While not every single wall in a house needs adornment, big blank walls can make any room look duller or colder than it actually is. To give a room some character, it’s not just about the color scheme you pick or the furniture you buy– you also need to find a way to make at least the walls interesting.
But how do you know when to leave the wall as is? If you are going for the minimalist style, drop the idea of decorating a blank wall – it’s just counterproductive. Is your bedroom tiny? Then, that blank wall is an asset. Leave it as is – it will create an illusion of space.
While it can be an intimidating enterprise, it is definitely not impossible and does not even have to cost a fortune. We’ll cover a few options you have when decorating!
1. Show off a Collection
This one is a simple DIY that simply involves nails, hooks or clamps and a great collection. Many collections are well suited for wall display and can be anything from antique hand mirrors, antique picture frames to China plates, hats and small woven bowls. Do not be afraid to be creative.
2. Making a Wall Niche
This will take some time and may require you hiring a contractor to help you out. But having a niche or several smaller niches in a wall is a very elegant way of creating space for display on your wall. While you can certainly display anything on your wall without creating a niche, this is the way to go if you want to glam-up the room.
3. Using Furniture Items Smartly
When thinking of furniture, do not limit yourself to having all of them on a horizontal plane. This will only leave the room looking unbalanced as every piece is close to the floor, hence, making the empty walls in the room more noticeable. Instead, try to introduce tall furniture to balance out the room and place them close to the big blank walls in the room. Examples of such pieces include a tall chest or an upright bookcase. Often, this will be enough to resolve the bare-wall problem.
4. Try a Mural
While the furniture idea is a simple one, there may be not enough floor space in that room for you to add more pieces. You should then make use of that big blank wall in your room by turning into a mural. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can either turn it into a fun DIY project that you can do with your significant other or your children or skip the paint altogether and use wall decals or a self-adhesive to decorate the space.
5. Use that Bare Space to Display Abstract Art
If you have spent a small fortune on a unique piece of art, this is a good place to display it. Plan so that the piece takes the center stage on the wall – if you paid thousands of dollars for that item, there must be something special about that piece! Display it so your guests can also get to admire them. Or you can simply hang several framed pictures of abstract art.
6. Fabric Hangings
It’s rather common to fill up empty wall space with a quilt. you don’t have to use traditional tapestries but can instead look for fabric and designs that you like, such as country-style or contemporary. For a seamless look, find a color that suits the color scheme you picked for that specific room. Lightweight area rugs are another good choice.
7. Hanging Shelves
Going for a minimalistic look? Then this is the perfect project for you. Get some modern, nice looking hanging shelves and nail them to the walls. Hanging shelves will not only fill up space on your wall but will also add more function to their form. This dynamic style will also provide an unobtrusive showcase for some of your favorite treasures as well.
8. Install a Board and Batten Wall
A board and batten wall simply consist of interior paneling that has alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips. The great thing about these is that you can choose to place them horizontally or vertically. Either way, installing a board-and-batten wall in a complementary or contrasting color can really spruce up the wall.
9. Make Stencil Art
We’ll finish this post with a DIY project that can be done by almost anyone, regardless of their artistic skills. It really is a perfect idea for people who don’t feel very crafty or DIY-inclined. It doesn’t take much time and is basically fail-proof as it only requires you getting the design you like in stencil. You can either paint directly on the wall, or on a canvas that you can then hang. It won’t take a lot of time and does not even require you getting a lot of material. Yet, it will definitely add some oomph to the whole room.