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7 Tips for Decorating Your Walls

You’ve added the furniture—so why does your room still feel so bland? These tips for decorating your walls will help you spruce up your empty-looking space.

You’ve decorated your floors—added some rugs, arranged the furniture, and added other décor items. So why does the space still feel so bland? Bare, drab walls can make a room feel empty, even if it’s filled corner-to-corner with fashionable, stylized décor.

These tips for decorating your walls will help you find the perfect kind of wall décor to complement the rest of your space.

Create a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a perfect way to showcase all your favorite pieces. Hang framed art, photographs, or even posters, and arrange them in a fun, interesting design. Incorporating different colors and styles of art will help brighten up the room and give it a modern, abstract look.

Use Wall Decals

Child bedroom with wall decal
Child bedroom with wall decal

Wall decals are lightweight, easy to apply, and come in a vast range of sizes and designs. Are you looking to hang a classy, inspirational quote on the wall? That works! Need a simple, black-and-white coffee decal to display in your kitchen? Awesome! Feel like having a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex above your bed? Sure, why not? When it comes to wall decals, the sky—or rather, your imagination—is the limit.

Make a Plant Garden

Succulent wall garden
Succulent wall garden

Another tip for decorating your walls is to make a plant garden. Hanging and wall-mounted planters will add a hint of the outdoors to your wall space and free up floor space you’d typically use for potted plants. Plant some succulents, leafy plants, or gorgeous flowers. If you’re not too big into maintenance, try filling the pots with colorful rocks or fake flora.

Add Some Fabrics

Integrating weavings and fabrics is a fantastic way to add color, texture, and pattern to your walls. They’re a breeze to hang up and remove.

Large tapestries and blankets can cover most of a wall, if not its entire length, giving them an appearance similar to wallpaper. Smaller weavings and macrame offer a natural, rustic look, and unlike tapestries, don’t take up too much space.

Hang a Chalkboard or Letterboard

Living room with chalkboard wall
Living room with chalkboard wall

Chalkboards and letterboards are both stylish and highly customizable. Moreover, they’re versatile. You can use them to plan your grocery list, write down a recipe, or display your favorite quotes.

Chalkboards are easy to erase, and letterboards have removable letters, so you can switch up their contents whenever you feel like it.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

3d rendering classic luxury bedroom with pouf and mirror and brick wall
3d rendering classic luxury bedroom with pouf and mirror and brick wall

Mirrors are a great way to spruce up your wall space. As a bonus, they’re functional. They make a great addition to mudrooms, front entryways, or anywhere else you might need to get a quick glimpse of yourself. Since mirrors reflect light, they can also make a space seem brighter and bigger.

Install Shelving

Shelving is a great addition to any room because, above all else, it’s practical. Set some picture frames, vases, or other small figurines on them for some added flair. If you’re going for a more natural look, stock them with plenty of plants.

Adding hooks and pegs beneath your shelf will give you space to flaunt your favorite hats and coats.

 

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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