Plain walls are the enemy of a cozy, creative and lived-in home, but it can be hard to find the right wall accents for your space that don’t cost thousands or betray your sense of style.
For many people, collecting original art and special photographs is a lifelong pursuit, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have a gallery’s worth of cherished artwork when you’re just getting started. There are other ways to dress up your walls in an affordable, intriguing and original way that don’t feel like a sacrifice!
If you’re struggling with empty wall syndrome but are bored with the typical framed photos and artwork, we’ve got some awesome suggestions for you. These ideas will help you look at your plain walls less as a stressful, nagging task on your to-do list and more as a blank canvas full of opportunity!
- High-Style Sconces—Have you seen some of the latest wall lights from top lighting designers? These exceptional wall accents function not only as pretty and intriguing works of art, but also as functional luminaires that help light the way. Wall lights can be used in a wide range of unique, decorative manners, from sconces flanking the bed in the bedroom for a super-luxurious feel to picture lights showcasing your special wall accents. Pick out restoration, vintage or glamorous sconces to pile on the personality.
- Hanging Wall Plants—There’s nothing quite like dressing up a room—especially one with plenty of natural light—with sweet, hanging plants. Vertical gardens are ideal for bringing some fresh, green life into a colorless environment, and they look fantastic when placed on white walls. The best part about this creative wall décor option is that you can do it yourself using reclaimed wood, vintage containers, old photo frames and whatever else you have lying around the house or find at the flea market.
- Illuminated Wall Signs—If your goal is to create a whimsical gallery wall with retro touches, don’t discount wall signs. You can make your own craft signs or pull from your local antique shop for old-fashioned accents that bring a vintage feel. Both original and reproduction signage can be used to add some color and texture to your walls, but the more pieces you have that tell a story, the better, so keep an eye out for authentics!
- Interesting-Looking Clocks—Like lights, wall clocks are simultaneously functional and fashionable, providing some old-school intrigue on your walls. Vintage or antique wall clocks are perfect for adding some interest in traditional, farmhouse, country and restoration design styles. They can be styled solo in the kitchen or home office or used to create a cluster motif that takes up an entire statement wall in the living room.