5 Easy, Genius Ways to Freshen Up Your Walls

by Kristen Bousquet
Jan 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET

New year, new home decor, right? (Or maybe that’s just our motto). It seems that whenever the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, we’re suddenly ready to overhaul everything from our bodies and our wardrobes to our homes. When you’re looking to make a major change to your space, refreshing your walls can be a fairly simple yet bold way to accomplish that.

Of course, you can slap on a fresh layer of paint in a fun shade, but that’s not your only option. Think bold wallpaper, wood paneling, textured walls and gallery walls. All these options can bring an entirely new feel to a room without knocking down walls or doing other big (and pricey) renovations.


Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /15: Fresh Wallpaper

1/15 :Fresh Wallpaper

Use wallpaper to create a fun accent wall. 

2 /15: Fresh Wallpaper

2/15 :Fresh Wallpaper

Big, bold stripes are an easy way to make over any space. 

3 /15: Fresh Wallpaper

3/15 :Fresh Wallpaper

Big rooms can handle a bolder wallpaper style. 

4 /15: Wood Paneling

4/15 :Wood Paneling

Wood adds a natural element to your home decor. 

5 /15: Wood Paneling

5/15 :Wood Paneling

Vertical paneling can make ceilings appear higher. 

6 /15: Wood Paneling

6/15 :Wood Paneling

Wood adds a natural, rustic vibe to any room. 

7 /15: Wash of Paint

7/15 :Wash of Paint

Liven up any room with a splash of color on the walls. 

8 /15: Wash of Paint

8/15 :Wash of Paint

 If a room has a lot of natural light, try a darker shade of paint.

9 /15: Wash of Paint

9/15 :Wash of Paint

For smaller rooms, choose a lighter color to make it look bigger. 

10 /15: Textured Walls

10/15 :Textured Walls

Texture is a nice way to add some depth to your walls. 

11 /15: Textured Walls

11/15 :Textured Walls

Textured walls can also give a space a vintage vibe. 

12 /15: Textured Walls

12/15 :Textured Walls

Brick will never go out of style. 

13 /15: Gallery Wall

13/15 :Gallery Wall

Use a gallery wall to add color to drab walls. 

14 /15: Gallery Wall

14/15 :Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a great way for renters to personalize a space. 

15 /15: Gallery Wall

15/15 :Gallery Wall

Keep the frames minimal to let the artwork stand out.