Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions

published Mar 5, 2014
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Having a blank canvas to work with is fun, but when it’s really big, that can be a bit of a challenge. First there’s the question of just what you might want to put up there that’s the right size, and then there’s the question of how to do it affordably. Here are some of our favorite fixes for big, blank walls.

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1. Architectural salvage elements: Salvaged elements such as shutters are big and have lots of character. I’ve seen shutters at antique and salvage shops for reasonable prices, considering their size.

2. Overall pattern plus regular size art: Add interest to the whole wall with a stencil or, if you have a bigger budget, wallpaper. Follow Brian & Kerry‘s example and create a focal point with a favorite regular-sized mirror or piece of artwork.

3 – 4. Flags and wall hangings: Fabric can be a budget-friendly way to cover a large space. Consider this DIY batik option from Kellie Murray.

5. A Grid of prints: I recently came around to the idea of equal size framed art rather than a more organic gallery wall.

6 – 7. A collage or pin board: Applied directly to a wall, this look can quickly remind me of something I did in my room as a thirteen year old; its success hangs on the content. In this example, a black and white palette elevates the look. For a pin board, you can go a little crazy — it’s all about inspiration.

8 – 9. Multiples: While this is similar to the grid idea, it could include a lot of different things. In an office space, colorful clocks or white boards make for good-looking function.

10. A gallery wall (of art or mirrors): This one is no surprise, but you can do it affordably on a big scale by eschewing frames for washi tape.