We are so excited to have guest writer, Carolyn Clarke from Paper Mart, with us for the next couple of posts. Today she's discussing ideas for decorating home walls!
Your home’s walls are an opportunity to inject personality within your home’s decor. While there is a time and a place for simple, white walls, sometimes a little decor can go a long way. Specialty retailers like Paper Mart are great resources for project supplies that will help you bring color and life to your walls. Get ready to have some fun decorating your walls.
EASY, INEXPENSIVE DIY ART
If you like the look of gallery walls covered with various framed photos, but don’t have the budget or time to shop at antique stores an eclectic range of art, making your own gallery wall is a fun and easy option! Framing various patterns, textures, and colors of paper will add visual interest to any blank wall. Even framed doilies add an interesting look. Or, if you already have a small collection of posters, papers, and photos you’d like to frame, you can make your own “frames” using colored washi tape. The result is a fun, bright gallery wall that helps you display your favorite pieces, all without having to put a single hole in your wall—a great option for dorm rooms and renters!
ADD DIMENSION WITH COMMON CRAFT SUPPLIES
Whatever your sense of style is, it is easy and fun to create eye-catching three-dimensional art that will transform your walls from ho-hum to absolutely stunning. Use paper flowers and floral wire to create wreaths or garlands if you’re looking to create a feminine effect for your room, or try one of Paper Mart’s striated colored paper garlands in a pretty jewel tone to add drama and depth for parties or for everyday use. Explore materials that speak to you: even unexpected items like feathers, jewels, rhinestones, and bows can add amazing dimension and personality to home decor craft projects.
FUN DECOR IDEAS FOR KIDS
Kids tend to grow and change so quickly, so it may be for the best if you don’t invest a huge amount of time and money into creating decor for their room. Instead, they can have fun contributing to a creative DIY project with mom or dad that will help embellish their walls. Use clothespins, twine, or string, and colorful paper pendants to create a fun banner—your little ones may even want to personalize it with their name. Use sturdy, colorful paper to make cutouts and shapes to create scenes on their walls. We love the idea of paper sailboats for a nautical-themed room, or using metallic paper to make crowns for the little girl who dreams of growing up to be a princess.
Whatever decor themes, materials, or little bits of inspiration make their way to your walls, be sure to have fun and enjoy the creative process along the way. Finding the right supplies will encourage you to explore and express your personality.
Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She has written for clients like Demand Media and the Omaha World-Herald. When she isn’t working on DIY projects with her two daughters, Lauryn and Lila, she’s volunteering at her local pet shelter.