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    3 Ways to Deck Out Your Walls for Fall

    Much like January and the promise of a new year, fall brings renewed enthusiasm to prepare your nest and embrace the cold days ahead. The dramatic change between the summer and fall seasons often boosts creative and non-creative types alike into changing some part of their homes to embrace the season. Even those with little to no inclination to decorate will toss a chunky knit throw onto the couch!

    For a big impact, and for less money than you’d think, wall treatments are a go-to feature that instantly make a statement for the upcoming months. Many options are DIY and range in price point, so pick one that speaks to you and plan for a few days of application. Then, welcome fall into your home with open arms.

    3 Ways to Deck Out Your Walls for Fall

    3 Ways to Deck Out Your Walls for Fall

     1) Try Out New Innovations in Paint Color

    Go green with your walls!

    Autumn brings to mind colors that are rich with almost a texture, or feel, to their application. However, deep brown, gold, and orange paint are a hard sell to non-interior designers and casual decorators. Typically, only professionals can envision how lovely these shades in the right room can be.

    But, what how about a more neutral, user friendly, deep green? Everyday home decorators can make a shade of autumn green work in a room. Just remember to get multiple views throughout the day of your desired green shade. Depending on the natural light available, the shade will look different from morning to night.

    For those of you who avoid painting because you’ve become overwhelmed by running into the home improvement store, short on time, and standing in front of massive walls of paint chips, don’t despair. The new online paint company, Clare, is reinventing how to choose paint color, saving money, time, and frustration.

    The company only has only 55 colors to choose from! That’s it, and Clare basically picks the palette for you after you’ve answered a few questions about the space that needs painting. It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a custom curated paint combination after Clare has interpreted your needs and wants.

    You can sort paint options by “Vibes”—like how you’d want the room to feel. For fall, check out the “Moody” and “Natural” Vibes. After choosing colors, you can buy large, 8 x 8 inch peel and stick paint samples to place right on the wall. No more wasting money by buying multiple sample sizes of paint and waiting for them to dry in order to see their true colors.

    If you think you’ll miss the thousands of color options out there from various companies, Clare might not be right for you. Lacking is the shocking and unusual rows of paint colors no one ever picks. Even under the Vibes “Playful” and “Bright,” there are plenty of real world options to choose from.

    If you prefer tradition and tried and true namesakes like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr, and Glidden, start your color research at home, as it's less stressful than blindly gazing at the store displays. Each company has their own version of online assistants to plan the color of your room.

    They’ll also have helpful blogs with tips to achieve the best finishes and how to start painting if you’ve never done DIY color. Each usually picks a color of the year or color of the season to give you a hint as to where to start your color choices. Valspar happened to pick 12 for 2018, to include a very fall inspired Soulful Garnet Red. Watch for coupons and discount codes from each vendor’s social media.

    For more inspiration and cheat sheets, remember to visit your favorite home furnishings websites. Many have paired with paint companies so you can simply choose a wall color right from catalog page and order directly. Pottery Barn has paired with Sherwin Williams to complement their fall/winter collection and is offering a discount on paint ordered. Behr has done with same with their Home Decorators Collection sold by Home Depot. Don’t forget to use your military discount!

    2) Explore Wallpaper and Fabric Treatments

    Wallpaper will always have a following.

    Truth be told, traditional wallpaper will always have a following. When installed professionally, with proper tools and precise measurements provided by a trusted design source, wallpaper provides a luxurious layer in a home.

    The general population doesn’t usually have the time or cash flow to manage wallpaper and its proclivity for the pattern to be off trend in a skinny minute. Not to mention that fitting the paper perfectly takes practice and hours of patience.

    To ruin a roll of paper is a difficult error to come back from, not just because of the do-over energy needed by a DIY'er, but because of the potential of a replacement roll that is out of stock, or how the replacement roll can look slightly off color next to your current roll.

    Wallpaper commitment isn’t for the faint of heat. Insert removable wall paper here. Think it looks tacky and cheap? Well, it used to, but it’s so much better these days. To meet the demand of a real estate market filled with perpetual renters who aren’t buying anytime soon, high-end designers have put their names to quality removable wallpaper.

    New brands are easier to install and are often adjustable mid-placement. Removable wallpaper avoids high cost concerns and offers the freedom to remove and re-paper on a whim. Remember, it’s not necessary to paper an entire wall. Removable products are perfect for covering an accent wall or enhancing an architectural detail.

    If this is a wall treatment you could consider seeing in your home, look to some of the best makers in the industry for inspiration.

    • Accentuwall
    • Chasing Paper
    • Hyggee & West
    • Murals Your Way
    • Tempaper Designs
    • Sherwin Williams
    • Spoonflower

    Military renters will likely be familiar with this old school way of decorating walls with fabric. Similar to gluing wall paper, fabric coated with liquid starch has been decorating walls on the cheap for a long time. Simply put, a favorite piece of fabric you wish were wallpaper can be, on a temporary basis, without destruction upon removal.

    Liquid starch recipes vary from Pinterest board to Pinterest board, but commercial pre-made varieties exist, simplifying the installation more. Each length of fabric must be heavily brushed with the starch mixture to insure secure adhesion. Next, fabric is cut into predetermined widths and their prints carefully matched row after row. The entire installation process is very similar to wallpaper, in that four hands are probably better than two for an accurate hang.

    You’ll need a good bit of free time to correctly adhere the fabric, trim as necessary, and chase air bubbles out from underneath. Have an old plastic grocery card on hand to smooth the bumps. A plastic pastry scraper is even better to use.

    Give the fabric plenty of time to dry and the none of the starch mixture should be visible. Removing is easy, and the fabric can be washed and used again. This technique isn’t really meant for an area that will become dirty quickly, because spot cleaning the fabric is the only way to remove stains. Apartment Therapy has an excellent tutorial for hanging the fabric, but there are plenty of others who blog and Pin about their starched wall treatment masterpieces.

    3) Get Adventurous with Wood Plank and Stone Treatments

    Wood plank walls are in high demand, even among renters. Photo by S A R A H ✗ S H A R P on Unsplash

    Its never been a better time to be a renter in the world of home decorating. Temporary wall finishings have come so far in quality and availability. Military families living on and off base as renters are always on the hunt to personalize their space with inexpensive solutions, so new temporary design techniques should be explored.

    As of late, renters have been the happy recipients of the products resulting from the explosion of the temporary adhesive market. Easily applied and removed, not to mention reusable, materials like reclaimed wood and stone lookalikes are now available.

    Take a look at Artis Wall and cue the Hallelujah chorus for those renters who love farm house and rustic décor. Reclaimed wooden planks and stone products are available to dramatically change the look of a room in just a few hours, with little manpower, and few tools. Even if those styles aren’t your favorites, some of the stone options, cedar, and natural planks could easily work in coastal, transitional, and even traditionally styled rooms.

    With easy to watch video instructions and a comprehensive FAQ list to quiet any fears or trepidation, Artis Wall planks are really something to admire; if nothing else, for the ingenuity of the application and capability to remove and pack up the planks for the next rental.

    The reclaimed wood planks are truly reclaimed, arriving complete with natural striations in color and textures and perhaps even a bit dirty from the milling process. The wood is collected from barns and buildings from across the United States. They are later kiln dried for durability.

    Each ordered box contains 20 square feet of the plank color options you’ve chosen; expect to see traditional browns and grays in addition to other colors. The planks come in 2- or 5-inch options and have the A.I.M adhesive strips to make it all hold together.

    The stone-like material sold by Artis Wall is basically recycled scrap paper-laminate composite materials. Which means, items like discarded counter tops have been heat treated and pressed into 2-inch stacking stone shapes. For customization, the stone is easily be cut with a miter box and saw. The stone tolerates moisture because, like a real stone, the material is porous and dries quickly without changing the structure or original color. Paint application is also an attractive option because the laminate absorbs the color.

    Lastly, the company provides accessories that accentuate their Artis Wall products. They include a premade, removable American Flag wall hanging. Every flag is personalized with a code stamped on the back of each plank. The code reveals the story of how, where, and why the wood originated.

    The air is cooler and the sunlight is softer in the fall, which means it's time to turn your breezy and bright spring and summer décor into sumptuous fall colors and textures. Wall treatments are a posh way to cozy up your living spaces and bedrooms. Choose a temporary option if you prefer, or be daring and choose paint. Go for it! Paint isn’t really that permanent. It could be one of the best home improvements you make.

    For more decorating and home improvement projects ideally suited for the fall, read over MilitaryByOwner’s Home Decorating/Maintenance Resource tab and search the blog topics for Home Decorating Ideas and Home Maintenance.

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    Dawn M. Smith


    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.

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