Far from being a decorating dilemma, beautifying a blank white wall is one of the most enthralling
projects you can tackle. From creating feature or statement walls to
just doing something different to giving expression to your inner
artistic impulses, approach your wall as a blank space brimming with
Finding wall décor
There are numerous blogs, websites, and picture
forums you could scour to inform your own idea book, and even more
real-life inspirations too. In fact, replicating what you see around
you and love – whether that be nature, an art exhibition or an
eye-catching texture – often leads to some of the most
one-of-a-kind, unforgettable wall finishes.
So, where to go in
the non-virtual world? Think everything, from restaurants, art-deco
cafes, art exhibitions, décor exhibits, to bookstores, the outdoors
and even religious places of worship, which are always some of the
most or ornately decorated on the inside.
3D Wall trends
to die for
Some of the newest and most statement-making wall
trends involve 3D trends such as textured wall paper, 3D wall
paneling and 3D wall paintings.
3D Textured wall paper comes
in just about any ‘texture’ you could think of, from crushed
velvet to brick, retro, wood effect and countless more. Most
suppliers will also let you customize designs or create bespoke ones
for you, including turning your own photographs into a design. Prices
average at £36m2, excluding installation. As with all 3D options,
this is best reserved for a statement wall in the likes of the living room or bedroom.
3D Wall paneling comprises
wall panels that create a 3D effect, such as a pattern, when
installed next to each other. Panels can be made of wood, tin,
plaster and an array of other materials. Prices average about £120
for a 600cm by 60cm tile.
These tiles are strikingly
effective that you need not clad the entire wall with them,
especially if you’re on a smaller budget. You could always opt for
a few single tiles, or put a few together on a central or other patch
of wall. The tiles are paintable too, so you can always change the
colour when you next feel like redecorating!
3D Murals are no
longer the stuff of interior cathedrals. Love how the soothing
feeling of sitting next to a Khoi pond surrounded by lush trees? Why
not bring that into one of your bedroom walls and fall asleep to the most tranquil of
Objectify your wall
Closely following on
from the 3D wall trend, is the object-d’-anything trend! Again,
this is best left for a statement wall in the living room, dining
room or perhaps something like a hallway, to set an inviting tone to
what is otherwise usually a neglected aspect of wall in the home.
Some unique but easy and highly effective object ideas
include hanging a tapestry or rug on the wall, or even drapery. This
is a wonderful way of creating warmth in an otherwise minimalist
space. Mosaics on the wall too are intriguing as is stained glass
applications – modern décor ideas mean you can take what is
traditionally meant for a window and move it to the wall, no
Another thing to consider is statement wall
lighting. That beautiful crystal dome or square-shaped light fixture
on your ceiling could just as easily be in an eye-catching vertical
placement on the wall.
Antiques, headboards, sculptures and
collections such as plates also make for wonderful wall
Traditional wall décor that’s stood the test
Of course, there are some formulae for sprucing up a
wall that never goes out of fashion. Statement mirrors, headboards,
photograph sequences and beautifully framed paintings all come to
Books are another brilliant idea. If you don’t have
enormous space, a few floating bookshelves will do the trick. If you
have slightly more space and want to create a cosy feel, go for
traditional, preferably wooden bookshelves and fill them with books
as well as all your favourite objects d’art.
walls are best for me?
There’s nothing like a coat of paint on a
wall to do the trick, and it’s perfectly fine if that’s all you
intend to do to your wall as well.
It’s often difficult to
pick a shade right away. You may know you want something neutral, but
picking just the right shade of cream, sand or ivory could prove
tricky. Consult your in-store paint specialists, and take with
pictures of your existing décor. There are also apps that allow you
to virtually see which shade will look great in your space before
Neutrals are a perennial favourite throughout
the house, but there’s nothing wrong with going with two
complimentary tones in a room, or choosing a bold colour for just one
A rule of thumb to remember though is that painting all
the walls in bold colours usually makes a space appear smaller,
unless this is deftly set off with the help of interior decorating
touches such as mirrors, skylights and more. Light, warm colours
create the illusion of increased space.
Do I need an
Interior designer to design my walls?
You don’t need to get an interior
designer to decorate your wall but they could certainly help you
source bespoke elements. When it comes to colour and colour coding
though, there’s no doubt that a consultation with an interior decorator could save you tears and frustration
afterwards. Enjoy the collaboration – ultimately, it is still an
expression of your style and no one else’s.