Interest in home improvement has reached unpreceded levels throughout the COVID-19 pandemic because people finally have the time and opportunity to make changes they’ve thought about for a while.

Spending time in quarantine means constantly staring at your walls — your plain, blank walls, in some cases. This makes them the perfect place to start, as far as home improvements are concerned.

Here are 5 ways to enhance your walls with little expense.

Young woman painting a blue wall

1. Paint Your Walls

The easiest way to change your walls is to paint them, and these days, that task is faster than ever.

You used to have to apply primer before the top coat, but primer and paint all-in-one cans have simplified painting for lots of homeowners.

Better yet, pick an all-in-one can with an antimicrobial mildew-resistant finish, which is great for kitchens, bathrooms, trim and cabinets.

Watch: Tips for Painting Interior Walls and Trim

Chelsea Lipford Wolf installing kitchen backsplash
Installing a backsplash instantly boosts your kitchen’s design. (Backsplashes are also great for catching cooking grease!)

2. Add a Backsplash

There’s a solution for blank kitchen walls, especially ones behind sinks and ranges that attract all kinds of stains: installing a backsplash.

In addition to adding new colors to a room or complementing existing ones, a backsplash makes splattered cooking oil and water easy to clean.

Ceramic, glass and marble tile are some popular options, and subway, mosaic and geometric designs are top sellers.

Need an easy project? DIY-friendly backsplashes come in sheets with a mesh backing that makes it easy to install.

Watch: How to Install a Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Wainscoting installed over a pale blue wall in a living room.
Give a room two tones and some visual interest with some wainscoting. (DepositPhotos)

3. Install Wainscoting

If you want to add character and dimension to other rooms in your house, but don’t want it to take over the entire wall, wainscoting is the answer.

Just install this decorative paneling on the lower half of a room’s walls. It comes in many designs and styles, so whether your home is modern or traditional, you’re bound to find the right match.

Read: 3 Wainscoting Styles to Enhance Your Home

Shiplap wall in foyer

4. Hang Shiplap

Whereas wainscoting gives your walls a touch of texture and character, shiplap covers them entirely, making any room rustic.  

Reclaimed shiplap from old homes and boats is one option for the build, but if you lack access to authentic shiplap and still want this look, it’s possible to create a similar accent wall with lauan plywood.

In fact, going the lauan plywood route is also the faster option, as far as installation.

Read: The Easy Way to Install a Shiplap Wall

Wood accent wall in Barbara Crigler's dining room
Accent walls instantly add visual interest and texture to an otherwise blank room.

5. Build an Accent Wall

But what if you like your painted walls and just want to cover one of them to add a pop of color or character? That’s the job of an accent wall!

Nothing breaks up a boring room and gives it dimension and texture like an accent wall. It really just amounts to arranging wood patterns according to your preference and nailing them into the studs.

Anyone can build an accent wall so you can grab a partner and get the job done during a free afternoon. Then paint it a nice color!

Watch: How to Build an Easy Accent Wall

How have you dressed up your walls? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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