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From Bare to Beautiful: 11 Different Ways to Decorate Your Blank Walls

March 15, 2022

Say goodbye to those boring blank walls!

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Do you have an empty wall at home that you're not sure what to do with? Although blank walls can give your home a clutter-free appearance, especially if it is filled with bold furniture, printed area rugs, and a plethora of objects, they can also make a room appear dull and uninviting.

Beverly Heights, Ampang by Viyest Interior Design
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If you’re looking for the perfect way to spruce up your empty walls then you’ve come to the right place! Here we’ve rounded up 11 excellent ways to transform your boring, bare walls into a charming visual intrigue, let's have a look:

1. Decorate with large scale art

Displaying large statement-making wall art is one of the simplest ways to decorate a bare wall. An oversized painting or photograph is an excellent way to draw attention to your space, and the larger the scale of your artwork, the less empty your wall will appear.

Eco Sanctuary, Kota Kemuning by Wuuu Studio
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Consider displaying black-and-white artwork or incorporating colourful artwork, as seen in this dining room, which instantly draws anyone's attention in a room otherwise full of neutral hues.

If you can’t make up your mind about a single piece of art, you can add personality to your bare walls with a gallery wall.

The Establishment, Bangsar by Airhost
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If symmetry is your thing, consider displaying a collection of art or photographs in simple, equal-sized frames and carefully measuring them before hanging to ensure even spacing. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, bring in a variety of ornate variations of frames to mix things up and arrange as you see fit, as seen in this modern living room.

3. Using paint to create an accent wall

Using paint to create an accent wall is sometimes all that is required to bring a blank wall to life. It's a low-cost way to add interest to a room, and the best part is that you don't have to worry about eventually covering up nail holes from hanging arts or shelves.

Pinnacle, Sri Petaling by Doubble Interior Associates
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Before you pick up that paintbrush, do some quick research on accent wall ideas to see what colour is right for your room. Colour selection is important as bright paint colour can turn your wall into a focal point, whereas a softer colour can draw attention to your furniture pieces. You should also think outside the box by painting your wall with unique patterns, shapes and designs to add interest to a room. We simply adore this super-simple DIY paint idea in this bedroom, which makes a big style statement and serves as the room’s focal point.

4. Display mirrors

Mirrors are a wonderfully versatile design element, adding instant glamour and interest while maximising light and increasing the sense of space. Having said that, mirrors are an excellent way to bring a blank wall to life.

Damai Hillpark Residence, Damai Cheras by Considered Design Sdn. Bhd.
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Consider one large mirror or several smaller pieces in a variety of shapes, shades, sizes, and styles, as shown in this dining room. You won't need to add any additional decorative accents to your walls because the effect is so striking!

5. Install floating shelves

Floating shelves will certainly liven up a bare wall in the most stylish way. As seen in this modern-style dining room, you can use them to display decor pieces, tiny hanging plants, small objects, and other items to create visual interest while showing off your style. It's also a great home improvement hack to increase storage space in your home!

The Riyang Happy Garden, Kuala Lumpur by RK Interior Studio
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6. Showcase decorative lighting

Light fixtures are another great way to dress up plain walls as they provide both form and function. Take a cue from this living room that features an elegant matte black light fixture set against a white wall. It provides an unexpected design element and instantly adds warmth to the space.

Beverly Heights, Ampang by Viyest Interior Design
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7. Install eye-catching wallpaper

Wallpapering is another simple way to add colour and make a room look more complete. If you're not ready to commit to something permanent, start with a removable wallpaper that you can replace whenever you need a quick room refresh.

Amarin Kiara, Mt Kiara by GI Design Sdn Bhd
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To avoid making the room feel claustrophobic, cover only one wall with wallpaper if you want to use bold prints or busy patterns, as shown in this reading area. By focusing on just one wall, this banana leaves wallpaper adds plenty of character while giving a laid back vibe to the space.

8. Wainscot your walls

Wainscoting is an excellent way to instantly transform an empty wall by adding dimension and a sense of grandeur through fine details. There’s a wide range of wainscoting that you could do from beadboard to board and batten.

Li Villas by Dot Works
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Wainscoting can be accentuated by painting it a different colour or the same colour as the walls, as shown in this minimalist living room, where the white wainscoting complements the white walls and adds a subtle design feature to the room.

9. Create a two-toned wall

Another simple way to dress up a bare wall is to paint it in two different tones. Dual paint colours with the right contrast are more visually appealing than a single colour wall while providing depth and dimension to a space. We simply can't get enough of this bedroom's fresh grey and light blue colour scheme. It provides a visually light backdrop for the furniture, lighting, and artwork to take centre stage while also making the space feel bright and spacious.

Anwill Project, Pinnacle, Sri Petaling by Anwill Design Sdn Bhd
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10. Add warmth with wood strips

If you want to make a big design statement, consider covering a single wall in your room with wood. It is an excellent wall material because it adds warmth and comfort to any space. To create a unified look, match the furniture, floors and curtains with a colour that has the same undertone as the wood, as seen in this bedroom.

Taman Melawati, Ampang by PINS Studio
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11. Convert a wall into a giant chalkboard

Rather than leaving your walls bare, consider creating chalkboard walls as seen in this entryway. It can be turned into a central hub of information, ideal for quick reminders, daily schedules, and keeping kids entertained. And the best part? with some chalk and a little imagination, you can change the look of your wall whenever you want!

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