Imagine for a moment that you're an infallibly practical person. The idea of filling a wall with framed artwork... well, it would be such a waste, wouldn't it? Sure, there's value in surrounding yourself with pretty things. But useful things can be beautiful, too.
Above, an office corner from photographer Petra Bindel is covered in cork. The wall treatment acts as a big mood board.
Cork again, but this time on a wall in this Los Angeles family home from Dwell, making potentially the world's largest kid art gallery.
Here's a wall of wooden storage crates in a Connecticut coffee shop featured on West Elm's blog. There's lots of storage potential here, but it looks just as lovely when empty.
Mandi of Vintage Revivals turned this wall in her home into a vertical garden with this leather-and-wood trellis DIY. Get the instructions on her blog.
Here's a wall that becomes a room. With track shelving, Dabito of Old Brand New made this desk wall unit. It's part workspace, part storage and part display
This small wall in a Saint Petersburg home from INT2 Architecture is turned into a family station with magnetic chalkboard paint (via Home Designing).
And finally, another magnet idea – this time for the kids – from Jordan Ferney's former San Francisco apartment on Cup of Jo.
(Image credits: Petra Bindel; Lisa Romerein; West Elm; Vintage Revivals; Old Brand New; INT2 Architecture; Heather Zweig)