Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easy & Fun Blank Wall Solutions

Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative art, follow these great ideas by Better Homes & Gardens.

Use framed prints to fill up blank space on the wall behind a bed, an arrangement that doubles as a headboard. To create this gridlike look, use square black frames and hang them close together, leaving about 2-3 inches between the frame edges.

A single piece of art can be the solution for an entire blank wall - if it's a dramatic size, like this floor-to-ceiling printed canvas, stretched around a frame. To make your own over-sized art, stretch fabric around a canvas frame, available at art or crafts stores.

Jump on the typography trend and use letters to create an artful arrangement. Use a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. Try combining prints with three-dimensional letters arranged in shadow boxes. For an extra dose of style, include one striking large letter to balance the smaller pieces.

An expansive floating shelf adds character to a blank wall. Layer framed prints or pictures and favorite accessories along the shelf. If you have a larger wall, hang several shelves and stagger their heights.

Dress up your walls with variations on a theme. Pick a subject or motif you love and repeat it in a collection of paintings, prints, plates and more. If you crave a little continuity, frame all your pieces in the same style of frame.

Love a particular pattern or motif? Give it prominence in your wall art, but add a little zip with variation. Here, lattice prints in four different pattern variations and background colors were combined to create one arrangement. Matching frames unite the prints for a casual yet sophisticated look.

Visit Better Homes & Gardens to see more ideas.


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