10 Creative Ways to Decorate the Blank Walls in Your Home
If you’re tired of staring at empty walls, use these creative ideas to inject a little warmth and personality by decorating with artwork, mixed media and vintage finds.
Display your collection of artwork on the cheap by combing through the dollar store for wood frames and customizing them with paint. For vintage prints, consider painting the frames and then distressing them with sandpaper to match the look.
Small Space Solution
Just because the space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be well decorated. Try hanging a couple floating shelves on a blank wall or in a tight corner and create a display. Various framed pieces of art paired with patterned ceramics are a great start. For a display that really pops, consider painting or staining the shelves a color that contrasts with your walls.
Choose a Theme
Dedicate a bare area to a single theme, such as the beach. Then decorate with variations on that theme. For instance, you can find a beach-inspired art print or two and enhance the display with a collection of artifacts like seashells, driftwood and a framed vintage bathing suit. You can also do the same thing but with art only — create a display using paintings, prints, needlepoints and more, all based on a single theme, like a favorite animal or activity.
Use Wall Letters
Give the typography trend a try by using large letters or words to put together a creative arrangement. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of sizes, colors and materials in your display. For example, consider incorporating a favorite word or phrase with prints and three-dimensional pieces that you would associate with that word.
Large and in Charge
A solitary piece of statement art can be the perfect solution for a blank wall, especially if it’s a dramatic size. To add further emphasis to the piece, install a decorative pendant overhead. You could also create your own large piece of art by stretching attractive fabric around a canvas frame.
Frame and hang your children’s artwork to add a bit of whimsy to any space. By choosing more traditional gallery-like frames, the vibrant art will blend better with its surroundings. Hanging the items in high-traffic areas will make kids feel extra special.
If your bed does not have a headboard, let framed prints serve double duty by using them to fill up the blank wall space behind the bed. For a grid-like look (a popular display option for smaller art), try using simple dark frames and hanging them close together, leaving only 2-3 inches between the frame edges.
A quick but stunning way to fill a blank wall, an oversized mirror has the ability to bring an otherwise dull room to life. Not only will it add style, it will also make the space feel larger by reflecting light.
Shallow wicker baskets hung on the wall like artwork are great for a more casual cottage look. They bring texture to a room and really pop against lighter hues. Incorporate them with other earthy, natural elements, or pair them with simple decor in neutral shades to keep the focus on the art arrangement.
Wallpaper That Wows
There are more ways to make an artistic statement on blank walls than with framed prints — wallpaper has come a long way in the last 20 years. As a matter of fact, there is a vast array of stunning wallpaper designs available today that will elevate the look of any room. To especially energize a space, try bold colors or oversized patterns.