Decorating transforms a space through color, design and creativity. Personal style and interests play an important role in interior design. Decorating projects begin with a desire to change the look of a space, and walls are the framework of most spaces. What you put on your walls defines and informs the decor, setting the scene and creating the backdrop for everything else in the room. Decorating projects are rewarding ways to invest yourself in your living space.
Although arranging and decorating your living space involves intuition, emotion and feelings, planning a decorating project requires some knowledge of decorating basics. Light, color, material selection, pattern and the functionality of the design must be used in the project plan. Use a color wheel with light, color, fabrics and patterns, especially when deciding what to put on the walls, such as paint, wallpaper or decorative trim. Coordinating and contrasting colors on walls with furniture, floor coverings and accessories create a finished look.
If you want more than just painted walls, use wall coverings. Wallpaper, wall covering panels and wall upholstery provide large expanses of colors and patterns that are difficult to achieve with paint. Wallpaper is available in an almost endless selection of patterns, textures and materials, such as vinyls, foils, grass cloths, flocked and embossed papers and textiles. Cover padded panels with your wallpaper or fabric and hang them throughout the room for a fresh, surprising decorative effect. Covering the walls with loosely hanging fabric and batting is an easy and creative way to set a scene, to envelop and enclose a space and create visual appeal.
You can get very creative with plain paint on your walls using different application techniques. Spattering, sponging, combing and washing your walls with paint creates unusual backgrounds. Plan for a dramatic effect with dark colors and metallic accents, or create a light and airy feeling with pastels and a light touch like sponging. Easy paint techniques allow for almost unlimited creativity for little cost and effort.
Wall decor includes shelves, stickers, murals, sculptures, pictures, mirrors and signs. Decor pieces are accents that reflect your personal experiences and belongings. Before you hang anything up on the wall, have the right tools and hardware to do the job right. Hooks, tape measure, hammer, level, nails, wall anchors, drill, stud finder, wood screws, pencil and caulk are just some of the items that you'll need to hang wall decor. Shelves and heavy mirrors require sturdier hardware for support. Stickers and wall appliques require no hammering or nailing but will look best when their application is planned well. Measure the wall, and tape up stickers in place before permanent application for the best position.
- "Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions"; Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan et al.; 2008
- "The Complete Home Decorating Idea Book: Thousands of Ideas for Windows, Walls, Ceilings and Floors"; Kathleen Stoehr; 2008
- "Decorating Walls and Floors; Karen Aude; 2004
- "Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Decorating Projects: DIY Projects to Transform Walls, Windows, Furniture, Floors & More"; Editors of CPi; 2009
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