Designer Kimille Taylor’s Upper West Side dining room makes white walls look chic with a gorgeous painting by Allen Anthony Hansen, framed perfectly by silver sculptural sconces.
These large, window-like mirrors will add depth to the living space, while reflecting off of bright, neutral walls for added light.
In a serene Martha’s Vineyard vacation house, a ladder from Lostine propped up against a wall and paired with artwork bring instantly breezy personality to an otherwise drab wall. The dining table is a family heirloom, the chairs are by Arne Jacobsen and the stool is from 1stdibs.
Arrange a variety of sculptures on your wall for an artsy, three-dimensional effect. This French home belonging to a Middle Eastern princess showcases a series of sculptures by Romain Sarrot. The armchair is by Andrew Martin and is upholstered in a Beacon Hill fabric. The cocktail table is by Willy Daro and the 1950s lamp is by Marianna.
This Mexican treehouse has a living room with worldly charm, distinguished most notably by a tapestry created from a traditional Bhutanese man’s robe and hung on the wall. The sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the Saarinen side table is by Knoll and the chairs are by Hans Wegner.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways of dressing up a blank wall is by propping a mirror up against it. Mirrors have the power to open up a space, and as shown in a guest room of Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills retreat, opting out of hanging it gives the room a relaxed feel. The walls here are painted in White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
In a San Francisco home with art gallery sensibilities, a moon-shaped sculpture by Manuel Neri brings pops of color to a blank, white wall. The kitchen’s cabinetry is by Henrybuilt, the countertops are PentalQuartz, the faucet is by Dornbracht and the stools are by Overgaard & Dyrman.
For a rustic feel, take a cue from this historic Long Island farmhouse and hang up a few antique pieces that you adore, whether they match or not. These 19th-century mirrors were found in Antwerp and give the entryway an eclectic feel.
A painted breakfront topped with Spanish terra-cotta pots from the 1930s adds interest to the entry of the Bedford, New York, home owned by Eric Hadar, a Manhattan real estate executive.
In the bedroom of a Paris pied-à-terre, animal drawings cover the blank wall and include works by Paul Jouve, Georges Lucien Guyot and André Margat. The bed is a custom design, the rug is an antique Persian and the chandelier is by Baguès. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Wevet.
In the dining room of a New York home filled with art, a piece of textured wall artwork is by Rudolf Stingel. The lacy look of the work harmonizes with the smooth backdrop, which has been painted in a dove gray shade that closely matches the piece.
In this airy California living room, an antique mirror from India hangs over the fireplace, catching light to expand the room and illuminate the relaxed modern decor.
In the living room of a PR maven’s maximalist New York City apartment, a blank space is brought to life with an extensive gallery wall. Divide your stark wall into sections, including a small collage of art and mirrors and an array of larger paintings. The portraits shown here are by Kimberly Brooks.
If you’ve been struggling with how to transform a blank wall in your home, know that there are a slew of solutions beyond just painting it. We’ve got you (and your walls) covered, with these creative ways to inject more personality into your space.
Andy Cohen’s Manhattan duplex doesn’t have many bare walls, but this one in his sitting room is dressed up with a statement-making fireplace. A Roy Lichtenstein lithograph hangs above the Chesney’s mantel in Nero Bilbao marble, which is a piece of art in its own right.
Create artwork on your walls without hanging a single frame. This London townhouse’s library has plaster paneling in a custom design. The painted table is from the 1940s, the bench is by André Arbus and the vase is by Marianna Kennedy. The abaca rug is by Stark.
A painting of a 1970s plane split into three canvases makes a dramatic statement in retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky’s minimalist New York apartment. The painting is from Wyeth and the walls are sheathed in Venetian plaster.
In the living room of Kris Ghesquière and Eva Claessens’s house in southeastern Uruguay, a symphony of corresponding art works with yellow lamb sculptures by William Sweetlove and paintings and a feather sculpture by Claessens.
Mix and match your favorite pieces of art, regardless of style or era, and display them using similarly gilded frames. In the master bedroom of a Los Angeles home, for example, the owners hung a wall of artworks from the couple’s collection above a decidedly feminine Italian giltwood settee.
A tall potted plant, as seen in this living room from Los Angeles-based interior designer Wendy Haworth, is one of the easiest ways to add interest to a wall area. Position your favorite type of greenery directly next to a piece of large-scale wall art for even more of an impact.
Designer Kathryn M. Ireland adds a vintage hanging textile to her massive white living room wall to balance out the vibrant space.
This jewel-toned London townhouse turned blank walls into a cohesive gallery of artwork with numerous frames of the same size. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light and Elephant’s Breath, and the bronze lantern and marble floor are both original to the house.
If you love the look of crisp white walls, consider adding a textural element to your space. This beautiful brick wall is a subtle pop, adding flair to the minimalist space.
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If you’re looking to create visual impact in a smaller room, look for funky patterned wall tiles. They give the illusion of a bigger space while adding an eye-catching detail to your home.
A wall hanging brings relaxed, seaside charm to this guest bedroom in a Portuguese home. The beds are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria and the tile floor is original to the house.
In Steven Gambrel’s Chicago apartment, a troika of framed artworks hang at varying lengths in a narrow wall niche, livening up the narrow recess between the chimney and the entrance.
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Inside a sophisticated New York apartment, a blank wall is given a museum-like quality with a bookshelf filled with reading material and collected treasures. Custom steel-and-oak stairs lead to the mini library.
A picture ledge is a simple—and inexpensive way—to display your art collection. Whether you opt for a single ledge or decide to group them, they’re the perfect solution to fill a blank space.
Hang an array of antique plates on a blank wall for an unexpected collection for guests to admire. In a corner of a kitchen in a Connecticut country house, the walls are hung with Dutch plates purchased in Sri Lanka and turbans that the designer had made in India as gifts for friends.
One wall in this lively São Paulo duplex is covered with mirrors that reflect the room’s vibrant pieces. The artwork on the mirrors is by John Grant, the 1940s sofa is upholstered in a Rubelli velvet and the Louis XV-style armchairs are antique.
Install simple, minimalist shelving and display a few of your favorite books and objects to maintain a modern look. This Central Park apartment made use of an empty wall in the dining area by adding shelves that perfectly match the white walls.