Drive your decor elements up the wall!
These days we have decals and theme walls, wall-papered or painted accent walls, fancy frames, paintings, prints, and art work to hang on our wallsl! But really, we can do a lot more! Here are some simple tips on how everyday products can ramp up a wall and add that touch of style and décor to your home.
Indian homes have lived with a history of bare walls. Typically, our walls sported a fresh coat of bright paint with black and white family photos, a mirror, a clock, and calendars sporting gorgeous colourful images of religious deities. These have been the sum total of our wall décor; barring perhaps the efforts of the odd enterprising ‘aunty’ who decided to do some cross-stitch samples and frame it, or buy a Van Gogh to ‘brighten’ up the interiors and add a touch of sophistication to the walls.
Well, no doubt we have come a long way in wall decorating. These days we have decals and theme walls, wall-papered or painted accent walls, fancy frames, paintings, prints, and art work to hang on our wallsl! But really, we can do a lot more! Here are some simple tips on how everyday products can ramp up a wall and add that touch of style and décor to your home.
Don’t look at it as a wall; look at it as a canvas!
Sit back and imagine. You need to get creative here, so look at your wall as a canvas – a space on which you can express yourself; subtly or emphatically convey your family’s philosophy; or make a charming display of collections.
I particularly love this stag print on a dictionary page. It is both unconventional and trendy, and can add a dimension of intrigue to a bright wall.
Work with the wall colour
Just as an artist tries to make a mellifluous composition, your walls have a lot to do with the way your décor elements look on them. When you are buying decals for instance, you may not get the same dramatic effect you see on the pack, when the decal is up on your own walls!
Anything can qualify as a décor element for the wall
We tend to think that only items that have a little hook at the back should be put up on your walls. Not so! Look around you, and almost anything can be hung on a wall. A basket, a plate, a tray! A guitar, a keyboard, or a flute! You just need to get creative! These cane tray servers for instance, will look great on a burnt yellow wall.
Make your walls ‘talk’
With a host of gorgeous quote decals in the market, this is easy to do. But go a step further. Incorporate a quote decal with a photo wall, or pair a coffee-lover’s decal with a strategically-placed antique collection of coffee mugs, or your coffee-making equipment.
Learn the art of grouping décor elements together
Bring out the beauty of wall pieces by placing them atop complementary table-top or ledge décor. Sometimes all you need is a pretty vase and flowers to make your wall décor piece stand out!
If you have a ‘bad’ wall – don’t wait until you have a budget to paint! Get creative by trying out decoupage on a wall. Frame a sari and hang it up in such a way that it covers the bad patches on the wall. If you can paint well, then go ahead and paint on it, or hire someone like Abhinav. The options are endless!
Walls are those ready-made canvases that come free with every home. Use them to your home’s advantage. Happy decorating!