7 Creative Ways to Fill Blank Walls in Your Home
There’s something exciting about starting at a blank wall. That may sound crazy. But bare with me a moment. Think about it. A blank wall is filled with potential. It’s your opportunity to be creative and literally put your mark on a particular room.
Many people hang art work and family photographs on a wall. But that’s just scratching the surface of what you can do. Here are a few creative suggestions for livening up your home’s blank walls.
Turn to Textiles – Do you have a vintage quilt, antique blanket or other tapestry taking up space in the closet? Many of these pieces are too lovely to keep hidden away. Instead, add unique character and texture to your space by hanging the textile from a curtain rod on the wall, and then use clip-style rings to secure it. Create a cohesive look with the rest of your décor by making the sure the colors mesh well. Or consider using the wall as a focal piece, and pull the other colors in the room from that.
Coffee Filter Art – Even the most common, everyday items can be a source of inspiration. Event and floral designer Michelle Edgemont dip-dyed coffee filters in a pale shade of blue and used glue dots to secure them in a random pattern on the wall to create a dramatic flower effect.
Artsy Bookshelf – Place a large bookshelf in front of a wall and fill it with books and collected to treasures to give your room a museum-like quality.
Framed Maps – Do you spend a lot of time traveling to new places? Keep a reminder of those destinations by framing old maps and hanging them on the wall.
Curate a Gallery Wall – A well-designed gallery wall of your favorite art pieces can be a powerful addition to any room. One way to create a perfectly balanced look is to hang two larger pieces diagonally from each other, and then fill the empty space above or below each piece with smaller works of art. Stick to similar colors or subjects to make the look extra “pulled-together.”
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Instead of an art gallery wall, you can also hang a collection of mirrors gallery-style. Whether you choose large or small mirrors, the pieces will reflect light and create a beautiful statement in your home. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, since interesting mirrors can often be found at Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity stores, or discount retailers like Big Lots or Marshall’s.
Kitchen Art Gallery – Most people have no trouble hanging art on living room, bedroom or dining room walls. But they often leave the kitchen out of the mix. One creative way to add some flair to this much-used area of your home is to print your favorite photographs, put them in basic frames, and hang them on a kitchen wall for all to see and enjoy.
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