Everyone, no matter where they live, or whether their personal style leans to the maximalist or minimalist, should have a plan for the large, windowless wall in their home. Obviously, blank walls present a challenging relationship to many people. Sometimes, a bare wall can look refreshing, especially when the room is filled with bold furniture, prints, and objects. But most often, a blank wall will appear neglected and, let’s face it, it’s just plain boring. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make your empty walls as stylish as the rest of the room? Read this article and give your walls what they deserve!
A wall art piece is the perfect idea for any space, from a bathroom to a living room. Buy or make a piece that motivates you: something that inspires you to work, that brings positive thoughts, or just hang some beautiful photos from your holidays: they will remind you of relaxation. Another cool idea is to create a gallery wall, this is a great way to decorate a plain wall and display everything you like. You don’t have to ruin the walls by doing holes, just attach some ledges and place everything you like on them. You can see our collection of cool wall arts here.
Rescue a Boring Wall With Art Galleries
With a gallery wall, you’ll have to make two major decisions:
- Are you going to use only photos or will you use art or other decor?
- Would you like the gallery to be balanced or unbalanced?
The first decision is largely a matter of personal preference. A photo gallery wall is a great addition to family rooms and other gathering spaces. This is a great way to display family photos, travel photos, and other important moments.
A gallery wall with non-photos can make it stand out even more. Add a mirror or piece of art to break up the monotony. You can also add a little texture with some 3D decor. Faux deer antlers, wall sconces, or potted succulents are a few options.
Balanced Gallery Wall
If the gallery wall is balanced, then its sectioned off in a grid and its items are all alike in size and shape. The result is that the gallery wall takes on a square or rectangular shape.
For large areas, a balanced gallery wall is an excellent choice. With the right size and spacing of each item, you can easily fill up an empty wall with a gallery.
Unbalanced Gallery Wall
An unbalanced gallery wall consists of items that are of different shapes and sizes. It is also possible to vary the spacing between each item, allowing the gallery to take different shapes.
Unbalanced galleries are great for irregular spaces since the shape can be arbitrary. It is possible to use them on curved walls, stairs, or even around existing furniture and decor.
The great thing about an unbalanced gallery is that it is easy to mix and match the items there.
Room by Room Guide For Decorate Empty Walls
There is usually a TV, an entertainment unit, a couch or sectional, a recliner or two, end tables, lamps and other furnishings in a living room. When you have these pieces in your room, stand back and focus on the blank wall space.
If your television is mounted on a stand or is wall-mounted with wall space around it, you may want to consider adding a few pictures. One way to minimize distraction is to use pictures smaller than the TV.
- You can use pictures above or to the sides of the TV.
- In the case of a large entertainment center that has additional decorative items along the top and sides, you may want to leave the remaining space empty.
- The picture(s) can be placed over an entertainment center or bookcase, but they should not extend beyond the width of the furniture.
- If you have very tall furniture, it may be better to hang pictures above the furniture rather than on the walls behind it.
- You can use the wall between two large windows if the couch sits underneath them.
- The space above the end tables may be tall enough for pictures.
Dining rooms offer several options for hanging pictures. Keep in mind the furniture on each wall and the space surrounding each piece to determine the amount of space available.
- Use pictures to draw attention to an accent wall of a different color or wallpaper/stencil.
- You can leave the adjacent walls bare for a more dramatic effect.
- To balance the accent wall, add oversized pictures to the adjacent walls if you think that would be aesthetically pleasing.
- Above a sideboard, a picture completes this look.
- Put pictures on either side of a mirror.
- Depending on the available wall space, large windows can be further framed by pictures on one or both sides.
Kitchen and Breakfast Nook
Typically, kitchen walls are covered with cabinets and pantry doors. To add pictures to exposed wall space, you need to choose appropriate picture sizes.
- The space between doors can be narrow, but the right picture(s) can create interest and depth in your kitchen.
- Add a few pictures to the backsplash wall if it is untiled.
- You can hang pictures above the kitchen cabinets if they aren’t flush with the ceiling.
- Make your refrigerator stand out with a picture if it doesn’t have an overhead cabinet.
- You can mix shelves, objects, and pictures on an empty breakfast nook wall.
- In a bay window, some wall space may be available for displaying pictures, either above or on either side.
The walls of hallways are typically bare or overused with too many pictures. For pictures to be effective in this area, you should find a balance.
- By creating a collage of pictures of varying sizes and shapes, you can create a gallery wall on the whole wall.
- Use a chair rail to define the wall space for your pictures. You can arrange the pictures in a row or in a group on the wall above the railing.
- Hallways with many doorways can display smaller pictures between the doorways. Don’t overdo it. For a focal point, pick one or two.
Above a headboard and on a nightstand are the two most common places to put pictures in a bedroom.
- If you want to hang a picture or a pair of pictures above a nightstand, hang them no higher than the headboard height.
- You can hang one or more pictures between the closet door and bedroom door or bathroom door if the space is wide enough.
- Pictures give depth and warmth to a master bedroom corner sitting area.
I hope this post gave you some useful ideas on how to be creative and express yourself in the different rooms of your home. Buying posters from Dopely Goods SHOP will help make your walls more eye-catching if you’re having trouble figuring out where to buy them.