Wall story

I’m look­ing for an in­ex­pen­sive way to pretty up my walls

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - HOME + BEAUTY - Tracey Strange

Try de­cals, or pat­terned wall stick­ers. No longer just for chil­dren’s rooms, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of­fered by mod­ern de­cals are end­less. They work with any dec­o­rat­ing style and are eas­ily re­moved when you move house or get tired of them. They also al­low you to cre­ate a big im­pact at lit­tle cost.

De­cals can in­clude words (or let­ters), graph­ics, bor­ders, li­censed images such as su­per­heroes or Dis­ney char­ac­ters and mu­rals. Most of them will safely ad­here to any smooth sur­face — walls, mir­rors, fur­ni­ture, for ex­am­ple — and, if ap­plied carefully, are re-use­able.

One of the best ways of us­ing de­cals is to cre­ate an ac­cent or fea­ture wall. An en­tire un­der­wa­ter scene in a child’s room, over­sized palm prints to give a bed­room a trop­i­cal feel, an in­spi­ra­tional quote in a kitchen, cas­cad­ing dots or bub­bles in a bath­room. They can cover the en­tire wall or just part of it and are eas­ily avail­able on­line. For in­spi­ra­tion, visit sites such as your­de­cal­shop.co.nz, wal­lart.co.nz, one­hun­dred­per­cent­heart.co.nz and the vinyl­room. co.nz, which not only of­fers distinctly Kiwi themed de­cals (fan­tails, ferns and po­hutukawa, for ex­am­ple) but has col­lab­o­rated with artists Brad No­vak, Shane Hansen, Luke Hed­ley and Timo Ran­nali on a col­lec­tion of de­cals based on clas­sic Kiwi iconog­ra­phy (check out Brad No­vak’s winged tiki). The Vinyl Room will also cus­tom de­sign stick­ers from your own art­work.

A great way of us­ing de­cals is to in­cor­po­rate them into the de­tails of a room. For ex­am­ple, bird cutouts can ‘rest’ on light switches; an­i­mals can “skip” along the top of a cot; a flo­ral de­sign can re­place a head­board; a photo de­cal can be “framed” (with a real or painted frame) above a man­tel. If you are feel­ing cre­ative, Pin­ter­est is a great source of ideas.

De­cals also can be used as chalk­boards (many can be writ­ten on and then wiped with a soft cloth), as splash­backs, to cel­e­brate spe­cial oc­ca­sions (a Christ­mas tree wall de­cal rather than the real thing?) and to dec­o­rate fur­ni­ture. They make a huge im­pact when used floor-to-ceil­ing and when wrapped around walls. Mir­rored de­cals can add ad­di­tional light to dark cor­ners. They can dec­o­rate built-in book­shelves, baths and lamp­shades. Eas­ier than wall­pa­per to put up, they can pro­vide the same ef­fect with­out the ag­gra­va­tion. Some can even be used on the floor or ceil­ing. Best of all, they are com­par­a­tively cheap. For ex­am­ple, the cost of an eye-catch­ing flo­ral de­cal big enough to cover an en­tire wall is $360 at your­de­cal­shop.co.nz. In­stal­la­tion should be rel­a­tively sim­ple and well within the scope of any­one with an eye for de­tail.

Love the trop­i­cal print trend but don’t want to com­mit to wall­pa­per? Try these gi­ant mon­stera leaf de­cals from Vinyl De­sign, vinylde­sign. com.au.

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