Easy DIY Art & “Wallpaper” For Your Home

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Art and Wallpaper for the Home

I‘ve enjoyed making my own art out of quality paper for years. When you just want something pretty on your walls or when you don’t have the “right” art, I’ve found that heavy duty wrapping paper is perfect for so many applications including “wallpapering” a wall (like I did below with my map wall and some push pins) and framing it as art (like I did in my old powder room bathroom, as you might have noticed in The Inspired Room book)!

The Inspired Room Map Hallway

After we painted our bedroom in this house, I realized I didn’t really have the “right” art for the space next to my closet. So to create either temporary or long-term art, I selected my favorite sheets of quality wrapping paper (the sheets are much larger than scrapbook paper, more like poster size) based on our color scheme, a neat marbleized paper and a pretty peacock pattern.

The Inspired Room Bedroom - Easy and Inexpensive DIY Art

Because I wanted a larger statement and we didn’t have any frames that would be the right size, I picked up two inexpensive gray frames at IKEA and used a little gold Rub N’ Buff to fancy them up.

The Inspired Room - Easy and Inexpensive DIY Artwork

Once the paper was framed, it makes great patterned statement. I can use any leftover paper and additional sheets in other ways around the house, such as lining drawers.

Celestial Chart DIY

My daughters also made a neat map art in their townhouse hallway with this same type of heavy duty paper and a poster hanging kit!

Below I am sharing a round up of fun papers I could see using on a wall, so check ’em out (and scroll all the way to the bottom to find out what I’ll be sharing this week on the blog)!

Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue on Natural Marble

Botanical Art Poster - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBotany

Constellation Map - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkConstellations

Gold and White Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold on Natural Marble

Blue and White Anchor Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkLokta White Anchors on Blue

Blue Fish Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkSmall Blue Fish on Cream

Gold and White Mums - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold on Cream Mums

World Map Poster - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkHemisphere Map

Peacock Feather Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkPeacock

Green and Gold Scalloped Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold Scallops on Sea Green

Gold and White Striped Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold Stripes on Cream

Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue Batik Zig Zags

Blue Painted Checks - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue Squares on Cream

Navy Blue Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkDark Blue Marble

Black and White Dots - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlack String Dot on Cream

Blue and White Floral Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkDistressed Blue Floral on White

Thanks for your comments on my new bedroom paint color! I definitely think it is worth it to BE BRAVE and try new things that make sense for you and your home, whether they seem like the most trendy, popular or safest choice or not. It definitely turned out to be one of the coziest most romantic little rooms we’ve ever had, and that was our goal. The gorgeous depth of the color really adds something really special to my home, too, so I have no regrets!

I can’t wait to show you more developments around our house so you can see how it is coming together, I’m loving it! This week I’ll show you the brand new light fixture we selected for our dining room…and maybe even a peek at a small update that has already transformed our living room fireplace!

More Inspiration:

7 Free Decorating Ideas {my guide on eBay}

Master Bedroom Sneak Peek! {Black Frosted Plum Walls}

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

Remember way back months ago when I mentioned we were painting our bedroom? Well, we did. And finally I took a few pics so I could show you the color! Painting a dark color with white trim color is a painstakingly slow process, so it took a bit longer than I expected for my extremely perfectionistic painter, i.e. my husband, to finish, but I think the result was worth the wait! We absolutely love it.

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

See the before photos here

Our bedroom still has some finishing touches to install, such as blinds (*check out the bottom of this post for a discount code on window coverings, by the way!), but it is nearly done so I thought today I could at least talk about our paint color.

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

This room is small (no grand master suite in this house!) but it has become my favorite master bedroom we’ve ever had. Rather than going with the light vibe of our other rooms in the house we decided to really play up the cozy factor in here with a rather unexpected color for the walls (see our before photos and vision and inspiration for dark bedroom walls in this post).

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired RoomSee how I made the artwork above here!

The paint color we chose is Black Frosted Plum by Glidden. It’s like a mix of charcoal and a really pretty but unexpected plum hue that I find just so intriguing. The walls help set a wonderful romantic and moody ambience both day and night, yet it isn’t so dark and brooding that the room is not inviting. We also have the benefit of plenty of morning sun coming in the windows, so the room is very cheery in the mornings! The color varies throughout the day and is really dark charcoal at night, but it’s always pleasant. The existing white crown molding, ceilings and trim added a nice contrast, too.

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room - Semi Flush Mount Crystal and Brass Light

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

Plum is a tricky color that I feared could go so wrong if we didn’t find just the right mix of materials to set the mood we wanted. We brought in feminine touches like a mirrored glass nightstand and a sparkly crystal and gold chandelier, but it all mellowed out with a cozy fur throw and our more masculine traditional dark wood sleigh bed. It really is a “his and hers” room!

Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

I Have Found the One Whom My Soul Loves Pillow - The Inspired Room Bedroom

The duvet is a soft pale gray and white background with charcoal toile details and gold stitching. The reverse is white with sketched feathers. The pattern is a fun quirky twist on a classic romantic toile. It is so pretty, but the description of the bedding on Anthropologie is what sealed the deal for me.

“This delightful bedding features top-hat-clad foxes keeping watch in the foreground of a toile thicket.”

How could I not fall head over heels in love with that? I absolutely love the unexpected whimsy it brings to the otherwise more serious room. Since the Anthro bedding and the dark gray Pottery Barn velvet quilt were more of a splurge, the other soft neutral shams and linen drapes from HomeGoods were a more affordable compromise. I’m pretty excited to try mixing in other color options on the bed for summer, too.

Bedroom Pillows - The Inspired Room

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

While I admit I would never have imagined myself choosing plum walls (or plum anything, to be honest!), I can now say I have never been so in love with a bedroom. The touches of white and charcoal in this room tie in well with the rest of the house and the hallway walls and slate floors that are just outside the bedroom, too.

I love to curl up in this room every night, it is truly our retreat and we both love it!

Anthropologie Toile Duvet Cover - The Inspired Room Bedroom

Black Frosted Plum Wall Color - Dark and Cozy Bedroom from The Inspired Room

I’ll share more angles and ideas from this room in a future post! 

Have a great day!


Sources (links contain affiliates):

Paint color: Black Frosted Plum by Glidden (don’t trust your computer screen or the paint swatch in the store, always get a tester and try out the color in your home!)
Bed (similar)
Mirrored Nightstand (similar)
Toile Bedding
Velvet Silk Quilt
 (flagstone gray)
Faux Fur Throw
Fillable lamps (similar)
Textured gray lampshades
Textured Shams
“I have found the one” pillow
Brass Curtain Rod (similar)
Linen Drapes (similar)
Crystal flushmount or Antique copper crystal flushmount (both similar)
Monogram crest journal
Blue vase, HomeGoods

*TIR readers can now order window coverings (including the bamboo blinds I have in my family room and kitchen) with a 40% discount at Select Blinds using my discount code, here >DESI9N

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