It’s a no-brainer to repaint your walls if you want to freshen up a room, but repainting takes time and let’s face it, it’s not really fun. One of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork or décor to your walls (not to mention, it’s easier on the wallet, especially if you make the art and decor yourself). A few weeks ago I walked past a boring wall lamp hanging on my living room wall and decided it needed “something” to make it obvious that it was part of the décor in the room. So I found this idea where the homeowner turned a wall lamp into a lighted picture collection.
It looks like they used prefinished moulding that you can buy at any building supply store like Lowes or Home Depot, and applied it directly to the walls. They framed out 9 individual openings for pictures, and then framed the light fixture in the middle. There are so many moulding profiles to choose from to fit any décor or style. This looks like such an easy weekend project and makes like light fixture a focal point of the room. And I love that the lighting adds dramatic effect to the photographs.
Another way I’ve found to quickly update boring walls is to frame mirrors and hang them like a piece of artwork. Framing mirrors gives them new life and adds visual interest to your walls. I framed this mirror with some prefinished, lightweight moulding, which is less expensive than taking it to a framing store. And it only took me about thirty minutes! Here’s all you need to make it, and everything you need can be found at Lowe’s:
First, choose the moulding that works best for the size of mirror you’ll be framing. A large mirror might look best with a wide-base moulding, while a smaller mirror might be best with a casing material. Choose a color that works well with your room and provides a nice accent to the mirror.
Get enough moulding material to ensure you have full pieces for each length you’ll need for the mirror.
And you’re done! Once you frame one mirror and see how easy it is, you’ll be buying old mirrors at flea markets and garage sales and framing them and hanging them all over your house!