Do you have a wall in your house that you just have no clue what to do with? You either think it deserves more than a single piece of art or you aren’t keen on the gallery wall concept? I’ve rounded up 6 ideas for decorating your walls that may peak your interest and leave your walls with more excitement than they started with.
You might think that this concept is only for modern styles, but it can be classic and traditional too. It depends on what “sculptures” you’re using and how you arrange them. If your home is a fresh traditional style, stay away from the wall sculptures that have color blocking or strict geometric shapes and patterns.
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Wall moldings can dress up any wall and add so much interest. There are also so many patterns and techniques that you can apply, making this idea work for so many different styles.
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Regular framed mirror, antique mirror, a collage of mirrors, a mirror hung on the wall above a console, a mirror leaned against the wall, the list goes on. Sometimes with you have a big empty wall, a floor or wall mirror is the perfect solution. Timeless and reflective, adding a mirror will make your space feel larger.
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Plates are usually used for decorating your walls in kitchens and dining rooms, however, that’s not to say you can’t use them elsewhere! I have seen this done really well and not so great. In my opinion, I think its best to use plates that are vintage or look vintage to add interest. Also, don’t get so carried away with your plate arrangement that the top one is too close to the ceiling/crown molding. I would keep your plates within the same constraints as any other piece of wall decor (several inches from ceiling, below window or door casings nearby).
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This one might require another layer of wall decor on top, but maybe not – just depends on your space. If you’re using a patterned wallpaper with a decent scale, I would say that you’re all set after you install it! Subtle patterns and geometrics might need a piece of art on top.
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Art, Accompanied by Sconces or Lamps
One large, statement piece of art is always welcomed in my book. If every wall has dimensional art, plates, gallery walls and molding, you’re going to run into a whole different issue than what you started with! Let’s say your living room has 2 large walls and you use gallery photo frames on one of them. I would recommend you balance that with a single piece of art on the other wall as to not get too busy. And if you want to dress it up, add sconces on either side!
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Okay, I just have to include this one because there are so many different ways you could go with this. You don’t have to stick with a classic gallery wall or the new symmetrical ones. Gallery walls can make a huge statement if done correctly. Add sconces to elevate the look.
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