The snazzy pattern and varied tones of wood warm up this sitting room and add drama. “It feels like I’m chilling in a posh bar lounge,” says @neetlydone blogger Neeta Robu.
The DIY details: Neeta used 9-inch-by-48-inch 3D panels by LuxeWall; each one is made of small strips of wood laid in a herringbone pattern. She started in the center of the wall, attaching a panel with 16-gauge nails and using a level to keep it straight. She pressed the next panel against it (they interlock), nailed it into place and continued on. When she needed smaller pieces to finish covering the wall, she cut panels to fit with a circular saw.
When Jessie Estes’s 4-year-old daughter asked for a room that was all rainbows, the @jessiegirlhome blogger happily obliged by painting white boards she had previously installed — with 17 colors!
The DIY details:Jessie bought sample pots from Sherwin-Williams (she used their ColorSnap Visualizer to get the combo right). She painted the boards one at a time with a 2-inch brush. “Using painter’s tape would have taken way too long,” she says. Her hack: She placed a 6-inch putty knife between them, and as she painted, she moved it along as a buffer to prevent paint from getting onto the next plank.
“I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall, and I’d always wanted to try scallop detailing,” says @thegoodmanhouse blogger Brittany Goodman. “Together, they’re really playful!” Bonus cute points: a chalk-drawn plant trailing out of a pot.
The DIY details:Using a laser level, Brittany penciled a horizontal line across the wall, then painted the area below it with a roller. Next she drew a half circle 7 -1/2 inches wide on cardstock, cut it out and used it to trace the border in pencil and fill in the scallops.
A pattern with gold crosshatch circles by Hygge & West for CB2 couldn’t be more glam, and it helps a room that’s not a perfect box look seamless. “The large-scale pattern makes the space feel bigger too,” says Natalie Papier, @home_ec_op blogger.
The DIY details: Natalie hired a pro, but if you hang your own wallpaper, have these key tools handy: a utility knife to cut straight lines and a plastic wallpaper spreader to smooth as you go.
While some people might have chosen either a bold paint color or a bold stenciled pattern, this interior designer went for both in her sister’s dining room. “She gave me full rein to do whatever I wanted,” says Jennifer White, @chicmisfits blogger. “It pushed her comfort zone, but she ended up loving it!”
The DIY details:Jennifer painted the wall saffron yellow (Gold Seal by Valspar) and let it dry for 24 hours. Then she tacked the stencil (from Royal Design Studio) onto the center of the wall with painter’s tape. She applied black chalk paint (Rich Black by FolkArt Home Decor) with a small foam roller and continued moving the stencil around to finish the wall.