Inexpensive Kitchen Wall Decorating Ideas

Add splash to your kitchen walls without breaking your budget with these inexpensive and unique ideas. Your walls cover a lot of space in the kitchen and you can give it a little redo on a tight budget by being a little bit creative. Whether you have a special theme in mind or just updating your look, these ideas below might be able to get you started

Decorative plates are one of my favorite kitchen wall decorations. Colorful plates are much less expensive than prints or painting and can add pizzaz to your walls. You can hang them on fancy wrought iron hangers that cost about $20.00 each or just buy inexpensive spring type hangers for a couple of bucks. If your kitchen has a special theme, you can get plates that match or compliment the theme. If your kitchen is just a colorful mish mash then you can use colorful plates to accent and add interest. You can group plates with a certain theme like plates with birds on them or plates with cats or even plates with scenes of your hometown. Plates can be bought cheaply at yard sales, consignment stores and flea markets.

Another great decorating idea for your kitchen walls is family photos. You can put them in frames that match your decor and arrange them on the wall. They can fit into any decorating scheme but if your kitchen is vintage, Victorian or french country all the better! Plus they add an interesting nostalgia to the room and you get to actually display them instead of keeping them in a closet!

Wallpaper borders are a great inexpensive way to decorate kitchen walls and they donít take a lot of time or skill to put up. You can even add them in with any of these other kitchen wall decorating ideas for some added zest. Wallpaper borders can be run at the top of the wall, the back splash, or chair rail height. Measure out how much you need and then try rummaging through the bargain bin at the store.

I love to use architectural pieces in decorating and the kitchen walls are no exception! While itís true some antique pieces are quite pricey you can still find pieces that might not be too old but still have a nice chippy paint look for less than a fine antique. Try hanging out at the dump or driving around on trash day! Depending on your kitchen decorating scheme, you might want to add some iron grates, wooden columns or fancy metal architectural pieces to your walls. Just hang them up like pictures and they make a unique and unusual display. Some old heating grates in fancy designs or those architectural stars that hang on old buildings might be nice for a country look. You can use wooden pieces from old houses, porch railings or even columns (you can cut them in half lengthwise and make them look like they are holding up the wall!

Probably the least expensive kitchen wall decorating idea is faux painting. This does take some skill but you can usually get free lessons down at your local paint store or Home Depot. Itís a good idea to practice on large pieces of cardboard before you take your brush to the walls. You can even tack the cardboard up on the wall and use it to decide if thatís what you really want for the walls before you go to all the trouble of painting.

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