Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Who needs paint?

I live in a rented townhouse, so have a very limited amount of creative juice I can pour into the color on the walls, etc.  If I remember correctly, which I think that I do (?), putting paint on the walls is completely off limits.  I don't know about you guys, but sometimes living in the world of white walls gets a bit depressing.  Lately, I have had the urge to mix things up a bit, and look for some alternative options to regular wall art & paint.   

Loving these Mandala Wall Decals in red-orange from Design Fruit.  $70 for all three.  Such an inexpensive & non-committal way to transform a room.


Frame art.....hmmmmm..definite food for thought.


Plate walls - mixing it up with colors, shapes and patterns makes it so much fun! 


Birds around the cherry blossom branch - wall decal from Decor Designs.  This is so lovely, isn't it?


Fabric!  Seriously endless possibilities and totally customizable.  There is a great tutorial here, which involves only the fabric of your choice and some starch.  Genius!


Tape wall - another amazingly genius idea.  I'm not so sure I have the patience to keep all of these lines straight, but it is worth a try.  All of these stripes are made with Permacel paper tape - tutorial located here.

~via Jonathan Fong~

When looking on Jonathan Fong's site, I also came across this insane aluminum panel wall.  Can you believe this is just a roll of handyman coil?  I need to go to the bookstore and check out the entire wall book!  Tutorial here.


I know that this a little more along the lines of standard wall art, but I love this photo of a cut up and framed map.  A great alternative to framing the map as one whole piece.  Break it apart and cover the entire wall with it!

~via Trouvais~

Wall of mirrors - another great idea - opens a room up and makes a small space feel so much bigger.  I bought a couple of these at a little antique shop earlier this year and spraypainted the frames a glossy black - they look amazing! 


Have you guys used any creative methods for covering your walls and making your house a bit more cozy?  I would love any suggestions! 

19 comments:

  1. I love the frame art. And the wall decals I just put up a wall decal in my daughters room. Lovely blog I am not following for sure!!

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  2. Amazing! I especially love the 5th photo and 2nd to last, so lovely.

    Baci xx
    Rachel

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  3. you have tons of options here. those decals are a great deal and you could do a frame wall buy buying frames at thrift stores and spray painting them. of course you know i lovvvve that plate wall!

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  4. thank you :)

    my walls are currently covered in post it notes and to-do lists, probably not what you had in mind!

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  5. Fantastic post, darling!
    Love the frame and mirror art in particular!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. Hi there, you must have read my mind looking @ the possibilty of wall art at the moment, what lovely picks, thank-you soo much!!Please pop over to My Passport to Style 2morow to welcome my guest blogger if you get a moment.New guest bloggers over everyday, on My Passport to Style, till Friday!!Sharon xxoo

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  7. i love the idea of covering a large canvas with a boldly printed piece of fabric. insta-art, inexpensive and you can change it when ever you want.

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  8. you've got some really really cool ideas here! i'm moving soon and some of them are def to think about! but like you, the strips one?...just too much patience required!!

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  9. I love the plate wall - and the fabric hangings are a good idea too. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  10. Beautiful pics! I have a smallish silk turkish rug I've hung on the wall in my smallish tv room. Looks great with the turkish lanterns and morroccan bits of pieces! I recommend for my clients anything with texture just for some interest - or retro prints, my other faves at the moment!! Happy I found you, following now :-)

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  11. wonderful post! when we lived in an apartment we just broke the rules and painted an accent wall. such rebels :).

    my favorites are the framed fabric (or wallpaper?) and the frame art. i did frame art in my bedroom and painted them all brown and framed various patterned and solid fabrics in the frames. amazing what ugly goodwill frames can become with a bit of work :).

    good luck with your redesign!

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  12. I so love the empty white frames and gorgeous mirrors.

    lululetty.blogspot.com

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  13. Really so much you can do...I have a wall of white frames and LOVE them. I need to add more! Thank you for the well wishes the other day!

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  14. Such gorgeous ideas... I especially like the wall of white frames. Fantastically different.

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  15. I'm in love with that white hallway...fabulous inspiration!
    xo*

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  16. Great idea! I love your inspiration!

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  17. Some really great ideas here, amazing what you can do! The fabric is an easy quick one with endless design options.
    xxx

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  18. Wonderful inspiration! Picture 3 and 5 are my favorites!!
    You have a lovely blog!
    xxx
    Giovanna
    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  19. Brilliant ideas! I love that bird wall decal! I'm a big fan of alternative wall art. Sometimes I paint words on the wall. Other times I hang collections: plates, hats, even vintage dresses. Your post is so inspiring, and I am so glad you found my blog, because it led me here to your pretty place! xo

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