Everywhere you look today there are patterned walls. Blogs, shelter magazines, and design shows are all featuring pattern on the wall. These patterned walls can be done with paint, stencils, fabric and wallpaper. Which material you choose is a matter of personal choice and how much time and effort you want to put into this trend. If you’ve ever removed wallpaper from the wall, you know it can be more work removing it than installing it.
Wallpaper is the classic choice for adding pattern to walls. Wallpapering a room can be done by a DIYer but it isn’t a simple task. Do your research before running out and buying the paper and paste. There are many tutorials online about installing your own wallpaper. If you do it yourself, start with a single wall or a small space.
Paint can be used to make patterns on the wall that range from simple stripes down with painter’s tape to elaborate stencil patterns that resemble hand-painted wallpaper. Painting a pattern on the wall can take longer than hanging wallpaper but is easier to cover up and less expensive for materials.
Fabric can also be applied to the walls for instant pattern. Simple starch and water will hold the fabric on the wall. This is a great option for renters who can’t wallpaper or paint.
Complement your patterned walls with a patterned area rug for layers of pattern in the room. Or keep it simple with solid colored carpet or area rugs on wood floors.