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Paint or cover? Decorative ideas for walls

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When it's time to start choosing how to decorate the walls people don't often think past what colour paint to choose. In fact there are limitless possibilities for wall decorations, and while paint is certainly the easiest, it's not necessarily going to be the best way to really make a statement with your decor. That's why today we're looking at some fantastic examples of unique and daring wall decorations to inspire you to push the envelope!

The approaches we'll look at are diverse and exciting. Of course paint makes an appearance, but so too does a variety of different materials, decorative elements, and a whole range of styles from rustic to modern. Whether your talking interior or exterior walls, bathroom or living room, and whatever your preferred style is, there's something here for everyone. So before you start flicking through colour swatches, check out these amazing options, and you may never view interior decorating the same way again!

1. For the fireplace

This home features a fireplace that serves both the living room and the patio area, a really unique design that's perfect for cold winters. When it comes to choosing the material for the wall around a fireplace you want something sturdy and resilient to heat, making brick one of the top candidates. Of course brick is more versatile than some think, and comes in a variety of colours depending on the exact make-up of the brick, or alternately you can simply paint it to match the decor.

2. Tiles

For rooms like the bathroom and kitchen you need water resistant materials that can stand up to steam, smoke, grease, and grime. The best option is high sheen tiles that can be easily wiped down, and won't take on any excess moisture. Tiles come in all sizes and styles, but small colourful mosaic tiles like this are a sure way to give your bathroom decor some energy and vitality.

3. A truly unique approach

One of the main advantages of wall coverings over paint is that they can introduce texture and character into the decor, and there's perhaps no better example than this fantastic wall hanging. With the texture of moss this hanging brings a vibrant living green colour into the decor, and against the timber of the floor and walls it looks magnificent, creating a natural, organic look.

4. Feature walls

We typically think of a feature wall as a way of introducing a bold colour into the decor that would otherwise overwhelm the room, but it can also introduce new textures and materials. Here we have a brick feature wall that offers a traditional contrast to the modern decor, and gives the home a rustic, homely touch.

5. Bold choices

Of course we don't want you to get the wrong idea, paint is still the classic option, and sometimes it's the only way to bring out the best in a room. With a view out to a canopy of trees, the designers of this room have opted to paint the walls a matching green, and the results are spectacular; it feels like you're hidden away in a treehouse!

6. Vertical gardens

You can never have too many plants in a home, they purify the air, smell fresh, and bring vibrance and life to the decor. Of course pot plants can be bulky and awkward, so if you don't have the floor space, why not hang them on the wall with a vertical garden? Vertical gardens can be used for any plant, whether it's herbs in the kitchen, or decorative ferns in the dining room, and they're a dynamic addition to any decor.

7. Stone dividing wall

This impressive stone dividing wall is like a rustic, mega-sized twist on timber veneers. You can see the original divider is a thin plasterboard wall, but by covering it in stone they have completely transformed this space, providing a rough natural counterpoint to the minimalist style of the house.

There's so many options for wall decorations, and we've barely scratched the surface, so get creative! For more great wall tips, check out this guide to picking the perfect colour palette!

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