Six months ago we sent out a survey asking our audience what styling tips they were interested in. What did you need the most help on? Tackling an abundant amount of wall space AKA “a big blank wall” was the top answer!! It doesn’t surprise us as open floor plans with one room bleeding into another is so common and often the reason for long, daunting blank walls. So it’s about time we make good on our promise and break down how we approach this. Here are a few tips:
step one: define the space with zones.
When your dining and living space bleed into each other it often leaves a massive white wall. Zone off your living spaces and incorporate artwork as if there is a wall dividing them. Leaving white space between them is important so the zones feel separate and distinct. Just make sure the art still speaks to each other without competing.
step two: Go Oversized
Scale makes a huge difference!! For a really clean look, go more substantial to fill the space.
step three: Try Groupings
We do this on a bunch of different scales! Sometimes we have to fill for both height and width and using two or four tall pieces that work together can solve either situation!
step four: Mix up the scale of your artwork
This is by no means a “rule” just a helpful hint for making styling a little more “foolproof.” When you have multiple spaces for art, change up your scale so each art grouping doesn’t compete with another. If you fill a wall with oversized artwork, then consider using a group of smaller pieces or a stack elsewhere so your room doesn’t look like just a bunch of massive rectangles.
step five: Use furniture and lighting to your advantage
We love using tall cabinets to add height, but that usually doesn’t feel quite right sitting by itself. Elevate the space by working in layers like a chair with a stack of artwork off to the side. Stack artwork under a library light or above a side table!
Think about Hallways. Repetition helps for a clean, minimal feel. You can also leave the hall plain and do a statement piece at the back of the hall.
Above the bed. We have a guide for that here!