Ideas for Decorating Bedroom Walls

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Bedroom walls are not difficult to decorate. It can be fun to pick out just the right décor and accessories for this, the most personal room in a home. Unlike more public rooms in the house, the bedroom should be uniquely yours. Create a restful and personal bedroom by adding paint, wallpaper, photos, shelves and your favorite personal items to the walls.

Ideas for Decorating Bedroom Walls
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Paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate a bedroom wall. Create a cozy cottage feeling by installing wainscoting halfway up the wall, then painting the upper half of the wall a soft neutral color. Another popular look in bedrooms is to use painter's tape to create wide vertical stripes. Paint every other stripe in a slightly darker tone of the same shade of paint. This look is attractive when used on an accent wall behind the bed. Accent walls can also be decorated with wallpaper. Choose a romantic pattern and wallpaper the wall behind the bed. Finish the rest of the room off in a paint color that complements the wallpaper.

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Photos are popular in bedrooms, especially master bedrooms. You don't want to cover an entire wall with family photos, however. This will create a cluttered look that is not conducive to the relaxing feeling that should be created in a bedroom. Instead, choose two or three favorite photos, and have them printed in black and white or sepia tones. Then, mat and frame the photos in the same frame for a cohesive, elegant and restful look. Hang them in a horizontal row above a chair rail or headboard.

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Shelves are a great way to break up the flat surface of the wall in a bedroom. You do not want to use them in the same way you would in a family room, however. Do not crowd the shelves with too many books or use them to hold DVDs. Again, doing so will take away from the serene feeling of the bedroom. Instead, create a warm and cozy atmosphere by placing a small lamp on a shelf, along with a simple vase of flowers or a green houseplant. Add one or two favorite books. For a more romantic bedroom, replace the lamp with some candles and add an incense diffuser.

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The wall behind the bed is usually the focal wall in any bedroom. If the bed does not have a headboard, the wall will look empty and bare, even if you decorate it. Therefore, the best decoration for this wall is to create a headboard for the bed. This can be done with a simple piece of plywood, some batting, fabric and a staple gun. For directions on how to put a headboard together with these materials, see the link in the Resource section. You can also create the illusion of a headboard by attaching window shutters to the wall. Lay one or both of them horizontally for a distinctive look.

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