Itching to give a room in your house a totally fresh look? Consider changing up the wall treatment. Yes, painting and wallpaper are the standard go-to's; but they seem positively ho-hum when compared to some of the alternatives.
These treatments take plain Jane walls from the background and make them a fashionable focal point.
The term "wood-paneled" quickly brings to mind cheesy basement decor from the 1970s. Designer Nate Berkus has taken this popular treatment from the Eisenhower era and given it a sophisticated update by using high-end oak and combining it with leather inserts. Some might say this look is more austere than groovy.
Wallpaper takes on a whole new meaning with this vintage-looking wall treatment by the interior designer Emily Hewitt. She covered one wall with overlapping pages from vintage novels and plays. The result is whimsical and romantic, the perfect complement to this Victorian-inspired bedroom.
There's nothing wrong with loving a white wall. A modern, three-dimensional treatment in neutral shades can be just as eye-catching as a bright color. This mix of letters and numbers makes the dining room almost museum-worthy.
Who says wall treatments can't be fabulous and functional? This unique calendar covering by designer Christiaan Postma, allows you to see an entire year at a glance. It's a great way for a busy family to get their schedules organized in one place.
If going green is your thing, consider a wall treatment that emphasizes the phrase, "reduce, reuse and recycle." This corrugated treatment by Jonathan Fong is both earth-friendy and easy to execute on your own. The result is a wall that's simple, strong and beautifully geometric.
Skip framed paintings and turn one whole wall into a piece of art with a mural. It's a unique way to bestow a dose of playfulness to a kid's space, or add a baroque edge to a living room or dining room.
Tiles don't need to be exiled to the bathroom and the kitchen. One tiled wall can add a hint of glamour to any room. If you're worried about tiling feeling cold and unwelcoming, contrast it with soft, upholstered furniture that has rounded edges.
Create a wall treatment from unexpected objects you'd find around the house like buttons, sequins or fringe. This mind-bending "Jigsaw Wallpaper" by designer Tracy Kendall is the perfect way to add texture to a playroom or study.
While a bold wall treatment is a beautiful addition to any room, it can run the risk of being overwhelming. Avoid this issue by editing down the rest of your decor or only using the treatment on one wall.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown