TOP 5 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO SPRUCE UP DRAB WALLS (WITHOUT USING PAINT)

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Walls left bare are no fun at all. Check out our favorite picks and projects that are guaranteed to transform a room in an instant, no messy paint required.

1. HANG A TAPESTRY

Tapestries aren’t just for hippies anymore. Today’s tapestries can create a tasteful backdrop or act as a stand-in for a bed frame or headboard. Take inspiration from Ellen Pompeo’s (Meredith Grey of Grey’s Anatomy) bedroom, where this Egyptian wall hanging completes the room:

Ellen Pompeo Bedroom

For a similar look, try one of these Op-Art or Indian Tapestries from Sunshine Joy on Amazon…

Tan/Red Diamond ~ Indian Tapestry ~ 60 x 90 in., $19.95

Celtic Symbol ~ Op-Art Tapestry ~ 60 x 90 in., $29.69

2. STICK ON A WALL DECAL

Wall Decals seem to be popping up everywhere, but the most interesting designs I’ve seen so far are from Blik Wall Decals, which makes a lot of sense considering they’re the first company to create these removable wall graphics. Below are two of our favorites.

Rococo Pop Wall Decals, $70

MID-CENTURY GOTHIC Wall Decals, $55

3. CREATE A DIY WALLPAPER USING MEXICAN OILCLOTH

One of ReadyMade’s Top DIY 20 Projects of 2010, this how-to tells you everything you need to know to get the look. Get your oilcloth here.

Mauricio Paniagua and Tony Moxham's library is covered floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall in Mexican oilcloth. Click here to see how.

4. INSTALL 3-D WALLPAPER TILES
These environmentally sustainable tiles from MIO feel reminiscent of the acrylic wall forms from the 60′s, like the coveted Maurer-Becker Wall-All or Craig Kaufmann’s famous plastic relief sculptures. Use these to transform a wall or as wall art, painted or used as-is.

Paperforms as 3-D Wall Art

V2 Paperforms

5. HANG A WALL MURAL

When you have something this busy as a background, decorating becomes a breeze with simple colors and furnishings. Urban Outfitters has an excellent selection of wall murals, but this birch mural is on sale for a fantastic price.

Birches Wall Mural, $79.95

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