Leave Empty or Adorn? 3 Questions to Answer When Facing a Blank Wall

published Dec 13, 2015
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Whether moving into a new place, rearranging your furniture or just on the hunt for a new look, you might occasionally find yourself in front of a blank wall, wondering if it should stay blank or be adorned with art. Before you start drilling any holes, answer these three questions. It’ll help you make the decision to keep a wall blank or fill it with decor.

1. Is there some architectural element or other focal point you’d rather the eyes go to?

Perhaps you have a fabulous fireplace. Rad rafters. Gorgeous window trim. Wood floors that could make you cry tears of aesthetic joy. Why steal the attention from that by placing some bold art on an wall? Before you fill up a blank wall in the same room as a beautiful architectural element, step back, look at the whole space and see if you’d like to make the element the focal point instead.

2. Does your room need a place for the eyes to rest?

You might be someone who subscribes to a more maximalist way of decorating, and if so, you might have a lot of stuff going on in your room already. You might need a spot for your eyes to rest. Letting a wall stay blank could be a great way to add much-needed negative space to a room that is bordering on too-busy.

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3. Do you really like the color/pattern on the wall?

Perhaps you have a wall that is covered in a particularly great wallpaper or wall color. Maybe you added pattern yourself with a paint. Though adding art to a wall that’s already got some decoration on it could lead to some potentially awesome layering action, leaving it “blank” in this case (not really blank since it’s already got color or pattern on it!) could be a way of shifting the focus to the pattern and color instead of the visual fight between art and the wall’s color or pattern.