3 DIY Ideas For Patterned Walls That Don't Require Painting Them

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Want some color and pattern on a wall but can't — or don't want to — paint them? We've got three interesting DIY ideas that could have you creating an accent wall bursting with pattern and interest, all while potentially leaving your wall's paint job (mostly) intact.

Pictured above: Cuckoo 4 Design jazzed up a hall way with a classic black and white theme of crosses using vinyl stickers in a repeating pattern.

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This project seems like it could border on tedious, but if you like repetitive tasks and textiles art, you could weave yourself some wall pattern with thread. This project spotted on Gretchen Gretchen was actually devised to disguise an unfortunate amount of nails in a wall, turning it instead into a celestial-themed DIY wall art. We think you could expand this idea to cover an entire wall. Math nerds might be able to figure out a way to create a pattern with minimal nails involved.

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Okay we promised no paint on the wall but this project does involve some paint. Why not buy some plywood or reclaim some large sheets of found wood (or heck, some other tall material you can lean against a wall) and create some pattern on them, creating a series of leaning, patterned panels that won't involve damaging your wall? Idea adapted from a project spotted on A Beautiful Mess.

Have you managed to get pattern on your wall without paint? We'd love to hear your ideas!

(Image credits: Cuckoo 4 Design; Gretchen Gretchen; A Beautiful Mess)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.