Choosing What To Hang On Your Walls

choosing-what-to-hang-on-your-wallsPeople spend majority of their days inside their home. It’s where you go to when you are sick, the weather is less than perfect to be outside, you need to rest and sleep, you eat, and have your most private moments. Regardless of how long you’ve lived in your house, you’ve probably personalized it and added your own specific touches to it with the furniture, rugs and carpets, and even dishes you’ve selected. The last finishing touch you might be grappling with now is what you should put on your walls. There isn’t a magic tool that will assist you, but the guide below should give you ideas on how you can select your wall furnishings.

Wall Size

You should take the size of your wall into consideration while you make your selection for décor. A general rule to guide you is to not let the size of a wall prevent you from adding a certain decoration. Larger walls tend to be the culprit more so than small or medium walls. The key is to understand how to approach it. Believe it or not, there are endless ways to dress up a large wall. Wallpaper is by far the most effective and versatile approach because you can select from a limitless amount of colors and patterns. Plus, if you become less than thrilled with it, it’s easy to change and often cheaper than paint. If you would rather add a piece of art or a painting, remember that a smaller painting will be less noticeable. Always try to get a piece that will be the proper proportion to the wall. Regardless of the size of your wall, never be afraid to hang a piece off-center, especially if it’s large.

Purpose

Ask yourself why you wish to add something to your wall. If it’s just to make it look more appealing, then you might wish to simply paint it or add wallpaper. If you are looking to create a certain ambience, don’t be afraid to add wall sconces that are decorative and/or include light. Light reflecting off the color of a wall can set a profound mood for an entire room. If your goal is to replicate a pattern or style featured throughout the rest of your home, it might be time to get a little more personal and add your own creations. There are tons of inexpensive DIY projects that will help you decorate your wall without creating a mix-matched theme or a wall that clashes.

Your House

Many homeowners ignore the actual style of their house. An older, more historic styled house may want to consider having décor that reflects that. The same is true for houses that are rustic, modern, or contemporary. It’s also important to keep in mind whether your house is a cabin in the mountain, a beach house, or a lake house. This will help determine whether you should include certain textures and materials to decorate your walls.

When you look at your walls, your immediate reaction should be satisfaction with how they look. You don’t necessarily have to hang art or paintings from your walls, but they should not be boring or negatively awkward. You want them to convey the mood and style of the rest of the room and sometimes even the rest of the house. However, you don’t want to add so much that it takes away from what you are trying to accomplish in each particular room. Base your wall decoration choices on what your wall already looks like, its shape, its size, the purpose of adding decorations, and the rest of your house.

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8 Ways Renters Can Decorate And Still Get Their Deposit Back

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One of the perceived drawbacks of renting an apartment instead of buying a home is that you can’t decorate your apartment the way you want to because then you won’t get your rental deposit back. Fortunately, this isn’t really true. Yes, if you make permanent changes to your apartment then you are in danger of losing your deposit. However, there’s no reason why you can’t decorate your apartment in a temporary fashion to reflect your unique design tastes and lifestyle.

The following are eight ways that you can decorate your apartment without being in danger of losing your deposit once you move out:

  1. Use Area Rugs. Nothing ties a room together like an area rug. It’s one of the best ways to add color and pattern to your decor and to bring balance and harmony to your overall interior design.
  2. Use Curtains. Curtains are an excellent way to add color and pattern to your apartment. They also help take away from the blandness of plain white walls and will draw the eye upward, thereby helping to increase the perception of space in the area.
  3. Add Layers. Another easy way to introduce splashes of color and pattern to your apartment is by adding layers to your decor. This means adding throw blankets and pillows to your furniture. Layers like these can also help to add visual warmth to the apartment, something you may want to do during the winter months. This kind of decor can easily be swapped out if you get tired of it.
  4. Choose a Unique Shower Curtain. The bathroom is a tough space to decorate even if you are allowed to make permanent changes. One of the best ways to make your bathroom feel a bit more personal is by choosing a unique shower curtain to help emphasize your bathtub as the focal point of the space.
  5. Use Temporary Wallpaper. You may not be able to paint your walls or put up regular wallpaper, but you can use temporary wallpaper (yes, it’s a thing!). While you may not want to use temporary wallpaper on every wall in your apartment, choosing an accent wall to use it on is a great way to establish a focal point within any given room.
  6. Light Your Apartment. Don’t just depend on the general lighting installed in your apartment. Invest in various light fixtures, from floor lamps and table lamps to globe lamps and pendant lights that you can hang from the ceiling. By paying attention to the lighting design of your apartment, you’ll vastly improve both the function and the look of your space – not to mention that you’ll have way more control over your apartment’s level and color of lighting.
  7. Create a gallery. Make your apartment feel like your apartment by hanging up a large row or cluster of personal photographs or artwork. This is one of the easiest and best ways to distinguish your apartment as being yours and unique from every other apartment.
  8. Add plants. Nothing adds life to a space like actual plant life! By adding both large and small house plants throughout your apartment, you’ll add natural color that helps to create a more calming and peaceful atmosphere. And as a bonus, plants will help keep your apartment air fresh by filtering certain toxins from the air and producing oxygen!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can decorate your apartment in a manner that is not permanent. Use any of these eight tips and not only will you improve your interior design, but you won’t have to worry about losing your deposit.