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Let your wall do the talking

Throw in spunk into your house and go for these cool and affordable ways to liven up a drab wall.

art and culture Updated: Sep 29, 2012 12:09 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
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If you are tired of choosing from shade cards and splurging on wall paints, then you should go for new quirky options and personalise your homes to match your mindscape. Choose from life-size wall stickers that compliment your furniture, dress your walls with fun posters or add a desi touch to your personal space with classic patterns inspired by autorickshaw art.

Quirky indulgence:
Let your imagination take on a desi flavour. Get inspired by gaudily painted trucks or rickshaws that you see when you are stuck in a traffic jam. You can always pick up some easy-to-remove pastels and colour block your way around your room in a catchy way. If you are not very comfortable with handling brushes, you can convince some local painters, labourers or art enthusiasts to do the work for you. If you want to have more fun while doing up your walls, have an artsy get-together and encourage your creative friends to paint away.

Wall drapes:
Benarasi saris, Chinese brocade and applique linens can make for innovative wall covers. Interior decorator Dimple Kohli says, “Many people are opting for varied types of fabrics and padding for their walls. Leather padding and studs on wall cloth is a hot favourite.”

Funky posters:
Under Rs 500, buy posters online and add a dash of vintage Hollywood, rock n roll or digital Van Gogh to your walls. Visit postergully.com or flipkart.com for options. Try old cassette reels to frame these posters.

Eco-friendly options:
If you want to try a new eco-friendly way of covering up your house,you could try DecorCoat, an innovative option made up of cotton thread,recycled paper products, polyester fiber, and coloured plastics. It starts from R75 per sq ft. Check out www.kloud9.net.in for more options. You can also try out other green options by using recycled silk scraps. If a certain portion of your wall has been marred by worn-off wall paint or paper, don’t be afraid to experiment with newspaper cuttings, left-over cloth pieces, or your personalised artwork.

Wall stick-ons:
While you can always dip your thoughts in myriad colours and spruce up your house with paint, it’s time you tried something fresh. Without burning a hole in your pocket, paste on stencils and stick-ons on your walls and play with digital art, prints, decal and images. You can try Deewarists — a label which claims to give thoughts a form and order, so as to extend and imbibe a personality to homes.

Visit their Facebook page to check out their vinyl decor stickers on offer that will cost you Rs 250-Rs 300 per sq ft, depending on the design.

For more wall tattoos and sticker options, check out
www.shellyswall.com .