Ask Mr. Kate: filling big empty walls?

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Sophia writes: Hi Mr. Kate! I have a big empty wall, and I have no idea what to fill it with! My room is quite vintage… any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:
Hi Sophia! Big empty walls are so much fun because there are soooooo many ways to make them a statement for the design of your space. Paint and framed art is the most traditional way that people highlight a big wall, but there are loads of outside the box options too! Here are some of my favorites…

  • I’ve blogged about this DIY silk flower wallpaper before and love the 3D effect! All you need are a bunch of silk and/or plastic flowers, masking tape, and voila! I think this has a bohemian, vintage-girly vibe.

  • Twinkle lights are a whimsical way to create a statement wall. Try hanging them like the above photo in evenly spaced vertical lines.

  • These are the free-hand painted wall stripes that I did on one wall in our apartment. See more pics here and see them in a little girl’s room that I designed here! Vertical stripes add the illusion of height to a space and these free-hand stripes have a more organic and cozy feeling.

  • Tapestries or lightweight rugs or fabrics can add texture, pattern and color to a wall. You can tack them up with nails or mount them on a rod or piece of wood and screw that into the wall. Urban Outfitters has a bunch of inexpensive tapestries that would fit in well with a vintage vibe and they’re usually easy to find at flea markets as well.

  • Temporary (removable) wallpaper works wonders for adding color, pattern, etc. to a space, it’s great for an accent wall and no worries if you rent your home…it’s temporary!

  • Cluster of frames – this is what our living room used to look like before I painted the stripes. I spray painted the frames using colors based off the rug.

  • If you’re looking for something playful, try a DIY a chalkboard or whiteboard wall

I hope these inspired some ideas for your own big blank wall! Have fun making it not blank and let us know what you end up doing! Happy decorating!

xx

- kate

(images via Tensta konsthall, vanillawood.enstore, ahouseinthehills.com, weheartit.com, pinterest.com, designfront.org)




  • Madison Kylee Bakalov

    i love all of them. i loved the tree wall and the flower wall.But mainly the tree wall.