Maybe you’ve just moved into your new home, and you don’t have anything to fill those big empty walls. Or perhaps you’ve been there a while, and the bare walls are bugging you.
Whatever the reason is, it’s time to fill them up, and you want to be creative in how you do it.
Sure, you could throw up a few pictures and call it a day, but you know that’s not going to satisfy you for long.
Instead of going for the easy fix, try these seven unexpected, totally fun ways to fill your bare walls in any room.
1. Show Off Your Favorite Collections
Do you have something you love to collect, but it’s all sitting in boxes somewhere?
What a waste of the accumulation of years of time, money, and emotions you spent building this masterpiece!
Maybe you felt you had to relocate your favorite collectibles to storage because you didn’t have room to show them off.
Those bare walls are the perfect empty canvas for this!
No matter what you have stockpiled over the years, you can find a creative way to display it all. You might need to add some hanging shelves or invest in a few bookcases, but it’s time to pull out those things that make you happy.
Everything from antiques to artwork to baseball cards and Star Wars memorabilia deserves its time in the spotlight.
2. Make it Extra Storage Space
Most of us can never have too much storage space, especially if you live in an apartment. The good news is that the extra room you need could be right in front of your nose.
The blank walls that are irritating your senses might be precisely what you were asking for to store your clutter.
Depending on how sturdy your walls are and if you’re able to hang anything, you could use decorative storage baskets along the area. If they’re solid, no one can see the clutter.
You can always hang your accessories, too, rather than stuffing them into drawers. Some self-adhesive hooks, necklaces, scarves, and hats replace a bare wall, looking cute and making you extra organized.
3. Go the Wallpaper Route
If arts and crafts aren’t your thing or you prefer not to worry about interior design, wallpaper is an easy fix.
Even better, you don’t have to deal with a mess of paste or permanent designs you decide you don’t like after they’re up. Removable wallpaper is the go-to choice now for homeowners and renters.
This type of peel-and-stick wallpaper is preferable as it has many benefits over traditional wallpaper.
It’s easy to hang and take down. It’s self-adhesive instead of glue-and-water-based. And it’s usually less pricey than the permanent counterparts.
The best thing about removable styles is that you can change them anytime you want to. If you’re tired of a room’s look or ready to spice things up, head for the wallpaper!
4. Just Shelve It
Shelves cover a wide range of purposes and come in all sorts of varieties. There’s bound to be one that fits your needs.
Bookshelves, parallel shelves, or stylish designs add dimension to your room and block out those bare walls. Think about what you want to show off and whether you can use hardware or need something freestanding.
These types of shelves are some of the most commonly found in hardware and department stores:
- Fixed Bracket (or Suspended) Shelves – The most traditional shelf style, these hang by brackets mounted on walls.
- Floating Shelves – Similar to their suspended counterparts, these look like a typical shelf but have hidden hardware. This gives them the illusion of “floating” on the wall.
- Standalone Corner Shelves – This furniture option lets you fill an empty corner and pull the eye away from a bare wall at the same time.
- Freestanding Bookshelves – A stylish bookcase that matches your decor can cover a big chunk of your empty wall and increase your storage room, too.
Shelves may not solve the world’s problems, but they can put a huge dent in your room’s decor and storage issues!
5. Make a Thematic Wall
Thematic walls use a connecting color or image to tie everything on them together.
Like a gallery wall, you can display them however you’d like. But you need to choose a cohesive element or a theme.
In a gallery wall, you’re limited to pictures in frames that connect. A thematic wall takes this idea further and gives you carte blanche to use anything that fits the theme.
For instance, a lot of people love to collect movie memorabilia.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, your thematic wall could have a centerpiece of a large framed poster of one of the movies. Surround that with character pictures you’ve collected over the years. Then hang some shelves for Star Wars knick-knacks.
Not a Star Wars fan?
Use your favorite sport, flower, place to visit, or family heirlooms to design your own unique wall.
6. Stick to Fabrics
An easy way to make a bold statement or cover a large wall is to use fabrics. You don’t have to put a lot of thought into it aside from finding the perfect design, and it covers up holes and fading paint, too.
Curtains, tapestries, and area rugs are standard as wall decor. Curtains work well in homes where you can’t put holes in the wall. Just grab a wall-to-wall shower rod and some hooks, and your whole blank space is now attractively covered.
Tapestries and area rugs are a little more complicated. If you don’t want to ruin the fabric, you have to hang it carefully. You can use tacks or nails, but the material will never recover from there and could snag.
7. Make It a Vertical Garden
If you enjoy the atmosphere of outside gardens, you can bring a similar feeling into your home. Indoor plants are one of the most popular home decor choices today as more people learn the benefits of plants.
You don’t have to have a green thumb to use greenery to make a vertical hanging wall. There are plenty of plants that will live (and even thrive) without a lot of upkeep, like succulents.
Succulent walls are a lush way to cover bare spaces. As long as there’s accessible sunlight for the plants, the concept of an outdoor wall garden is easily brought into your home.
Succulents also come in a variety of colors and styles for you to choose from. You can follow the directions from pre-existing wall ideas or create your own!
When you want to cover those bare walls creatively, you need more than a few pictures to do the trick. These seven imaginative ideas will fill up empty spaces in a way you can enjoy day after day!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at The Pointe. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes The Pointe a place everyone loves to call home.