Feeling It: Wall Treatment Ideas to Match Any Mood

updated Oct 12, 2022
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What you do to your walls can have a HUGE impact on the look, feel and mood of your home. So start with how you’d like the room to feel — what kind of vibe you’d like it to rock — and use this guide to give you ideas for the kind of treatment that would work for your walls.

If you want a playful space:

Go for polka dots! Paint the on or use vinyl wall decal stickers to get the look.

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If you are feeling glam:

Go for a medium-hue gray. Amherst Grey by Benjamin Moore really sets just the right tone in the room below.

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If you want to double down on the drama…

Do go for a dark black color on the walls. Make it matte for something subtle or high-gloss if you really want a luxurious feel.

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If you want to go super fun and trendy…

Go for a painted-on Memphis-style pattern! Bold, primary colors and lots of squiggles and other 80s’-inspired patterns everywhere right now in fashion and furniture. Find inspiration in the creative House Call below:

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If you are feeling more traditional…

Add decorative architectural trim to your walls, like picture-frame molding. Any architectural features, from wainscoting to crown molding to chair rails and more can add instant elegance to a space, and aren’t terribly difficult to achieve if you’ve got some DIY skills.

Adding Architectural Interest: Molding & Panels

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If you want to go haute hippie…

Then hang a colorful, bold rug on the wall!

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If you are feeling nostalgic…

Go for this pink hue! Sara Kate used BEHR’s Sweet Nectar.

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When you need to boost the energy….

Pattern up with vinyl wall decals! Buy or DIY for the look of wallpaper.

→ 9 Wall Decals to Add a Little Extra Oomph to Your Space

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If you are embracing your outdoors-y side…

Go for a wall-sized nature photo or wallpaper!

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If you’re feeling family-friendly…

Go for a chalkboard paint!

→ Rethinking the Chalkboard Wall

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If you are interested in industrial…

Go for a brick wall! Don’t have a brick wall? Guess what, you can DIY one.

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