Four empty walls are a sign of an unfinished house, which is yet to become a home. The notion of focus wall is here to change that ambiance. In this case, an empty wall is nothing less than a great opportunity to use your creativity and imagination, to create a pleasant sight in your room and make it more “homey”.
It is quite easy to decorate a blank wall like a pro. All you need to do is to get a sense of the room’s feel, choose a good wall (usually the one uninterrupted with windows, doors, etc.), and find decorative elements you like, because, after all, you will spend the most time there. Here are a few ideas you can steal or use as a starting point for something entirely different.
For the Love of Books
The most classical, but always appealing way of decorating a wall is by using books as decorative elements. Depending on how large your book collection is, you can either make the evergreen wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelf (if you are into Beauty and the Beast), or create separate small shelves. You wouldn’t believe just how versatile accessories books can be – from art piece (folded pages and attached to the wall) to DIY project (“invisible shelves” where the books alone stand as shelves on the wall).
The Rustic Appeal
Rustic homes provide a unique sense of coziness and warmth, and the most probable reason for that is because they use a lot of wood in decorating. Try to recreate such ambiance by implementing a plank or reclaimed wood wall. If you use planks of different sizes, you will not create a chaotic appearance, rather an appealing feel of movement. You can further decorate this wall with old-school paintings, faux taxidermy, etc. People often think that rustic décor is very expensive, but if you just complement this wall with some cheap shaggy rugs, you are halfway through.
As Cozy as It Gets
What is the coziest fiber on this world? Well, none other than beautiful and soft yarn. You can use it to create stunning decorative elements for the walls, such as yarn balls, tapestry, ring (loop the yarn around a large golden ring and hang it on a wall), a shape/word on a piece of wood/cardboard (nails and yarn). You can use the same technique to create a sign (a word, name, sentence, etc. on the wall). Keep in mind that you should opt for quality fiber if you want your artwork to last without tearing and wearing out.
You’ve Been Framed
Other than books, frames are one of the most common ways to adorn a wall, but that does not have to mean they have to be boring. You can create a classical wall of memories by displaying your family photos (symmetrically or asymmetrically), or have a specific theme you want to show off (e.g. photos of smiles, cities, cars, etc.). You can decide for a more modern approach and simply make the frames themselves a focal point – arrange several empty frames (modern black, red, grey and white, or vintage – gold, pastel, etc.) on the accent wall and you will create an instant appeal without too much effort.
The Return to Classroom
Chalkboard walls are one of the newest trends in interior décor, since they are a simple way to add some drama to walls, and make them interesting and different every day. It is not only an instant way to create contrast, but also a unique mean to express yourself each day. For instance, you can change the drawings, words, and quotes on the wall each day, or why not, even hour, to create a décor that suits your mood.
Bring the Outdoor In
People and nature are getting more disconnected with each passing day. This is especially true for city dwellers. Well, if you can’t go to nature, bring the nature to you. You can create your own vertical garden in your living room and have the benefits of lovely accessory, soothing natural element and why not even herbs for your culinary endeavors, at the same time. Hanging baskets with flowers are another neat way to refresh your living space.
Are you ready to give your wall a stylish twist?
Use some of these ideas or create something entirely new, and turn your house into a cozy and pleasant home.
Chloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing, and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe onFB, Twitter, and G+.