No Art, No Problem: Ideas for Decorating an Empty Wall

by Barbara Rybicki 04/18/2022

When it comes to decorating, a blank wall is a blank canvas. However, it’s difficult to know how to use the space in an aesthetically pleasing way. You might have limitless possibilities, but where do you start? If you’re looking for ways to decorate an empty wall, we’ve put together some ideas to guide you.

Gallery Walls Are for More Than Just Art

Creating a gallery wall doesn’t mean you need an expansive art or photo collection. In fact, a “gallery wall” actually refers to a collection of similar items arranged together on a wall as if you were creating a gallery. The items can be art pieces, photographs, mirrors or even other objects like baskets or empty frames. You can even combine different items around a theme or color for a more eclectic look. It all depends on the specific style you’re going for.

Here are some more ideas for items to display in a gallery wall:

  • Dishes and plates

  • Clocks

  • Baskets

  • Hats

  • Mirrors

Try Hanging Textiles

Textiles are an incredibly efficient way to decorate a wall. This is mostly because they take up a lot of space—quilts, tapestries and cloth prints are large enough to take up the entire wall. However, there are also lots of size and shape options for textiles, especially if you are willing to DIY. If you are going for a lightweight tapestry or print, attach it to the wall in a way that will prevent sagging. The best way to do this is with staples or adhesive strips. If you want a neat and tidy aesthetic, attach the bottom of the piece to the wall as well. Otherwise, let it hang freely for a more casual boho vibe.

Get Creative With Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are useful but can also be perfect for decoration. What could be better than combining storage and style? There are a lot of options for floating shelves in a variety of materials and styles. However, the best thing about adding a floating shelf is that you’re creating an extra space for decoration. If you want the pieces on the shelf to be the focus, go for neutral shelves that match the color of the wall. Otherwise, you can make a bold statement with a contrasting color and geometric shapes.

Floating shelves give you an opportunity to show off personal items and smaller decorative pieces. Try mixing items of different shapes and sizes like books, glass bottles and jars, candles and photo frames. You can stick to a theme or go completely eclectic depending on your style preference. No matter what, you’ll be creating visual interest and effectively using the empty wall space.

For many, the concept of a blank canvas is overwhelming. After all, how do you know where to start? Luckily there are simple ways to decorate an empty wall even if you don’t have art to display. With these tips, you can experiment in your own space to add style and create a design that’s all your own.

About the Author

Barbara Rybicki

I am originally from Poland but have been a Grafton resident for almost thirty years.

I come from the Hospitality Business. I used to work in 5 Star Marriott Hotel Management. That experience taught me how to provide excellent customer service. That "Marriott" way of doing business instilled in me over the years helps me tremendously to succeed as a local real estate broker.

Nothing is more exciting to me than gratifying feeling I get from helping people reach their real estate needs and dreams. You can count on me to always do what is in your best interest. I will be there for you throughout the entire transaction making sure you understand each step of the buying or selling process. I will guide you with great communication skills  and hard work ethic. 

I have not only passion for my job but also extensive real estate expertise. Whether it is preparing and staging your home to sell for top dollar or helping you purchase a perfect home, feel free to reach out to me so we can start this process together.

I specialize in marketing and selling residential real estate in Grafton, Upton, Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, Milford, Hopkinton and Metro West area.

I can not wait to meet you!

Awards and Designations:

Realtor Designation since 2005

Licensed MA Broker since 2009

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)

Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)

Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS® since 2005

National Association of Realtors (NAR) since 2005

Multi-Million Dollar Producer

Remax Executive 100% Club 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

Remax Platinum Club 2015

Remax Hall of Fame Club 2017