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What to Do With a Blank Wall

What to Do With Blank Walls

Wall Decorating Ideas To Transform Your Blank Walls

If you’ve been avoiding that big blank wall in your home because you’re just not sure what to put on it, then fear not. It’s time to fill empty walls with wall décor ideas that provide plenty of inspiration.  Look at those blank walls as a blank canvas ready to make it your own! We have some decorating ideas for your blank walls to provide inspiration. Consider all the possibilities!

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Decorate Walls by Room Type

How to Hang Wall Art

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Wall Art Ideas for a Large Wall

When you have a big blank wall, you have the opportunity to hang an especially large piece of art, whether it is framed or on canvas. Be sure to choose a size that fills about two-thirds to three-quarters of your wall space and hang it so the center is at eye level. This delivers a dramatic, eye-catching focal point for any room. Be sure to read our tips on how to hang wall art.

flower wall art

 

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Make It a Wallscape

If you find yourself stuck trying to find that one perfect piece of wall art, but seem to never be able to locate it, then give yourself a break and consider creating a wallscape. Create a theme and then build a collage around it. Maybe it’s a design theme, such as beachy nautical or farmhouse kitchen, or pay homage to your travels with framed art that shows your love for Italy. A wallscape is a wonderful way to showcase your personal interests.

 

Dog wall art ideas to dress up blank walls

Do you have a particular passion? Pets, hobbies, and geographical locations are all great ways to reflect your interests. Find your pieces, hang them on the wall, stand them on a mantel, or do a bit of both—in close proximity—and you’ll add drama to your décor.

Wall Signs

Follow the Signs

There are so many different kinds of wall art to take advantage of these days. Traditional framed prints are the old standby, but today offers up wall signs that are whimsical and full of personality for you to make your space uniquely yours. In the kitchen, you can channel your inner neighborhood grocer with wooden signs that show off vegetables and herbs, grocery art or today’s ever-popular rooster. Want more inspiration? We have even more ideas on how to tune up your room with decorative wall art.

 

Wall Mirrors

Mirror Decorating Ideas

Mirror wall décor is a fantastic choice when you want to add a reflective element to your blank wall. This quality is a valuable asset in your decorating arsenal, especially when you have a small space that you want to make feel bigger than it really is. A large oversized mirror adds a modern flair and will make a room seem bigger. Or, create a medley of framed mirrors that is both beautiful and interesting to the eye. Several smaller mirrored panels add a decorative tone while still using its reflective superpowers. Do not underestimate using accent mirrors to decorate a wall!

Accent mirror in living room

 

Pro Tip: What is the right height for hanging pictures? When you’re not hanging artwork specifically above a large piece of furniture, mantel or headboard, then the general rule is to hang it so that the center of the art falls at 60” to 66” from the floor.

 

Personalized Christmas Frames

Wall Decoration With Photo Frames

Everyone has a stack of family photos that never make it out of the shoebox in the attic. Take some time to enlarge and frame cherished family photos then create a photo gallery on a wall. Try choosing a different frame that suits the personality of each person. (Fancy for Aunt Sallie. Modern for cousin Joe.) This idea is a surefire winner when it’s your turn to host the next family gathering. Or, reflect the season with Christmas, Easter or Halloween frames.

It can be easy creating your own unique gallery arrangement on a wall. Start by putting all of your pieces on the floor. Try arranging them in different ways until you have the look that you like. Leave about two to five inches between each picture. Lay sheets of parchment or wax paper over each picture and mark where the picture hanger is. Then draw an outline of the picture. Now hang the pieces of paper on your wall in the right places. You will be able to see if your arrangement is filling the wall space the way you envisioned it. Tap a picture hanger or nail into where you marked and you are ready to hang your pictures in the right spots. We recommend using a level to ensure your pictures are nice and straight. It can be a challenge when you are looking at them so close to the wall.

 

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Mix It Up

Look to a mix of wall art and other items to create visual interest on your blank wall. Arrange various wall signs, pieces of artwork, a charming clock or candle sconces to create a one-of-a-kind space.

 

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Be Practical

If making an artistic impression isn’t your style, then utilize wall space to provide decorative storage with wall shelving in one of today’s on-trend styles, such as country chic or rustic charm. It’s an ideal way to can house books, collectibles and baskets while still adding a visual element to your room.

Home Wall Decor

Try the Unexpected

Wall art doesn’t have to be in a frame to qualify for display on your wall. Think outside the box and hang something that inspires you: a distressed garden gate, a pretty set of baskets, wine casket covers from your last trip to wine country, a favorite quilt, a collection of seasonal dessert plates. Make it personal and you can count on it serving as a conversation starter when you entertain.

 

Decorating Ideas for Walls

Cover Walls Without Painting

Want to take an all-over approach that goes a step beyond painting? Use wall signs and pictures to cover the entire wall. Or, take a look at wallpaper, especially for an accent wall. Wallpaper offers a beautiful way to bring color and mood to any room and today’s patterns feel modern and fresh.

 

Decorative Wall Clock

It’s About Time – for Clockwork!

A large decorative clock presents an accent piece for your wall that is both eye-catching and practical all at the same time. This looks great in a main room where everyone spends plenty of time. You’ll find that it becomes the Big Ben of the space where everyone glances to catch up with the time of day.

 

 

Wall Sconces

Turn Up the Light with Sconces!

Wall décor does not have to be flat! Light fixtures, such as beautiful rubbed bronze sconces make a wonderful addition to your wall décor and add an element of light to the room as well.  Place sconces in areas that seem to call for a little more light – above a desk, along a hallway, flanking an archway. Take a look at your room with an eye toward adding this perfect wall décor element.

 

Wall Decor & Storage by Room Type

How you decide to use and decorate your wall is a reflection of you. Below we share ideas by room.

 

Living Room Wall Decor

Living Room Wall Decor

Sometimes trying to find multiple wall prints that work together can be a challenge. Instead, consider one large oversized wall print, like a big beautiful landscape or floral. Choose one that features a pop of color that complements your room and provides a new focus. Center a large print over your sofa and hang it about eight to ten inches above the top of your sofa. Don’t hang it too high; you want the art and sofa to work together as a group. Hanging it too high may feel disconnected.

 

Bedroom Wall Decor

Bedroom Wall Decor

You don’t have to stick just to wall art as you plan out how you want to make over your blank wall space. Instead, try mixing and matching a seasonal wreath alongside a set of decorative lanterns that hold tea candles. You’ll add a pretty glow and lovely ambiance to any room with this approach. Not sure how high to hang your wall art? Generally, aim for about 8-10 inches above the top of your headboard. Keep your artwork centered and within the width of your headboard to keep everything feeling connected and balanced.

 

 

Dining Room Wall Shelves

Dining Room

For your dining room, show off pretty serveware, vases, pitchers or teapots with stylish wire wall shelves. They provide storage with a rustic touch. Visually, they add structure while retaining an open, airy feel.

 

The Art of How to Hang Art

The Art of How to Hang Art

Wall Décor Ideas to Help Transform Your Room

Artwork does a beautiful job of adding personality and ambiance to your room. Once you’ve managed to choose the artwork you love, then knowing how to arrange it on your walls poses a whole other dilemma. Fear not! Our expert advice on the ins and outs of hanging art will make your home’s walls feel gallery-worthy in no time.

Aim for the Right Height

How high are you supposed to hang that big beautiful picture anyways? It can be easy to hang artwork too high. Remember to keep things eye level. When hanging art over your sofa, the center of the image should be at eye level, which is usually about one hand’s width above the sofa. When hanging a single piece of art on a wall without furniture beneath it, aim for eye level. A good rule of thumb is that the center of the picture should be about 60 inches off the ground.

Take It for a Test Drive

Save yourself the time and wall repair of rehanging, by tracing out your wall art on paper, then taping it to the wall with painter’s tape. Now you can try out different arrangements. Use your ruler and measuring tools to ensure everything is straight. Pencil marks provide a guide when you shift from planning to actually hanging the artwork.

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Mix It Up

Consider taking a gallery arrangement approach by gathering together more than just framed art. Contemplate wall sconces, a clock or an interesting wall plaque to place alongside framed art or photos. Lay them all out on the floor to determine what arrangement feels right to you. We suggest starting in the middle and working your way out. Be sure to give space between each item so that your wall doesn’t feel overcrowded.

Think Inside the Grid

When a distinct grid or pattern makes everything feel right for you, then a symmetrical arrangement may be just the ticket. Family photos look great when displayed this way. Keep all your photos in the same frames and stick to one or two matte colors. Make good use of your measuring tape and keep everything on a grid, rather than in a loose composition.

Watch Your Proportions

The wall space you have available makes all the difference in which wall accents you will hang there. Small spaces need proportionately small items, such as a stacked trio of small tiles. A large expanse of wall is an ideal place to go big with a single large piece or try an extensive arrangement of multiple items to fill the wall.

Get the Hang of It

Hanging art doesn’t mean that you have to stress about locating studs or installing heavy-duty drywall anchors. All you need are the right picture-hanging hooks for your artwork’s weight. Use at least two picture hooks per piece to ensure that it remains level over time. And make good use of a level and a ruler so that everything is nice and straight.

Eye Level

Resist the temptation to hang everything at the same height. Especially when you’re working with wall art of vastly different sizes. Instead, aim to keep the middle of the art at about the same level. This approach will keep a more natural flow from wall to wall.

 

 

15 thoughts on “What to Do With a Blank Wall

  1. For blank walls calligraphy stickers or any other artwork are the best options for the interiors. Using different wall patterns can also be an good alternative. Thanks for the great ideas, surely worth giving it a try.

  2. do you still have the blue and brown flower wall art for sale

    1. Hi Trish, Thank you for your comment. That is our Large Floral Canvas, you can find it on our website here: https://www.countrydoor.com/Home-Decor/Wall-Decor/Wall-Art/large-floral-canvas.pro
      Thanks and have a great day!

  3. Where can I find the wood and metal shelf on page 105 of the spring 2017 catalog? Can’t seem to find it. Would love to know the price. Thanks.

    1. Hi Catherine, I’m very sorry but that shelf is no long available. Here is a link to our other shelves, perhaps there is something here you would like. https://www.countrydoor.com/Furniture/Living-Room/Cabinets-Bookshelves-and-Curios/index.cat

  4. I need details on how to purchase a magazine please

    1. Hi Sharon, Thank you for reaching out. You can request our catalog here: https://www.countrydoor.com/catalog/request_catalog.jsp Until then, you can view our online catalog here: https://www.countrydoor.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=eCat

  5. I love every single room on here. Thank you for such great inspiration

  6. Where can I purchase the rug in the picture reflect on this?

    1. Hi Sharon, That rug is not available, we do have many other area rugs you may like. Here is the link to our area rugs https://www.countrydoor.com/Rugs-and-Windows/Rugs/Area-Rugs/index.cat Thanks!

  7. Do you guys know when you’ll get the wall sconces that is next to that mirror and the I seriously love people wall art? I have the mirror and the never lose humor but it looks kinda funny without the other two.

    1. Hi Lindsey, Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry but we won’t be carrying that Wall Sconce with Glass or the “I Seriously Love People” wall art anymore. We do have some other options you might like here: Candle Sconces and Signs & Plaques.

  8. I am looking for a trig circle wreath with a circle or two of filbert nuts

    1. Hi Nellie,
      You can look here for our wreaths https://www.countrydoor.com/Home-Decor/Florals-and-Planters/Wreaths/index.cat. Have a great day!

  9. I would love to see more French country Farmhouse look…I see your no longer have the beautiful Savannah king size bedspread ? I would love to cede more like that style in your upcoming issues..thanks.

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