When decorating a room, we usually focus on the furniture, flooring, windows, and wall colors. Many people don't realize how walls can enhance a room and not just be a solid or patterned color to base the rest of the room on. Accents like wall art, clocks, and hanging furniture pieces can transform a room when placed in the right location. Follow our easy tips and make the most of your walls in any room.
1. Frame Everything
Framing isn't just for family photos. You can use frames to display anything you want. You can frame travel keepsakes – such as tickets and maps – to create a vintage but adventurous vibe in a living room. Or, print and frame images to complement a bathroom or kitchen’s décor and add a little extra pop to your walls. Buy extra thick frames for small keepsakes and trinkets, instead of just printed images.
2. Give Bare Walls one Staple Piece
If you have lots of empty wall space, a simple fix is to invest in one large piece of wall art. Large pieces are ideal for creating a focal point in a room. Depending on your taste, you can pick a more neutral image, such as a black and white street scene, or go for bold and choose a picture or pattern that complements your furniture color. You can also buy larger pieces of wall art where the image is cut into separate plaques. These can help when you have a particularly large expanse of wall, as they appear to take up more space without being too overpowering.
3. Pattern many Pieces Tastefully
As an alternative to large wall art, you can select a variety of smaller accent pieces. The key to this technique is to organize them in one space as if they were one piece, and find multiple accents that work well with one another. For example, you could purchase six white picture frames of varying sizes and arrange them together on a wall. This trick works well with pictures of the same color (like a black and white set), but also looks really effective if you mix up the various colors that work with your room. Use clocks in smaller spaces or as part of a design containing other accents.
4. Use your Wall Space
Walls can be just as functional as they are aesthetic. Capitalize on wall space by using mounted lights or shelving, which free up floor space. Wall-mounted TV and entertainment systems free up even more space. If you choose lights or shelving, it's best to avoid using other accent pieces (like pictures or wall art), as they can make walls appear over-crowded.
5. Let your Furniture Work with your Walls
Walls give your room its feel and atmosphere. Opening up your space enough for your walls to be visible is vital to achieve the vibe you want in any room. That's why it's just as important to select furniture that works with your walls as it is to decorate them. Open shelving also is the perfect solution as it offers display space, storage, and shows off your walls, and makes the room feel more open. Another tip is to simply pull furniture a foot or two away from the wall which can make the room feel more open.
6. Use Mirrors to Create more Space
Mirrors can make rooms feel larger. Wall mirrors can give your room much more dimension and create a more open atmosphere throughout your home. Hang a large mirror high in living spaces, especially those that open up into a kitchen or entryway, to make the space feel larger. Or, hang a smaller mirror in walkways and narrow halls to diminish the cramped effect they often have.
7. Temporary Design
A fun alternative to accent pieces is wall sticker decals. They come in a variety of shapes and designs and can be removed easily, which works well if you like redecorating.
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