your walls.
You can use washi tape to add a dash of color to plain walls, adding character to an otherwise featureless room! You can cover a small portion of the walls or even an entire room.
You can also go artsy with washi tape and elevate your apartment design. You can make your own wall art or build a pretty gallery wall with these patterned tapes.