There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page, except for a large blank wall in a home. It presents endless possibilities, but the freedom can also be overwhelming without the know-how to decorate a large space. Here are four strategies designers use to create a beautiful and unique design in a large space.
Filling a large space on a wall doesn’t require committing to one extra-large piece. Layering multiple decor pieces on a wall is a simple way to make a big visual impact while creating a look that is totally one-of-a-kind (and doesn’t come with an extra-large price tag). The layered look is visually intriguing and is a great way to create a focal point in any room.
To create a layered look, start by choosing a large piece of artwork or wall decor, then balance it with the rest of the room. Create a symmetrical look by lining it up with other pieces or features of the room or deliberately offset it for a more contemporary, casual look.
Next, select a few smaller pieces that coordinate with the large piece, like signs, mirrors, clocks, metal wall art, or tapestries with different shapes, sizes, or textures. The chosen pieces should have a color scheme or theme similar to the large artwork to create a cohesive look. Arrange the smaller pieces around your larger piece to complete the look.
If the layered look isn’t for you, consider adding a large-scale textural feature to your space, like a tapestry, rug, or cowhide. While some may think of rugs and cowhides as floor-only accessories, they’re just as beautiful when hung on a wall. They add loads of texture and pattern to a typically textureless space and their larger size makes a big visual impact. Combine a favorite piece of art with a rug, cowhide, or tapestry to add emphasis and make it really pop.
Another great way to add texture to a wall is by incorporating wainscoting or other decorative wood overlays. Wainscoting in particular adds a lot of dimension as well as a sense of elegance to a space thanks to its association with grand Victorian houses.
Similar to layering pieces on your wall, creating a gallery wall is another great way to decorate a large space, but with a more focused collection of pieces. It offers a chance to show off a variety of family photos, a collection of artworks, and other personal pieces in a way that is both curated and unique. Because it makes a big impact, a gallery wall is a great choice for a focal area.
The first step in creating a gallery wall is deciding on pieces to include in the wall. Have an overall theme in mind when choosing pieces and be sure to repeat similar colors throughout the pieces to create a look that feels curated instead of chaotic. Don’t forget that a gallery wall can also incorporate shelves for displaying prized artifacts and other personal touches.
After choosing pieces, decide on a layout for the gallery wall. Will everything be on a grid? Or will it be a little more freeform? Arrange the pieces on the floor to easily get a sense of how different layouts will look before hanging things. After the layout is decided, go ahead and start hanging.
Decorating a large blank wall doesn’t have to be intimidating. Whether the wall is layered with smaller wall decor pieces, embellished with textural features like a rug, or has a curated gallery wall, decorating a large wall provides the opportunity to create a unique space