Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative artwork.
To put a culinary-inspired twist on the classic silhouette, use cutouts of cooking utensils and appliances as the subject matter for kitchen wall decor. These cutouts are backed with photocopied pages from an old cookbook, allowing them to blend easily with the kitchen’s country style. The pieces stand out against the wall with crisp black frames in varying widths and are arranged in a neat, balanced composition.
Draw attention to unique accessories with an oversize piece of artwork. This massive print embraces the contemporary typography trend and draws the eye toward a modern transparent console table. To keep the arrangement looking grounded and intentional, it’s been flanked by a pair of industrial-style sconces.
DIY Botanical Prints
Update the classic look of botanical prints with this easy DIYproject. Silk or plastic greenery is laid on a blank canvas and a coat of spray paint creates the reverse silhouette. A special material called frisket (available in the model-building section of a crafts store) gives the pieces a unique irregular border.
Who says calendars can’t function as artwork, too? To create the look, remove the glass from a store-bought picture frame, line the inside of the frame with a piece of scrapbook paper, then adhere the calendar to the paper. To allow easy change-out from month to month, look for a calendar that has tear-off pages.
A Bit of Nature
Bring the great outdoors inside with artwork. This sunny sitting room includes a large bay window that offers magnificent views of the outside, making these small butterfly prints blend right in on a blank wall. The bright colors on the butterflies’ wings add a needed splash of color to the mostly neutral room and coordinate perfectly with other accessories and decor.
Laying the Plans
Get the gridded artwork look on a dime. Browse the dollar store for wood frames and customize them with paint. These frames were spruced up with black paint and then distressed with sandpaper to match the look of the vintage botanical prints they display.
Small Space Decor
Don’t let a small kitchen space stand in the way of your decor. Hang a pair of floating shelves at staggering angles on a blank wall and fill them with various frames and pretty china patterns. To make the display pop, paint the shelves a contrasting color.
Switch out your artwork frequently with this easy approach. Simply hang a grouping of prints on walls with thumbtacks, which also lends a more casual vibe than standard framed prints.
Prevent a blank wall from looking stark and empty by filling it with a collection of small prints. Soft landscapes like these ones look soothing placed against a soft blue wall. To create a cohesive composition, search for prints of similar sizes and arrange the frames in a grid pattern on the wall.
High-impact decorating on a budget has never been easier. These pieces were made with nothing more than a couple canvases and metal repair tape. To create these shiny DIYworks of art, cut the metal repair tape with scissors and adhere in geometric patterns to the canvases. The silver material stands out against cool blue walls and fits in perfectly with the other silver accessories and decor elsewhere in the room.
Art of Grandeur
A single piece of art can be the solution for an entire blank wall — especially if it’s a dramatic size, like this floor-to-ceiling printed canvas stretched around a frame. To make your own oversize artwork, stretch fabric around a canvas frame, available at crafts stores.
Doubled Wall Art
Combine two types of wall art — shadowboxes and plates — for a distinctive way to dress up a blank wall. Line the shadowboxes with colorful papers or fabrics, then mount coordinating plates inside the boxes with a strong adhesive.
Introduce a new color to a space with brightly hued picture mats. These yellow matted prints bring attention to the bed, casting it as the bedroom’s focal point. The yellow mats serve as a vivid contrast to the purple-hue bedroom. For a polished look, repeat the mat’s hue somewhere else in the room.
Looking for a quick but stunning way to fill up a blank wall? Try an oversize mirror. This once-dull corner comes to life with a large mirror in a bright blue frame. The mirror adds style to the room and reflects light around the space, making it feel larger.