How to Decorate a Slanted Wall Bedroom

Slanted walls sometimes create illusions of spaciousness, and sometimes can create an illusion of cramped quarters – but all can be a decorator’s nightmare. The harsh angles, lack of 90 degree corners, and varying heights from floor to ceiling or from doorways and windows to ceiling wreck havoc with your wall hanging – making them seem uneven or angled themselves.

Luckily, there are some excellent ways to embrace the angles in your room to make them work with your decor and choice of decoration. Let’s take a look at the many ways you take advantage of a slanted wall to create unique bedroom spaces you will love hanging out in.

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Wall Color

Instead of painting all your walls one color, use a neutral white hue and pick one or two walls to use as accent walls. If you can, pick a wall without a slant and an adjacent slanted wall, and use a darker or brighter color to create contrast and depth.

This allows your room to look more open and emphasizes the few 90 degree angles you may have to help balance out the rest of the room.

You can take this one step further and paint the trim around the doors and windows on the unpainted walls. This carries forward your color scheme and one again adds emphasis to the 90 degree angles to create balance.

Wallpaper, Decals, and Murals

You can take a similar approach with wallpaper, murals, and decals. Only, this time you are breaking up the angles and corners to create flow and movement. If you do decide to wallpaper a space, choose one wall, or a wall and short ceiling option and use neutral paint wall colors

Decals and murals work best on long slanted walls, in corners, and even reaching along an angled ceiling to help redirect the eye to the design rather than the harsh angles and corners. Decals are also best for temporary design, especially if you are renting or have a growing child for easy bedroom theme changes.

Choose designs that use rounded shapes and open patterns, such as trees and flowers, to soften the straight lines of the ceiling and walls. Bold and bright colors also work best in this use. Avoid landscapes, angles, and straight lines.


Shiplap is the technique of covering your walls with wood planks to make long vertical or horizontal lines. This is a great way to create an accent wall and help offset a space that has an awkward slope to it.

The great thing about this is you don’t have to hang wooden planks to achieve this effect, you can actually paint it on the wall – saving time, money, and space with your very own DIY project.

You can also do this to one or more of your sloped ceilings!

Wooden Beams

If you slanted walls meet at the ceiling, consider the addition of a few simple beams placed perpendicular to them and stained or painted a dark color. These beams will create nice, straight lines as well as a color contrast that will compliment the level surfaces of furniture and shelving.

Window Coverings

Avoid angles in your window dressings and use flowing drapes that you pull back or valances that create textured waves. You want window coverings to be complementary to the rest of the room and not a focal point.

Also avoid blocking natural lighting with them and allow as much light in as possible without sacrificing your privacy.

Choose neutral colors as well with simple, muted patterns that match the rest of your decor.

Wall Hangings

Most wall decor creates straight lines and angles, but with a bit of ingenuity you can hang exactly what you want, where you want it.

Mounted television, shelving, and pictures look great along a slanted wall when used alongside other complementary options. For example, make sure your squared wall decor (such as televisions and pictures) have another straight angle to nearby. A door frame, window frame, or tall bookcase are all suggestions that provide a reference point for consistency that helps avoid the awkwardness created by a slanted ceiling.

Murals and decals also serve as amazing backdrops to your straight lined wall decor. The soft angles of these choices help avoid harsh lines and draw the eye away from strai`ght edges. .

Strategically placed shelves and flat furniture surfaces also create the perfect place to layer objects that disrupt the angles of the ceiling and corners. Mix and match pictures, lamp options, and decorative objects that offer unique shapes to help balance out the slope of the walls.

Tapestries and Quilts

Hanging tapestries and quilts along low, angled ceilings and your walls are a great way to create a temporary accent and unique decor. The edges of your pieces set off a contrast against the angles in the room. Patterns are best left slightly loose and hanging for added interest, while pictures or images are best laid as flat as possible using wall tacks.


Mirrors are a great way to help create an illusion of more space and brighten up an area when placed in a way to reflect natural lighting.

Instead of using hanging squared mirror frames, look for oversized floor mirrors you can lean against a corner or large oval mirrors you can hang near doorways or alongside larger furniture pieces.

Their placement creates new angles and curves that offset the slanted corners of a wall and provides added interest. These techniques are especially nice if you have a dark corner or a small room.


Houseplants are a great way to soften harsh angles and create depth through your room. First off, there are many plants for indoor use that don’t require a lot of light and provide a variety of shapes and sizes for any space. Second, you have a ton of options for placement to take advantage of. Take a look at these suggestions:

Hanging plants is a great way to change the way the straight lines and slopes of your room are viewed. Basket size, hanging orbs, and decorative macrame or minimalist hanging supports create vertical lines and soft cascades. Choose plants that drape, hang, trail, or gracefully arc over and place them near corners at varying heights.

Place plants that stand upright or drape on shelving and other flat surfaces, or allow trailing vines to cascade across various wall decor and the tops of windows to create a lovely effect.

Plants also help lighten darker corners and even provide health benefits by filtering the air.

Furniture Options

The biggest thing to keep in mind when choosing furniture is to avoid overwhelming your space if your slanted walls make your room feel small. Because of this, it is best to pick one central focus piece and then pick complimentary pieces as needed. Shoot for an open floor space design.

Canopy beds are a surprisingly complimentary addition to rooms with sloped ceilings as it helps to balance the angles with square corners. Don’t use it with heavy hangings, but light colored and sheer cloth softens the effects of angles nicely.

Delicate metal frames and light wood frames with minimalist head and foot boards are also a great option.

When it comes to other furniture, keep it simple. A dresser or bookcase, side table, and basic seating are all easily accommodated and provide the space to decorate with simple objects, plants, and lighting sources.

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The best thing about slanted walls is that it provides a great backdrop for a huge selection of various lighting techniques. You can choose from one focal point, lamp lighting, hanging lighting, or even wall lighting. Sometimes you can even use more than one!

Consider a shallow drop chandelier or ceiling fan light combination to create a focal point to soften the slope of the ceiling. One main lighting source is usually best for any bedroom and works well with other types of lights to help brighten dark corners.

A decorative lamp set on a dresser or bookcase in a corner is a great way to create soft lighting when you prefer the ceiling lights to be off. And, with new LED technology, you can provide color and brightness options to fit your moods and needs.

Wall sconces are also a nice addition along walls that integrate a slant. They fit nicely into corners and provide gentle lighting in areas that are darker.

Built in Bookshelves

Built-in bookshelves or shelving customized to your wall space are excellent additions to your room. Feel free to use squared walls OR walls that offer a slant to create truly unique ways to break up the space in a room and add interests.

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Wrapping it Up

If you have a slanted ceiling and wall in your bedroom, don’t despair! You have a unique option that is anything but bland and boring to work with. Plus, if you take advantage of any of the suggestions we make above, you have some awesome decorative tips to play with!

Slanted walls provide you with many ways to bring your personal style to life, and offer plenty of opportunity for color and pattern play! Cool, stylish lighting will also pop, helping to display the wall and furniture decor you choose.

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