I want to change the looks of my home’s décor, but just painting the walls is boring to me. Sure, I can use painting techniques and create wonderful walls, but I want something longer lasting and better visual impact. I decided to choose five eco-friendly wall coverings to create a warm and friendly indoor environment. I’d like to share them with you.
Grass Wallpaper For Wall And Ceiling Coverings
Grass wallpaper is literally grasses woven with string or other retaining fibers and backed with different types of paper that are pasted to a surface. Sea grasses, prairie grasses and others are used to create different woven designs, effects and textures. It can be found in some big box stores, in specialty stores or online.
Care must be taken to use the right adhesives and application methods. It cannot be washed with soap, water or other cleaners, only vacuumed with a soft brush applicator. If you have pets or rambunctious family members, this may not be the right covering for the project.
Reclaimed Wood Covers Your Ceilings And Walls
Instead of discarding old wooden fencing or flooring, use it as wall or ceiling coverings in your indoor and outdoor projects. Ensure fence and barn wood is free of fungus, rot or bugs before using. Reclaimed wood is easy to install and will save a bundle compared to buying new. One way to obtain it is to help someone remove it from their home; ask for the wood as payment for your services.
Wood adds a warm feeling to a room, can be painted or stained any hue you wish. Better still, inexpensive wood can be stained to resemble species that are more expensive.
Cover Walls With Fabric
Use inexpensive cotton fabric to cover walls, even if you rent. Be sure to wash the fabric first to allow any bleeding or shrinkage to occur. This also removes the sizing and finishing chemicals so that the starch can penetrate the fibers fully.
If you are concerned about the fabrics leaving patterns on the walls, you can cover quarter-inch thick panels of MDF or plywood and attach them to the walls instead. That is a time-tested method for decorating with fabric since medieval times. When people moved, they took the wall coverings with them. Align the patterns, or surround them with inexpensive moldings for more elegance and flair.
Recycle Paper Bags
Despite the sales of all-purpose shopping bags, the humble paper bag is still used to carry lunches, groceries and cover school books. Kraft paper can also be used to create a unique eco-friendly wall covering.
Create the effect using torn paper or sheets. Use different colors of paints and glazes to resembled dyed leathers. Accent or cover entire walls, furniture, ceilings and more with this fun art form.
Use What You Have On Hand
The covering that will cost the least is to use what you already have. You will have a wall or ceiling that reflects your style and personality like nothing in the stores can. Consider using items such as:
- · Family photos
- · Posters
- · Hand drawn art
- · Quilts or other art projects
These coverings are eco-friendly and most do not cost a lot of money. The biggest investment you will make is time and labor. The payoff is priceless.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more.
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