5 Salon-Style Frames
Hanging frames is one of the simplest and fastest ways to fill up empty wall space. Make this old technique your own by experimenting with salon-style framing, which involves many small frames clustered together. Your photo album is a good source of images from vacations and family history. Add a few fine art pieces and rotate the frames on display regularly to add new events and people.
4 Textured Paint
Certain colors can make a plain wall look interesting, but adding texture to the surface will take the wall to the next level. Textured paints are available in a range of colors. You can also paint a wall any color you like, and then apply a textured glaze that lets the color show through, creating a subtle, bumpy surface. Textured walls can mimic other materials in the room, such as stone, brick and fabric.
3 Wall-Mounted Headboards
Headboards aren’t just for beds. Hang antique headboards or large, finished planks of wood behind furniture. Use brackets that attach to the wall studs for heavier pieces. Wall-mounted headboards will protect the wall itself from damage if a desk, dresser or bed is pushed against it repeatedly. It will also help accent the furniture in front of it, creating a focal point in the room.
2 Creative Shelving
Shelves provide much-needed storage space or a dramatic, central place to show off certain objects. Shelving doesn’t need to be boring or traditional. Floating shelves, which attach without visible brackets, give a clean, modern look, allowing your guests to focus on what’s on the shelves, not the shelves themselves. Most shelves can be painted to match the wall or with a contrasting color. Apply wallpaper to shelves to bring pattern and color to an otherwise flat, neutral wall.
1 Oversize Storage
Whether you have a cozy apartment or a spacious home, storing oversize items can be difficult. Specialty wall brackets, which attach to wall studs, can hold large, heavy items out of the way. A well-designed bicycle rack, for example, can become a piece of wall art when it’s not in use. In the bathroom or kitchen, brackets can support cabinets and sinks right on the wall, saving floor space.