If you can dress for less, can’t you do the same for your home? Designer and HGTV show host Alison Victoria says yes, and shares two simple ways to dress-up your home without breaking the bank.
Create a Wood-Paneled Accent Wall…Using Stick-On Panels
Stick-on wood panels? Yes, they’re a thing. Here’s Alison Victoria’s take on how to get a wood panel accent wall for less.
When Victoria thinks of an accent wall she doesn’t visualize paint. For her, it’s more about texture. And she goes all-in. “When I do accent walls in rooms, I don’t do a paint color,” she told the New York Post. “I think it’s so noncommittal. Let’s bring texture in, let’s bring depth and color and contrast—and I think there’s no better way to do that than with another material.”
If you’re focusing your attention on the bedroom, the designer suggests lining an entire wall with wood panels. There are products available on the market that come in thin-cut reclaimed wooden strips that are backed with adhesive. You can measure, cut, and stick the strips onto a wall just like decals. This type of wall treatment can create a sense of coziness in your bedroom, and it’s a great concept for behind a headboard. You’ll save on the cost of materials, and labor to boot.
“The headboard wall is a really great place to have some fun because you don’t have to spend a ton of money to buy a new bed, and you plop those nightstands back in and it makes it look so different.”
Empower Your Powder Room
Alison Victoria says a guest bathroom, or powder room, is a great place to upgrade since it may not get a ton of everyday use—as opposed to a bath that’s more heavily used by the family—which can make a renovation less taxing on them. Plus, not only your family—but your guests—get a chance to enjoy the space. “The powder room is such a special space and a place for your guests to go,” she says.
It doesn’t take much to enhance the personality of your powder room, explains the designer. You can change the mood with a simple can of paint.
Victoria also suggests taking standard or bland finishes to the next level, like a builder-grade mirror or plain wall sconces, by replacing them with ones with a little more drama and glam. You can swap-out a standard mirror for a framed antique mirror, or lackluster sconces for inexpensive reclaimed lights.