Do-it-yourself decorative wall decoration in the apartment

Decorative wall decoration will help to create a unique author’s design in the apartment. To date, a lot of technologies have been developed that make it possible to approach this business creatively. To make the interior design exclusive, they use ready-made prints and sketches for drawings in different techniques, decorative panels and mosaic inserts, mirror tiles and synthetic materials that imitate wood and stone. The most interesting is the decoration of the walls with the help of homemade decorative panels. The self-taught decorator will come to the aid of ready-made ideas of eminent designers, master classes of finishers and tips from technologists on wall decoration with modern materials.

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Where to start in decorative wall decoration?

You should not start a quality repair if there is no stylistic solution, otherwise the money will be wasted. Before starting the renovation of the interior, it is worth considering not only the solution for individual elements of the decor, but also deciding which style of the interior is preferable for the renovation:

  • Art Deco;
  • modern;
  • classic;
  • avant-garde;
  • high tech;
  • techno;
  • country;
  • eco-style;
  • ethnicity;
  • historical style.

It will not be difficult to make an original decorative finish for an external wall or an internal one without much effort. New building materials appear on the construction market every year, which are successfully used for original cladding in residential or non-residential premises. Previously, one could only dream of unusual materials and finishing technologies. Today, marble-like tiles are available to everyone at the price of ordinary porcelain stoneware or veneered wallpaper with mosaic inserts in the marquetry style. For example, imitation of wood in decorative wall decoration, photo:

Tip: To make a decision on wall decoration, it is important to consider:

  • what the modern construction market offers;
  • what are the latest trends in fashion for designer finishing and decoration of living quarters;
  • what do technologists and master finishers offer.

When using ready-made plastic panels with imitation of natural materials, it is easy to achieve maximum results at the lowest cost. For those townspeople who are not limited in funds for repairs, there is no need to do wall decoration with decorative panels with their own hands or cut porcelain stoneware for a mosaic panel. Wealthy people trust only specialists in Venetian plaster or multi-level ceiling with stained-glass windows and LED lighting. An interesting effect can be achieved in another way – by experimenting with inexpensive materials and their combination..

The simplest wall decor – stencils

The use of original stencil drawings is an excellent solution for those who cannot draw, but want to make an exclusive decorative wall decoration, photo:

Sketches and silhouette drawings are easy to find, then these outlines are transferred to dense material. By holding the stencil or fixing it to the wall, it is easy to get the desired image in any color. Paints can be:

  • spray with a spray gun or spray can;
  • roll out with a roller with nozzles;
  • paint over with a wide paint brush or art brush.

Natural materials are also used to obtain a beautiful stencil drawing. For example, lightly rolling a large maple leaf with a roller makes it easy to get a natural impression, including the veins. The contours are outlined from the spot spraying of paint of a different color. And the maple leaf itself can be impregnated with paints of different colors to get a colored leaf fall.

Using a simple example, it is easy to see that the original decor is very easy to make on your own, without the talent of an artist. It is enough to have desire, good taste and creative inclinations. This method is suitable for different techniques:

  • shadow silhouettes;
  • recognizable two-color images (Choi, Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe and other cult figures);
  • color pattern contrasts.

Tip: Use crumpled foil, coarse sponge, faux fur, different roller attachments with an expressive texture to achieve an interesting effect. In this case, the paint in the lumen of the stencil is applied fragmentarily.

Other decorating techniques for those who cannot paint

There are quite a few techniques to get an interesting drawing without the skills of an artist. For example, together with your child, it is easy to make a fabulous tree on the wall for decorative decoration of interior walls..

1. The silhouette of a tree trunk with a hollow and branches is easy to cut out of colored paper or cardboard. And the leaves are invited to draw with prints of children’s hands dipped in gouache. These improvised leaves are then touched up with a brush. And in a hollow, you can “put” an owl, printed on a printer. The fabulous tree can be easily supplemented with other birds..

2. For finished images, use the application or collage method, when a small image or a whole panel is laid out from several fragments.

3. Ready-made puzzles are also suitable – the upper part of the picture is folded and glued to the wall, and the lower part or corner, as it were, crumbles and is blown away by the wind.

4. Vinyl stickers, which are purchased at your nearest office supply store, will help you get the finished drawing on the wall. They are also used to decorate furniture and other interior items. The only wish is that the theme of the stickers should match both style and seasonality..

5. Using volumetric applique from:

  • paper;
  • thin plastic;
  • foam;
  • cotton wool;
  • dry plants, spikelets and other natural materials.

6. Classic decorative photo wall decoration – in frames, in the form of collages or a whole installation. Designers have proposed many ingenious methods to decorate walls with photographic images, including printing enlarged images with industrial prints..

The only drawback is that after a while these elements will have to be replaced, since dust accumulates on them..

Tip: If you are unsure of your DIY wall decoration skills, experiment with appliqué on any other smooth surface first. The fragments can be easily secured to the door with double-sided tape to evaluate the results. If it turns out beautifully, transfer the decor to the wall and fix it thoroughly.

Some people like to change the decor of the room frequently, for example, according to the season. Then you shouldn’t fix the elements on the wall. Then the tree drawn in the children’s room will be able to “grow” every 3 months with a new “dress”:

  • young spring leaves with flowers;
  • large leaves with summer fruits;
  • colored autumn foliage;
  • snowflakes or “cotton” frost.

Attention: An interesting effect can be achieved if the wall is decorated not only with single images, but also with repeated ones. For example, flying butterflies or birds, leaves or snowflakes.

Textured and decorative plaster

Another way to decorate a wall in an apartment is to decorate the walls with decorative plaster. There are many interesting proposals on the construction market for original wall decoration. The method is also good in that several problems are solved at once:

  • we make repairs;
  • we get rid of wall defects;
  • we update the design of the apartment;
  • decorate the walls.

Tip: This is a finishing wall cladding over the prepared surface. But you should not choose this method if the wall to be treated is often dirty. The cellular texture is quickly clogged with dust, kitchen fumes and other contaminants.

Not every technology for applying decorative plaster is easy to master the first time, for example, layered “Venetian”, which only a pro can handle. Simpler varieties are obtained “by themselves”, thanks to a special chemical composition and original methods of obtaining a volumetric texture. We suggest watching the video on the technique of working with decorative plaster, which is at the end of the article.

Decorative panel and mosaic of broken tiles

An excellent decorative material for wall decoration is ceramic tiles and porcelain stoneware, especially imported. For original panels use:

  • mosaic soft tiles;
  • porcelain stoneware imitating marble and gems;
  • elite tiles of imported production;
  • cameos and other three-dimensional drawings;
  • special decorative inserts;
  • broken ceramic tiles for mosaic panels.

Decorative inserts and rosettes are sold ready-made, where a print or relief pattern is applied to one or more tiles. Looks spectacular on a solid wall lined with homogeneous tiles or porcelain stoneware. Suitable for decorative wall decoration in residential and non-residential premises. For the bathroom, functional pieces are produced, that is, tiles with a towel hook or soap holder.

Painted panels are often used to decorate a wall in an apartment. It can be small or take up an entire wall in a bathroom, hallway or bedroom. Looks great when the decor theme echoes on the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture. For example, picturesque paintings with blooming Japanese sakura echo the “open sky” of the stretch ceiling, complementing the exoticism of the country with a mosaic pattern of a geisha on the floor.

In order for the decorative canvas to fill the entire wall of a large room, special freesize panels are produced, where the main element is in the center. Further, the image is complemented by tiles in all directions with or without a specific pattern..

The embossed tile panel is not inferior in beauty to the decorative wall decoration with wallpaper with a 3D effect. Sometimes the volume is so realistic that you want to go down these steps to a Parisian street or into the forest right from the hallway or kitchen!

These are ready-made images, but making a panel from broken tiles with your own hands is a fascinating process, an opportunity to show your imagination. There are a lot of similar sketches, so as not to invent where to attach:

  • fragments of ceramic tiles;
  • trimming of porcelain stoneware;
  • ornamental stone;
  • fragments of broken colored glass and mirror tiles.

Wall decor with natural and “wild” stone and facing bricks

The original wall decoration with decorative bricks and bare masonry has been used for a long time. In some interior styles, this is the main cladding material:

  • urbanism;
  • brutalism;
  • techno;
  • high tech;
  • avant-garde;
  • disco;
  • minimalism, etc..

Decorative natural stone is the oldest wall cladding known to mankind. But today the most widespread is the synthetic analogue and “soft stone”. Some types of such wall decoration are easy to do on your own – based on gypsum or cement mixture, with the addition of pigment and textural inclusions. But the most impressive finishes involve natural materials:

  • colored sandstone;
  • shell rock;
  • marble and granite;
  • slate, etc..

Inserts made from a cut of semi-precious stones look very beautiful:

  • jasper;
  • agate;
  • malachite;
  • sardonyx;
  • chalcedony;
  • cornelian;
  • milk amber, etc..

Colored marble is an irreplaceable finishing material, but it is very expensive and is considered an elite cladding. That is why it is proposed to replace it with a harder and cheaper porcelain stoneware with a similar texture and pattern. Today it is possible to obtain the most picturesque analogues of rare varieties of marble, the reserves of which, unfortunately, are almost depleted in most deposits. Now, wall decoration with decorative stone of natural origin is a thing of the past, and it is successfully replaced with a synthetic analogue..

The crystalline texture of natural stone looks great in good lighting, and porcelain stoneware fades in artificial light. Decorating walls with artificial counterparts is dimmer, but affordable for most of the townspeople.

Wall decoration with plastic and other synthetic materials

The availability of price tags and ease of installation are the main reasons for the displacement of natural materials by artificial counterparts. Most often used wall cladding:

  • natural wood and its replacement;
  • mirror and plastic panels;
  • non-woven wallpaper for painting with a three-dimensional decorative pattern or jacquard fiberglass;
  • original rolls with a texture imitating fabric, suede and leather.

Decorative panels made of plastic with imitation of natural materials are affordable and easy to install, clean or wash. Laminated wood-like plastic looks good and cannot always be distinguished from wood. It is in perfect harmony with natural parquet and joinery.

The finished wall panels are fixed to the prepared surface. This finish simultaneously serves as decoration and insulation, and also hides some wall defects. From fragments of cut plastic panels, you can also lay out panels and mosaics on any topic.