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Easy DIY Wall Decor Projects

Having a well-design home isn’t reserved for only those who can afford interior designers. There is a multitude of projects you can do at home that will completely transform your space. The great thing is many of them are easy to do. The materials needed are also quite affordable and available in any hardware store around you. One of the biggest changes you can make to a room is to upgrade your walls. You do not need to live with the same old boring walls you’ve had for years. If you’re looking for a sign to change things up, this is it. Here are some easy do-it-yourself projects to help improve your walls and your home.   

 Faux Concrete Wall 

Room designed with contrast

Photo by Lindsey LaMont on Unsplash  

This project is perfect for people who love more modern styles of interior design. It gives a room a very industrial and masculine look. It also adds an extra element of texture compared to painting your wall a flat color. It is fairly easy to do and the materials are available in any hardware store.   

 For this project, you will need joint compound, liquid cement color, and trowels. Divide the joint compound into three buckets. Mix in a different amount of color to create three different shades of gray. Trowel a thick layer of the mixture onto your wall. Make sure to start with the darkest color you created. When your base coat is all laid out, layer your medium and light mixtures on top. You do not need full coverage because concrete walls have an imperfect industrial look to them. Add textures like groove and ridges as you’re laying down your mixture to give it a more authentic feel. Let your wall dry for 24 hours. 

 Hand-Painted Wallpaper

Eye designed wallpaper

Photo by erika on Unsplash  

 Wallpaper is quite expensive. They are also fairly hard to glue onto your walls and they can stain easily (especially when they’re light colors). The beauty of painting your own is that the supplies needed are limited to one to two buckets of paint and a paintbrush. After you do the project, you don’t have to worry about taking care of your walls either. This project does not require perfection, only creativity.

 You can start with the existing color of your wall or you can paint a new color onto it if you prefer. Once that dries completely, tape the edges of the places you do not want to get paint on and lay down a tarp or some newspaper. Then, decide what pattern you want. You can opt for a simple symbol or even just a brushstroke. You can lay down a thin tape to create a grid for your patterns to be more organized or you can project your pattern onto the wall and simply follow the image. 

 Painted Arch

Wall paint brush and newly painted red wall

 Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

 Perhaps the simplest and cheapest project on this list is the painted arch. It’s a gorgeous, minimalist decor for your wall that gives it some personality without being too loud. It requires the least amount of money. This is a great way to highlight areas of your house like nooks and shelves. It’s also a great alternative for headboards. You can use a wide arch to give your bed some emphasis. 

All you will need to complete this project is a bucket of paint, a large brush or roller, a small brush for detail, painter’s tape, a piece of string, a ruler, and a pen. First, draw the outlines of your arch on the wall. Use your ruler to make two parallel verticals lines on your wall. The distance between these two lines will determine how wide your arch will be. Once you’ve done that, tape along the lines to make sure your paint lines turn out crisp and straight. Now, it’s time to draw the arch itself. You can use a large compass to draw the top half of a circle and connect it to the ends of your lines. If you do not have a large compass, you can use a string and a pen. Locate the center between your two lines and draw a dot towards the top. Then, tie your pen to your string. Hold the other end of the string over the dot and use it to guide your hand to make an arch. Make sure that the ends of the arch you drew are more narrow than the parallel lines. Now, freehand the blank spaces to create a more seamless transition from line to the curve. Use your small brush to paint the curved parts that you cannot tape down.  

 Accent Wall

Pink wall with a little seating area

 Photo by Stefen Tan on Unsplash  

Plain white walls are great because they look clean and they reflect light well. However, it can get boring after some time. The problem is, you don’t want to commit to a whole new color. It could throw off your room’s color scheme, it could completely change the lighting of your room, or it could simply just be too much color for your taste. Luckily, you can simply just paint an accent wall. If you want one part of your room to stand out, an accent wall is the way to go. It is a great way to add color to your room while also creating depth.  

 All you need is a bucket of paint, a roller, and painter’s tape. Make sure to tape the sides of your wall before you start. Also, lay down a tarp or newspaper to protect your floor. Next, paint on as many layers as needed. Usually, the more layers you paint, the darker the paint comes out. Of course, the opposite is true when you’re painting your wall a lighter color from what it started as. However, let’s assume that your wall is a plain white color. Also, take note that paint tends to dry darker. When swatching out colors, wait for them to dry completely to see how they will turn out. 

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