Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.
When you have one large interior wall in a room, it can be hard to know how to decorate it. Some people choose to hang large pieces of artwork or mirrors on the wall to break up the look of the space, but these larger pieces can be a bit expensive. If you want to create a unique look in the space without spending a fortune, consider creating a textured wall. The guide below walks you through the quick and easy process for creating a unique look in your room without investing a ton of money in the new look.
Paint the Wall
The first thing you want to do is to paint the entire wall a unique color. You need to be sure that the color will pair well with the other color schemes that you plan to use in the space. Take your time to make sure that you apply the paint as evenly as you can so that it has a nice, smooth finish when you are done. Allow the paint to dry overnight before you go on to the next step.
Use Wallpaper to Add Texture to the Space
Purchase textured wallpaper that will pair well with the paint color that you choose, but still create a visual contrast. Cut the wallpaper into uniform blocks that are large enough to make a unique look when they are attached to the wall. Use a laser level to mark the middle of the wall horizontally. Use wallpaper adhesive to attach one of the blocks to the wall so that the bottom of the block is touching the laser line. Be sure that the block is one foot away from the outer edge of the wall. Measure one foot from the edge of that block and then use the glue to attach another block below the line with the top edge of the block touching the line. Repeat the process until the entire wall is covered with alternating textured blocks.
Create Frames for the Blocks
Next, you need to purchase thin strips of decorative molding at a home improvement store. Paint the molding a color that matches the trim that you already have in the room and allow it to dry. Then measure the blocks and cut the pieces of molding so that they can easily fit around the blocks to create frames. Use small trim nails to create the frames around the blocks. Cover any nails with paint.
Once you have finished creating the frames around the wallpaper, you can add more strips of molding to the wall to connect all of the frames together or simply leave it the way it is to create a more simplistic look. The entire project is very simple to do and will give you a very unique look when you are done.
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