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5 Ways To Add Interest To Bedroom Walls

by - Thursday, February 25, 2016

I'm very slowly making progress on the guest bedroom refresh. I've got the new metal bed frame sitting in my hallway and I can't wait to put it together. [Side note: the King sized bed is showing at $84 on the site?! That is a crazy amazing price!!] But, truth be told, there's a long list of things I should do before we even unpack that bed. Like deciding what to do with the walls in the guest bedroom.

5 ways to add interest to bedroom walls |

1. Paint

The simplest treatment would be to paint the walls. For bedrooms, I like to have a calm and soothing environment. That's pushing me towards soft warm neutrals like in this room designed by Monique Gibson...

or even this soft grey green I used in my sister's bedroom. For contrast, we painted the ceiling a barely there pink which enhanced the feminine colour palette.

2. Panelling or Moulding

Beadboard, board and batten, panel moulding, shiplap... I love moulding and trimwork in all it's forms. It seems you do too - the panelling we put in our master bedroom is still one of my most popular posts here on the old blog. Moulding is a very inexpensive and easy way to add texture to your walls.

I wouldn't want to do the same wall treatment in the bedroom next door, but something like this black painted wall panelling is very intriguing (note the contrasting trim. So sharp!)

3. Wallpaper, Fabric or Decals

Wallpaper is a great way to bring colour, texture and pattern to any room. Nowadays, removable wallpapers and decals make it easy to get the look without the commitment. Similarly, you can apply fabric to a wall with liquid starch (like Miss Mustard Seed did in her bedroom) and easily remove it when you tire of it.

4. Canopy

Speaking of fabric, a canopy can infuse your bedroom with drama and elegance. I love how Autumn has framed her daughter's daybed with a canopy. The rigid structure juxtaposes nicely with the curves of the headboard.

5. Mirrors, Art or Wall Decor

Hanging art or decor on your walls can really make your room come alive. Mirrors are fantastic at bouncing the light around a room and expanding the space. Artwork can invoke an emotion - imagine a large scale beach scene which can make your room feel like an escape. In this room, designed by Andrew Brown Interiors, the black and white art and gilded mirrors evoke a tailored, masculine vibe that is echoed by the neutral bedding and black accents.

There are a lot of ways to refresh our guest bedroom and make it more interesting. I just have to decide what to do - and quickly. Walking around a giant bed box in our hallway is getting old fast!

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