The walls in the spaces we live in communicate a lot about a room’s purpose and identity. Cracked or damaged walls aren’t pretty to look at and they bring down the value of a space. Whether it’s a bedroom or an office space, no one wants to have damaged walls. Fortunately, there are some inexpensive ways to fill in that damage and add some personality.
Here are the 11 best ideas to cover damaged walls:
Idea #1: Art
One of the best ideas to cover damaged walls is to hang a piece of art over it. Another option is a large-scale mural. This can cover all the damage you need to although the costs can begin to creep up rather quickly when you factor in size.
Idea #2: Soap
There are all sorts of temporary ways to cover damaged walls that we normally wouldn’t recommend. Using toothpaste, a bar of soap, or making a temporary filling paste with baking soda and water are all on the list. If you need to cover a damaged wall right now and no alternatives exist, these approaches can work for a short 24-hour period or less. Once these materials dry out though, they are going to dislodge and fall out.
Idea #3: Paint
Sometimes, a new coat of paint is all a wall needs. If the damage is aesthetic in nature and isn’t threatening the function or shape of the wall, choosing a more suitable paint color can hide imperfections with ease. A flat paint or satin paint are some of the best paints for hiding wall damage or wall problems and are appropriate for both homes and businesses.
Idea #4: Washi
Washi is a style of Japanese masking tape. It is traditionally used vertically in stripes, in varying widths and designs. Employing washi tape on your wall, it’s just like North American-style masking tape in many ways but with some style. The great thing about this is you can create your own design and arrangement of tape vertically, horizontally, and/or diagonally, and have it look intentional.
Idea #5: Fabric
Fabric is a temporary fix to damaged walls and used frequently by renters. Though you can use your favourite blanket to do this, another option is to go to a fabric store and find your favourite fabric. Fabric like this can also be pulled from tapestries, rugs, or shower curtains. The lighter in weight, the better.
Idea #6: Paneling
Paneling is an old-fashioned approach at interior wall design but some may choose it as a technique they want to try. Why many don’t go this way is not only because it can appear dated but it can take more time and cost than other methods on this list. You may, in fact, be better installing new drywall or using corner guards rather than going the route of panelling. That said, paneling is still one way to go.
Idea #7: Bookshelf
If damage to a wall is regional, one of the more affordable ways to cover it is with a shelf. A bookshelf filled with your favourite books, DVDs, or wall-covering items is the way to go for homeowners who don’t want to do a whole lot and/or can’t invest in a proper cover. For businesses however, this isn’t recommended. A more solid fix is needed.
Idea #8: Photo Collage
If you love photography or if there’s a subject you’re strongly interested in, you can cover your damaged walls with a collage. Cut out your photos from magazines or print them off on professional photo paper from online. This can be a fun activity that you and others in your household can go nuts with, and can surely cover a lot of minor damage. It also adds a lot of interest to a room, creating your own photo book right in front of your eyes.
Idea #9: Corner Guards
Stainless steel corner guards are the most effective way to completely protect your walls and cover or prevent damage. In homes, offices, high-traffic spaces, and industrial settings, corner guards install easy over existing walls. Choose the style, material, and size you need. Customize it to your needs. Especially if there’s a high-risk of accidental wall damage or damage to the corner of walls, a stainless steel guard is one-time protection that’s better than anything else on this list.
Idea #10: Natural Woods
A creative idea to cover damaged walls is to use natural woods in different shapes and sizes, arranged in unexpected ways or covering the entirety of the wall. In the same way we use bathroom tile to cover flooring or tile to cover a kitchen backsplash, it’s the same approach in covering damaged walls.
Idea #11: Stretch Wallpaper
If you can find affordable wallpaper, you can stretch it over any damaged walls and completely disguise the quality of the surface underneath. Depending on the nature of the damage, this might not be your ultimate solution as wallpaper can stretch, tear, crack, and itself end up damaged if the underlying issue isn’t addressed or simply over time.