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New Year, New Look: Creative Ways to Brighten Up Boring Wall Space

08 January 2019

Whether you’ve just moved into a new place that needs decorating from scratch, or you’re tired of your old set-up and ready for a change, one of the most effective ways of putting your own unique stamp on a room is to select the right wall art, accessories and décor. Here are a few of our favourite techniques to make walls more interesting...

First Steps

A Blank Canvas

wallpaper-stripperYou should never feel as though you’re stuck with wall space that you hate to look at. Many people choose to do nothing about their ugly wallpaper simply because they don’t know how to change it, but it’s actually extremely straightforward. We recommend that you remove any existing wall coverings before you start adding anything else - whether it’s just paint or a whole different pattern of paper. Wallpaper adheres better to bare walls; lumps and bubbles can be more easily avoided, and you can cancel out the risk of old, bold patterns remaining visible through more delicate new designs.

All you need to do is get hold of B&M’s excellent Earlex Wallpaper Stripper. It’s safe to use - complete with a carry handle and cool touch hose - and allows you to steam old paper off, dissolving the worst of any old wallpaper paste and rendering your walls ready for their makeover.

Good Adhesive

Solvite Ready to Roll Wallpaper Adhesive

If you want your wallpaper to last, it’s a good idea to opt for high quality, resilient paste or adhesive. We highly recommend using Solvite’s Ready to Roll Wallpaper Adhesive. At just £8.99 it’s ready mixed and one box can be used for up to five rolls.

Choosing Accessories

A Good Base

Bijoux Fleurette Wallpaper

Nothing starts your wallspace off better than a tasteful choice of paint or paper. B&M stocks a wide range of both, meaning you can take your time to plan your room’s new look without spending ages on your search. You can browse our huge selection of paint and our wallpaper online, where you're sure to find something you love! At the moment, we’re really loving this elegant Bijoux Fleurette paper from Arthouse Wall Coverings.

A Statement Clock

Numeral Station Wall Clock

If you’re looking for something stylish and functional, an attractive wall mounted timepiece is a great choice. We love our Numeral Station Wall Clock - it comes in both copper and silver finishes to match your chosen pallette and provides a gorgeous focal point for any room.

A Beautiful Mirror

Vintage Wall Mirror

Not only are mirrors perfect for checking in on how your look is holding up, they also add an element of style to a room along with a greater sense of space. B&M’s selection of Vintage Mirrors are available in black, white, antique silver or cream, and serve to really give some gravitas to your wall space.

Well-Considered Accessories

glitter shaker frames & vintage photo frames

For a little extra personality, a few wall accessories, art pieces and photographs can go a long way! B&M stocks a selection of cute, colourful frames and plaques to add a signature to your space; from our super cute glitter shaker frames to our seriously elegant vintage photo frames, it’s easy to use your walls to reflect who you are.

A Touch of Fun


Tastefully placed stickers and decals add a lovely touch to any room. Take a look at our sweet 3D Butterfly Wall Stickers for example - they brighten up any space with a little additional fun.

B&M Top Tip: Find items to match your brand new walls in our dedicated furniture shop!

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