There comes a time when you have a really boring room in your house and you aren’t sure how to make it look differently, your best bet isn’t to spend thousands of dollars changing it – especially if you are on a budget. Instead, you would want to look into changing the smaller things like the walls for instance. Paint is an option, but it’s not your only option.
We will be talking about 4 simple and budget friendly ways to change the look of a room.
1. Drywall Textures
If the walls in your room are already textured, de-texturing them would be a good option for you. On the other hand, you could just look into textures. There are all sorts of techniques you can try, but here are a few to consider:
Santa Fe: This is a really popular choice in Arizona and California. It has a smooth and low profile drywall texture and its relay supposed to mimic adobe buildings in and around New Mexico.
Splat Knockdown: This texture has been used since around the 1990s and it’s still quite popular today. The patterns will be dependent on the thickness and viscosity of the splat itself.
Thin Hawk and Trowel: This actually uses a mixture of drywall mud and the patterns can vary from circular patterns to wave-like patterns and more.
This was just 3 of many options available. Each one has its own look and is good for a certain setup, some are better for remodels and renovations, while others work better for a home that is being built from the ground up. Take a look at images for Drywall Textures to find many other options available.
2. Faux Painting
This is another very popular thing to do to walls. Some of the techniques include; ragging, sponging and glazing. Sponging, for instance, allows you to dip a sponge into paint and “dab” it onto the walls. It creates a really different look, especially if the walls are textured, but they don’t have to be. You can even use something like glazing to make a wall feel a certain way, like suede or leather. This is another very budget friendly project and once you get the hang of it, you can create all sorts of styles and patterns on the walls from marble and granite to Terra-Cotta and even wood grains.
3. Use Non-Traditional Coverings
We talked about textures and techniques. But, what about using other materials on your walls for an entirely different look? Wood panels and cork are actually becoming a very popular material – and not just on the floor either. These two materials, as well as other woods like bamboo, can be placed on walls to create a really different look and feel to the entire space. Another very different material to consider is foil. Yes, foil! You can find extra strength, double sided foil that is specifically used on wall coverings. On one hand, the walls have to be perfectly smoothed out because the foil will show every divot, cracks, and hole. But, on the other hand, it can look really cool in a modern or contemporary home and it’s incredibly cheap. You can even take a roller over the foil that has pre-designed patterns on it and “imprint” designs on the foil. Another cool option besides cork, laminates and bamboo would be to find reclaimed wood. This can usually be bought on the cheap and yet it creates a really cool look.
4. Decals and Murals
Decals and murals are two very different tactics but they both do the same thing – they brighten up and change the overall look of the walls. Decals are usually made from a material that allows them to stick to the walls using static electricity. Although there are also other decals which can be clung to a wall using an adhesive, one that won’t tear up your wall once you remove it. Another option, a mural, is a little more expensive, but it’s something that could dynamically change the look of a room and you don’t need to do 2, 3 or 4 walls. One is fine. If you like the idea of a mural but you can’t find someone that can do it on a budget friendly scale, you might have to think outside the box. There are wallpaper murals. They work a lot like the decals mentioned before, but they are meant for an entire wall. Lots of cool options; from oceans to brick to whimsy and more. You just have to be willing to look around and see what options are available.