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There is no denying the impact that bold wallpaper can have in your home. Whether it is a soaring flock of sparrows or an intricate geometric pattern, applying wallpaper shows the world you’re serious about design. But what if you can’t wallpaper? And what are renters supposed to do? If you want the look, but can’t bear to paste on paper, try one of these convincing paint styles instead.

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Opt for Ombre

This painting technique allows for total customization. In an almost-finished room, select the accent color that needs a bit more play. Then, amp it up! Choose three shades from that color family to create the perfect gradient. Make sure there is an obvious difference in the light, medium, and dark shade. 

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Cover Your Walls With Cacti

Much like the pineapple, we believe this icon has real staying power. To get the look, paint your walls with a fresh coat of your choosing. Then, grab a paint pen. Believe it or not, this DIY encourages you to draw on your walls. Get creative with your colors: When sticking to white walls, go bold with a hot pink or bright blue application. While time consuming, this project is a fraction of the cost of wallpapering.

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Put a Flower on It

We know what you are thinking: There’s no way that isn’t wallpaper. Well, consider yourself fooled. This beautiful accent wall was indeed applied with a paintbrush. If you feel like giving this look a try, start small. First, select a striking color for the background. Next, pick the placement for your floral bursts. If needed, use a stencil to get the job done. As an alternative to a little girl’s room, test this look out in a powder room. It is sure to make a bold statement.

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Try a Classic Stripe

You can’t go wrong with the classics. A bold stripe is one of the easiest ways to apply a little pattern to your walls. After taking the proper measurements, tape out guidelines for applying stripes. In our opinion, the bolder the stripe the better.

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Pick Up a Paint Pen

If you’re feeling a bit brave, this technique is the one for you. All you need is a paint pen, cardboard, a blade, pushpins, and painters tape. Set aside some time this weekend to get the job done. Remember, while it looks intricate, this is a much smaller investment than wallpaper. Worst case, a coat of paint is all that stands between you and a blank slate.

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Embrace Black and White

This technique, like a few of the others before it, involves a paint pen (your new design BFF). Craft yourself an intricate accent wall with a white background, and emphasize the pattern with a bit of black.

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Roll on The Fun

If you question your drawing abilities with a paint pen, perhaps a roller is more your speed. This mighty little tool makes it so you are literally one roll away from your desired look. Simply select your shade, and let the roller handle the rest. No one will believe you when you say it’s not wallpaper.

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Why Not Washi?

Toss the rollers and paint pens aside. This project is perfect for all of the washi tape lovers out there. Cut strips of this beloved office supply to get your intended look. We are positive you’ll love these plus signs.

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