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Monday, May 16, 2011

Escaping the Blah Factor

I was talking to a friend this morning who recently moved into an apartment with his fiance. They were telling me how "blah" their apartment is, with the usual white-beige walls, carpet and window blinds. They plan to put up curtains with some color an pattern in them, but seem resigned to the carpet and walls, as they are unable to paint anything per their lease.

So must we be resigned to a drab, lifeless home when painting is not an option? Even the most colorful wall art can seem like it's drowning in an endless sea of industrial off-white if it's not large enough. It's almost as though you have to paper your walls completely in posters and photos.

Some of my favorite photos are framed prints I've taken throughout my travels. I usually create a gallery on one wall...a parade of my favorite images from Peru, Egypt, Spain, Wales, Serbia and many other places. This seems to work well, but when you're hanging just one picture it can sometimes lack visual impact. My solution was to put a decorative piece of mid-weight paper behind the photo. Any craft store will have sets of this type of paper. I avoid origami paper because it can look too flimsy. This, for me solved some of my problem and my friend and his fiance are going to try it as well.

Another option is to buy wall decals. I have never used them, as I haven't found any yet that suit my style, but I hear they are easy to use and add texture and depth to a room. These are sold at several places, including Pier 1 and Walmart and come in a variety of colors and styles. I think they would be perfect for a little kid's room, particularly since their interests are always changing. Little Suzy is into flowers this year? *peel, stick, voila* Now she likes birds? No problem.


  1. I like that paper behind the frame idea.

    I have also found that having pictures at different levels on the same wall will help to reduce the amount of white wall space the eye sees. Different sized frames also change the dynamic.

    Here's a good example:|frames|36|best|0|1|24||5&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Sku_Top_Marketing_Rule-_-

  2. Cute ideas! I've used scrapbooking paper to make mats for pictures, but I never thought of the origami paper route. Where did you get the decals? I've seen a few at Ikea that are nice, but a lot of the ones I see at stores have words like 'family' or whatever in them, and although I love my family, I don't want the word up on the walls.

  3. Michelle,

    The decals are from Leen the Graphics Queen at (one of the best websites ever) and, respectively.

    Both websites have lots of fun wall decals that are a bit more interesting and unique than the ones found at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. And no pesky words!