How to Cover a Concrete Wall

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The look of a concrete wall isn't for everyone. While some like it, others may feel it appears too cold or industrial for their homes. If you don't like the look of your concrete walls, don't fret. You won't need to spend thousands to have the walls recovered or refinished; you can hide them using one of several inexpensive and clever techniques. These methods look great and fit well with any decor.

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  • Curtains
  • Beadboard
  • Folding screen
  • Hang curtains. This option works for more than just windows. Floor-to-ceiling curtains don't just disguise what's underneath them; they also add drama to a room. You'll find a wide selection of not only colors, patterns and prints but also fabrics: cotton, leather, suede, canvas and corduroy, and eye-catching fabrics such as chenille, velvet and neoprene. In these textures, even neutral colors pop. An additional benefit is that if the concrete walls are in a small room, hanging white or pale-colored curtains instead of dark curtains will help to make the space seem larger.

  • Put up beadboard. Beadboard is pressed and shaped particle board, usually glued and nailed onto walls. For your concrete wall, inquire about the right nails and screws to use. Beadboard is inexpensive and readily available at home improvement stores. You can buy plain white beadboard and stain it to look like wood. Or use two different colors on the top and bottom of the walls, separating them with a chair rail. Try topping the beadboard off with crown moulding to add visual interest.

  • Try a folding screen. Folding screens are a great idea if you need only a temporary solution for covering your concrete walls. When you're done with them, they can be easily folded up and carried away. You can purchase folding screens, available in several different styles from simple to elegant, or you can easily make your own. You may be thinking of the traditional Japanese shoji screens, but by simply adding hinges, you can make folding screens out of a number of items, such as wooden shutters, bamboo panels, lattice panels, glass panels, multi-paned windows, doors, large photo frames and framed mirrors.

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