Wall Envy: 44 Easy Ways to Decorate a Blank Wall

Ditch that can of paint and get creative with these fun wall decor ideas.

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Courtesy Feather

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.

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Courtesy of Wendy Haworth Design
Add Greenery

A tall potted plant, as seen in this living room from Los Angeles-based interior designer , 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.

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Mikkel Vang
Consider a Cabinet

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.

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Ricardo Labougle
Complementary Art Works

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 and paintings and a feather sculpture by .


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Richard Powers
Combine Rich Texture With Neutral Color

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.


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William Abranowicz
Frame All Your Art In Gold

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.


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Courtesy Feather
Use a Picture Ledge

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.

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Douglas Friedman
Hang Dangling Frames

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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Douglas Friedman
Use A Sculptural Mirror To Catch The Light

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.


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Eric Piasecki
Cover Every Inch In Art

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.


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Douglas Friedman
Try A Statement Fireplace

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.


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James Merrell
Style It With Simple Antiques

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.


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Joshua McHugh
Flank Artwork With Sconces

Designer Kimille Taylor's Upper West Side dining room makes white walls look chic with a gorgeous painting by , framed perfectly by silver sculptural sconces.


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Stephen Kent Johnson
Prop A Mirror on the Wall

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.


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Richard Powers
Hang Antique Plates

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.


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Trevor Tondro
Try Minimalist Bookshelves

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.


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Simon Upton
Scatter Sculptures

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 . The armchair is by and is upholstered in a fabric. The cocktail table is by Willy Daro and the 1950s lamp is by .


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Ricardo Labougle
Choose A Bright Wall Hanging

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.


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William Abranowicz
Statement Wall Sculpture

In a San Francisco home with art gallery sensibilities, a moon-shaped sculpture by brings pops of color to a blank, white wall. The kitchen’s cabinetry is by , the countertops are , the faucet is by and the stools are by .


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Björn Wallander
Celebrate Your Favorite Animal

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 .


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Jon Call
Incorporate Large-Scale Mirrors

These large, window-like mirrors will add depth to the living space, while reflecting off of bright, neutral walls for added light.

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William Abranowicz
Set Up An Artsy Bookshelf

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.


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Richard Powers
Hang A Tapestry

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 , the Saarinen side table is by and the chairs are by Hans Wegner.


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Ricardo Labougle
Try Plaster Paneling

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 . The abaca rug is by .


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Douglas Friedman
Split A Photo

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.


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Trevor Tondro
Textile Wall Art

Designer Kathryn M. Ireland adds a vintage hanging textile to her massive white living room wall to balance out the vibrant space.

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Thomas Loof
Create an Optical Illusion

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.


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Gabriela Herman
Prop Up A Ladder

In a serene Martha's Vineyard vacation house, a ladder from 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 .


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Courtesy of ELEVATE Design Collective
Brick it Down

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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Ricardo Labougle
Neatly Arrange Frames

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 and , and the bronze lantern and marble floor are both original to the house.


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Ricardo Labougle
Make It Reflective

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 and the Louis XV-style armchairs are antique.


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