Painting is so far the most popular method of decorating the walls in one’s home. However, given the fact that painting can be quite costly and associated with other inconveniences such as the pungent smell associated with paint, the labor required to paint as well as the mess it might make during the process, people who would like to redecorate their walls are now looking for alternate methods of doing so. Luckily enough, such methods are available and with a touch of extra creativity they may yield better decorative outcomes as compared to painting. Mr Daniel Mwangi, director at Spaceburst Interiors, enlightened us on some easy to do ways of decorating one’s walls without having to paint.
The use of wallpaper, particularly the ‘peel-off’ wallpaper, is one of the trends gaining strength in the Kenyan market. The wallpapers come in a large variety of patterns and colors that one can choose from to give a unique look to the home. “Not only is the use of wallpaper cheaper than painting but also quite easy in application,” states Mr Mwangi. “Its application is straightforward and can be done as a Do-It-Yourself project by homeowners. Added to that, if you are renting a home or apartment, this method can be used to revamp the walls without damaging them thus avoiding trouble with the landlord later on.” With modern technology, there are now 3D designs of wallpaper which give an overall outlook that paint can never achieve.
Another way to revamp one’s home is through the use of fabric. This involves the use of fabric such as kitenge which come in different designs such as floral prints, animal prints and geometric shapes. “The idea of using fabric is arranging them artistically to bring about an interesting feature to the walls of the home,” explains Mr Mwangi. “This is a very cost friendly method of decorating one’s walls. Fabric can be found in local markets at a low price. Alternatively, one can use old clothes that are no longer in use and create a unique design to be mounted on the walls.” Some people also opt to print images on plain fabric to give it a more unique feel to them.
The use of floating shelves and bookcases is another way to revamp walls. “Floating shelves and bookcases are quite easy to install and have the effect of ensuring the walls do not look bare,” says the Spaceburst director. “Not only does the use of floating shelves bring life to one’s walls, it gives the home owner extra storage space that did not exist before.One can arrange the books to be stored on the bookcases in a color coordinated manner to give patches of different colors on the walls.” He adds that if one loves nature, they could consider the use of plants to add a decorative feel to the walls. The hanging shelves can be used as a display area for potted plants in a staggered pattern to result in a wall covered in plants.
Use of wall art such as pictures, mosaics and collages that give the home a decorative feel. “One of the trends in interior design currently is the concept of having a gallery wall. This is an entire wall of the house dedicated to having framed photos hanged on it from top to bottom. Such an arrangement creates an artistic and elegant design on the wall thus giving the house a new look,” informs Mr Mwangi.“Another option is hanging large and colorful paintings on the walls. You can use the paintings to create a collage on the wall as well.” He adds that some people opt to pay a professional to do a mural on an entire wall in the house.
Wall graphics can also be used to easily change the look of a wall. “Wall graphics are simply printed photos or images that are then stuck directly to the wall in a pattern to give a finished creative outcome. The printed images can be arranged in a color coordinated manner creating a rainbow effect in the home,” enlightens Mr Mwangi.
The use of strategically placed mirrors and lighting also creates a new effect to the wall thus revamping it completely. “Mirrors are mounted on walls to create an illusion of the room,” notes Mr Mwangi. “With the use of mirrors one has to be careful to ensure that they achieve the desired effect and not create a creepy feel to the home.” One can also place different colored bulbs at the edges of the wall. When the different colored lighting falls on the walls then it creates a colorful pattern to a once bare wall.
“What all the methods suggested above have in common is that they all break the monotony that comes with simply painting a wall,” opines Mr Mwangi. He adds that they are all unique and cost friendly methods that create an attractive facade when used in revamping one’s walls.