38 Blank Wall Solutions

Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Spacio Design Inspirationists brings you solutions to infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative artwork.

Stylish Silhouettes

Stylish Silhouettes

To put a culinary-inspired twist on the classic silhouette, use cutouts of cooking utensils and appliances as the subject matter. These cutouts are backed with photocopied pages from an old cookbook, allowing them to blend easily with the kitchen’s country style. The pieces stand out against the wall with crisp black frames in varying widths and are arranged in a neat, balanced composition.

Attention Grabber

Attention Grabber

Draw attention to unique accessories with an oversize piece of artwork. This massive print embraces the contemporary typography trend and draws the eye toward a modern transparent console table. To keep the arrangement looking grounded and intentional, it’s been flanked by a pair of industrial-style sconces.

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DIY Botanical Prints

Update the classic look of botanical prints with this easy DIY project. Silk or plastic greenery is laid on a blank canvas and a coat of spray paint creates the reverse silhouette. A special material called frisket (available in the model-building section of a crafts store) gives the pieces a unique  irregular border.

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Artsy Calendars

Who says calendars can’t function as artwork, too? To create the look, remove the glass from a store-bought picture frame, line the inside of the frame with a piece of scrapbook paper, then adhere the calendar to the paper. To allow easy change-out from month to month, look for a calendar that has tear-off pages.

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A Bit of Nature

Bring the great outdoors inside with artwork. This sunny sitting room includes a large bay window that offers magnificent views of the outside, making these small butterfly prints blend right in on a blank wall. The bright colors on the butterflies’ wings add a needed splash of color to the mostly neutral room and coordinate perfectly with other accessories and decor.

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Laying the Plans

Search antique shops and flea markets for vintage landscape blueprints that double as wall art. This print, with its soft color palette and faded paper, blends easily with a country gardening  motif.

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Natural Beauty

Get the gridded artwork look on a dime. Browse the dollar store for wood frames and customize them with paint. These frames were spruced up with black paint and then distressed with sandpaper to match the look of the vintage botanical prints they display.

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Small Space Decor

Don’t let a small kitchen space stand in the way of your decor. Hang a pair of floating shelves at staggering angles on a blank wall and fill them with various frames and pretty china patterns. To make the display pop, paint the shelves a contrasting color.

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Quick Change

Switch out your artwork frequently with this easy approach. Simply hang a grouping of prints on walls with thumbtacks, which also lends a more casual vibe than standard framed prints.

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Soothing Solution

Prevent a blank wall from looking stark and empty by filling it with a collection of small prints. Soft landscapes like these ones look soothing placed against a soft blue wall. To create a cohesive composition, search for prints of similar sizes and arrange the frames in a grid pattern on the wall.

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DIY Artwork

High-impact decorating on a budget has never been easier. These pieces were made with nothing more than a couple canvases and metal repair tape. To create these shiny DIY works of art, cut the metal repair tape with scissors and adhere in geometric patterns to the canvases. The silver material stands out against cool blue walls and fits in perfectly with the other silver accessories and decor elsewhere in the room.

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Stick to the Theme

Dress up a bare area with variations on a single decorating theme. The small print hanging directly above the desk was the inspiration for this bird-theme desk space. A large painting above the shelf draws attention to the space and ties together the whole look.

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Headboard Art

Use framed prints to fill up blank space on the wall behind a bed, an arrangement that doubles as a headboard. To create this grid like look, use square black frames and hang them close together, leaving about 2-3 inches between the frame edges.

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Upper Gallery

Create a gallery of frames above a large window or along the soffit above kitchen cabinets. Use matching frames for your collection and fill with favorite snapshots and fun prints. If you have a colorful space, try a collection of black-and-white images. Or if your space leans more neutral, like this breakfast nook, opt for an assortment of colorful artwork.

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Art of Grandeur

A single piece of art can be the solution for an entire blank wall — especially if it’s a dramatic size, like this floor-to-ceiling printed canvas stretched around a frame. To make your own oversize artwork, stretch fabric around a canvas frame, available at crafts stores.

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Doubled Wall Art

Combine two types of wall art — shadowboxes and plates — for a distinctive way to dress up a blank wall. Line the shadow boxes with colorful papers or fabrics, then mount coordinating plates inside the boxes with a strong adhesive.

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Repurposed Art

Give an old serving tray new life as a unique piece of wall art. This round serving tray adds a decorative touch to a bedside area with its pretty design and complementary color scheme.

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Bright Spot

Introduce a new color to a space with brightly hued picture mats. These yellow matted prints bring attention to the bed, casting it as the bedroom’s focal point. The yellow mats serve as a vivid contrast to the purple-hue bedroom. For a polished look, repeat the mat’s hue somewhere else in the room.

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Books as Art

Round up a collection of worn or unreadable books with fun covers. Remove the covers and hang them in frames for a literary-theme wall art installation. Or, if you want to keep the books intact, scan the covers and print on photo paper.

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Wall Letters

Hop on the typography trend and use letters to create an artsy arrangement. Use a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. Try combining prints with three-dimensional letters arranged in shadow boxes. For an extra dose of style, include one striking large letter to balance several smaller pieces.

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Gallery Shelf

An expansive floating shelf adds character to a blank wall. Layer framed prints or pictures and favorite accessories along the shelf. If you have a larger wall, hang several shelves and stagger their heights.

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Do-It-Yourself Artwork

Make your own unique wall art piece with candleholders by arranging them in a grid on a wall.These holders have a small hole in the bottom so they can hang from a nail with the base flush against the wall.

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Art by Theme

Dress up your walls with variations on a single theme. Pick a subject or motif you love and repeat it in a collection of paintings, prints, needlepoints, and more. If you crave a little continuity, frame all your pieces in the same style of frame.

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Kids’ Gallery

Add a touch of childhood whimsy to any room in your home by framing your children’s artwork. Hanging the items in high-traffic areas will make kids feel special, and by choosing traditional gallery-inspired frames, the artwork will blend easily with its surroundings.

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Reflective Artwork

Looking for a quick but stunning way to fill up a blank wall? Try an oversize mirror. This once dull corner comes to life with a large mirror in a bright blue frame. The mirror adds style to the room and reflects light around the space, making it feel larger.

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Reflective Series

For a lighter alternative to a large mirror, group several smaller mirrors together. The result is a subtle yet stunning wall arrangement. Use frameless mirrors in different shapes such as the ones pictured for a sophisticated cottage look.

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Just For Kids

Add a gallery installation to your living room using nothing more than magnetic paint and wood trim. Section off a wall portion and paint it with the magnetic paint; then top with a coat of paint in the color of your choice. (We chose a hue slightly darker than the rest of the wall.) Let kids hang their latest creations from the wall with fun magnets. Incorporate a few framed pieces to make the space look cohesive.

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Symmetrical Arrangement

Create a picture-perfect plate arrangement on your walls with a little bit of prep work. Trace the items you plan to hang onto paper. Cut out the shapes and tape to the wall in different arrangements until you get the perfect combination.

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Filling the Space

Have you found the perfect piece of artwork but discovered it doesn’t fill the wall space the way you’d like it to? Pair it with smaller paintings to make the arrangement feel more robust. By itself, this larger print was a little too small to adequately fill the expanse of wall in this entryway. By placing two smaller paintings on each side of the print, the arrangement is in proportion to the wall space surrounding it.

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Repeat With Variation

Love a particular pattern or motif? Give it prominence in your wall art, but add a little zip with slight variations. Here, lattice prints in four different pattern variations and background colors were combined to create one arrangement. Matching frames unite the prints for a casual yet sophisticated look.

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Basket Art

For a casual cottage look, hang shallow wicker baskets along a wall as artwork. Here, the woven baskets add texture to the wall, and the natural material pops against cool blue walls.

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Go Antiquing

Search antique stores and flea markets for old finds to frame into one-of-a-kind artwork. Consider classic finds such as quilts, vintage cross-stitch, or watercolors to add some fab flair to your walls.

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Plywood Perfection

To create this unique look, cover your plain walls with large sheets of plywood. Then add a collage of frames in various sizes, shapes, and colors to complete the look.

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Pack It In

Fill blank wall space with a tight arrangement of eclectic artwork. To keep the wall from looking cluttered and random, make sure the artwork has a similar feel like all of these paintings.

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Monochromatic Molding

Dress up plain walls with trimwork. For a subtle yet stunning approach, paint the trim the same color as your walls. Start with a chair rail, installed about 3 feet up the wall from the floor, then add additional squares and rectangles in a repeating pattern.

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Vintage Posters

For a classic country look, search local flea markets for vintage posters like these. For a simple framing technique, use poster hangers that allow the piece to simply slide into the frame, and hang the unit up by a ribbon.

10 Popular Home Design Trends — Timely or Timeless?

It’s hard to know what’s going to stick and what’s going to go down in history. Interior design trends come and go and come again, to be sure.

In the ’50s, people ripped out Victorian details and claw-foot tubs in favor of vinyl and plastic and elements with the sleek, modern aesthetic of the atomic age. In the ’70s and ’80s, Danish modern pieces and other icons of the ’50s were eschewed as symbols of a stuffy, bygone era. Now they are sought-after treasures with giant price tags.

In the last decade, we’ve seen some new decorating trends emerge. Some will have staying power, and some will go down. We may see them in 20 years and think, “That is so 2012-2013.” But which is which? Spacio Designers have their predictions. What are yours?

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Moroccan Poufs

We are a huge fan of Moroccan poufs, says Navin Kanodia of Spacio Furniture. They are great extra seating. They are great footrests. They are both exotic and modern, and they come in a rainbow of colors.

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They’re modern looking, but with just the right amount of flourish. Not too sleek, not too busy.

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And they go with any decor: modern, traditional & eclectic. But are they here to stay?

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Woods Wallpaper

This beautiful and serene pattern hit its apex in about 2010, when it was absolutely everywhere.

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It’s simple, symmetrical and classic.

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Midcentury Modern Wallpaper

All love wallpaper, and love the big, graphic patterns inspired by midcentury designs. But they’ve already done their comeback circle, and we are betting that in a few more years they are going to fall out of favor again.

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In 1990 no one would have put this in their home. Now everyone is. What about in 2025?

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Same goes for midcentury textured wallpaper. Trend.

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Midcentury Starburst Mirrors

A design trend from our youth that now seems horribly misguided. The 50’s generation still cannot imagine why anyone would want this in a home where as the youth of today find it to be the trend and the in thing.

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But many, many people do want starburst mirrors in their homes. You see them in all sorts of different styles. Does that make them a classic, or are they just enjoying one last moment of favor?

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Midcentury Everything

All the midcentury design icons have made a huge resurgence in the past decade: Eames, Saarinen, Nelson , Bertoia. You can’t turn around without hitting your shin on a Tulip Chair.

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Midcentury modern design has real beauty and a very recognizable aesthetic. It is grounded in the philosophy of its time, which sought a sleek simplicity and integration with the outdoors.

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The ideas and designs of that time will never fade away. But the trend of creating a period-piece room will. We will always have Danish modern and Nelson lights, but we don’t think there will be quite so many rooms that look like Mad Men sets in 20 years.

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Butterflies

Butterflies are the insect of choice for everything from little girls’ rooms to sophisticated dining rooms. In the early years it was birds; now it’s butterflies.

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Nature never goes out of style, and we’ve been stealing its designs since we first wrote on cave
walls. But will butterflies scream “2012” in five years?

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Old Globes

These are another staple of modern, eclectic design. Just try to score a cheap out-of-date globe at a garage sale. There is no such thing, such is the demand.

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Old globes do have an innate loveliness. They are bright and round and colorful. They represent exploration and mystery.

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But will the old globe’s current iniquitousness be its undoing? Ten years from now, will you be able to score one at a garage sale for next to nothing?

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This is another big one in eclectic modern design. It’s funny and winking and ironic — very much a product of the time.

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But animal heads fashioned out of cardboard, plaster and ceramic have a limited shelf life.

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‘For Like Ever’ Posters

Already dated. They were just too popular for their own good.

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It’s always possible that they will make a nostalgic comeback in 20 years when all the children of today recall them from their childhoods. But they will never be a classic.

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They are great for people who can’t or don’t want to commit to wallpaper. And they are certainly a lot less expensive than art. But does the wall decal mural have a future?

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We think wall decals might be here to stay for short-life rooms like nurseries, but their best days
are behind them for adult spaces.

Please let us know your views and comments.

Decorating Your Family Room With Wall Arts

The walls of your home are like giant blank canvases. When you’re just beginning to decorate, they may stare back at you intensely. You’ll look at them with a feeling of zeal, energy and perhaps a bit of apprehension. After all, it’s exciting to dream about how beautiful your rooms will be once you’ve got everything in place. However, you may find yourself at a loss of how to go about it.

There are so many options one could choose from. Many tend to use photos of the family, paintings and even wall scrolls. While paintings can certainly add brilliance and elegance to a room, they can be very expensive, especially if they’re an original piece. Canvas wall art is also a great alternative to other types of decor. It’s beautiful, atmospheric and also very inexpensive when compared to framed paintings of a large size.

Decorating your family room with canvas art can be very fun and invigorating. The novelty of a canvas is that you can have virtually any image printed and mounted on a large scale. In fact, you can use two or three pieces of canvas to depict a single large image. The picture will thus be broken up into fragments, which creates a very chic and modern visual for the room. For particularly large areas, this is an especially good idea. A lush picture of a jungle, beach or festival can create that special charm in a room that wallpaper or a single photograph cannot.

When you’re picking canvas wall art for your room, you want to make sure that it will coordinate well with the paint, color and design scheme already in place. If your living space is saturated in a lot of bright color, try a canvas printed in earth tones or even a metallic. The subdued change will provide some balance in the room, and while often thought of as flashy, metallics are actually considered neutral and can mesh well with bursts of color.

Conversely, a dull and muted room can be instantly revived with wall scrolls that splash a rainbow of hues. In fact, one of the most striking and ethereal effects can be achieved with a room that features white or grey walls, floors and furniture. Placing colorful, scenic canvas art on a single wall will create a focal point. The room will in-effect act as the neutral, while the art depicts an enchanted place that guests will want to explore. The colors will spring alive in vivid contrast, and you’ll be left with a unique atmosphere that may even inspire you.

Wall scrolls can also reflect your inner desires and dreams, and you can even create your own. Anyone can make an abstract piece by just splashing a flux of paint across a blank canvas. The result will be a lovely piece of wall art that was inexpensive and fused with all of your own love and creativity.