After spending so long in your home during the pandemic, you are likely thinking about how to make your home more inviting. One way to upgrade the look and feel of your house is to change your walls. There are several techniques you can use that won’t break your budget. Simple changes to the walls can even be a selling point later on. Here are a few ideas.

Check for Damage First

Before getting started on refreshing your wall space, inspect the walls for signs of water damage, which could lead to big issues like mold and structural warping. Oftentimes when there’s a leak behind the walls it can go unnoticed for some time, and time is not a friend when it comes to the extent of damage. If there are water leaks, hire a professional plumber to get the job done right, a process that doesn’t need to be a hassle — simply Google “plumbing companies near me” and filter through your choices using customer reviews and, once your top three or four contractors arrive, estimates on how much it will cost.

When the walls are ready for your personalized touch, consider the colorful and creative options at your fingertips.


Using stencils is a quick and easy way to give any room new character. You do not have to stick to one design throughout your whole home. Switch up the type of stencils you use as well as the shapes and patterns.

If one room has a nautical theme, for instance, consider anchor or rope-shaped stencils. For a room with a farm theme, animals and vegetables are the way to go. You can choose from thousands of stencil designs and patterns, and even design your own.


As Apartment Therapy explains, wallpaper has come a long way since the height of its popularity. There are now hundreds of types and styles. Wallpaper is:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Elegant
  • Attractive

Peel-and-stick versions are removable and repositionable, so if you make a mistake or change your mind, it is easy to switch it out. There are also on-demand options for wallpaper so you can design it yourself or pick from an existing pattern. With on-demand wallpaper, the paper is printed when you need it, so you never have to worry about your particular pattern being out of stock.

Fresh Paint

According to research analysis by Zillow, a fresh coat of paint can add thousands to the value of your home, if it’s the right color. Although the tradition is to paint a room all one color, you don’t have to. You can paint the whole room, one wall or even just the bottom or top halves of the walls; your creativity is your only limit. If you are feeling particularly creative, consider adding stripes, diamonds or another pattern to change the look of your space.

While you are painting, why not add texture or a wash? Strié (vertical lines), accent color washing, rag rolling and sponging are all popular techniques. Remember, if you don’t like it, you can always repaint or wallpaper to your heart’s content.

Borders, Chair Rails and Crown Molding

Borders, chair rails and crown molding are all trim options for your walls. These come in different widths, styles and patterns. You can purchase ones that are already painted or paint them to match your color scheme. The great thing about these features is that they are removable, so if you decide you don’t want them anymore, you can take them off and fill in any spots to have a clean, blank wall again.

Decorative Tiles

Whether you are adding one or doing a whole wall, decorative tiles can add interesting accents to your walls. You don’t have to stick to the kitchen or bathroom areas anymore; in any room, place tiles on focal points or simply create a border with them. You can find fascinating tiles at thrift stores, big box stores and other outlets all over Northern Atlanta.

Reviving your home doesn’t have to be a total renovation project. Small changes to your walls not only improve the value of your home, but can give your rooms a more creative look and feel.

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