12 Easy DIY Ways to Transform Your Walls

Sticking close to home for the holidays? Keep busy (and get crafty!) with one of these 12 easy DIY decorating ideas. Simply choose some color inspiration below, pick up your favorite paint from Home Depot and start getting creative:

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Magnetic Paint

Who said magnets are only for refrigerators? Instead of hanging a message board that can easily be knocked down, designate an area on your wall for magnetic paint. The home office or kitchen is a great spot for creating a hasslefree message center for photos, postcards and personal notes. Paint an entire area or do a bold stripe.

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Chalkboard

Make a bold statement by creating an instant painted-on chalkboard in your entryway. To do it, apply a coat of magnetic chalkboard paint and draw a supersized calendar so you can stay organized and remember important dates and appointments. Or use it as a party prop and greet guests with a welcoming message or the menu you’ll be serving at the dinner party that evening.

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Patchwork Wallpaper

Pump up the wow factor with some unexpected texture in your living room. Can't compromise on one paper with your partner? Here you can use three! Start with a graphic print as your base and pair it with two complementary designs (so they all don’t compete). We picked the floral first and added a more mellow pinstripe and houndstooth within the blue color palette. Before you start cutting, measure your wall space to figure out exact dimensions of the patchwork. Keep it simple and trace your desired square on cardboard. This will be the template you use for all three wallpapers.

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Chair Rail

You don’t need a decorative crown molding to create a chair rail -- paint can provide a similar effect. When applying paint, use a lighter color on top and go darker -- maybe even more daring -- on the bottom.

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Frames

Have a bunch of mismatched frames? Give them a makeover so they look like they belong in the same tailored collection. We spray painted them a rich black that pops against the pink wall. It’s a cool alternative to hanging a mirror or piece of art over a console.

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Plates

Come full circle by creating an elegant look with decorative plates. There really is a way to show off that hodge-podge of dishes that you’ve picked up at discount stores, flea markets and yard sales. Hang them on a color that complements all of their patterns.

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Graphic Wallpaper

Pop art has a new home: the bedroom. Jazz up a monochromatic bedroom with graphic wallpaper. For maximum impact, choose a single wall to cover with the print; the wall behind your bed is ideal. Lean toward linear prints, small florals, thin stripes or geometric patterns. This retro black-and-white design, called Trellis by Given Campbell at Studio Printworks, adds a punch of old-school glam to a predominantly pink bedroom (studioprintworks.com).

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Letters

This time the writing on the wall signals a good thing. For a fresh approach to art, opt for hanging letters. Select one wall (a brightly painted backdrop highlights the letters), peel the adhesive backing off the letters and let your decorating style guide your design. Create names, phrases, or, for a modern touch, let the shapes drive your creation. (Go to craftcuts.com for vinyl letters.)

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Stencils

You don’t have to be an artist to achieve this look. From elegant florals to funky geometric prints, there’s a stencil that suits every style. You’ll need a stencil, stenciling brush and paint colors. Here, we stenciled flowers on our wall and then used a smaller stencil to fill in accents. For variation, change your color patterns on some of the stencils.

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Wood

Turn your room upside down and use wood flooring in an unexpected way: on your walls. Add warmth and sophistication with natural tones. Panels work great for living rooms, studies, or family rooms.

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Atlas

Bring culture to the table with a world map wall mural. This great conversation piece is a quick, affordable, and easy–to–apply wall accessory. Pin up postcards and photos of the places you’ve visited too. Chances are this geographic accent will lead to an exotic, global feel.

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Decoupage

Want a fancy wall without dropping a lot of cash? Get the same effect as wallpaper using wrapping paper you have lying around. First, we selected an assortment of patterns and dreamed up a scheme for the wall (here it was modern vines). Next, we painted a green “stem” down the wall and glued on cut paper leaves in varying sizes. Get creative with your own gift wrap designs -- the options are endless.

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