Fun Ways to Decorate Walls — Without Actually Wallpapering

Wallpapering can be a charming way to add visual impact to a room, but what about those of us who aren't willing (or aren't allowed) to wallpaper their home? Here are three fun ideas for providing the interest of wallpaper to a space — without all of the headaches wallpapering can bring.

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  • If you crave the interest of pattern on your walls, but want to keep up your relationship with your landlord, this first idea might be for you. Hang panels on your wall that are wallpapered or covered in a favorite fabric. Making these panels would be as easy as sizing thin plywood, wallpapering it, trimming it out, and fastening it properly onto the wall.
  • After painting a wall with magnetic paint, achieving the look of funky wallpaper is easy by arranging a collection of small prints, pages from magazines, or even an eclectic mix of ephemera. Thanks to mini magnets, fear of commitment is no issue at all when decorating a wall this way.
  • This last idea is whimsical, to be sure, but not really a practical decision for permanently decorating the walls of your home. Although wouldn't it set a lovely backdrop for a party? Stringing together live or silk flowers to create stripes on the wall is just about as romantic as a wall can get.

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