Some of our readers will undoubtedly appreciate the beauty and flexibility of open space in the home. At the other extreme, some of you will have experienced sleepless nights wondering what would best fill that empty feature wall or ceiling in the home. There is certainly nothing wrong with leaving blank spaces in the home, and if you like it that way then you have our full support. However, if you see your walls as functional space that could be better used than it is currently, then we have some great ideas to inspire you to make the room in question really stand out.
1. Make an Impression with a Variety of Art Pieces
If you’ve spent much time reading our features on interior design here at 10 Tips, then you’ll know that we’re big fans of artwork to add the finishing touch to a room. That won’t stop here, but we want to take things in a slightly different direction at this juncture, as it is more about where you put the art than the process of introducing it to a wall.
We often consider artwork that sits alone – a large centrepiece that dominates not just the wall but also the room. However, if you want to make your options more exciting, you can consider using multiple different art pieces and arranging them in a way that suits your personality. This could mean a grid where everything has a place but could just as easily mean forming shapes and patterns from the frames to really make the wall pop.
2. Create a Flexible Wall with Chalkboard Paint
If you haven’t yet found the correct solution for a specific wall, then it might just be because you find it impossible to settle on just one design that could remain there for years. There is a certain finality to wallpaper and paint, but if you’ve got the creative skills to match, chalkboard paint could be the perfect solution. Now, we know that some of you will be immediately put off by the idea of a black wall in your home, but you need to think of it in terms of potential – as well as the fact that the days of chalkboard paint only being available in black are long gone.
You can mix things up as you see fit, with a base colour that works for different designs. From there, the appearance of your wall is limited only by your imagination, and there is nothing to prevent you from using artwork, decals and any other additions that come to mind to finish off your own creations.
3. Make the Wall Stand Out – Literally
These big, open spaces at the edge of your rooms are often fairly flat and uninspired. One of the best ways to make them different is to turn a flat wall into a three-dimensional space. You could go down the traditional route and add shelves, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Consider prints in box frames rather than traditional, or even go all out on unconventional 3D artwork. Also consider the positioning of lights for interesting shadows to really make the wall pop.
4. Walls Hold More than Wallpaper and Paint
While not an all-encompassing solution, a rule of thumb is that if it works on the floor, it could well work on the wall or ceiling too. If you’re happy to do away with tradition entirely, you could carpet an entire room on all sides, but even the traditionalists out there have more options than they might think. While carpets may not be right, that is no reason to ignore fabrics – textiles have been used as wall decoration for centuries, and we see no reason for that to stop now.
5. Take Steps to Make Your Choices Durable
If you decide to break with tradition and use something to decorate walls and other spaces that is out of the ordinary, you need to be careful to take steps to make it up for the job. If you go with the chalkboard option above, ensure that you go with the more industrial or commercial option rather than something you’d find in a toy shop and apply the same kind of principle throughout as a bigger initial investment will often pay off in the long term.
6. Expand on Themes and Styles
If you’re at a point where you need to fill space, the chances are that you’ve already put plenty of effort into the look and feel of the room. If you’ve drawn inspiration from elsewhere, such as another country or culture, then this can continue to the walls and ceilings. You may have seen during your research that not every culture decorates walls in the same way. If you have open brick or textured plaster, you might need to adapt, but that is part of the fun.
7. Put Your Prized Possessions on Display
If you’ve spent years and a small fortune collecting something and everything is now safely stored away, you could potentially give it a new lease of life and fill a space in the process. You’ll need to consider placement and organisation, but the items themselves may be just the source of inspiration you require.
8. Add a Single, Sweeping Statement Piece
We’ve discussed combinations and creativity extensively, but a single piece can often be all it takes to make a wall complete. A large mirror or piece of artwork can almost entirely fill a space and dominate the landscape too, if that’s what you prefer. If not, you can be more subtle while till only going with a single piece.
9. Wallpaper Doesn’t Have to be Bland
If you’re anything like us, you might not have the most positive view of bog-standard wallpaper. However, if you haven’t updated those views in a while, it might be time for a trip to the shop to see what you can do. Virtually nothing is impossible if you’re willing to look for it and if your goal is anything but a bare wall, it can certainly work out in your favour.
10. Paint Creatively
Like wallpaper, paint can be seen as too simple or an easy, temporary way out. However, if you’re willing to commit to an idea, it can still get the job done. Even if you’re no artist, you can blow up stencils and designs to work from and the end result will still be unique as the colour palette decisions will be completely down to you.