CHI Good Questions: What to Do with Big Empty Wall?

CHI Good Questions: What to Do with Big Empty Wall?

Janel Laban
May 7, 2008

Carole is looking for some ideas: "I am at a loss of what to do with the big empty wall in our front room, which is a living room and dining room combo. The wall is 23' long and 8' tall. As you will see from the picture, there is a pathway from the front to the back of the room, so we need something decorative but flat because of the traffic that goes through the area to/from the front door.

Opposite the wall is a Marimekko tapestry and a danish buffet with a mirror on top (see photo). The house style is vintage modern.

I have one print that I would like to hang on the wall behind the dining room table (see photo). But, I am unsure of what to do with the rest of the wall, and think one picture alone will look lonely.

Help? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!"

Carole, here's one idea: we were thinking that perhaps the Marimekko hanging could be switched over to the opposite wall - it is a strong visual and it's size is appropriate for the big open space. Then, you could replace it will a cluster of artwork over the sofa to help balance the room. The print you included a photo of could be the anchor piece to the wall, mixed in with other, smaller framed pieces, like the two sitting on the buffet.

Readers, please share your ideas for the big wall with Carole in the comments below...

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