I have a blank wall in my living room and I can’t figure out how to design it and style it for optimal use.
So many ideas are coming to mind, but one phrase in your question is standing out to me – “optimal use.” Optimal use can mean something different from person to person, house to house. But when I look at your space and think about optimal use, I think of two things:
Create bonus storage space
Take advantage of those tall ceilings
I see two options for this big blank wall:
OPTION 1: CREATE A SHOW STOPPING GALLERY WALL
This option would take advantage of your tall ceilings. I’m picturing a collage of vintage frames in all shapes and sizes lining the wall all the way to the ceiling! (Like this) This would be a show stopper, but I have one caveat. You cannot use new frames. Go to thrift stores, antique shops, flea markets, or garage sales. Collect frames that have personality and show plenty of imperfections. They don’t need to match! A gallery wall is just as much about the frames as it is the artwork so don’t rush the process…this may take some time.
If you want to ground to space (and I’m inclined to encourage this), add a long upholstered bench, a sideboard, an antique desk, or maybe even a settee to this wall. Omg I’m picturing a settee with a collage of frames above and all around the seat and it’s a MOMENT! (I linked a couple I love below)
Bonus reason for doing a gallery wall: you can disguise the vent better when there’s a cluster of frames around it. Replace the vent cover with something a little more decorative and build a frame for it.
OPTION 2: GET A HUTCH
As much as I love my first idea, I can make a solid case for a hutch on this wall instead. For one, an antique hutch brings instant character to an otherwise blank slate. The wall and home structure doesn’t need to have as much character built in because the hutch alone can be character enough!
I’m picturing a beast of a hutch…you gotta take advantage of the both the width and height you have if you go the hutch route. At least 2/3rd the width of the wall and as high as you can go without covering the wall vent. Of course, the more antique the better, but you could convince me to go more of a traditional-modern route if your home’s architecture leans that direction. I’d look for something with dark wood or even a weathered black finish to pair with your wood floors.
The advantage of getting a hutch is of course, added storage! You have a spot for special dishes and glassware, and all your un-pretty things should the hutch have solid doors.
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