Decorating Your Walls with Fabric

If you’re looking for a fun way to decorate a wall, or create a feature wall in your home, but don’t want the commitment (or the mess) of painting, try using wall fabric instead. Wallpaper is also an option of course, but it can be a pain to apply and often leaves behind a mess when the time comes time to take it down. Fabric on the other hand is incredibly easy to work with, mess-free and because it comes in so many different textures and prints, it can be much more interesting to look at. Here’s how you do it:

Finding the Fabric

Find the pattern or texture you like, make sure it isn’t too heavy and you’re ready to go. If you need some extra inspiration, take a look through some blogs and magazines to see how a little bit of inexpensive fabric can totally transform a room. And if you can’t find anything at the store, there are plenty of places that can make custom wall fabric for you on the cheap. Decide on the size you need and start hanging it.


Wall fabric isn’t only more interesting to look at than wallpaper, it’s also much more versatile, and can look fantastic as a full wall-covering, a background or a centerpiece. Whether you’re using it to cover an entire wall from floor to ceiling, or you’re using it as an accent or as part of a bigger wall display, it’s all up to your personal taste—the possibilities are unlimited.


Applying wall fabric really couldn’t be easier. If you’ve ordered a custom fabric, it will most likely come with an adhesive backing, in which case all you have to do is peel and stick it on, like a giant sticker. But even if you’re using a fabric that was not specifically intended as a wall decoration, the process is still really simple. All you need is some normal everyday laundry starch from any supermarket or home goods store. Apply the starch with a paint roller or brush, carefully place the fabric where you want it, then apply one more coat of starch on top of the fabric to seal it in and you’re done! Just make sure you are careful to apply the fabric evenly to avoid raised pockets or air bubbles.

The best part is, when you want to take it down, it peels right off and leaves no gooey mess. So if you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy and interesting way to spice up your home, a little bit of fabric might be just the thing for you.

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