Looking at designer interiors, we dream of a similar space. The desire disappears when you start to monitor the prices for finishing materials, decorative elements and other little things. Sadly, this kind of repair turns the apartment into a battlefield, because you have to beat off the old plaster, apply a new one, level the walls ... And if we do without such complications, but to make a designer repair? Let's figure out how to decorate the walls in a house or cottage to feel like the celebrity of glossy magazines. So here is a list of 9 Most Economical Ways to Decorate Walls Without Levelling.
1. The Aesthetics of Brick and Concrete
Walls can be made free of decorative coatings and left in their original form. This applies to apartments as well as private homes. Concrete or brick surfaces are decorative in their own way, as the loft-style successfully proves.
It is not necessary to turn your apartment into an industrial-looking room - an accent on one wall or part of it is enough.
Bumps and cracks can be accentuated with contrasting paint: just apply it to the holes, and remove the excess with sandpaper. To keep the walls from dusting and crumbling, paint them. This technique is also suitable for ceilings. The step, of course, is bold, but with the right approach, it gives an interesting effect. As a result, we get a fashionable interior and do not spend money on levelling the walls and wallpaper.
2. With logs and twigs
A completely different mood is set by the wooden wall of a log cabin or a log house. Cracks, knots and other flaws, as previously mentioned, will complement the picture of a fashionable interior. In other words, the owners of such houses can save a lot of money on finishing, simply by preserving the existing look.
3. Putty and Plaster
If the bare wall is too bold for you, putty or plaster over it, but don't smooth it out or make it glossy! You can get interesting decorative surfaces that way.
The Matte effect
This is the easiest option. Apply gypsum plaster to the wall with wide, sweeping strokes of the paste. Experiment by selecting a pleasing texture. When the plaster dries, coat it with a primer and paint with white interior paint.
The walls look very interesting when the lower part is decorated with wood or any other natural material, and the top is plastered with a matte effect.
We clean the wall before plastering and apply a thin layer of putty as a background. Wait until it dries. Nearby, we lay a sheet of plywood or plasterboard and put 3-4 spatulas of putty on it. We take a trowel and slightly press the putty so that it is imprinted on the tool. And then just "squeeze" the trowel on the wall to get " patches”. Let them dry out. When the putty is no longer smeared on your finger but is still soft, carefully smooth out the tops of " patches" with a trowel. You can wait until the surface is completely dry and sand it down even more with sandpaper. Just do not get carried away, because the texture is important. Now vacuum the wall, and then take a hiding contrasting paint (you can even use alkyd enamel) and brush it on all the potholes. Do not be afraid to overdo it: later we will sand the surface.
Is the paint dry? Again sandpaper off the top layer of putty, along with any excess paint. The larger the layer removed, the softer the wall will be. Clean the surface from dust and treat it with several coats of clear lacquer. As a result, we get an authentic finish to the wall, which is easy to look after. Costs - only for putty and one coat of paint.
4. Creating texture from wrapping paper
Save even on putty? No problem! You can achieve the effect of reaped leather thanks to ordinary wrapping paper. The idea is simply glueing it to the wall, you need to form wrinkles. Next, it is important to choose the right colour of paint and apply it to the dried surface with an ordinary dish sponge. As a topcoat, use varnish.
5. Liquid wallpaper
Liquid wallpaper is another way to save on the levelling of the walls. Yes, this material is not cheap, but the technology of its application allows you not to spend money on plaster and putty. Liquid wallpaper is applied in a layer up to 3 mm to almost any surface and creates a smooth, silky finish. That is, they can mask small cracks, and if the room is disturbed geometry, then visually smooth out this defect.
6. Laminate Wall
Panelling the metal frame is another way to finish the walls without levelling them. Of course, you can use traditional drywall and then paint or wallpaper it. It is faster and cheaper and immediately covers the rails with the finishing material, such as laminate. You don't have to buy expensive material - study the ads and pick up leftovers at a discounted price. Combine panels of different colours to get a more interesting effect.
Important: Take into account the technical characteristics of the boards - size, type of locking and thickness. Otherwise, you won't be able to assemble a solid canvas.
7. Secondary wood, or used board.
In addition to laminate, you can use old boards for the same purpose. Rusty, beaten up and with a few coats of paint, traces of rusty nails - the material has a lot of history! But they need to be brought up to date. To keep the wood from collecting dust, coat the boards with a matte lacquer.
Both lamination and planks should be used very proportionally, not on all four walls. An interior where only one or two sides are decorated in this way looks most beautiful.
Frame panelling not only allows you to hide uneven walls but also to save on laying electrical wiring. To replace wires in apartments, you have to screw through the walls. This work is dirty and expensive, and when panelling on the frame you can put the wires in the cable duct between the wall and the finished panel.
8. Wood panelling again.
"Tired!" - you say. "You just haven't unlocked its potential," the designers will object. Today, wood panelling in the interior is not yellow-painted solid walls. There are many coloured compounds on the market with which you can paint the wood. What colour to choose? Let's remember the trends.
Pastel colours, especially shades from light sand to cream colours, remain relevant.
A combination of grey, graphite and white is in fashion. On this background, splashes of bright colours look good.
Deeper shades of green, burgundy and blue are becoming increasingly popular.
Depending on the purpose of the room, you can choose one colour or a combination of several. So visually maintaining a connection with natural materials, the atmosphere of country life is formed.
9. Applying the Board
They allow you to transform an interior without much effort, especially since a panel sometimes just hangs on the wall, like a large painting. You can make a large panel out of boards, treating them with oil or stain, and fix them on the wall. The wood for such an art object should preferably be chosen with obvious defects, ideally used boards. Similar panels can be made of plywood or cork and decorate them with, for example, photographs.
The panels can fill part of the wall, zoning the space, play the role of a bed headboard or an artistic highlight.
You may think that not all of the finishing materials proposed in this article belong to the category of the budget. But if you calculate how much time and money will be spent on the quality alignment of the walls and their finishing, the benefit will be obvious. Also, unusual ways of finishing will help you create a modern, fashionable, custom interior.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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