Best of … tips for decorating without paint
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
You want to redecorate your living room, but you refuse to paint.
You painted the room not that long ago, and even though it may not have turned out to be your favorite color it will suffice. You need solutions that will help you decorate over what you’ve done with what may be the wrong color.
Here are the best tips for decorating without painting and some resources to help you find great wall decor alternatives to paint.
Pattern and color
If you want to de-emphasize the color of the wall, because you don’t like it but don’t hate it enough to paint it, cover up a portion of it using a colorful tapestry wall hanging. Find the most unusual and great-looking ideas for your wall, including canvas art and metal wall art, in specialized catalogs.
Bring the outdoors in
Fill the room with a jungle of plants in a variety of containers, large, small, short, square, tall, short, shiny, matte, textured or featuring painted designs. Lots of green is the perfect solution to decorating without paint. If you don’t have a green thumb or don’t want the responsibility of caring for live plants, opt for silk plants. They’re equally beautiful and require no care other than an occasional dusting.
Custom lighting and fixtures
Accent with color
A specialty lighting store has everything you need to transform an ordinary room into an extraordinary one by using various types of lighting. The lighting will change the color of your room and add elements and interest, including shadows, depth, dimension and visual interest. You can use up-lighting to highlight features such as the crown molding at the top of the walls or tall plants or a portrait that is hanging over the mantle. Using task lighting allows you to sit in your armchair and comfortably read or work. Ambient lighting can set the stage for romance or the mood that you want at a given time. You can choose from wall sconces, table lamps, recessed lighting, cove lighting, which lights under or over counters and cabinets, and ceiling fans that have lights in them. Lamps can be made of wood, ceramic or shiny metal that reflects. You can also use different color bulbs, such as pink, which will give the room a romantic flavor. Lamps Plus has an extraordinary selection of lighting options.
Focus on the floor
Move attention away from walls
New carpets or rugs will take the attention off your walls (no need to paint!) by focusing on your floors. Rip up the old carpet or cover it up with a fantastic looking area rug. Oriental rugs, Persian rugs, shag rugs, contemporary rugs, sisal rugs, braided rugs, wall to wall carpeting and wood rugs are all options and can give your room that facelift that it needs. You can also reclaim old wood flooring that gets prettier with age by changing from carpet to an area rug.
Drapes and curtains
Create drama with fabric
Half Price Drapes offers a virtual banquet of curtains and draperies that will transform your room in a flash. Change your curtains. Go lighter or darker. Go sleek and contemporary or be lavish with swags and cornices. Don’t be afraid to try something new; you won’t ever notice that you didn’t paint the walls. Introduce some warm yellow and a dash of terracotta into the room or dark teal and lots of white. Other choices include navy or a rosy pink. Insert some pale blue into the room. Experiment and see which combination floats your boat.
Make your accent pieces a focal point
American Country Home Store has the furniture and accessories that will give you a new look for an old room. If you can afford it, buy some new furniture. If you can just buy one piece get a dramatic accent piece – something unusual and arty. The size, color, shape and style will have a great impact on the entire room. A great pattern or color will help disguise or compliment walls so that you don’t need to paint. Make sure that the dimensions are correct and not too big or too small for the room.
Borders and accents
Play up what you have
Instead of repainting, add a playful border that works with your decor theme, like Southwestern choices. Easy-to-hang vinyl borders are pre-pasted, so there’s no mess like old-fashioned wall paper borders. They wipe clean, last forever, and give your room pizzazz in an instant, without the hassle or mess of painting.