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How to Accessorize a Blank Wall

By Michelle Ecker on February 26, 2016

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How to Accessorize a Blank Wall

When exploring the provided space of a potential client, it can be easy to feel intimidated when presented with a large, windowless wall. But don’t panic- this spatial opportunity really offers you an excitingly blank canvas on which you can experiment with creativity in an effort to showcase a client’s personality and style. Getting started, here are some unique options to consider next time you’re faced with an intimidatingly large blank wall:

1. Don’t get frantic to fill it up- Remember, when it comes to effective interior design, space is good- that’s why we often try to manipulatively create it when we aren’t fortunate to start out with any. Overwhelmingly blank spaces understandably give interiors a larger, more sweeping feel. Keeping this in mind, don’t feel the need to counteract this natural advantage by over accessorizing. Instead, try to incorporate a subtle element of decoration while still maintaining the area’s openness. For example, you could try featuring a wallpapered accent wall, keeping the other walls clean and simple in juxtaposition to the funky, emphasized larger.

2. Think storage and style- Is there something interesting about your client worth expressing via their home décor? Consider repurposing the oversized wall as a full-length shelving unit on which said personality demonstration can be made. Is your client a cooking fanatic? Use this as a space to display his or her elaborate cookbook collection adjacent to some uniquely framed food prints.

3. Keep it simple- Again, it’s important that you don’t entertain the urge to cover a large space with an overwhelming number of accessories in an effort to fill it up. A large, oversized photograph or tasteful vintage tapestry hung in the center of the space will reflect just as much, if not more, visual appeal than a scattered collection of tchotchkes would.

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