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Walls - What To Do..... From Bland to Beautiful

Barbara Goodwin

      

"I just rented a beautiful apartment, but what can I do with my bland walls?"

This is an often asked question because many times renters cannot paint or paper their walls.

The main purpose of this article is to give the renter ideas on  how to bring their walls some life. The following is a list of  solutions that have been used effectively. Keep in mind that this is your home, it should reflect your personality and interests.

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Try hanging your curtains well above the actual window height and beyond the width of the window. (Take care not to make the window appear to large for the size room you are working with.)

Hang a rod and some curtains on a blank wall, you can add a mirror in place of a window.

Decorative Screens

Screens are fantastic for adding interest to a room and filling a corner. They come in many different sizes and styles.

Foliage

Use a tall silk tree, and string some clear lights on it to add soft accent lighting to your room.

Floral swags over a window, door, or mirror will add color.

Shelving

Mount shelves and place plants or a small grouping of "like" collectibles. Try resting a piece of artwork on a shelf.

Artwork & Photos

A nice piece of artwork will always add interest to a room. When hanging one piece, make sure it is properly sized for the wall you are hanging it on, and be careful not to hang it to high on the wall. Group photos and evenly space them.

Fabrics

Use light weight fabrics. Tack and pleat the fabrics right where the ceiling meets the wall. You can run them the length of one wall or use this treatment to create a focal point. I have even gone so far as to hang decorative area rugs on walls!

Lighting

Lighting in a room is very important. The use of different types of lighting will change the way you see and feel in your room.

Accent lighting will add some drama, and highlight areas of a room.

Incandescent lighting will add more warmth. The three types of lighting are, general, task, and accent.

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