Residential, interior walls haven’t changed much in the last few decades. Go back a century, even, and you’ll see walls that are barely distinguishable from the walls of today: flat, plain, painted white or beige, and decorated with framed artwork. Many homeowners assume that if they want to give their walls personality, they have to paint them a bright color, use wallpaper, or go crazy with their artwork. Fine ideas, but what if you could do something even better? Today we’ve got some unique wall coverings for you to consider. They’re beautiful, versatile, easy to apply, and encourage interaction between walls and homeowners. Your walls might be part of a box, but that doesn’t mean their style has to be “inside the box.” Bold and never boring, these unique wall coverings will prevent you from ever again having to choose between eggshell white or buff beige.
Unique Wall Coverings
Let’s start with chalkboard paint, one of the biggest trends to hit DIY interior design in the past few years. This unique paint is available at nearly all home improvement and craft stores and transforms your drywalls into chalkboards like magic. For best results, you’ll need to wait about 3 days after application for the paint to cure. Once you’ve rubbed the entire surface with chalk and wiped it off, you’re ready to draw! It’s as easy as that. While you can use a standard chalkboard eraser if you like, you’ll get much better results if clean your walls with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Chalkboard paint is incredibly versatile. To prove the point, let’s look at some examples. In the photo above, it’s being used to create a very simple, chic black and white bathroom design. The artist added a bit of quirkiness with the faux mirror (though personally, I would have added a simple mirror above the sink and then used the chalk to create a beautiful, elaborate frame around it). Whatever your style, the possibilities are endless.
Chalkboard paint is perfect for kitchens as well. Although this image shows a painted door, you could paint the walls inside or surrounding your pantry with chalkboard paint. It would be the perfect place to make your weekly grocery list, or you could use it to write down dinner menus, to-do lists, daily schedules, or recipes.
The beauty of a chalkboard wall is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t have to look like the chalkboard in an elementary school classroom. If you’re an artist (or know an artist, or want to hire an artist), you can create beautiful designs on your walls with chalk. If you get sick of it, erase it. If you want to celebrate the holidays, draw some festive decorations. If you want to surprise your spouse, write them a special note. Chalkboard walls let you stretch your creativity.
And speaking of creativity, chalkboard walls are perfect for kids. They can draw, play games, or even work on homework. When the wall gets too dirty, just wipe it down with a wet cloth. Finally, your kids will be free to draw on the walls as they please!
Don’t worry, this post isn’t entirely about chalkboard paint! Since so many schools have gotten rid of their old chalkboards in favor of dry-erase boards, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that they can also be used as unique wall coverings. Dry-erase walls can be achieved with speciality paints like IdeaPaint or with custom-sized dry-erase boards that you can attach to your walls. Although the strong smell of most dry-erase markers might turn you off, a dry-erase wall would work perfectly in an office (for brainstorming) or playroom.
If you love moving around photos but hate creating new holes in the walls, a pegboard wall might be perfect for you. Because it’s a wall made entirely of holes, it’s ideal for spaces where you will be hanging lots of artwork or tools. You’ll never have to patch up the wall when you decide to move a picture and (best of all, I think) you’ll never have to do any measuring or leveling to be sure your pictures are straight, since you’re working with a grid.
If you’re tired of boring beige walls and like to shake things up every once in a while, these unique wall coverings might be just what you’re looking for. If not, check back next week for part two!
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