7 Ways To Big Up A Blank Wall

Every room needs a focal point to make an impact and add interest to the space. Whether you have a small space and want a design feature that’s not too overwhelming, or a large space that needs drama, a large blank wall can be the perfect canvas to show off your creativity.

Here are 7 great ways to big up a blank wall.


Wall paper is probably the most popular option to make a statement in a room. A striking paper can bring life to a neutral space without it being overwhelming.

Peacock Indigo by Prestigious Textiles

This wall paper by Prestigious Textiles brings a splash of blue to this otherwise white dining room.

Bedroom by Emerald Interior Design

A neutral bedroom is brought to life with a red feature wall. Image from Emerald Interior Design

If you have a large space, go big and bold like this stunning feature wall in Abigail Ahern’s London home. You can see the full house tour over at Apartment Therapy


Play with paint

If wall paper is not your thing, try playing around with some paint effects to create your focal point.

hand painted wall

This entrance hall was meticulously hand painted by Kate over at Smarty Pants Paper.  It took her about 20 hours to complete but you’ve got to admit it’s totally worth it.  Pop over to her blog for details of how she did it.

Desire To InspireA wall painted in blackboard paint adds interest and some fun to this kitchen area. Use it for recipes, quotes, messages from the kids, anything you like. Image from desire to inspire


Texture doesn’t just come from the soft furnishings in a space. Hard textures can have just as dramatic an impact.  Think exposed brick, reclaimed wood or even tiles.

textured wall

The dark wood panelling in this nursery is a lovely contrast to the lighter tones of the cot and shelving. Image from The Huffington Post

The exposed brick wall and wall sconces add interest to this long entrance hall. Image from Houzz.com


A large mirror not only makes a statement but can also help to introduce light into a room and give the illusion of more space. dining room by emerald interior design

Reflective surfaces and a large mirror make this narrow dining room seem bright and airy. Image from Emerald Interior Design

contemporary dining room

The large oversized mirror in this dining room not only shows a lovely reflection of the chandelier, but also reflects the painting and staircase in the entrance hall. Image from Houzz.com


Picture galleries are a great way to fill up a large wall and introduce personality into a room. I’ve written several articles on gallery walls, check here and here or have a look at this gallery wall I created for a client a while ago. However at the risk of repeating myself………..


While a tv on the wall of a bedroom serves a purpose, you don’t want it being the focal point in the room. Here photography surrounding the TV does a good job of blending it into the space. Image from Suze Interiors

colorful gallery of framed art

This colourful gallery pops against the white background and adds height and interest to the space. Image from 1 Kind Design


If you don’t want to cover your walls in several frames, one image can also have an impact. This photo by Peter Margonelli has been made into a grid in the living area of an apartment designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth Image from Elle Decor


A large wall mounted head-board can create a beautiful backdrop for the bed and provides a wonderful statement in a bedroom.

Feature headboard - House and Garden

This hot red and pink headboard reflected in the two mirrors sets off the colour in the room beautifully. Image from House and Garden

Contemporary headboard and base

This designer headboard and bed would make a statement in any space. From Head Over Board

Bookcases and shelves

Bookshelves are another popular way of highlighting a large wall and keeps your prized collections on view and intact at the same time.

However as functional as the trusted Billy Bookcase is, you’ll need to think a little outside the box if you want to make a statement.


I love this bookshelf fashioned out of a pair of old painters ladders in this eclectic home office. Image from Emerald Interior Design via Matilda Rose Interiors

This book-case surrounding the tv keeps all the dvds and games together and fills in what would otherwise be a large boring space. Image from Houzz.com

open shelving unit

Open shelves work very well against a strong background and can make the contents pop. Image from Bold Bright and Beautiful

If you enjoyed this article you might want to check out some of my other posts on design inspiration for your home Shabby Chic Charm; Accent Walls That Make An Impact; and 20 Family Photo Ideas You’re Going To Love

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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  1. Good Day! I loved the designs of the walls you made. Thanks to the owner of this blog. I got an idea 🙂

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