A staging wall is extremely important for the presentation of your furniture piece and can create an atmosphere that gives you a signature style. For quite some time, I’ve been using a wall in my home that is like most walls, white with texturing. It’s not awful and is certainly neutral so that I can stage any kind of design in front without it clashing with my furniture. It makes for great catalog-like photos so that on my Etsy shop and other listings it shows clean, consistent, and clear.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a white wall. Any wall at all is a must for staging. Being me, I decided one day that I couldn’t stand having a white wall anymore and pondered ‘how I would be able to have a creative wall that is unique and yet serves the purpose of enhancing my photos despite my diverse range of furniture design styles? What color can I use? What design can I do? How unique can I make it? What would work with every style of furniture and yet be a statement?‘
I couldn’t come up with a decision that satisfied me. There are neutral colors that will complement any other color such as gray, beige, or black but I didn’t feel particularly inspired by painting my wall just one color.
I thought of all the staging walls I’ve seen over the years and how some artists have ones that automatically identify them to the viewer because it is so distinctive. But these artists have a consistent style and I wanted to be able to do goth, industrial, modern, farmhouse, shabby chic, western, boho, eclectic, and more while not worrying my wall wouldn’t work with what I create.
I wanted the freedom to paint as I feel and I wanted the same for the wall I would create.
There was only one solution: create a faux wall that can be swapped out according to what would work best with the furniture I am staging at that time. I decided to do white wainscoting on the bottom because I love the two-tone look of elegant wainscoting and something colorful on top.
I purchased wall panels and the wainscoting from my home improvement store. I found a 4 x 8 white wall panel made of flexible plastic that was pretty lightweight. I then affixed strong velcro across the back of it and to the wall above the wainscoting. I did this so that I could create as many wall panels as I wanted while allowing for easy removal by simply peeling them off and putting up another one with the same velcro. It would allow me to experiment with a diverse range of wall designs, much like my furniture.
In my mind, there was never going to be a perfect wall that would work for everything I do. I was thrilled at the chance to finally paint all the walls I’ve been inspired by and wanted to create but couldn’t feasibly have all in my home. Yet, sometimes, this mom’s brain comes up with a brilliant idea once in a blue moon.
We set up my faux wall over my white wall with the velcro as I had planned. I used industrial velcro that is 2 in. wide and 15 ft. long. We cut the strips into lengths needed to cover the perimeter of the wall panel so it would be nice and flat against the wall.
It was like setting up a blank canvas on my wall. Now I could paint it as I chose as often as I chose. I could share a range of wall designs with everyone and not worry about it being a permanent fixture.
My excitement grew with all the ideas that swirled in mind. I couldn’t wait to begin.
Stay tuned for what I created with my new faux wall.