It’s almost standard practice for a condo unit or small apartment to be painted white these days. Whether you’re buying a new unit or renting an old one, chances are you’ll be seeing bare white walls once you move in.
White wall color is safe; it looks clean, and is easy to work with. So natural, it’s the favorite color of most contractors. That’s fine, most people like white anyway (or are at least neutral to it). The problem however is that white rooms can seem a little bare. By itself it doesn’t really give you that “homey”, “cozy” feeling that you’d want from your home. It’s also very generic and lackluster.
Lucky for us though that white is the perfect paint color to use as a backdrop. That means you don’t necessarily have to start canvassing for different paint colors for your wall to give your room more personality.
There are a lot of non-drastic changes that you can do which are easy, cost effective, and creative to enhance the look of your room without having to change the wall color.
Here are six, to start you off.
#1 Make A Statement
A creative and cheap way to liven up white walls is by making a statement, literally. What’s your favorite line from a move? What poem moves you the most? Which sayings do you live by? It can be anything you want. White walls make perfect backdrops for text, so this will work great. It’s very eye catching and it’s not something your guests see everyday so it’s definitely a conversation starter.
Ever met a person with text tattooed on his skin? You probably couldn’t help but ask him about it right? That’s the effect that this simple addition will have.
You can use decals, paint, art paper, and clippings to make these. You can etch them, use spray paint, and do whatever you want.
#2 Create Your Own Design With Removable Wall Decals
You can always buy pre-designed wall decals if you have the money, but do you really want to do that?
If you’re feeling creative and want to really personalize your generic white walls, try designing your own wall decal pieces. You can create anything you want and you’re limited only by the amount of space you have on your wall (and your design skills of course).
This is perfect for artsy people who love to make creative things from regular objects. All you’re going to need to make these are contact paper (colored or not, it’s up to you), scissors, a pencil, some paint (optional), and a weekend or two.
Here are some awesome guides on YouTube about how to do thisThis idea is great if you’re planning to use only one color for your decals. Just get colored contact paper and use those. In this second video she uses plain transparent contact paper and paint. Using paint is a good idea if you’ll be working with multiple colors for your decals. It’s either that or you’ll have to buy contact paper in every color that you need. You’ll have to workout what’s most cost-effective based on your design.
#3 Add Floating Wall Shelves With Creative Designs
Another thing you can do is adding non-generic looking floating shelves to your white walls. They work as great white wall decor because they look like lines on white paper.
It looks like drawings on a white surface, and yes you can draw whatever you want as long as you don’t forget to consider its function.
#4 Use The White To Make Other Colors Pop
If you’re not feeling like doing anything on your wall, then you can make the best use of the white background by choosing vibrant colors for your other home decor or furniture.
Some colors just pop when are placed in a white background; aqua blue is one example. You can try other colors and use whichever you like best.
#5 Use It As A Photo Album
Want to use a frame? Sure, go right ahead. You can also just stick them on colored cardboard to create framelines. Or you can just place them on the bare wall. Be creative, it’s up to you how you want to make it look.
White is the perfect background for pictures and you can use colored frame lines to add a little more personality to the design.
This is simple, easy to do, and cheap. It’s also a great way to show off your best photographs.
#6 Stick Your Collections On There
Same idea as above. What’s the point of collecting if nobody is going to see it? So instead of using pictures, why not stick your collection to your wall and display it for all your guests to see.
Depending on your collection, you might need to use different methods of adhesion. If they’re light, then maybe double-sided tapes will be enough. For the heavier ones, you might want to look into detachable wall hooks.
You can even combine this idea with the floating shelf one, for easier placement.
There you go, six relatively easy and inexpensive home design ideas to add a little more personality to your bare white walls.