Interior Design Trends: DIY Wallpaper

In recent years,  wallpaper  has been making a grand entrance back into the interior design world and for good reason. Today’s  wallpaper  manufacturers are accommodating the hipper, younger crowd and producing prints that are elegant, sophisticated, bold, flashy and just about everything in between. Plus,  wallpaper  is great for a variety of spaces: bedroom designs, bathroom designs, even kitchen and living room designs. Unfortunately, all these flashy new designs and an increase in demand means a huge price hike. Here are a few tips and tricks for DIY  wallpaper .

Make Your Own  Wallpaper 

It could actually be incredibly costly to design and print your own  wallpaper  for any given space in your home. That being said, there’s no reason you have to use actual “ wallpaper ” to recreate a beloved pattern you’ve seen right onto your walls.

To start, you’ll want to clean and prep the area. Wipe down the walls with a mild soap and warm water solution to remove dirt and debris. Don’t forge to get rid of any cobwebs, as those won’t look good when they stick in the paint!

Once you’ve cleaned the walls, you’ll want to paint them a crisp white hue if they’re not already a white. Next, you have one of two options: wall decals, or hand painting. Wall decals can be a great option if you don’t have a steady hand and you desire a very specific look for your living room designs, bedroom designs or other space in your home.

You can find wall decals in a variety of patterns, colors, shapes and styles, so don’t be afraid to shop around until you find the right one that compliments your decorating ideas. Then make the purchase and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly put these items up onto your wall.

For the hand painting method, you can use any combination of methods: painter’s tape, stencils or freehand. Depending on your pattern, you may find that a certain method works better than the other. Don’t be afraid to purchase a small sheet of plywood and practice your method on there before moving on to your walls.

As an example, we’ll consider a geometric pattern. To start, you’ll want to use your painter’s tape to mark out the pattern on the wall. Use a level and rule to create straight lines. Apply the paint and remove the painter’s tape right away. If you are adding a secondary color, you will want to let the paint dry before you apply the second color. Continue until your desired pattern is completed.

For stencils, you may find the process a bit more time consuming but the end results might be worth it, especially when creating a unique look for your interior design. Whatever method you choose, the key is to have patience and take your time. If you don’t get it all done in a single day, don’t fret. Good design takes time.

You can create your own DIY  wallpaper  in every space of your home: bedroom designs, bathroom designs, den designs and so forth. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different methods until you find the one that works best for you.