The right way to fill space on walls of your home

The task of decorating a large blank wall can pose quite a challenge to many. Fortunately, there are lots of different ideas available to intrepid designers.

“The biggest mistake a lot of people make is putting small art on a large wall,” says Teresa Cain.

If you’ve got a big wall, don’t be afraid to go large, she added.

Cain, principal designer at Interior Solutions Design Group in North Vancouver, suggests making the space more intimate and finding balance so that each item in the room complements each other.

“I would say everything has to relate back to colour, balance, scale,” says Cain. “Things have to relate to each other.”

She notes, however, that there are no hard and fast rules.

One design strategy to consider is the number of items on the wall.

Instead of just one mirror, canvas, or photo, try placing multiple decorations with different shapes and sizes. Cain also suggests using a triptych, which is a picture that is split it into three sections.

A large wall is a good place to add a collection or grouping, or put up a large-scale work of art.

“You can be extremely dramatic,” she adds, noting that some larger pieces are available for well under $1,000. There are plenty of original oil paintings from $500 to $700, says Cain.

The first thing to take into consideration is the size and shape of the wall. Is it tall and skinny or short and wide? Another important consideration is cost, but Cain says this shouldn’t stop those with a flair for design from creating something beautiful on a budget.

“The cheapest and easiest thing to do is paint (the wall),” she says. A growing trend is personalizing art, such as the use of decals. There are a variety of decals available, including ornate butterflies and inspiring quotes, which help to add a personal touch to a room. Many print shops also take orders for wall decals.

“You take something and blow it up, make it into a sticker or make it into a canvas. I’ve seen people take black-and-white family photos, and have it blown up and fill the whole wall, and this can work really well in a contemporary home, a big blackand-white photo with leather sofas and a textured rug.”

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