How to Dress Up Blank Walls

While unadorned walls add to the clean aesthetic of a minimalist décor, bare walls in other decor styles such as traditional, eclectic and contemporary tend to look a bit forlorn and neglected. Luckily, there are practically countless ways to dress up a blank wall. From textured paint to layered vignettes, we’ve curated a myriad of ideas for amping the beauty of any wall.


A designer favorite, wallpaper adds immediate interest to any room’s walls. Whether you’re a DIY buff or all about hiring a professional, wallpaper has never been easier to apply and remove for frequent redecorating. Today’s peel and stick wallpapers give walls an instant dash of pattern and color. From fetching florals to modern geometrics, wallpaper is a classic decorative wall element with timeless appeal. If committing to one paper on all four walls is daunting, a single papered accent wall creates huge appeal. Coordinate with the room’s paint colors for a pull-together look.

For modern and contemporary spaces, mural wallpapers offer a stunning way to amp the energy and aesthetic of any wall. This versatile wall art can be custom made from a personal photo or produced from millions of stock photography and vector art options. Think—a charming black and white Paris cityscape filling the full expanse of a dining room wall, or a stunning graffiti style mural behind the bed in a teenager’s bedroom.

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Hanging artwork is the most popular and versatile way to decorate a dull wall. From framed photography to original oil paintings, art spans the style spectrum offering something for every décor and space. For a dramatic effect, hanging a single oversize piece of contemporary art in brilliant hues or moody neutrals is all that’s required to create a stunning focal point. While a classic triptych offers an expanse of beauty hanging above the sofa in the lounge.

For a myriad of configurative possibilities, a gallery art wall is ideal for filling a large blank expanse. A salon style gallery arrangement with a mix of drawings and paintings is amazing in rooms with sweeping ceilings and wide walls. A grouping of framed personal photographs creates an intimate gallery wall in the bedroom. A mix of decorative plates and various size framed artwork makes for a captivating scene on a kitchen wall.


With decorative and reflective properties, mirrors add beauty and light to any wall they grace. A perfect embellishment, mirrors come in a plethora of shapes, styles and sizes. An ornately-framed wall mirror placed opposite the front door makes a striking impression in the entry. While leaning a capacious over-sized floor mirror against a wall makes a small living room appear bigger. For an extra tall and wide wall in a sweeping foyer or dining room, a trio of arched cathedral style mirrors makes a captivating visual. Even a tiny niche wall in a small hallway can benefit from a small decorative mirror.


Accent lighting is a must for creating an entrancing wall. Whether illuminating a pretty papered wall or casting a bit of warmth on a white wall, sconces are the quintessential wall fixture. These beauties are brilliant in a pair flanking a painting or mirror on an accent wall. A row of sconces hung intermittently along the walls of a dim hallway creates a lovely path of light. For vintage inspired spaces, a retro sign framed in lights adds a nostalgic touch.


Both wall shelves and freestanding display shelves dress up a blank wall by offering the perfect perch for coveted collectibles. Wall shelves holding framed photos and small objects hung staggered are ideal for creating a gallery look in the home office. While a tall etagere filled with books and a contemporary sculpture is perfectly placed against a bedroom wall. Wall-to-wall bookshelves are always a classic way to accent a wide living room wall. 


When blank walls are accompanied by ample floor space, accenting a blank wall with a single furniture piece or grouping makes a stunning visual. Think—a pair of comfy lounge chairs, flanking a small side table topped by a decorative lamp, all sitting in front of a papered accent wall in the entry, bedroom or living room. Additionally, an embellished armoire adds height and beauty to a blank bedroom wall. A console table topped with lamps and artwork hung above dresses an entry wall. A single accent bench with oversize artwork suspended above makes for lovely wall décor in any room.

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Create a luxe layered look for the ultimate blank wall fix. Take all of the elements above to create wall-to-wall beauty—decorative sconces, wall mirror, console table and tabletop vignette of framed art prints, deco objects, floral vase and tiny collectibles, all perfectly placed and perched in front of pretty wallpapered wall.

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