Hang canvases painted with interior latex paint to brighten blank walls. Think big: The canvases should fill the wall. Stack modular storage units to make a stepped side table with surfaces for displays and lighting. Create miniature still lifes in the cubbies, or stack reading material that you’re going to get to someday. Plates in unexpected colors make a fresh wall arrangement. Vary hues within a family, sizes, textures. Put the most dramatic plate toward the center lay out the plates first to experiment); attach wire plate hangers and hang plates on picture nails. Inexpensive wicker that looks as if it belongs outdoors changes the mood of any room. Put chairs in a sunny corner of their own or mix them with your upholstered pieces.
decorative wall panels.
Decorative wall paneling is a quick and easy way to renew the look in a room. You can install the paneling yourself. This simple home improvement job can be completed in a weekend.
Step 1 – Preparing the Paneling
Place your new panels into the room about two days before you begin the installation. This will allow them to become conditioned to the air and moisture levels in the room.
Step 2 – Sanding the Paneling
Use your sandpaper to smooth any rough or high spots on the panels. You will want your paneling surface to be flat and even before you install it.
Step 3 – Determining the Stud Locations
Use your stud finder to determine the location of the studs in the room. Use a pencil to mark each location. You will secure the panels to the studs for more support.
Step 4 – Installing the Bracing
Secure your bracing onto the studs of the walls at six-inch intervals. Secure as many braces as possible for extra support.
Step 5 – Securing the Panels
Use finishing screws to secure the panels to the walls. Secure two panels to each of the studs with one on either side. Be sure to leave a 1/8 inch allowance space between your panels.
Step 6 – Finishing the Panels
Hide the panel joint seams with molding. Secure more molding along the top and the bottom of the decorative panels as well.