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How to Decorate a Room With Slanted Walls

Slanted Wall Decoration

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Figuring out how to decorate your walls may be enough of a challenge, let alone trying to figure out how to decorate slanted walls. Traditional ideas of hanging pictures may not work since the angle that you’d be viewing at would likely distort the image. This means that you’ll probably want to get creative when planning out what to put on bare walls. Below, we’ve gone through some ideas that may help spark some inspiration for your walls.

1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper decoration on a slanted wall

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Though it may be a relatively outdated classic, wallpaper can be a great idea to cover a wall or even just a section. Wallpaper doesn’t generally need to be viewed straight on to look good, and on a slanted wall the biggest problem is likely going to be applying it. However, if you work carefully and get the right tools, putting wallpaper on could create a dynamic look. Opt for something that doesn’t have an obvious repeating pattern to avoid a distorted look. You can also use the sloped wall as the accent wall for the room, so think about your theme and consider what colours and patterns would look good.

2. Contrasting Colours

Slanted wall design - contrast colours - Rumor Design


One way to ease the disparity of a slanted wall is to do colour blocking in contrasting colours. You could do stripes, or geometric patterns or even blend the colours from one into the next. It may serve to accentuate the wall and make the room feel less closed in by the slant. You can stick to the colours of the rest of the room so that the wall blends in and still looks like a cohesive part of the room. However, you’ll likely want to go with bright or pale colours to avoid making the room feel smaller and cave-like.

3. Add Visual Texture

Create dimension on your walls by mounting wooden beams or installing wood struts. This is a great way to add some visual texture without changing too much but also making a big difference in how the walls and room are perceived. If you already have exposed wooden beams, consider staining it to make it become more of a focus for the room. You can make it an appropriate colour to match with your existing theme or contrast it to provide some new elements to the room.

4. Tapestries

 Slanted walls decoration with tapestries

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Rather than letting the tapestry or other wall accessory hang straight down, you can pin all four corners to the wall. You can let it be loose so that it adds dimension to the wall by billowing out, or you can have it taut against the wall so that it rests flat. What you decide is a matter of personal preference and how much space you have and need. The general guideline is that if it’s a pattern, having it hang loose can provide visual interest and if the tapestry has more of an image or picture on it, having it flat helps to give the best angle for viewing.

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5. Decals and Stencils

Decals Decoration on Slanted Wall

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Adding peel-and-stick decals and decal-like stencils is a great way to decorate if you’re renting. Even if you’re not, and you tend to want to change up the look of a room often, this is a quick and cheap way to adjust the feel of a room. You can opt for many smaller decals around the room to evoke a certain theme like birds flying around or a starry night sky. There are also larger stencils that you can apply across panels, such as a tree that winds its way from the main wall, to the slanted wall and up the ceiling. If you’re wanting something more abstract so that its theme is more neutral, you can also go for stripes, shapes or dots to achieve an interesting and varied look over your walls.

6. Clock

Bramwell Brown Weather Clock on a Slanted Wall

Though it may be challenging to hang a clock on a slanted wall, it’s worth trying as clocks are a great item for a wall decoration. The only thing you need to do is to find a clock that has a good side profile and is good looking enough for your room. Clocks such as Bramwell Brown Weather Clock, that have a strong side profile and a deep frame, may look perfect on the slanted wall as they make the side view of the clock more interesting.

7. Illumination

Slanted Wall Illumination design

If your budget allows, you may want to consider putting a skylight into the slanted wall. Though it is more expensive than the other ideas above, it lets natural light in to help counterbalance the closed space of the slanted walls. In addition, the natural light boosts mood and is a beautiful way to complement the space. Spaces with slanted walls tend to not get a lot of light since it's hard for ceiling lighting to be bright enough to illuminate the entire room and there is limited space for floor lamps. It’s also a modern way to refresh the room if it’s part of an older home.

Another way to illuminate your room is to hang string lights from the wall, letting them flow and drape down if you fasten them to the top of the slant and then at the bottom. It is a lot cheaper than the skylight, and still offers a way to brighten your space

Keep in mind that you may be able to repurpose things in order to fulfill some of these ideas. The tapestry for example may be cut from an old dress and restyled into a section that can be pinned to the wall. You can also get creative and mix a few ideas. If you have wallpaper that is already on that you’d like to do something different with,, try sprucing it up with some stencils or decals. There are more than a few ideas to do when creating a space that you will enjoy in the long-term.

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