Four Ways to Transform Blank Walls
You’re ready to move into the home you’ve been dreaming about decorating for the last few weeks or months. You walk inside, take a look around, and there they are: blank walls staring back at you. You become uncertain, so you do the only thing you can do: take the art and mirrors from your last home, put some holes in the walls, and hang them up. But something’s wrong. Nothing fits the same, and your décor somehow doesn’t look like the curated collection it once was. So you make another decision: take it all down, move it to the basement, and start fresh. That’s where we come in! We have four design ideas for blank walls that will take your dream to reality.
We love wallpaper, but unfortunately there is so much fear surrounding this one little word. Most people remember tiny floral patterns with a matching border, and the travails of peeling and scraping it off the wall for hours on end. Let us set the record straight: wallpaper has evolved in leaps and bounds in the last few decades.
There are so many styles and patterns to choose from—everything from modern geometric patterns to farmhouse (even Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper has her own line of supercool wallpaper!). If you ever want to remove it, you can peel it off the walls in long sheets.
Our favourite application for wallpaper is to create a feature wall, which can be any wall you want to draw attention to. For example, maybe you have an awkwardly shaped wall that won’t work with your art or wall décor, but it seriously needs something. This would be the perfect spot for wallpaper.
We also love to use wallpaper in a bedroom—often on the wall behind the bed—for drama, interest, or setting a mood. Wallpaper can also up the wow factor in a powder room. Powder rooms are a space all on their own, and we encourage our clients to pack some punch in this sometimes-neglected room. Imagine the surprise of your guests as they enter your powder room and discover a hidden gem.
Art & Mirrors
For rooms that feel dark, adding a mirror is like adding a window. The natural light entering the room will hit the mirror and bounce around the space, giving the illusion that the space is larger than it actually is. With mirrors, go big or go home, but watch out for what is being reflected! You wouldn’t want to ruin a lovely moment by reflecting a cluttered space.
Purchasing art is a very personal experience. Art generates different emotions for different people. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what will fit in your home. When shopping for art, have a sketch of the wall with you, along with its dimensions.
Be sure the sketch includes any light switches, chair rails, and furniture placements. If furniture will be placed below the art, be sure that the art is smaller than the furniture. Keep in mind the style and colour choices that already exist in your home.
Decorative Wall Décor
Wall décor can be art! Let your creativity flow and try using wire baskets, faux taxidermy, antique silver trays, or vintage plates for added personality. Hanging shelves to display pretty vases or collections is another great way to add depth to a room.
Feel free to dress up the smallest areas of your home, like nooks and foyers, with sconces. Add small pieces of furniture underneath the sconces, such as a bench with decorative pillows or a console table with a mirror. Such details will be pretty and functional, with a place to sit and put shoes on or to drop your mail and keys.
Your blank walls are nothing to be scared of. Which idea(s) are you most willing to try? Have you tried anything we haven’t listed here? Let us know what you’re thinking!