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I was recently visiting with a friend, and she asked for ideas on what to do with the dreaded blank wall in her living room. To me, a blank wall is like working with a fresh, clean slate – which is the best way to start sometimes! Ideas immediately started flowing… She had mentioned that she specifically wanted ideas for hanging pictures, so, in an attempt to deliver some fun ideas for you, below are some similar suggestions I gave to to her. For this post, I included some great ideas for using pictures, as well as some other creative options for “filling the void” on whatever wall in your home that needs to feel some love.
1. Picture collage: Okay, don’t freak out! I know picture collages are sometimes scary. It can sometimes get a little cheesy and/or cluttered looking… and… you might be deterred because of the fifty bazillion holes you’ll potentially put in your wall. You can avoid all of this! Keep it limited on the number of pictures. Use larger photos to fill the space. This will cut down on the holes in the wall, but still give the appearance of taking up more space. Or if you’re good with it and have several photos, but can’t choose which ones not to use, hang ’em all! A good rule of thumb is to keep the color palette of the photos you hang in the same color family, as seen below, to keep it looking streamlined and cohesive.
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2. Statement Pieces: There are a multitude of options in regard to statement pieces. One, big, fabulous piece is like that uh-mazing, vintage necklace you have in your jewelry stash.… Pair it with something simple, and you will always look fab. The same goes for a statement piece in your home! Find a really great painting; look for something that reaches out to you, and that you’ll enjoy for a long time. Whether it’s something with a pop of color, or a neutral, do something that fits YOU, and the style of your home. Mirrors are always fab and they totally “open up” a room. I’m also a fan of big portraits. You could do a portrait of your family, or just the kiddos (hairy babies count, too!). Another option is a really great clock. My mom has always loved clocks, and has passed her love for antiques on to me. I mean, does it get any more classic than a fabulous vintage, or antique clock?! Whatever you decide to use, like that fab, vintage necklace, let the piece make the statement, and keep it’s immediate surroundings relatively simple to intensify the visual impact.
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3. Get funky: Use your imagination! Break away from your comfort zone, and try something different. Do you have any meaningful, or sentimental things laying around the house that are neat pieces, but you’re not really sure how to display them? For example, maybe you have a set of beautiful dishes that were given to you by someone special, or that maybe belonged to a dear family member, and were passed on to you? Hang them up to display them! Or pop into a local antique store, and find something different, like an old window, or maybe an old window shutter, and hang it on the wall for something unique. Below, are some great ways to display these types of pieces.
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These are just a few of the endless ideas to fill in that blank space – you could even combine some of the suggested ideas! Ask yourself what look you’re going for, and then work from there. The sky is the limit! Then sit back, and enjoy your hard work. Take before-and-after pics, and give yourself a pat on the back. Or have the girls over, and show off your new look! Just have fun with it.
-Ellen, for Home Chic Home