7 Ways to Create Walls You’ll Love with No Painting

Creating unique wall images may not always be possible. Especially if you are a renter. Hanging, painting and making any permanent changes to your walls are generally out of the question unless the property is yours. However, there are ways around this. A little creative and inexpensive supplies can go a long way in spicing up your walls. Most of this stuff can be found pretty cheap at your local supermarket, craft store or online auction sites, too. For ideas, check out 5 ways to furnish your apartment on a budget. Now, here are the 7 ideas to decorate your space that are stylish and personalized without bringing out the paint cans…

Invest in Removable Wall Hooks


Many companies, including 3m, make a wide variety of walling hanging devices that adhere to walls with a sticky material. This material is strong and does not leave residue behind. A walk down the wall hook isle at your local home improvement store should prove successful in finding whatever type of wall hook it is that you are looking for. You can find hooks to hang just about anything on your walls.

Purchased Framed Wall Art


These can include posters and other forms of art. If you display and frame family photographs properly, it can create a very homing setting for your space. Framed posters are also a great way to decorate your child’s room. You can use posters of their favorite characters. If tastes change, the frames can be reused and the poster can simply be changed out to something with their new favorite character in it.

To add an extra splash of color to your walls, use a matting board. Avoid hanging up posters just by themselves. While the poster may have a visually pleasing picture, your walls will look much better by adding some framing. It’s inexpensive and very pleasing to the eye.

Use Shelving


Display shelves will help to fill up any empty wall space. In addition, they create extra storage. Just be careful not to overcrowd your shelves. For a great visual display, vary objects by height and spacing.

Use Fabric and Starch Wallpapers

These types of wallpapers are easy to remove and can create a unique means of decorating. You can use a variety of textures and patterns to change up even the drabbiest looking rooms. You don’t have to limit it to just wallpaper, either. Head to your favorite fabric store to find fabulous prints that you love or a nice, textured fabric in your favorite color. Then tack it up or use sticky strips to hang your new fabric and give your walls a makeover. You can pick fabrics or wallpapers that complement each other, too. Use them on opposite ends of the room for a dramatic effect.


Chances are, if you live where you aren’t allowed to paint then you’re also limited on space. You know how a dress with vertical stripes can help a shorter woman appear taller and how heavier women should steer clear of horizontal stripes? Well those tidbits go hand in hand with your walls, too. If you have short ceilings, then wallpaper or fabric with vertical stripes can help heighten the area. If your room is small, horizontal stripes can help open up the room and make it feel as if it’s larger than it is.

You don’t have even have to fabric the entire wall. You could also create an eye-popping wall by creating your own wall art from simple fabric at your local store. Here’s a guide on how to create fabric wall art.

Use a Folding Screen

This is an easy way to get a new look without having to hang anything on your walls. A folding screen can also add textures. They come in a variety of styles and are great for tiny apartments. They can also create additional areas and privacy in even the smallest of apartments.

Decorative Wall Decals


You can find wall decals in all shapes, colors and styles. They’re easy to use, because all you do is stick them to the walls just like you would apply a sticker to your favorite sticker book. No nails required. Heck, you don’t even have to use any extra adhesives like tape or hooks. You can find floral or swirly designs for a feminine touch, but for guys there are plenty of more masculine decals. You could even use decals that feature your favorite football team or a fishing scene.

Use a Large Mirror

An easy way to dress up any wall is to hang a large mirror. For one, it will open up the space and make it seem like there’s much more room than there really is. It brightens the room by reflecting whatever light the room may have, too.

To get the most out of your mirror, use it in a room with some natural light or across the room from your favorite decorations. Have a beautiful wall decal or collage of framed art on a wall that you adore? Use your mirror opposite that wall and you breathe even more decorating power into that favorite wall.

A group of small mirrors can also be hung together in a puzzle-like pattern to create a mirrored section of a wall in any shape. This can create a very dramatic look that not only opens the space and calls attention to design, but is an independent decorative highlight on its own.

They’re also good to use across from those horizontal or vertical stripes that we talked about above, too.

Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and internet business columnist. She works with several real estate and home-related sites and recommends seeing if there is an Ebay coupon for the items you plan on incorporating into your decoration.

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