While sloping walls can create a cozy feel in an environment, they can also be difficult to decorate. For example, hanging pictures on a slanted wall has the extra challenge of attaching the four corners of the pieces. Fortunately, with a few tricks, you can hang pictures or whatever you like on a slanted wall to make the space your own. The only limit is your imagination!
Method 1 of 3: Hanging Frames
Step 1. Place a bracket on each corner of the frame with the screws provided
When purchasing the bracket, it should come with one small screw and one large screw for installation. Use a screwdriver or power screwdriver to secure the bracket to the frame using the smaller screw.
- This type of bracket has a larger socket that allows you to slide the piece over the installation screws. The bracket should be placed with the larger opening downwards and the narrower opening upwards.
- Since you'll have to attach all four sides to keep the frame flush against the wall, being able to slide the brackets correctly will make the process a lot easier.
- These brackets are commonly used for hanging mirrors and can be found at any hardware store.
- The weight capacity of the four brackets must be the same as the frame weight or more. This information is located on the media packaging. Also, choose a sturdy frame that won't break or shatter from being tilted.
Step 2. Place the board face down and place a level on top of it
The level has a bubble that will indicate if the frame is straight, but it can also be useful for marking the location of the screws. After attaching the brackets, place the frame face down on a flat surface and place the level on top of the frame.
In this Step, it doesn't matter if the bubble is centered on the level
Step 3. Mark the brackets on the level with a piece of masking tape
You don't need a lot of tape for this as you're just gluing it to the level to mark the horizontal distance between the top two supports. A strip of tape of about 2.5 to 5 cm should suffice. Use a piece of tape for each of the top brackets.
- It's okay if the tape isn't perfectly centered, but it should be wide enough to cover the entire opening of the holder.
- Masking tape is easy to tear and can be easily marked with a pencil, meaning it is ideal for this project. You can buy it at any stationery store.
Step 4. Trace the location of the holder on the masking tape with a pencil
After gluing the tape to the level, use your pencil to draw a line to mark the exact spot on the bracket. The mark must be the same width as the bracket opening. When placing the level against the wall, the pencil marks will show exactly where to place the installation screws.
You can use a pen if you like, but a sharpened pencil will give the most accurate results
Step 5. Place the level where you want to hang the picture
When the item is against the wall, see the bubble in the center of the tube. If it is perfectly centered on the lines, the level is straight. If not, adjust the item until it is straight.
For added stability, hang the frame on one of the beams behind the wall. To do this, use a wall scanner to find the beams and use them to determine where you want to hang the picture
Step 6. Make marks on the wall where the top brackets will be
Make the level perfectly straight and use your pencil to draw two marks that match the ones on the masking tape. Mark the width of the brackets as this will help to center the screws well.
If the installation screws are not in exactly the right place, you may not be able to secure the frame, so take your time when making the marks
Step 7. Measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets on the frame
The easiest way to find the location of the bottom brackets on the wall is to measure the distance on the board and then find that point below the marks made on the wall. Use a tape measure to find the exact distance between the fittings in the brackets and note the measurement.
- The measurement must be taken from the same point on each support. For example, if you measure from the top of one hole, measure to the top of the second hole.
- If you have installed the brackets evenly, you will only need to take the measurement once. However, it is always good to check by measuring both sides.
Step 8. Mark the height of the bottom screws on the wall using the pencil
After measuring the frame, go to the wall and use a measuring tape and level to create a straight vertical line from the top marks. Measure the distance to the supports and mark that point on each side. These will be the locations of the lower installation screws.
For example, if the distance between the brackets is 25 cm, you would use the level to mark a point exactly 25 cm below the first marks made
Step 9. Install the four screws at the marked points on the wall
Use a screwdriver or drill to drill into the wall. Depending on the type of wall, you may have to use dowels to securely fasten the screws, especially if you are not hanging the frame on the wall studs.
- For example, if you are going to install the frame in drywall, you will have to fasten it to the joists or use drywall anchors to support the weight of the piece.
- You will also have to use dowels if you are going to hang a picture on a cement or brick wall.
Step 10. Hang brackets on screws
Hold the frame flush against the wall with the brackets aligned above the screws, then slowly slide the frame until the pieces fit snugly.
- It can be difficult to align the four brackets perfectly, but don't give up!
- If the frame is heavy, ask someone for help to hold it.
Method 2 of 3: Adding Color to the Wall
Step 1. Paint the wall if you want to make it stand out more
Choose a light color to brighten up the space, or opt for a bold, vibrant hue for a fun effect. When painting, use a 6-inch angled brush around the ceiling, doors and walls, and a paint roller for the rest. Allow the paint to dry completely between layers.
- Painting the slanted wall a different color from the rest of the room can create an interesting and eye-catching detail, especially if it's a gentle slant. If the wall has a steeper slope, choose a light color that matches the rest of the room.
- If you have two walls with a steep slope, painting them the same color as the rest of the room can help keep the space from looking claustrophobic.
- Since slanted walls can make a room appear smaller, it's generally not a good idea to paint them a dark color. This can make it look cramped and cave-like. If you want this effect, go for it!
- If the slanted wall is behind your bed or other furniture, you can paint a mural on the wall. For example, stars and clouds are an interesting background for a bed.
Step 2. Place wallpaper on the slant to make it stand out
While many people think that wallpaper is a bit dated, a modern pattern can be quite elegant or fun, depending on your choice of style. The method of application will vary depending on the type of wallpaper you choose, but in most cases you will apply a glue behind the wallpaper and press it gently against the wall.
- For a kid's room, choose vibrantly colored wallpaper with a fun design like clouds or robots.
- Create a more classic and subtle look by using striped wallpaper in shades similar to the rest of the walls.
- As many wallpapers come with stickers on the back, it's relatively simple to apply yourself. However, it is better to ask someone to help you glue the wallpaper if the wall is slanted.
Step 3. Use vinyl stickers to make a fun temporary decoration
To give your room a personal touch without committing to paint or wallpaper, choose vinyl stickers to create your decor. Just wipe the wall with a damp cloth, let it dry, remove the adhesive film and press it against the wall. If you get air bubbles, smooth it out with a thin, flat object such as a credit card.
- You can buy vinyl stickers from various online stores. To find a trustworthy seller, read reviews to see if other buyers were satisfied with the quality of the product.
- Vinyl stickers come in a variety of formats, from abstract designs to elaborate backdrops, so do some research to find something that suits your personal style!
- For a kid's room, kitchen, or office, you can choose a sticker that looks like a blackboard you can write on.
Step 4. Hang fabric on the sloping wall to take advantage of the draped effect
This is an original way to cover a wall, and a slanted wall is perfect for that. Gravity will pull the fabric down in the middle, creating a drape that softens the aggressive lines of the room. You can use thumbtacks, a curtain rod, or Velcro to secure the four corners of the fabric. The final effect will depend on how you hang the material as well as the weight of the fabric.
- For example, you can create a soft tent-like effect with a material like mesh, while a light, translucent fabric would create a more romantic effect.
- If you're hanging a lightweight fabric or covering a small wall, you can put thumbtacks in each corner or on the top and bottom edges of the material.
- For heavier materials or larger walls, install curtain rods at the top and bottom of the sloping wall and sew "pockets" into the fabric.
- To avoid piercing the wall, hang the fabric with Velcro strips. Peel the film from a Velcro strip, press into one corner of the fabric, then glue the other side of the strip to the wall. Repeat at all four corners and add extra strips at the top and bottom edges if necessary.
- To create a canopy effect, hang the fabric from the top of the slope to the floor.
Method 3 of 3: Choosing the Finishing Touches
Step 1. Hang blinkers to make the space cozier
An attic can feel a little isolated at times, but by adding a wire with warm lights, you create an intimate and welcoming space. Depending on the effect you want to create, you can use anything between delicate blinkers and more industrial style bulbs. You can hang the lights using nails, thumbtacks or even colorless adhesive hooks which are a great option for not drilling holes in the wall.
- Flashers can create a calming and relaxing effect. They're a great choice for creating a light lighting effect while watching a movie, listening to music, or relaxing at the end of the day.
- To hang lights in an area without an outlet, look for battery-powered or battery-powered lights.
Step 2. Install a dramatic chandelier to bring the look up
If you prefer a more classic look, find a flashy chandelier and hang it in the center of the room. Think about the proportion of the piece in relation to the room, as well as the width of the chandelier and the slope of the walls.
- A pendant lamp or hanging chandelier can add an elegant touch to a space with sloped walls.
- If you're decorating a room with two slanted walls that meet at a steep point, a wide chandelier will not fit. With a lighter slope and low ceiling, a chandelier hanging too low will make the space feel cramped.
Step 3. Opt for low shelves to make the most of your room
Aside from logistical issues, installing shelves on a slanted wall can make the space feel claustrophobic. Instead, bet on bookshelves, ottomans and other furniture that are as low as possible.
- This will make the room look higher instead of closed off.
- Choose a room with little furniture.