One of the most intimidating aspects of decorating a home is having to deal with a blank wall. Sometimes your imagination can be just like the wall, blank without any ideas on how to fill that space. You don't have to be a veteran interior designer in order to make that blank wall beautiful, all you need is a little bit of inspiration to get the ball rolling. Here are a few concepts that you can use to give that space a creative edge:
Reminisce with iconic wallpaper
Put a piece of history all over your blank wall by using iconic wallpaper. Stately hotels like the Beverly Hills Hotel used to use Martinique wallpaper to line their rooms. You can go a similar route and look for other visually striking material that will instantly grab the attention of your guests. You might also want to consider working with wallpaper that resonates with a certain era. For example, the 1950s is widely regarded as one of the most iconic periods in interior design, featuring bold patterns that experimented with the concepts of spacing and color schemes.
One of the most understated uses of a blank wall is turning it into an accessible storage space for kitchenware, office supplies and other knickknacks that you would otherwise leave cluttered around the house. Consider using full-sized wall cabinets to store papers, pens and important files. Decor wall cubes can add a touch of style along with a sense of utility that can really bring a room together. If you decide to go this route, think about applying panels for added support. Once you add panels to your blank wall, you can experiment with a variety of cabinet and decor cube layouts for maximum space efficiency and utility.
One of the basic purposes of interior design is bringing a sense of artistry to a room. If you are still finding it challenging to discover ways to fill up your blank wall, use the tools and concepts of other art forms (like cooking) to breathe life into that space. For example, try culinary-inspired silhouettes. Use cutouts of cooking utensils and kitchen appliances as the focus for your wall. Set the silhouettes against a background consisting of images of recipes from old cookbooks. Make this project stand out by framing each image. The borders of each frame should contrast the color of paint you used for your wall. You might also want to consider creating a graphic statement wall. To do this, apply a base coat of paint to the blank wall. Then tape off sections and paint the next coat a color that contrasts well with the original. Try varying the width and length of each length of tape to create a level of depth and randomness to your design. You can add a picture to accent the features of the wall or leave it to stand out on its own.
Go global or local
In order to do this project, you'll need a very large map. Consider cutting it into five or six pieces. Place pieces in frames of various widths and lengths and place them on the wall as if you were putting together puzzle pieces. You can do the same thing with a global map. Just make sure the sections aren't uniform, as that takes away from its aesthetic appeal.