Still love the overall design scheme of a space but feeling a little bored by it? The best way to breathe new life into it — without revamping the entire area — is by creating a new focal wall.
Still love the overall design scheme of a space but feeling a little bored by it? The best way to breathe new life into it — without revamping the entire area — is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that's one-of-a-kind with a little creativity and painter's tape.
Before you begin, scan the room to determine the best wall to update. Repositioning the focal point will draw attention away from the elements you don't like or can't easily change, like architectural features, window placement or heating and cooling returns.
Don't shell out a ton of cash to add personality to an empty wall when it's easy to make your own art. Painter's tape cut into unique patterns allows you to quickly and effortlessly create impressive designs on walls, accessories, furniture and more by staggering the tape or varying the placement widths. Create one oversized piece of art directly on the wall, or paint a number of smaller canvases that can be arranged as a DIY gallery.
Creating a mural on one wall is extremely popular, especially one that helps bring the feel of the outdoors inside. Trees are an easy element to paint on any wall. For a sophisticated look, keep it simple with silhouettes. Use painter's tape to create the outline of birch trees from the floor to the ceiling, leaving six to 12 inches between each trunk. Paint all the trees using the same color. Be sure to use a shade that coordinates with the rest of the room, or a neutral-like white, gray or beige to deliver a crisp look.
From crown molding to wainscoting, using paint to imitate intricate trim work will add high style to your home. Apply painter's tape 3 feet up from the floor along the entire wall to emulate a chair rail. Then, add additional squares and rectangles in a repeating pattern below. Apply a fresh coat of paint in a color that coordinates with the original wall color; and once you remove the tape, you'll have crisp lines that look like molding — without all the work.