Top 10 Affordable Wall Treatments

updated Jun 26, 2019
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We love wallpaper and interior paints…but applying them can be lots of hard work, not to mention a pricey endevour with all of the supplies and labour. So we’ve put together 10 of our favourite alternative and affordable wall treatment solutions that will give you stylish results on a budget, all below the jump…

Masking tape “painted stripes”: Hakarl and Jili decked their dining room in stylish stripes with common masking tape. The subtle yellow against the eggshell white resulted in a sophisticated dining room that nobody would suspect was created with $1.50 masking tape.

How about an aluminum foil treatment? Using glue and a hairdryer/heat gun, you can give your wall details a metallic finish.

Blik wall decals: This is pretty much as simple as it comes. Affordable, non-permanent and available in a wide selection of styles, shapes and colours.

Mod Podge Wall Treatment: an AT reader used tissue paper, mod-podge and cut out images to transform her bland work place bathroom walls into a textured wallscape with lots of personality. Scrapbookers take note!

Newspaper wallpaper: you can use pages from old books, magazines, postcards, greeting cards, sheet music…just about anything…and make your own wallpaper (we personally like old Chinese newspapers because of their use of red inks). Mix some Elmer’s Glue and some water, and you can apply knowing you’ll be able to remove this treatment later with some some warm water and a sponge.

DIY Bathroom Wall Painting: what to do when you want a high-end wall paper, but only have a low end budget? Get DIY like Eric of modern self, who used painter’s masking tape to create his own custom luxury wall finish.

Fabric Wall Treatment: Got some excess fabric on hand? Why not apply it to a wall using a brayer, scissors and liquid starch and bring some warm texture and colour without permanence (good for renters).

Fabric Wall Panels: If the idea above sounds a little too involved, you could always just stretch and mount complimentary fabric panels onto foam core and hang them on the wall using double stick poster tape. It’s like FLOR tiles for your wall.

The Rasterbator: We always feel a little bit dirty mentioning The Rasterbator, but it’s an easy way to blow up images into huge tiled poster size panels. Some inspiring results here.

Interior chalkboard paint: Want a dramatic and interactive finish to your walls? Chalkboard paint could be great across one large wall (schedule your whole week across it). You can even mix your own concoction at home.