In general, I haven’t had much difficulty filling the walls of my home. As an artist, I’m constantly swapping out one canvas for another too see how it looks from a distance. Every little wall space and nook in my home is pretty much occupied…except for one. My bedroom wall, the largest wall in my house, remains blank. Every morning I’m greeted by a big, blank space that I haven’t had the motivation to tackle yet. It’s not the easiest thing to do without some inspiration. So today I’m going to discuss ways to decorate a big wall space. There are a lot more possibilities than you may realize.
Let’s Take a Look at 10 Ideas
1. Series of Canvases
Whether they’re real paintings or prints, a series of canvases is a simple and effective way to decorate a large wall space. Unframed canvases are usually fairly lightweight, even at larger sizes, and can be hung anywhere with ease. You could use one image broken up into segments such as the picture shown above, or a series of separate compositions by the same artist, such as the one pictured below. And really, there is no rule that says the canvases all have to be by the same artist. So long as they work together as a group. They don’t even all have to be the same size! One common look is to have a really big canvas in the middle, flanked by two narrower canvases on either side. If you head over to Art.com here, and type in the search term “triptych,” you will see many examples of what I am talking about.
2. Collage of Smaller Pieces
Another way to decorate a big wall is to hang several pieces together in a grouping to create a collage. This could consist of many different things. Often it is simply a grouping of framed photos, maybe family and personal photos that you’ve accumulated over the years. To keep the look unified, you could frame each piece similarly (i.e., a white mat and black frame on each one.) Another route is to create an eclectic collage of items. Maybe a mixture of photos and art pieces with different framing styles. The key here, regardless of what your collage consists of, is balance. In the example below, note how the two round mirrors are separated from each other and placed at different levels. This creates movement for the eye. The largest piece, the & sign, is placed in the center so as not to make one side heavier than the other. The smaller pieces are placed strategically throughout the rest of the area, making sure the similarly shaped items are spaced out appropriately. For more information on how to arrange a group of pictures on a wall, check out my full length article here.
3. Art Tapestry
My go to method for decorating during my twenties, the tapestry. Maybe not for everyone, but they now have a heck of a whole lot more options than just hippy mandalas. With all of the new print technology and services, you can order artwork printed onto many different surfaces, including a wall tapestry! Check out these examples here, available at Society6.com.
4. Wall Letters
This is a trendy new fad that has been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years. There are several companies you can order custom letters from including Craft Cuts, Quote the Walls, and from MANY different sellers on Etsy. It’s extra popular for nurseries, but can also make a great addition to any room of the house. You can order hand painted letters which are typically made out of wood or some other lightweight material, or vinyl decals which can be adhered directly to the wall. Custom wall lettering can be a fun way to express your personality and add a unique touch to your home.
Mirrors are a great way to customize a large wall space. You could custom order a mirror to any size you want, and frame it in any frame you want at your local frame shop, which is what I recommend if you decide to go with a really extra large size, as shipping something of that sort could be risky. Or for a more economical alternative, try something like this part mirror/part metal wall art piece. Either way, you will need to install it with adequate hanging hardware, which will depend on the size and weight of your mirror. They can be more of an investment than other decor options, but mirrors have the major advantage of being gorgeous in and of themselves while also making the room appear even bigger.
This option will require you to get crafty, but the end result is STUNNING. There are several different techniques. In its simplest form, you need to purchase the stencil and the rest of your supplies – paint, roller, stencil brush, paint tray, and cleaning tools. It is recommended that you practice on something first. A wall in the garage perhaps, or any kind of sample board/piece of cardboard will do. Then it’s just a matter of laying down the stencil, applying the paint, and peeling back the stencil to reveal the finished design. For more detailed instructions on how to stencil, check out this page here, and to see some really awesome stencil examples, click on the thumbnails below:
A chalkboard as wall decor, what?! Yes! Probably not for a formal dining room, but maybe for an office, a kid’s bedroom, an eccentric kitchen, or any room that could use a bit of practical creativity. They now make products that easily allow you to turn a large wall area into a chalkboard. The two main ways you can do this are with chalkboard paint, and chalkboard contact paper. There are pros and cons to each product, which you can read about in detail here.
Sometimes the solution to a decorating dilemma might turn out to be a practical one. If you have a large wall space you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with, something to consider might be a setup of shelving that can be both practical and decorative. In addition to storing books, also considering displaying things like vases of flowers, easel back frames, potted plants, ceramics, or glassware.
9. Fabric Panels
This is something that is a new concept to me, and I have NO idea why I’ve never thought of it before now. It’s seriously genius. I’m complete crap at sewing, but I’ve always wished I was better at it because there are so many GORGEOUS fabrics out there. But I am very good at stretching canvases…why not combine the two? Instead of stretching canvas around stretcher bars, how about decorative fabric? Or, you could try another method, like this one from the Bella Dia Blog. She simply uses foam core and double sided tape to make her fabric panels. How clever is that?
10. Oversize Wall Clock
And last but not least, my tenth idea for a way to decorate a big wall is with an extra large wall clock. Another design idea that is both decorative and practical, oversize wall clocks are very trendy right now. I’ve seen some where each number is actually a separate piece and they all hang independently from each other. It looks neat but would require a lot more work to hang properly. Myself, I would probably go with a clock that is sold as a complete piece, like this one available on Amazon and that you see pictured below. And of course you could browse Pinterest or Etsy for more style ideas.
I hope this list has been helpful, and as always, please leave your questions and comments below!