Walls

Wall designs for every room in your home

Wall design is an often-overlooked aspect of interior decorating that can really elevate the overall effectiveness of your home's look and feel. Beyond wallpapering, painting walls or adding some framed photographs, most people give wall design little thought. It's a shame – given their prominence in the home, walls hold immense potential which goes untapped too often.

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Creative Ideas for Superior Walls

When it comes to wall design, you've got a lot more to choose from than picture frames and wallpaper trim. Shadow boxes make excellent display cases for your heirlooms or knickknacks and break up the monotony of family photos and monochrome paint. If you're going for a rustic or informal look, you can drill holes in the wooden framing of your walls, insert dowel rods and hang large quilts, blankets or flags.

However you choose to accentuate your walls, just make sure the colors match the carpeting and other furnishings in the rest of the room. Because walls command such a large portion of your field of view, they tend to set the tone for the whole room. If you're redecorating around furniture you already own, make sure the wall is of a similar color; if you're starting anew and want to choose the wall's color first, select a hue that will give you maximal flexibility when you go carpet and furniture shopping.

Structural Considerations for Walls

When it comes to certain areas of your home, you have to think about more than just colors, styles and accessories. Bathroom walls, for example, are exposed to high levels of moisture and humidity. Thus, protective coverings are needed to keep them structurally intact – this is why ceramic tiles are found on virtually every bathroom wall.

Given that leakage is a problem in many houses, waterproofing basement walls is a popular home improvement project. Most often, leak problems can be corrected by sealing cracks in the basement walls.

In terms of interior design, it's essential that you choose a strategy that allows you to access the structural elements of the wall quickly and easily, in case such repairs are ever needed. Paneling or wainscoting is a popular choice for basements but can pose problems when waterproofing basement walls because you might need to tear the paneling away to seal a crack. Think ahead by making sure your walls are free of even hairline cracks before you add paneling.