A blank wall is like a blank canvas inviting you to express your creativity. Instead of staring at an empty space, use the possibility to create a centrepiece that will brighten the room and step up your home’s aesthetic. Look beyond the classic gallery wall and bring out your personal style and taste.
Whether it’s wall art, accent pieces, clocks or photos, or something more unusual and unique, it can add that finishing touch to the room’s style. Without wall decor, the space feels incomplete and not as personal. Here, we include some ideas and tips from interior designers, as well as some features you might not have thought could be part of wall décor.
Decorative Wall Clocks
You might think that in the age of smart technology, the time of clocks is in the past. However, the growing interest in horology (the study of time) is making an impact on home décor, and now you can see beautiful decorative wall clocks in vintage or modern styles in almost every home.
Chosen with the home style in mind, the wall décor clock can work in most rooms, especially the living room, kitchen, and entryways. These time-telling motifs can be incorporated in an intentional and well-curated manner to achieve an elegant interior.
Consider the size of the space you want to fill in and pick a wall clock of proportional scale. Large pieces work well in bigger spaces, but for smaller rooms choose something that won’t give you a closed feel.
Except for the size of the timepiece, you can also play with the shape. Most of the decorative wall clocks have circular shapes and when added to a gallery with square frames they break up the lines and give a fresh dimension. Another approach is to find a clock with a more abstract and organic shape that will go in cohesion with the rest of the furniture.
At the risk of being considered a bit obsessed with clocks, you can create a very impactful display with a gallery wall of multiple clocks. If you decide on this, think about the styles of clocks: modern, traditional, eclectic…, but don’t be careful not to make it a source of anxiety.
Don’t forget, clocks tick! Whether it’s a simple tick of a wall clock, a chime of an old, vintage piece, or the whimsy of a cuckoo clock, they will make a sound, so place them somewhere in the home where this won’t annoy you.
Mirrors with Unique Shapes
Mirrors are a great way to make a small space feel bigger and brighter because they reflect light. An oversized mirror or several smaller pieces can fill in a wall and enhance the design. Square or rectangular framed mirrors are commonly available, but for a modern twist, you can incorporate interesting shapes like a raindrop, round, or diamond.
Groupings of a few smaller pieces will give you a more energetic vibe, and ornate gold or silver-leafed frames can add luxury to the space. Tiled mirrored designs create movement and geometric-like patterns that elevate the entire room.
For a more rural theme, you can opt for a mirror with a distressed frame or one with an ornate thick frame that will stand out. An oversized window frame with individual sections of mirrors will change the pace and give an extra statement.
Eye-catching Art Piece
Decorating a wall with an art piece can go in any direction you need it. A large painting will surely command attention and set the tone in a small space. It could be an interesting portrait, gorgeous landscape or captivating abstract art, whatever your personal taste is, as long as it incorporates with the rest of the theme.
A black–and–white photo works perfectly for a minimalistic style, and a vibrant colourful abstract piece will be striking and energy-defining.
A collection of drawings with simple cohesive frames that extend all the way to the ceiling will create the illusion of a larger space, not to mention all the stories that will come out of each artwork.
An empty wall can be turned into a decoration itself by using bold wallpapers, stencilling, or other decorative paint techniques. An industrial brick wall with carefully chosen lighting can work in both traditional and modern interior styles. Patterns, colours, or textures, or all of them combined can create an eye-catching feature in your living room space.
If you are already an album collector you can display it in an expressive way to show off your passion. This way you can always enjoy the music.
This is also true for fine china, like dishes and serving plates that can be hung on the wall instead of being kept hidden in the cabinet. It will add colour and dimension to the wall.
If you are into macramé, tapestry, baskets or maybe you just love hats, you can mount them on the wall and create a practical display with visual interest. Install some hooks and hang them in a cluster. They will add texture and depth, plus you will save on storing space.
For the travel-lovers, a large world map with pins to the places you have visited or dream to see is a sure way to show your adventurous spirit.
Refresh your space and turn those stark, bare walls into highlights. The right wall décor can make all the difference to the complete space. It turns a space into cozy and pleasant, interesting and fun, or calm and elegant.
Moreover, it always starts a conversation. Your guests will surely have questions about that one-of-a-kind art piece, your interesting collection, or the places you have been to. You will create a focal point that will add aesthetics to the room and make a personal statement.