7 Wall Decor Ideas To Liven Up A Large And Blank Space

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No matter the type of home you have or the design style it encompasses, blank walls are a common feature of any household. Don’t let that blank space go to waste! Take a look at these wall decor ideas that will liven up and add style to your home.

Go big or go home

One of the simplest ways to imbue visual interest on a blank wall is the use of an oversized painting or photograph. If you have these on the walls, you don’t usually have to include any other elements as they command enough attention by themselves. While they are up to your personal tastes, try mounting a black-and-white piece on the wall and contrast with a vibrant furnishing, or vice versa, to truly make the artwork pop.

Image credit: CarpenterCraig

Image credit: CarpenterCraig

Curate a gallery wall

Gallery walls are a great way to add personality and colour to your space. Be it family photographs or scenery shots, displaying a framed collection of these pictures will eliminate negative space while making your wall look finished. But one downside of a gallery wall is that you can easily over clutter the wall if you’re not careful. So if you’re planning on having one in your home, do make a mental note to leave a gap between each frame!

Image credit: Architectural Digest

Image credit: Architectural Digest

Instil textile interest

If you happen to have tapestries on hand, vintage quilts or blankets that are either purchased from your travels around the world or passed down from generation to generation, don’t keep them folded and hidden away! Instead, hang them from the wall to bring about character and texture, as well as add a sense of softness to your space.

Image credit: Suzanne Kasler

Image credit: Suzanne Kasler

Go bold with murals

Murals have a special way of adding drama and glamour to a wall, especially when there are high ceilings involved. To provide easier maintenance, choose adhesive-backed murals that can be easily peeled off with no remaining traces left behind. And for the more artistic souls, you can even choose to hand-paint a design of your choice, making it all the more unique and personalised.

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Expand your shelving options

If you’re an avid reader and have an extensive collection of books, and if you’ve run out of floor space for bookshelves, take your collection to the wall and display them on floating shelves instead. And if you have high ceilings, consider mounting on towering shelves that will allow you to put more odds and ends on display – just be sure to leave some empty gaps here and there as you don’t want the overall look to feel cluttered!

Image credit: Ethnicraft

Image credit: Ethnicraft Online

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Whether you choose to hang a singular oversized mirror or an assortment of small ones, mirrors are a great way to fill up a large wall. As they reflect light, mirrors are especially effective in helping a space feel bigger and brighter. Just make sure to be smart about where the mirror placement will be, for you won’t want it to draw attention to any unflattering angles of your home.

Image credit: Living Room Ideas

Image credit: Living Room Ideas

Bring the outdoors in

Although they typically belong out in the garden or sit on the windowsill, potted plants or terrariums placed on open shelving can add a bit of nature and life to your walls. But remember that as these planters won’t have direct access to sunlight, you should only purchase plants that can thrive in low light situations.

Image credit: The Planthunter

Image credit: The Planthunter

Whichever style you choose to embellish your blank wall with, bear in mind that you should leave at least one – two is better – wall in every room art-free. This will avoid overwhelming the space, and will also provide you with a relief from everything else going on in the room.

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