Interior Design Basics: How to Add Dimension to Your Walls

Interior Design Basics: How to Add Dimension to Your Walls
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    A wall may be a two-dimensional space, but it doesn't have to be so, well...flat.

    At least, not if you know how to add dimension to a wall through a smart choice of decorations and color schemes.


In fact, if you know how to add dimension, decorating your walls can revolutionize the way that you (and your guests) perceive space inside your home.

Does that sound like some advanced skillset that you need to hire an interior decorator for? Not hardly! In fact, anyone can do it.

Through the use of a few simple visual tricks, you can create a distinctly spacious and dynamic look for your walls. It can even be as simple as adding a new coat of paint or some peel and stick wallpaper.

In this article, we’ll show you eight ways that you can make your walls more distinctive through the clever use of perspective, decoration and color.

Paint an accent wall

An accent wall is one of the most popular ways to hack the visual space of your living areas. By painting a single wall with a distinctive (but still harmonious) color, you can create a striking look for your space.

Accent walls are ideal for highlighting your favorite decorations that you want to draw attention to, but they also simply help a room feel more spacious.

The best color for an accent wall depends on what else you want to do with the room and what color you’ll have on the other walls. Greens, blues and greys are all popular color choices for an accent wall, while surrounding walls usually look best in an off-white.

Add some wallpaper

Wallpaper is a relatively quick and simple method to make any room more visually distinctive. Whether your style is minimal or complex, colorful or subdued, you can almost certainly find a wallpaper option that will look great on your walls. Peel and stick wallpaper is a fantastic option for renters since it can be removed without damaging the walls, comes in many patterns and goes on quickly and easily.

Use removable wall decals

Removable wall decals are die-cut vinyl images that offer an easy way to add images directly to your walls. A distinctive design, a beloved sports team, a favorite fictional character—these are just a few of the awesome things that you can add to your walls with living room wall decals. Remember that it’s important to use high-quality removable decals, as cheap ones may damage your walls.

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Stencil a design on your wall

Stenciling a design on your wall is cheap, easy and provides you with a crisp and attractive image when done right. It’s also a surprisingly versatile decoration method that can create everything from simple text and images to patterns that cover an entire wall. All it takes is some stencils (pre-made or cut by hand with a craft knife), a good sharp pencil and some paint.

For a really cool trick, try using painter’s tape to create stencils on a wall which you paint inside. It’s easy to make all kinds of awesome designs, and the painter’s tape helps keep them neat and trim even when your painting isn’t.

Hang a mirror

A mirror is one of the most effective ways to trick your mind into perceiving a larger space. Even a small mirror can create a surprising amount of dimension on a wall, and a larger one makes a perfect centerpiece (especially when it’s placed on an accent wall). If your space has a killer view, hanging a mirror across from it can make it all the more spectacular and make the space feel truly roomy.

Consider the colors of the furniture you place near the wall

A wall and the furniture near it interact in a lot of ways, so it’s important to carefully choose the furniture that goes in front of the wall. If you can, choose something that provides a contrasting color to the wall. For example, blue is an excellent wall color for lighter neutral-colored furniture, while green or gray makes a great soothing counterpoint behind more aggressive colors like red.

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Add some shelves

Hanging a shelf on your wall quite literally adds a dimension that wasn’t previously there, and it’s the perfect way to make your walls more interesting. Adding shelving also makes your wall a functional storage space that can be used for books, knick-knacks or just about anything else.

Mix it up a little to create visual interest with some books followed by a flower vase or family photo. Don’t forget to find a great pair of bookends to keep your literary treasures in place.

Make sure to find the studs in your wall and measure them before you choose shelving. You don’t want to find out that the shelves you bought aren’t compatible with the design of your wall. In addition, take note of the weight that your shelves are rated for and be careful not to overload them.

Incorporate textured materials

Adding some texture to your walls can make a world of difference when it comes to visual distinction. It also doesn’t require installing any kind of complex architectural features. Instead, you can add texture by simply varying the kinds of items you add to your walls beyond the usual.

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Here are a few examples of textured materials that can look great on your wall:

  1. Tapestries and other woven wall hangings
  2. Metalwork art
  3. Plants
  4. Woodcuts or other wooden art

Adding a sense of dimension to your walls can bring your space to life in ways you might never even have imagined. It can be a subtle change at first, but, over time, you’ll notice a difference that can greatly improve your home as a joyful living place.

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