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Wall Ideas

Wall Ideas

Walls fill so much of the visual space in your home, why not make them exciting? Paint, wallpaper, paneling, and more will all do the trick. See all of our favorite ways to wake up walls and find out how you can do the same in your home.

Reverse Effect

Choose a geometric-patterned wallpaper to give a space a bold and modern edge. Here, the bright green lines in the wallpaper inspired the color of a smaller room off the kitchen, providing a reverse effect.

Eye-Catching Elegance

Applying narrow strips of molding to suggest panels is a popular treatment known as picture framing. Frame sizes may vary to emphasize smaller spaces, such as around a fireplace. The key to eye-pleasing design is to keep the spacing between frames uniform and the edges aligned.

From Wood to White

Give wood paneling a fresh, cottage-style look by painting it white. White also reflects natural light, helping this small upstairs bedroom feel more open and spacious.

Frame It

Less costly than installing raised wood paneling, wall frames create a classic look that?s appropriate to many traditional architectural styles. Here, wallpaper boasting a tree motif adds personality behind the traditional wall frames.

Series of Squares

Let your wall become your artwork by using trim pieces to create a series of frames. Here, the square shape of the wall frames is repeated in the divided-light door. The simple black-and-white color palette keeps this entryway clean and welcoming.

Classic Details

Select period wall panels and trim shapes for echoes of the past, even in a new home. Some classic traits of 18th-century Georgian design include raised paneling, dentil crown moldings, and elaborate fireplace surrounds.

Big and Bold

The vertical distance from the center of one pattern to the center of the next is called the pattern repeat. Large pattern repeats are more than 6 inches in size. The large repeat of a floral print adds a touch of whimsy to this formal dining room in shades of gray.

If These Walls Could Talk

Let the walls do all the work. From the most boastful motif to the subtlest texture, wallpaper adds instant personal style. Here, a bold flower-and-bird print on a stunning blue background adds interest to an otherwise simple, white kitchen.

Frame It

In stairways and rooms with vaulted ceilings, where floor-to-ceiling wallpaper installation might be too much, consider framing the wallpaper with painted moldings. Here, light teal wallpaper with a subtle vertical pattern emphasizes the ceiling?s height. White paneling below and thick trim around the doors and windows keeps the wallpaper from being too much.

All the Trimmings

An ordinary bathroom becomes a work of art when trim pieces are used to create a series of square frames on all the walls. Painting everything one color keeps the look from overwhelming the small space. Choose from more than 400 house plan designs that Archival Designs offers in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and palladian homes, English manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and colonial house plans.  

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  • Joanne Loftus
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