5 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Walls (Besides Painting)

5 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Walls (Besides Painting)

Sarah Coffey
Oct 8, 2008

As the Fall Colors Contest rolls on, we've been looking at lots of ways to use paint in your home, but there are other options for your walls as well. Click below for a few suggestions including easy fabric walls, budget artwork, and more...

Hang a panel of fabric on a wall to add interest without spending a lot of money. For similar ideas, look into large-scale artwork on a budget or ways to decorate with leftover fabric scraps. Photo: Turbulent Fabric Collection from Marimekko.

If you have a lot of small, inexpensive artworks, hang them in a grid or cluster to make a big visual impact. This photo of Jess2Nola's clustered artwork shows that you don't have to spend a lot on frames; try mixing up the arrangement with clips and corkboards.

Decorating a part of the wall with wallpaper or wall decals can bring definition to a space. Meg and Ross used wallpaper to section off an alcove in their kitchen.

With hooks or peg trim, you can display a collection on the wall. Solaana's jewelry storage system adds color to her bedroom wall and keeps her collection organized.

In their bathroom, Meg and Ross used liquid starch to adhere fabric to the walls. This is a great solution for renters who can't paint, since the starch leaves the walls undamaged. When it's time to move, pull down your fabric, scrub the walls, and you're set.

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