Blank walls are the bane of every american home, apart from enough storage solutions to hide all our hoards, and clean countertops (although I am pretty OCD about the last). And when your walls are bare, and your space is blah – paint is the typical and obvious answer, but there is only so much rolling one can do before getting bored with paint as the solution.
So, instead of opting for the tried and tested (paint), I tried to do a little outside of the box thinking to give you some solutions to give a little life to your walls. With that in mind, below are a few that I approved of (except the last – which I am still on the fence on unless done VERY right).
The obvious and definitely easiest route. Wall art is the go-to for just about every designer or homeowner because it is plentifully available, easy to hang, and can quickly transform a space. Just keep in mind a few of the mandatory rules when it comes to hanging wall art, so that you don’t end up doing yourself a disservice. And steer clear of the generic stuff that your mom has on her walls.
Don’t get all “Hall of Mirrors” on me with this one, but a few well placed mirrors (especially oversized ones) can not only fill wall space but make the area feel quite a bit larger than it was before. They also can help to bounce light around and reflect the best parts of the room.
Tapestries aren’t just for dorm rooms or the McMansions of Texas Housewives, they can be adapted and used in so many different rooms. One of the best things about a tapestry, besides its affordability is the sheer size they come in. Because it is big, there is no need to worry about adding extra accessories/art to cover the bare space. Just make sure that the style will blend with the rest of the room, so that you don’t end up with a formal living rooming sporting a boho wall tapestry.
Falls somewhat in between the wall art category and the wall tapestries category, but it works, and can fill up the space with some beautiful sculptural objects. Now you just need to book yourself a trip abroad to shop 🙂
If the wall is huge and the ceilings are tall, then find yourself some sculptural (but beautiful) lighting and let that fill the wall space. I love nothing more than a MASSIVE wall sconce to fill a wall space, and I even used this trick in my bedroom (more on that to come later – but trust me it works).
Now I get that this may not be for everyone. 1) because not everyone wants to hang a bunch of instruments on the wall, and 2) because not everyone has said instruments to hang on the wall. But, if you have a music room, an informal family room, or a teens room that might work for this option, then it can quickly give the room style, as well as function (what with the fact you are getting the guitars off the floor and onto the wall). Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook did this in her family room, and did it quite well. But if guitars aren’t your thing, you could always frame some of your favorite albums and organize them into a gallery wall style collection amongst some of your other pieces of art/photos.
Family & Friends
Now, as much as I LOVE a good family photo, TBH I am not the biggest fan of having massive family photos on the wall. But, my mother would kill me if I didn’t include family photos on the list as she is THE biggest fan of a house full of family photos. Maybe it’s because I don’t quite have my own family yet, or because I have walked in to way too many houses that have done it wrong, but photos of your loved ones are always a good way to fill the large expanse of a wall if it is done right.