How-To Tackle a Big Blank Wall

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.

Tidal Marsh  in our Red Ledges Project

Tidal Marsh in our Red Ledges Project

step two: Go Oversized

Scale makes a huge difference!! For a really clean look, go more substantial to fill the space.

Feathered Clouds  in our SM Ranch House

Feathered Clouds in our SM Ranch House

Innuendo No. 3  in our Calabasas Remodel

Innuendo No. 3 in our Calabasas Remodel

Solidtude Artwork  in our Calabasas Remodel

Solidtude Artwork in our Calabasas Remodel

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!

Grayscale Collection  in our Two-Day Transformation

Grayscale Collection in our Two-Day Transformation

Land & Sea Collection  in a Two-Day Transformation

Land & Sea Collection in a Two-Day Transformation

Floral Study  1 ,  2 ,  3

Floral Study 1, 2, 3

Biege Abstract Collection  in our Two-Day Transformation

Biege Abstract Collection in our Two-Day Transformation

Composition 1  &  Composition 2  in Cove Remodel

Composition 1 & Composition 2 in Cove Remodel

Snow Flurry 1  &  Snow Flurry 2  in our Cove Remodel

Snow Flurry 1 & Snow Flurry 2 in our Cove Remodel

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.

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in our Riverbottoms Remodel

in our Riverbottoms Remodel

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!

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step six

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.

Mulberry Abstract  in our Red Ledges Remodel

Mulberry Abstract in our Red Ledges Remodel

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California Traditional Project

California Traditional Project

Modern Mountain Home

Modern Mountain Home

step seven

Above the bed. We have a guide for that here!

Kalopsia  in our Calabasas Remodel

Kalopsia in our Calabasas Remodel

Sea Breeze Flag 1  &  Sea Breeze Flag 2  in our Vineyard Parade Home

Sea Breeze Flag 1 & Sea Breeze Flag 2 in our Vineyard Parade Home

Homeland  in our Red Ledges Remodel

Homeland in our Red Ledges Remodel

At the Seashore  in our Vineyard Project

At the Seashore in our Vineyard Project