Make a Big Design Statement with Your Walls

While that geometric wallpaper or metallic paint finish is to die for, is it worth taking the risk? You could be making costly mistake and one you might not like once it’s up on your walls. The safe alternative is neutral paint, but let’s face it, that’s pretty boring. If you’re a bit skittish, about infusing your home with color and pattern, take a hint from the pros and start small on the walls to build up your confidence.

Hang Wallpaper Where You’d Least Expect
Here’s the perfect way to test the waters. Buy a single roll and cover a small area like the back wall of a bookcase, the inside of a closet or glass front kitchen cabinets. It will provide a harmless pop of color and will give you a chance to get used to the print. Another option is to cover a nook or niche to add a cozy feel to a room.

Experiment with Color
If you are tired of a neutral palette and want to go a little bolder test a few colors on your walls, choose your favorite and start by painting a hallway or powder room in a dramatic color like charcoal or dark blue. If you want a bit more pizzazz, bring in fanciful throw pillows, art and accessories. As you become accustomed to color, you can add bright accent walls to coordinate with your furnishings.

Use Oversize Art
Dominate one wall with a huge piece of art. Here’s an opportunity to make a big statement in a living room without having to rely on extraneous paint or wallpaper. The key is this oversize canvas of a beautiful blue agate stone slice. The extra large print livens up the space and keeps decorating costs down. Stunning blue plays against the neutral backdrop to strike the perfect balance between bold and serene.

Install Graphic Tile
Open almost any home d├ęcor magazine or tune in to shows like Fixer Upper, and you've probably seen fabulous encaustic cement tiles. These handcrafted tiles were originally designed as flooring but are now making their mark on walls from trendy bathrooms and dining rooms to kitchens and mudrooms across the country. Picture these graphic tiles installed as an eye-catching kitchen backsplash paired with crisp white cabinets and lime washed floors.

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