Decorating our walls seems to be a huge dilemma to most home decorators, but it need not be. Here are some quick and easy DIY ideas to dress up your walls, on a budget!

The most common mistake most people make in decorating their walls is to sprinkle things around just to fill empty space. Instead, draw an imaginary rectangle on the main focal wall in the room you wish to dress up. Now fill that rectangle with a grouping of related art, such as portraits, plates, or clocks. This makes much a better impact on the room than the “sprinkle” effect.

Fabric wall art



Wall art grouping

Try to hang larger scale items to make your rooms seem bigger. This doesn’t mean you have to run out and spend hundreds or thousands on a large painting! Hang a rug or a pretty quilt. Create a dramatic wall hanging with a large piece of plywood, some paint, and one inspirational word in large letters. Faith, “Believe” or “Dream” are great ones. Paint a simple border and background in neutral colors. Then sketch on your word in blocks with pencil, and fill in with paint.

Wall art DIY

Try setting off a special portrait or a wall collection by painting a background “frame”. Make the frame at least 4-6 inches larger than the art, tape off with painters tape, and fill in with a darker version of your wall color.

If you have dozens of different frames and pictures, tie them all together by painting the frames all the same color. Black gives an elegant touch to any style décor. White is very fresh, and a bright color can be fun in a contemporary design.

Black and white wall art


Consider using stencils to add detail and design to your walls. It’s easy, relatively fast, and inexpensive. Pick up a simple design to wrap around windows and doors, or to add detail to your painted “frames” around your wall art groupings.

Stenciled wall art


Finally, look at unconventional items as wall art. A weathered piece of driftwood accents over a doorway, or an old wooded box can hang as a curio cabinet. Simple wooded blocks can be attached to the wall as candleholders or display shelves. Your children’s christening dress can be hung as memory art, or you can frame a piece of the maternity dress you loved while you were pregnant with your youngest. Use your imagination!

Framed baby clothes

Decorating walls doesn’t have to be daunting, just use these easy ideas to get you started!

Image Credits: Pottery Barn, Belladia, Alisa Burke, Apartment Therapy, Dear Lillie

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  1. NYC framing artist March 20, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Amazing framing ideas. Just love them all.

  2. Amanda July 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Love all of these ideas, especially painting the inspirational word. It’s easy and looks great!

  3. Helen November 18, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Great ideas, I liked every single of them! So original!

  4. Tobhiyah February 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I would love to know the color of that beautiful medium/dark blue paint from the Pottery Barn image!

    1. Gina November 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Pottery Barn uses BM paint and often list it in each room within any picture of a room or you can find it both on there website or BM site. I hope you find it!


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