You’ve been staring at that empty wall for days, struggling to come up with a way to decorate it. Filling that large expanse of wall “real estate” can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to do it on a budget. Decorative wall panels may be the perfect solution. They can add a big pop of color or introduce a lot of texture to the room’s decor, and you can spend as much or as little as you want to do it.
Fashionable Fabric Panels
Find a large picture frame that you love, whether it’s a chic frame from Restoration Hardware or something you already own. Then you’ll need a panel of fabric that is a few inches larger than the frame you’re using, on all sides.
Next, remove the cardboard backing from the picture frame and use it as the base. You can wrap the fabric around the backing and tape it down on the back. Be sure it is smooth and wrinkle free on the front before you do too much taping.
If you need to paint the picture frame, sand and paint it, and add any distressing techniques, if desired. When it’s dry, insert the backing into its place in the frame and secure it, then hang the frame on the wall. This will look even better if you have three to five matching or coordinating panels, instead of just one.
Sound Absorbing Panels
You can create a set of panels that display your own sense of style, while also absorbing sound in the room. This is ideal when you share a wall with noisy neighbors, or you have a hard-surfaced wall like brick, or if you’re putting the panels in a children’s playroom.
You’ll need a large artist’s canvas (or for a less expensive option, make your own) and some thin panels of special sound-absorbing foam. Then you can paint any type of design or pattern on the canvas, keeping your color scheme in mind, or you can paint with stencils. Or, just make your panels with decorative fabric instead of canvas.
When you’re done, cut the sheets of sound absorbing foam to fit exactly within the frame of the canvas, and insert the foam into the frame, behind the fabric. Then hang the panels on the wall, and enjoy a beautiful, quiet room with no echoes.
Faux Wall Panel
This project is easy to do, and even easier on your wallet. Choose one or more empty picture frames of the size that you want your panel to be, then paint the frames whatever color you want. Using painter’s tape, tape off an area on your wall that fits the size of the frame (or frames) you are using, in the location where you want the frames to be hung.
Using stencils, stipple the pattern onto the wall within the taped-off area, in a paint color that compliments. Let the paint dry, then hang the painted frames on the wall, so that the stenciled pattern is directly within the frames.
When your DIY project is complete, you can sit back and admire the sense of style and beauty that your decorative wall panels have added to your once-empty walls.