Many homes have at least one ugly wall that requires some additional design to help improve its appearance. In some cases, the problem might be due to structural problems or it might simply have surface imperfections that need to be dealt with. In other cases, there are features on the wall, such as wiring or pipes which detract from its appearance. Fortunately there are many techniques you can use to help disguise and salvage an ugly wall.
Repaint the Wall
Sometimes an ugly wall simply is suffering from a bad paint job, or a poor choice of paint. If you have a wall that has an imperfect surface, especially if it is in a location where light reflects off of the surface, choosing flat finish paint in a light color is often the best choice. Flat paint reflects much less light than does a glossier surface, which will help hide imperfections. Before painting, scrape the wall and use joint compound to fix as many surface imperfections as possible. Then, use a good primer and finish with a coat of flat paint. It can also help to move any lights within the room that shine on the wall in a way that emphasizes imperfections. You can also use stenciling to disguise particularly difficult areas of the wall.
Wallpaper the Wall
Using heavy textured wallpaper is a great way to hide a wall that has surface imperfections or cracks which would be difficult to repair so that the wall would look perfectly smooth. If you would prefer to keep the wall painted in the same color as the other walls within the room, choose a paintable textured wallpaper. The thickness and texture of these types of wallpapers can hide even more pronounced wall defects effectively.
Use Wall Art, Tapestries and Fabric
A quick and easy way to disguise an ugly wall is to simply hang art work to hide it. If you have larger areas that have imperfections, hanging a large tapestry or a quilt will hide the problems in a hurry. You can also use a large print or painting or group smaller pieces together to hide a wall. Hanging a rod or batten close to the ceiling and draping the wall with fabric is also a way of hiding a problematic wall as well as adding a stylish accent to the room.
Hiding Fixtures, Wires and Pipes
If you have a wall in your home that has fixtures such as wiring or pipes that cannot be moved, consider using a decorative wall divider or screen in front of the offending problem. This can be used quite effectively, especially when coordinating artwork is also used on the wall. Not only will this hide wiring and pipes while still allowing access if necessary, but it will also create a bit of extra storage space within the room.
Camouflage Wall Issues with Furniture
Large pieces of furniture, such as tall bookcases, entertainment centers and shelving units can also be used effectively to hide problematic walls. Not only will these types of furniture pieces hide wall imperfections, but they will also give you added interest in the room as well as a place to display books and collectibles.