If you're into clean, minimalist, austere spaces... I kind of envy you. My best friend is like this: she thinks all surfaces should be clean and empty, rooms reduced (or elevated, depending on your perspective) to their intended purposes. For people like her, decorating is a lot simpler... and I'm willing to admit that life might be simpler in some ways, too.
People like me? We're not into simple. We want fun, bright spaces filled with personality. Emptiness makes us a little sad. Even in small spaces, blank empty walls can feel as if they're staring at us. Totally unfriendly! What's their problem, anyway?
Cheer Up a Space with Polka Dot Wall DecalsWhich is why I LOVE making pattern wall decals, like polka dots, triangles, geometric shapes, ducks, whatever I'm into at the moment. To me, they are the fastest and simplest way to fill empty, staring walls with color and personality, and make a space more homey and impactful. I love how flexible they are to work with, and how easy it is to create a ton of different effects.
There are a ton of great ideas out there, and here at IINKY, for different patterns of wall decal. And I love them all, I really do. But this post is all about the mighty polka dot, and all that can be accomplished with a few packs of simple (and relatively cheap) polka dot wall decals.
Creative Dot Decal Arrangements
Symmetry is Pretty. My favorite way to distribute dot wall decals is symmetrically, in staggered rows. It's probably the classic way to do it. Sadly, it's also the most work, requiring the measuring and drawing of lines in order to have a precise grid. In my opinion? WORTH IT, DUDE. Totally worth it:
Fountain or Waterfall: This is where your dot decals fall across a corder of the room, or rain like a fountain down from the ceiling. There are more dots concentrated at the top, and your wall loses dot-density as it goes down. Pictured are a couple of fun examples that I really love.
Dot Decals to Accent Another Design. We've got a few decal designs here at IINKY that combine a main theme and dots to create something really cute and special. Cover your wall in seashells or lobsters or dinosaurs (or narwhals!), and accent with dot decals to give a full wallpaper look to your walls. Totally temporary, totally cute, really chic.
Accent an Architectural or Wall Element. I love this idea to bring attention to a really neat wall shelf or display, or to make a recessed nook in a room, or even a full closet, into a totally special and unique space of its own. A splash of polka dots or polka dotted door, or even a full-on polka dot closet can be really, really special and totally fun.
Subtle Confetti. This is great if you want a little bit of subtle fun in a room, but you don't want it to look cutesy or overdone. A sparse spattering of extra small dots give a confetti effect that is sweet and cheerful but totally chic. Like so: