6 Ways to Fill a Wall that Are as Useful as They Are Beautiful

published Mar 24, 2016
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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 and decorating your walls with pretty things. But useful things can be beautiful, too.

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A cork wall treatment acts as a big mood board, perfect for a study, home office or any room that welcomes constant visual change. Cork is renewable, easy to maintain, making it perfect for a busy household. Pegboard, in the lead image above, is a similar idea.

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There’s lots of storage potential here, but all the yarn also looks just plain lovely and decorative. You can buy inexpensive shelving at IKEA, or get a similar look by stacking crates on top of each other. Check out craft stores like Michael’s for different style options (or go full on vintage for a super unique look).

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The owners of this Brooklyn home turned a wall into a vertical garden with a basic shelving system made from industrial pipes and wood boards. Not only is it a showstopper, but it’s practical too.

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This wall is a room itself. With vintage modular shelving, this Melbourne home made a massive statement. If you add a desk element with basic track shelving, you get a similar setup that’s part workspace, part storage, and part display.

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This small wall in Alison and Trevor’s home, is turned into a family station with chalkboard paint. It can help the family get organized, or just be a drawing station for their little one.

Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 3.25.2016. – DF