As someone who has spent the better part of the last few months painting walls in my house, I can safely say that it is a pain in the you-know-what and I can’t wait for it to be over. Maybe my disdain for painting came about because I’ve never had to deal with plaster walls before (I will forever be a fan of drywall) or because the only painting I ever had to do growing up was on the four walls of my bedroom and not entire rec rooms and living rooms. Whatever the reason, at this point in my life, there are hundreds of things I would rather do than paint a room!
I will admit that there is one benefit that comes from painting and it’s how amazing a space looks when it’s all said and done, especially if you pick a bright, vibrant color that no one is expecting. However, there are ways of creating the same effect in your home without dragging out tarps, rollers, brushes, and trays. Adding color to a room doesn’t have to consist of a brand new paint job and can be done at a fraction of the cost! All it takes is a bit of creativity and colorful inspiration, which you can find in the list of ideas below.
1. Use Scrapbook Paper
Creating wall art with scrapbook paper is a fantastic, affordable way to add a colorful, unique element to your decor.
2. Use Colorful Clothing
A shelf or coat rack can be accessorized with hangers holding colorful, patterned pieces of clothing.
3. Use Colorful Curtains
Adding a set of curtains to a space not only creates privacy, but also gives it a splash of color.
4. Add A Map
Maps can create a sense of adventure and come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors.
5. Use Flowers
While using fresh blooms on a wall is probably not the smartest idea in terms of cost and sustainability, you can always use faux flowers for an everlasting version in your home!
6. Use Embroidery Hoops
Pick up a collection of wooden embroidery hoops from your local thrift or craft store and fill them with your favorite patterned fabrics for a quick, easy, and affordable piece of custom wall art.
7. Add Tassels
Tassels are easy to DIY and can be customized to suit any color palette!
8. Use Mirrors
Mirrors not only reflect light and make a space seem larger, they also come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, making them the perfect wall accessory for your home.
9. Use Plates
Vintage plates can be found at thrift shops and garage sales and can be mounted to create unique accent walls.
10. Use Removable Wallpaper
Traditional wallpaper isn’t fun to hang or remove, but the temporary stuff is much more user-friendly. Plus, it comes it a variety of fun, modern colors and patterns, making it a great paint alternative.
11. Use Shelving And Accessories
While a floating shelf may not be the most exciting thing you can add to a room, the stuff you accessorizeit with can be! Displaying your child’s favorite toys and books is a great way of doing this.
12. Create A Gallery Wall
A gallery wall not only allows you to display your favorite family photos, it is also an easy way to add character and color to a space without spending too much money.
13. Use Wall Hangings
Tapestries and other wall hangings are both easy to find and install.
14. Create Vinyl Cutouts
Vinyl decals are probably one of the easiest things you can use to add color to a space.
15. Use Spray Paint
Spray painting thrift store purchases, like metal trays and old picture frames, is upcycling at its finest.
16. Use Washi Tape
Lastly, the design possibilities are endless when it comes to DIYed washi tape wall art!
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