My Wonderful Walls Blog — Home Decor
How to Use Feathers to Decorate Your Home 0
If you want to add some airy, whimsical décor to your home, feathers can be a great medium to use in many DIY projects. You can create some very inexpensive yet beautiful décor with feathers and a little imagination. Here are some of our favorites from around the web.
How about a super simple Feather Votive Candle? These can be as colorful or as subtle as you want with your choice of naturally colored or painted feathers. We found this idea on Hayseed Homemakin’ and it won’t take much imagination on your part to replicate this candle craft.
These versatile Clay Feathers from Kelli at 100 Layer Cake will last longer than the real thing, they’re hypo allergenic and can be used for mobiles, wreaths, table settings and more.
Creating a whimsical nursery with feather accents? How about this DIY Gauze Swaddle Blanket from Miggy at This Little Miggy Stayed Home?
Add instant elegance and glamour to any room with this DIY Feather Pendant. Laura from A Beautiful Mess shows you how.
If dreamcatchers are your thing, create your own with these instructions from Lisa at Tuts Plus. This is a more modern take on a dreamcatcher but once you get the basics down, you could use any materials you want.
Finally, if you love the look of a boho chic dreamcatcher, check out our new Bull Cow Skull Dreamcatcher Wall Decal. This beautiful skull is decorated with flowers and feathers making it ideal for offices, bedrooms and living spaces. Easy to hang, move and remove, this wall sticker is a great way to add some feathers and flowers to your décor without spending much time or money!
Now that you have several ideas to add some fun feathers to your home décor, where will you add them? Comment below and let us know. Make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get ideas like this and more delivered to your inbox.
Decorating Your Home With Zinnia Flower Stencils and More 0
What makes zinnias such a wonderful flower to add to your home decor? People love zinnias for their long-lasting, brightly colored blooms. The zinnia is said to represent feelings of friendship and affection, with different colors holding a slightly different meaning. For example, the white zinnia bloom means goodness while a magenta zinnia represents lasting affections. What a great flower to share with someone you love. But if you can’t add some real zinnias to your home, why not get the next best thing and create your own faux flower garden. Decorating your home with zinnia flower stencils is a great way to start!
Painting a flower mural might be one way to express your love of this fun and cheerful flower. You can easily add several zinnias of different sizes by purchasing a few different stencils. We offer our Zinnia Wall Stencil in 5 sizes from 4.5”x 4.5” up to 22” x 22”. Follow along with this instructional video to see how easy it is to create a wall full of zinnias in no time. To create this look you will need to purchase a medium size and large size zinnia stencil.
Our stencils are great for other projects as well. You can easily add some fun accents pillows by purchasing plain throw pillows in your choice of color or pillow covers and some fabric paint to paint your choice of zinnia blooms with our stencils. If you have already used the zinnia stencil on your walls, you may need to tape it to your pillow or pillow cover to paint without bleeding. Try a small foam roller brush and small bristle brush for the edges.
Another item you can stencil a flower on is a lampshade. Instantly add a pop of color and fun to your bedside lamps with a zinnia. Using the same technique, you would for a pillow you can either use fabric spray paint or fabric paint and a stencil brush, depending on the type of lampshade you are using to paint your zinnia.
What other ways can you add some fun zinnias to your décor? How about making your own beautiful bowl or basket of zinnias? This how to from Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist shows you how you can easily turn pinecones into colorful zinnias.
This wallet friendly idea from BHG.com is perfect for gift giving or your own décor. Make a simple dollar store glass plate over with a printed zinnia flower and some decoupage medium. You could add magnets to the back of smaller plates, picture hooks to the back of larger ones or try this same technique with a glass or wood tray.
Upcycle an old bottle by adding a printable zinnia seed packet label and make a pretty display of glass bottles. Angie at Knick of Time shows you how.
Or for a tasty and beautiful treat, try these Zinnia Cookies from Krista at Cookies with Character. These are probably not for baking with the kids but how wonderful would they be for a bridal or baby shower!
What other ways do you add beautiful flowers to your décor? Let us know in the comments below!
How to Decorate a Big, Blank Wall! 0
If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of space in your home and a lot of walls, you may have faced this issue we know here as the “ugly wall problem”. This is when you have a big, blank wall that is just screaming out for some attention. Wall décor can be a very personal thing, so we understand if you have hesitated to take the dive just yet. But with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to think about beautiful wall décor for your home. By adding some art to a large, empty wall, you can break up a space, add interest and draw the eye away from other areas of the room that maybe you don’t like as much! And with today’s products, you have so much flexibility to create an entire wall mural or just a few accent pieces with ease. Here are a few of our favorites:
My Wonderful Walls offers high-quality wall stickers in both kits and as individual pieces for kids’ rooms and grown up spaces. With a fabric wall decal from us, you can choose to add one large sticker to a blank wall or create an entire wall mural. For kids’ rooms, we suggest checking out our popular Forest Friends Wall Sticker Kit or Jungle Safari Wall Decals. These are great for both nurseries and kids’ rooms.
Grown-ups love our wall decals too! Try a beautiful constellation decal from Elise Mahan. These astronomy and nature inspired decals come in sizes up to and are sure to make you smile in the morning. Need a little more inspiration? Try an inspirational quote decal from Valentina Harper like this Today is Going to Be Awesome floral wall sticker.
Stencils give you the flexibility to paint in any color scheme you like and with our self-adhesive stencils it is easy to use and re-use each one so you can get creative with your décor. A large wall may be the place to add a flower pattern like our new English Rose Stencil or Cherry Blossom Stencil Set. These stencils are super easy to paint, clean and repeat so you can fill a wall with flowery goodness in no time. You can also create a stunning focal wall with our pattern stencils. Try a fleur de lis pattern or herringbone pattern and up your room’s face value instantly.
In addition to adding some beautiful designs on your walls, you can do things like add an artsy mirror to break up a large, empty space. Mirrors are also great for making rooms appear larger than they are. Instead of opting for one big mirror, you can also add several mirrors in different shapes in sizes for a reflective wall.
If you’re looking to add character to a blank wall, go with a floating shelf and layer framed art prints and/or photos with accessories of colors different than your wall color. For larger walls, add more than one shelf at staggering heights for a trendy look that is sure to draw the eye in.
Add some color and texture with this DIY Chevron Wall Art you can easily create using wooden shims, spray paint and picture hanging strips. You’ll also need a saw and some newspaper. If you don’t feel like being quite that crafty, try our Chevron Stripe Wall Decals in multiple colors, widths and lengths to create a similar looking wall. The best part about our striped wall decals is you can change your mind on the colors in six months and easily change your decor!
All in all, it is very easy to add some flair and fun to a large, blank wall. Just use your imagination and the possibilities are endless. If you choose to use or wall stickers or stencils to dress up a boring, blank wall, let us know by sending before and after pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you’ll be our next blog feature!
Five Hot Home Decor Ideas You Can DIY for Less 1
If you ever puruse the decorating magazines whilst waiting in the checkout line or spend a lot of time checking out the latest décor trends on your computer, you may be dreaming of creating something new and fabulous this year. But for most of us, the cost of staying on top of the “hottest trends” in home décor can be prohibitive. Well we’re here to give you hope with five hot home décor ideas you can DIY for much less than you can purchase and many are super simple as well! Ready? Let’s create!
If you’re looking to add some antiques or antique looking furniture to your home, today’s trend is to mix and match pieces of different eras and places. Maybe you’d like a little chic French countryside feel in your kitchen? You can spend a few hundred on an antique milking stool with lettering or you can DIY one for yourself! If you’re lucky enough to find a castoff stool like Erin at Elizabeth Joan Designs did, you can easily use some printable graphics and a little elbow grease to create a lovely French Lettered Milking Stool. Ooh la la!
Elle Decor reported the butterfly effect would be taking hold in 2017. You will see these beautiful, colorful creatures on walls, upholstery and more. You could buy some very beautiful butterfly wallpaper or you could add your own fluttering butterfly motif to your walls with butterfly themed wall decals or butterfly wall stencils for much less and with less fuss. The beauty of wall stencils is you can choose the colors you like for each butterfly and add texture and depth by blending colors. Wall stickers make it easy to change out your décor as the trends or your own personal taste changes.
Cork is hot again in 2017 according to Domain.com. It will be popping up on walls, furniture, floors and taking over entire rooms this year. Cork is great for adding a warm tone to any room and also for absorbing noise! Rather than pay someone to install a cork wall for your den or home office, you can DIY one yourself with these easy steps from Jenny at Jenny Collier . Not quite ready for that much cork? Check out this old window turned cork board from Jessica at Mom 4 Real.
Marble is also popping up all over in 2017 from walls to counter tops to tables. But if you want to add the look of marble to your kitchen or dining room without the expense, use this technique for painting faux Carrara Marble from Diane at In My Own Style.
Where you’d often see nailhead detailing on upholstered furniture, it’s now cropping up on wood furniture, lighting fixtures and more. Don’t want to spend the money for new furniture? Follow this trend and makeover any furniture piece you want on the cheap by following the tutorial from Jessica at Mad In Crafts.
If you’re a fan of Jonathan Adler designs you could drop $28 and more on a boy/girl bud vase or you could follow the His & Her DIY Face Planters from Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling for much less. And they are super cute to boot!
Now that you’ve seen it is possible to add some fun, trendy pieces to your home this year, what will you start with? Make sure to share your pics with us by tagging us on Instagram at @mywonderfulwalls!
Tips for Decorating Small Spaces 0
With the tiny house movement being forefront on many home improvement television shows and on social media lately, it may have you thinking about downsizing. Whether you’re looking for your first tiny home or living in a small apartment or home now, you may have some questions about decorating small spaces. From wall décor to flooring, you can do a lot with a small amount of space and use budget friendly décor to make cozy areas appear larger.
Wall décor can often be a challenge with small rooms and open spaces. If you are trying to decorate multi-purposed rooms, try creating some separation with a stenciled wall. You can easily distinguish a work space, for example, by using patterned stencils behind your desk area. Not a fan of painting? Try some of our striped wall decals to create a stunning accent wall.
When looking at small walls, especially in a rental, art wall decals can be a simple solution. Try wall decals in the living room to add some color and class. Use border wall decals or vertical stripes to draw the eye up, making the room appear larger. You can even decorate your tiny bathroom with a cute quote wall decal like this Valentina Harper design.
By using cool paint colors on your solid walls, you’ll instantly make rooms appear airy and open. Use wall stickers and wall stencils to add pops of warmer colors and create interest. Add white or light colored furniture to help trick the eye as well. Putting large mirrors on your walls will help rooms appear bigger. Finally, when it comes to storage, go vertical by using typically unused space for shelving. Shelves above doorways, windows, beneath stairs and along hallways can be a great way to maximize storage. Corner shelving units and desks in small apartments can be a great space saver.
Once your walls are looking wonderful, you can add ceiling to floor length window treatments to draw the eye up and make ceilings appear higher than they are. Also, use colors that blend with the walls to create an unbroken line and make the room seem bigger. Curtains can be used as room dividers for open spaces or to create a room within a room.
Your floors should be light in color when you’re living in a small space. Also, use the same flooring throughout to keep the flow and avoid chopping up rooms, making them seem smaller. If you are living in a multi-family home or apartment building, installing noise reducing flooring can help prevent that “crowded in feeling”. Living in a tiny home or thinking about building one? Use sub-floor storage to help keep your clutter to a minimum.
You can also use multi-functional pieces of furniture to not only decorate but serve a purpose in your home. Try mirrors with storage shelves, drawers under beds for storage, desks that fold flat against the wall when not in use and reveal a chalkboard for the kids to draw on. With space being at a minimum, you must think a little outside of the box with your furniture.
For anyone who is struggling with small space decorating, we hope these ideas will help you. There are plenty more ideas for both DIY décor and things you can purchase when you search Pinterest. Remember to follow these tips as a guideline only and your personal touches along the way. Start with your wall decor, move on to the windows and then your floors and finally add smart furniture to help you maximize your space and no home will feel too small!
How To Pick the Right Paint Color 0
It’s a myth that winter is a bad time to paint your interiors. As long as your room has some ventilation, you will be able to paint. You can also choose a water based latex paint with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to reduce the lingering paint smell. So, if you’re thinking about changing it up a bit with a new paint color, we’ve got some tips on choosing the right one.
Not only should you consider the color you paint your walls, ceilings and trim but make sure you are using the right type paint for the job. You’ll want to stick with latex paint for your walls and ceilings and can use oil based paints for your trim and molding if they are made from real wood. Then you’ll need to pick from high gloss, semi or flat sheen. High gloss paints are great for rooms with heavy traffic or where kids will be hanging out, because you can easily wipe them with a damp sponge. However, rooms painted with a high gloss finish, tend to show off imperfections more easily as well so keep that in mind. If you choose a semi-gloss finish, you can still clean the walls pretty easily but you’ll lose some of the shine. Choose flat or matte paints to camouflage any problem areas in the wall but be aware, they will not be as easy to clean. So, in a high traffic area with lots of imperfection in the wall, you can choose an eggshell sheen which does the same job as a flat paint but is also a little easier to clean.
Now it’s time for the fun part, picking colors! Unless you are selling your home, your choice can be a very personal one. If you are putting your house on the market soon, you’ll want to think about painting or re-painting the walls white or very light neutrals to allow the buyers to imagine their own personality in the home. But if you just want to add some life to a room or your bedroom walls are looking a little dingy, the sky is the limit!
If you read our newsletter this week, you saw Pantone came out with its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery. Following trends, and checking out what the “hot” colors are this season is one way to pick your paint colors. However, what is trendy right now, might not be in line with your personality and the look and feel of your home. If you’re looking to create a calm and peaceful room, choose soft, cool and neutral hues. But if you want to achieve a room where everyone will feel welcomed and sociable? Try a palette of warm, contrasting, bright colors to achieve that atmosphere.
Not sure what kind of mood you want to create? Another source of inspiration can be the accents and artwork you’ve already chosen for your home. The colors that show up in many of them are obviously colors you are fond of, so why not paint a room in that color? Don’t want to go too bold in painting an entire room? Create an accent wall with a new color using one of our self-adhesive pattern stencils or stripe wall decals!
You can use the other rooms in your house to help you choose wisely as well. Make sure as you pass from room to room the colors will flow together nicely and make sense. If you think of your home (especially with an open floor plan) as a giant piece of art, you’ll be able to stand in one room, look into another and imagine how the color change might look in relation to the room you are in.
Lastly, rely on the color wheel! Choose colors that are opposite each other, like red and green, and they will play off each other in a bold way. But sticking within one shade of color (like all blues) will create a subtler look. If you take a color wheel and draw a line from the yellow-green mark down to the red-violet mark, all the colors on the left are warm and on the right, are your cool colors. Choosing colors from the cool side, will help rooms appear larger and airy. Warm colors will help a room appear more vibrant. However, you can easily mix it up by painting the walls in a paint color from one color family and adding complements from the other side of the wheel.
Once you start to get an idea of the colors you would like to use, try them out! Beyond the paint cards at your local paint store, get a small sample of the color (most stores offer these now) and either paint a spot on the wall with the best lighting in the room or paint a piece of foam board and hang that up to give you a feel for the color. Try holding it next to the furniture in the room as well before you commit. Two colors pulling at your heartstrings? Try them both out for a few days and see which one you really like best. Then you can pick a trim color as well.
Now it’s time to prep and paint! We hope these tips will help you when you choose a new paint color for your home. You can also check out our blog article on Painting 101 – How to Get Professional Results by Yourself. Remember, use your imagination when coming up with a new color scheme for your painted walls unless you’re putting your home on the market. And most importantly, have fun!