You Are Now Allowed to Draw On the Wall

Best of 2009

In 2009, we saw designers dip their brushes in brighter and bolder colors and turn to our walls, as trends that had been growing for a couple of years yielded a bumper crop. From graffiti to wall stickers to exuberant wallpaper, our walls were the canvas of choice. Here are 30 creative wall-decorating options.The reign of beige has come and gone, as Mark Chamberlain wrote in his post, "A Decade of Color," and we are now in an era of "full-on style." (I.e., keep your eye on Kelly Wearstler.) What better place to show off your daring style than your walls?

CHALKBOARD PAINT AND STICKERS
1 How To: Paint Over a Chalkboard Wall (If you regret your chalkboard paint and think it's on it's way out. If you love it, read on.)

2 RoCoco Chalkboard Wall Sticker

3 How To: Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

4 Another Color Twist on Chalkboard Paint

5 Survey: Have You Used Colored Chalkboard Paint? (Includes three sources for chalkboard paint.)

FABRIC
6 Look! Fabric on Walls

7 How To: Make Removable Fabric Wallpaper

GRAFFITI
8 Christina's Graffiti Living Room

9 Caryn's Enchanting Fairytale Loft

MURALS
10 How To: Paint Your Own Mural

11 Roundup: Handpainted "Wallpaper" in the Bathroom

12 Wallpaper Murals: Traditional and Contemporary

WALL ART
13 Wall Art With Thumbtacks and Paper Doilies

14 Tip: Inexpensive Wallpaper Alternative

15 Polaroids as Wall Décor

16 The 500 Paint Chip Sample Wall

WALLPAPER
17 Trending: Innovative Wallpaper Designs

18 Look! Chinatown Toile Wallpaper at Dwell Shoot

19 Roundup: Temporary Wallpaper

20 ZNAK Tears Off Customizable Wallpaper

21 The Wallpaper Collective (High-end wallpaper for consumers.)

22 Just Enough of a Good Thing: Framed Wallpaper

23 Good Questions: Nice Wallpaper for Under $25 Per Roll

24 Hot or Not?: Painting Over Textured Wallpaper

WALL STICKERS
25 Gecko Decorative Stickers

26 Graphic Stickers by Hu2

27 Curated Wall Decals from Bodega at Arkitip

28 Vinyl Wall Decal Clock from Artstick

29 DIY Vinyl Wall Art Decals

OTHER
30 NY Good Questions: Recommendations for Inexpensive Wall Décor

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