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Let your walls do the talking

Deck up your walls with artistic stuff that won’t cost you a bomb.
Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2011 01:13 AM IST

Want to spruce up your walls without shelling out big bucks? Well, all you need is to get your creative juices flowing, brush up your haggling skills and visit antique and handicraft markets to pick up interesting brick-a-brack that can spice up your walls. Even your neighbourhood junkyard can be a great resource for picking up objects that can make a statement. Here are some kickass ideas to let your walls do the talking without blowing up the bank.

A picturesque wall
Frames give an instant face lift to your wall. “Instead of one large painting, have many frames in different sizes. Frames can be customized from local shops at around Rs 200- 500, depending on finish and size. They work well in the corridor and staircase,” says interior designer Sumeet Nath. “One large frame on a textured wall without any picture also looks good,” says interior designer Punam Kalra.

Wallpapers can be a fun way to do up walls. “If walls in the entire room require wallpaper, stick to a single color that is textured,” says Nath. Wallpapers cost anything between Rs 50 — 120 per square feet.

Texture paint adds a lot of dimension to any wall and you can choose from a variety of textures and colours available in the market. Texture paints can cost you anything between Rs 30 — 80 per square foot.

Interesting wall hangings
Terracotta and bamboo wall hangings, antiques, paintings, old wall clocks and even junk jewelery can do wonder on the walls. Interior designer Gaurav Gupta says, “You can find interesting stuffs in Old Delhi, Lajpat Nagar, and Delhi Haat. Even Pahar Ganj, Hauz Rani and Hauz Khas Village are great spots for buying items at a throw away prices”.

Wall Displays
You can put up a glass shelf on the wall to display items such as crystal ware, antique cutlery etc. “You can also buy old wine bottles from a kabadiwala and arrange some long stemmed dry flowers in them creatively,” suggests Gautam Gupta.

Bare Bricks
Make a cool statement by stripping off the cement plaster from one of the walls. “Hang lamp shades, blank photo frames or art work on the exposed brick wall,” says interior designer Bobby Aggarwal.

Add some quirk
Hang some quirky items such as a set of over sized rusted lock or keys, or painted tyres. “Youngsters can pep up their room by hanging whacky number plates. Create a false wooden window in the centre of a wall and give it a rugged look,” suggests interior designer Vikram Baweja. Happily Unmarried outlets, People Tree in CP and even Delhi Haat is a good place for such stuffs.

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