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Video:How to Decorate a Blank Wall

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Is your environment feeling a little dark and dull? Looking for ways to spruce up a space on the cheap? Then brighten up dull walls in your home with the four Ps of blank wall decoration.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Decorate a Blank Wall

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. When you first move into a new house or apartment, aside from there being a lack of furniture in the living room or food in the fridge, the first thing you're bound to notice is a ton of blank walls. But even if home decorating isn't exactly your forte, you can spruce up those empty spaces in a jiffy. Check it out.

When you go to decorate your blank wall, think of the four P's: paint, paper, pictures, and pretty much everything else. I guess that fourth P could also stand for polyester, but who wants walls that match your sweet going-out pants? Then again...

Paint a Blank Wall

Painting a wall is one of the easiest ways to give it some character. If you use a bright or primary color - even if there's nothing else on the wall - it won't seem nearly as blank as it did before. Adding color to trim, rag painting your wall, or using other textured painting techniques can help to give it some dimension as well. Just remember to put down some plastic sheeting, or you'll soon be decorating your blank floor, too. If you're looking for paint suggestions, head down to your local hardware store and talk with the paint gal or guy, who know paint the best and can make appropriate suggestions for your specific circumstances.

Wallpaper a Blank Wall

Wallpaper is another popular choice for wall-covering, and can give it a pattern that creates the illusion of having depth or movement. Be sure to get samples of a few different styles and colors, and spend a little time with them before ordering enough to cover your wall. Wallpaper can also be great for adding a layer of protection to your wall - consider a paper with vinyl for kids' rooms or bathrooms.

Hanging your own wallpaper is a little tougher than painting, so you might consider employing a pro for this one if you've never done it before. Then again, modern wallpaper is much easier to remove than the stuff from days of yore, so if you're feeling bold, go for it.

Hang Pictures on a Blank Wall

Pictures, posters, paintings, and other framed items are a great way to break up space on a wall, and pull the eye into specific points of focus. Try hanging a uniform set of frames for a tidy, clean feel - or mix and match for a more homey, comfortable style. If you're hanging heavy frames that require multiple nail holes, you might try mapping it all out on graph paper to scale before your begin.

Decorating a Blank Wall

Finally, there's that 4th P, "pretty much everything else," which can include fabric swatches, tapestries, plaques, bulletin boards, mirrors, animal heads, medieval weapons, or anything else you can dream up on your own. The sky's the limit. Well, technically, the ceiling is the limit, but who's counting.

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