How to Decorate a Large Wall with Flair

A large, blank wall is like the interior designer’s version of a blank canvas: ripe and ready to infuse with personality. A blank wall just looks empty. Since the human mind doesn’t like inactivity, blankness and lack of stimuli aren’t good. 

You need to have some types of decorations to offset the presence of a blank wall. It can be wall art, furniture, accessories, or anything to break the tedium of the visual design. We’re here to walk you through where to hang picture, show to pick a colour for the wall, what accent pieces to use

Where Can I Hang Artwork and Pictures?

hanging wall art in a designed space

Unless your wall is a solid piece of wood, you can’t just hang artwork and photos willy-nilly. You have to know where proper support is. 

Interior walls are built around frames that contain electrical boxes and plugs. These supports, also called wall studs, are the only safe places where you can hang a picture frame. Otherwise, you’re just driving a nail into plaster and it won’t support anything substantial.

You can tap the wall and listen for the different sounds your hand makes. Unless you’ve got exceptionally sharp hearing, this method isn’t as reliable as using a stud finder to locate your support beams and measuring a metre to the next one.

Mark on the wall, using a wall pencil, where the studs are for future reference. From here you can decide what frames you want to hang.

Choose Your Wall Colour

artwork hanging on a statement wall

Part of redecorating a blank wall might mean changing out the colour scheme. Whether you want to do this by putting up wallpaper or by painting is up to you. 

Painting takes more time and is messier, but it works great for putting down solid colours. Wallpaper is often patterned, and it is a little quicker to apply.

If you have any wallpaper left from an old DIY project, you can place it in frames and hang it on your wall as a quick way to add colour and texture. Done right, it’s a cheap and quick alternative to renovating your entire wall.

Decide whether you want the wall to feel more intimate or distant. An intimate, homey feeling is best achieved through the use of warm colour. By choosing to paint your wall red, orange, yellow, or any of the shades between, you’re suing warm colours.  Green, blue, and violet are cool colours that evoke a calming, more distancing effect.

Artwork hanging on on a blue wall in a designed space

Different colours evoke different emotions. Red fosters feelings of excitement or anger. Yellow is supposed to be calming, but only if it’s a pale yellow. Bright neon-like yellow fosters a greater sense of danger.

 

Whatever colour you use, don’t make it too saturated. Bright, vibrant hues aren’t always the best choice for interior walls. These colours can clash with those of other, nearby walls in your home. It’s best to use pastel versions of these colours so as not to overwhelm the eyes.

Set Large Accent Pieces First

an accent piece on a large black wall

The most common type of accent piece is a piece of furniture. You’ll want to set those in place first and then put everything else around it to draw the eye. 

For example, if you have a bookshelf you’ll want to place that at the centre of the wall. Of course, this is for a single large bookshelf; smaller pieces might need to be more spread out.

If you have a single large accent piece, decide where on the wall you want to put it so the eye will be drawn to that area. If you have smaller accent pieces, place them equidistant from a central point. 

An example might be the bookshelf, with two wall sconces or potted plants on either side. It can be practically anything you want.

A mirror can work as an accent piece if you have no tall furniture. If you have low-profile furniture like a console table, hanging a mirror above it can accentuate the table. 

You should use as much space as you can when decorating a large wall without making the space feel cluttered. Too much clutter makes the space look too busy and overwhelming, likely not the effect you’re trying to achieve.

Hanging Artwork

3 pieces of art hanging on a designed space

If you haven’t already marked where your wall studs are, this is the best time to do so. Use a pencil mark dark enough to see but not so dark as to show up obviously on the wall. Ideally, mark where you’re going to drive the nail in.

You should get a rough idea of how large your pictures are going to be on the wall before hanging them. Otherwise, you’ll have to remove and reinsert nails and this takes valuable time and effort. 

Place larger pictures lower to the ground or closer to the middle of the wall. They’re the ones you probably want to display, so they need to be as close to the viewer’s eye level as possible.

Take smaller pictures and intermingle them amongst the larger ones to create a sense of balance. You might also want to arrange them by theme: family photos in one area, travel photos in another. 

You could even place the picture frame in chronological order of when they were taken in order to tell a story.

modern artwork hanging in a dining room

All it takes to decorate a large wall effectively is a little bit of planning and forethought. Even if you don’t have a vast collection of family photos, you can still add colour to the wall. 

Using paint and wallpaper together can create a personalised display. If you do have art to hang, remember to check where your studs are located to prevent costly accidents.

Keep your furniture as close to the wall as possible to maximise the use of space, and keep electrical outlets free. People may want to charge their mobiles, or you might want to plug something in. It’s harder to move furniture than artwork, so make sure you know where you intend to place it.

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