We are surrounded by walls every day, the ones in our homes, our work offices, our churches, the supermarket, and so many more. Have you ever thought about what all the walls around you say? What do they say about the places you are in? What do they say about you? Our walls speak to visitors about what is most important in our lives: photos of our families, decorations, even the colors of our walls say something. So if your walls could talk, what would you want them to say?
Photos have been one of the most common pieces of decorations in homes around the world. But have you ever really thought about why we place photos on our walls, office desks, on our phones? Placing photos on our walls gives us a daily reminder of the things we love most in our lives, photos remind us of the best things in our world. In a sense, they are our “happy points.” Among these happy points that we place around our home and on other walls, are photos of the places we love most, the places we enjoy visiting, our pets (other honorable members of our families), ancestors, and other things that bring us happiness often. They are constant reminders of why we work, why we live, why we study, often why we do anything: to enjoy the very things in these photos.
Though custom wall decals may seem like just a fun way of decorating our homes (and easy too!), wall decals are another “happy point” we can display proudly in our homes. From bright patterns to favorite quotes, wall decals are another way we can show and tell people of what we find most important in our lives. In my mother’s home there is a quote about the importance of family above the kitchen sink—a daily reminder that family comes first. Always. There are many different kinds of wall decals, from sports figures to storybook characters. Each of these can be fun ways of showing people the things we love; the things we obsess over. If your walls could talk, they would tell people of our hobbies, of our personalities. And custom wall decals are one of the best ways to express our personalities to guests.
Different from photos or wall decals, paint doesn’t necessarily shed light on to what we love or what is important in our lives. Paint, instead, shows a bit of our personalities. It is a way that we can show people our style, our spunk or our seriousness. With paint, you can constantly change things up, just like we do our preferences or hair styles. Pick something bright and exciting like yellow to reflect your cheery disposition (or to even remind yourself to smile more often). Pick a neutral grey to reflect your sensible side. Or, don’t paint at all and keep your walls white so you can highlight other things in a room that you feel are more important: your grandmother’s China tea set, your bobblehead collection, or a child’s artwork. Paint should be used as an extension of ourselves, not just a thing to do because we feel like we can’t have white walls. Use paint to help show people who you are.
Posters are somewhat similar to wall decals and photos in that they show people what we love. But posters are also like paint—they tell people a little bit about our personalities, and can be switched around as our favorite things change. Posters are a perfect way to show off to the world that you love movies. Nay, you are a film connoisseur. You could name every single movie Sean Connery has been in and then quote all of Clint Eastwood’s famous lines in one breath without blinking an eye. Posters are a perfect way to show people that you aren’t just a Lakers fan, but you are the master fan—you can name the stats of every player to be on the team since the day it was formed. Posters are common in dorm rooms because they’re one of the quickest ways to show new friends and classmates just what you love and to also show a little bit of yourself without having to open your mouth.