Create a stylish new look for a bedroom, bathroom or dining room with wall decor
The addition of a full-wall mural or a simple decorative mirror can completely alter the appearance of a room for far less money and with much less hassle than changing the carpeting, repainting the walls and ceiling, or making other drastic changes.
This guide will walk you through the different types of murals, appliqués, borders and mirrors that can turn a boring, drab room into your favorite place to relax.
Murals, Mirrors & Appliques
Before choosing your wall décor, first consider the size of the room you wish to decorate as well as its color scheme. Since most wall décor is easy to move or remove, you’ll have little trouble making a change if you decide to redecorate in the future.
Tip: If you’re adding mirrors or a dark wall mural to a room, it can greatly affect the lighting. Mirrors often amplify or enhance light by reflecting it, meaning you may need to use softer bulbs or reposition them to avoid glare. Dark murals may swallow light, so consider adding more lights or using brighter bulbs if you find that the room has become too dim.
Murals or wall paintings are among the most dramatic alterations you can make to a room. They are often used to add size and depth to a room, create a central focus, and add a striking decorative touch without taking up any space.
- Murals may feature a self-adhesive backing for easy application or come in a kit that includes all of the necessary components.
- Before you install a mural, you’ll need to determine whether you want to center it or set it off to one side. Make sure walls are smooth and free from defects before applying a mural.
Use a partial mural to achieve a subtle effect in bathrooms, kitchens and more.
Appliqués and wallpaper borders are fun elements that are particularly well-suited for use in children’s bedrooms or playrooms.
Appliqués are often precut, allowing them to be peeled off sheets like stickers and then applied to whatever surface you want to add them to. Look for ones that are reusable and can be safely removed without damaging your wall’s finish or leaving a residue behind.
Borders are applied in a similar manner to appliqués but are designed more to complement and accent than to be a focal point.
Appliqués often have mix-and-match borders that can be used to create different looks when you’re in the mood to make a change.
They are perfect accents for themed bedrooms.
Look for appliqués that are made from nontoxic materials, particularly if you have kids.
Appliqués can be applied to cabinets, dressers, mirrors and more.
Appliqués and borders can be applied very quickly, saving you time.
Use mild cleansers to clean appliqués and a blow dryer to remove them.
Mirrors can be used to create the illusion of more space, highlight an object from all sides, increase the amount of ambient light or simply provide a reflective accent.
If you have a small room that you’d like to give more depth to, just add a large wall mirror. Before settling on placement, be aware of what will be reflected in the mirror. For example, if a wall opposite a large window has a lovely view, that view could be reflected in a strategically placed mirror.
- Mirrors possess incredible placement and design versatility and can be used in conjunction with other types of wall décor.
- Instead of installing one big mirror, consider installing a wall of tiled mirrors. Tiled mirrors offer a different look and are often easier to handle and install without professional assistance than large wall-sized mirrors.
- You may also want to consider where lights are positioned in relation to the mirror. Mirrors can greatly amplify the effects of light to brighten up dark spaces, but if they’re directly reflecting lights, they can create uncomfortably harsh reflections.
If you’re installing a multiple-panel mirror, avoid placing seams in the middle of the room where lights are likely to highlight them.
Unframed mirrors may have flat or beveled edges.
Convex mirrors are ideal for visually expanding a room.
Frames are available in a range of styles and finishes.
Door mirrors are generally rectangular and hung on the backside of a door. They are ideal for bathrooms, closets, bedrooms and dorm rooms.
Use an odd number of mirror panels to avoid seams being located in central areas.
Use both mastic and mechanical fasteners to keep mirrors in place.
Etching can enhance an already beautiful mirror with a stylish, unique pattern.