It's easy to update living areas by putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls and paint doesn't have to be just a solid color anymore. There are also all kinds of faux decorating techniques you can try such as sponging, ragging, faux marble, faux wood, faux animal prints, just to name a few. Hand painting a wall mural or a faux scene is another creative wall decorating idea to add originality and interest to your walls.
If you don't feel adventurous, or if painting is not your style, there are other imaginative wall decorating ideas for you to consider, like decorating your walls with some beautiful designer wallpaper. Wallpaper has come a long way since yesteryear and there's a style and a price range to suit everyone.
Adding a chair rail or opting for a wainscoting or paneling project, which will require a helper with a few carpentry skills, is still another way to dress up those tired old walls. Doing something simpler like covering a less than perfect wall with fabric or just making a decorative curtain wall to cover the entire space is another alternative. Walls decorated with an interesting fabric are practical, good-looking and flexible and can also be used to complement other fabric items in your room.
There are also a variety of decorative stencils on the market that have become a very popular way to decorate your walls.
You can stencil your own border across the top of the wall or as a border halfway up the wall or stenciling can include allover prints. You can choose from the embossed look to beautiful mosaic stencils, contemporary styles, art nouveau and architectural styles just to name a few. When it comes to imaginative wall decorating ideas, stenciling has to be high on the list.
If you're looking for even something faster and simpler, there are a number of temporary stick-on decals and wallpaper cut-outs that are ideal for decorating children's walls. They can easily be removed when your child grows older and you suddenly want to update the room with an entirely new look.
Speaking of wall decorating ideas for a kids room, wallpaper cut-outs are a great way to establish a theme; for example an animal theme, a nursery theme, star wars, favorite movie themes or rock bands.
Wall treatments can be as detailed or as simple as you want them to be. Consider the time you have, drying time, cost of supplies and skills needed when thinking of what you might want to do. As you've seen on the do-it-yourself shows, nothing is impossible and there are a lot of shortcuts that can be utilized if time is of the essence.
When considering wall treatments and the wall decorating ideas you have in mind, it is also important to keep in mind what the room will be used for and what type of ambience you want to create. For example, when it comes to choosing a color scheme, research shows that red will not be calming, but will excite those who enter. Blue or tan walls are more calming and relaxing. With bold colors, you may choose to do all the walls or just one accent wall. Be careful choosing lighter colors. You may want to splurge and purchase a washable paint if little hand prints might be a permanent part of your décor.
A good way to decide which wall treatments are the best for you is to browse through catalogs and decorating magazines or to attend open houses to get some great wall decorating ideas that will be just perfect for your home.
When you use your imagination, your choices are endless. In just a short time and a little elbow grease, your rooms can look like something out of a magazine and all because you found some creative wall decorating ideas and wall treatments to beautify and add value to your home.