15 Paint-Free Ways to Decorate Your Walls (PHOTOS)

Whether you're renting or you just don't want to deal with the hassle, you can decorate your home without ever dipping a paintbrush. That's right: No moving the furniture, no mask-taping those pesky edges and corners -- just a gorgeous, revamped room in a few easy steps.

Regardless of whether you’re into string, Post-It notes, or that ever-versatile crafting tool -- washi tape -- we’ve got an easy way for you to make your walls look amazing.

If you're wondering how to get the upholstered look above, just staple your favorite fabric to a wooden frame or hot glue to a foam insulation board.

Read on for 14 more awesome and paint-free ways to decorate walls for both DIY newbies and crafting fiends alike!

Would you ever decorate without paint? What is your favorite decorating hack?


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  • Mod Podge + Mirror = Magic

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    Image via Thibautdesign.com

    Use old fabric or paper cutouts to mod podge over a large mirror. Hang, then enjoy! The beautiful tarnished mirror effect paired with distressed walls just screams "shabby chic."

    No time for DIY? You can buy this foil Bird in the Bush wallpaper by Anna French. It's available at TheBestWallpaperPlace.com for $141.94 per roll.

  • Bohemian Book Walls

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    Maggie Whitley shares this unbelievably easy tutorial for creating an asymmetric look using book pages on one accent wall. The result is both sophisticated and boho-chic. You can also use magazines or, for a kid’s room, try comic books!

    Hit up a used bookstore or garage sale if you can't bear the thought of tearing up something you already own.

  • Yarn Art That'll Turn Heads

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    This project is a little more involved -- using-a-hammer level of involved. Jennifer Lula of JenLovesKev came up with a way to make a wall mural with yarn and nails. Trace letters on a wall, hammer nails around your letters, and then decorate with multicolored yarn. The more nails you use, the more pattern options you'll have!

  • Wall Decals That Wow

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    Image via Etsy.com

    A simple but stunning wall decal can absolutely transform a room. Better yet, if you fudge up the placement, you can gently peel off and re-stick! We love this fluttery silhouette ($29) from Etsy seller DecorWallDecals.

  • Paint Swatch Mosaic

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    The problem with paint? You often only get to pick one color!

    Liz Apple shared this brilliant, out-of-the-box idea on Poppytalk for people who want to decorate with a rainbow. Her simple tutorial will show how you, too, can use free paint samples to make a colorful wall mosaic.

    More from The Stir: Be Seduced by the Dark Side With These Bold Walls

  • Put Together a Post-It Mural

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    Image via Kelsey/Flickr

    Want to wow on a budget? Post-It notes are wonderfully cheap! The best part is that if you mess up, you can tear down and replace without feeling like you're breaking the bank. Regular sticky notes might require some tape, but the super stick kind have extra grip (pack of 12 available at Office Deport for $18.49).

  • Washi Tape on Walls

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    Image via Kelle Boyd

    If you're anything like us, you already have several rolls of washi tape lying around the house. Kelle Boyd of AnnKelle.com shared this adorable way to use washi tape to add a punch of color to her bedroom.

    Plus, if you're a perfectionist, you'll be pleased to know that the tape is super-forgiving. You can pull it off and stick it back on as many times as you need to get it just right.

  • String Up Some Photos

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    Image via Orin Zebest/Flickr

    This DIY is great for renters who can’t damage their walls. All you need is yarn, paperclips, and some scotch tape. Yep -- that's it. The toughest part will be figuring out what photos you want to showcase.

  • Accent Art With Washi Frames

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    Image via Haeley Giambalvo

    As previously mentioned, we're in love with washi tape. So naturally this tutorial by Haeley Giambalvo of Design Improvised is totally up our alley! Haeley created washi "frames" to showcase her holiday cards, but this would absolutely work with personal photographs and even unframed artwork.

    To add extra funk, mix up your shapes -- diamonds and squares are cute, but adding just a few torn-off strips of tape can really pull the look together.

  • Put Old Maps to Work

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    Image via The Inspired Room

    This how-to from The Inspired Room is a great way to use any maps you might have lying around the house (relics from college road trips, honeymoon and babymoon souvenirs, etc.). You can simply use tacks or wallpaper paste to affix the paper to your walls. And you don't have to stress about fitting maps so they don't overlap -- imperfections are part of the charm!

  • Create a Clipboard Photo Wall

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    Image via Ben Edwards/Flickr

    Frames can be pricey. Luckily, you can bypass buying them altogether! Ben Edwards shows us how you can use simple clipboards to create a rustic photo wall. It's absolutely perfect for things that are going to be switched out often (like your kid's artwork).

  • Easy-to-Make Embroidery Hoop Art

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    Image via The Purl Bee

    Have old sheets lying around? Or perhaps those raggedy T-shirts you keep in your closet for sentimental value? Put them to work by filling wooden embroidery hoops with swatches of that fabric and displaying them on your wall, family-photo style. The Purl Bee by Purl Soho has the scoop on turning cloth squares into wall-worthy art.

  • Fabric Wallpaper

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    Image via Young House Love

    Forget wallpaper. You can perk up your room with some yards of your fave fabric! Sherry Petersik of Young House Love demonstrates how to attach cloth to a wall with just a staple gun. That's right ... no glue. Woohoo!

    The secret? Make sure the fabric remains taut as you staple. Another heads up: It's best to not cut before you begin your project, as it's simpler to trim excess fabric with an X-acto knife afterward.

  • Bring Beads Back

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    Image via Nicole Balch

    Think beaded curtains are just for hippies or college dorm rooms? Think again. Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely has shown us the light by seamlessly working beaded garlands into her decor.

    All you need to do is paint the garlands any color you choose, attach them to a curtain rod, hang, and ta-da -- instant wall art!

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