10 Ideas to Add Personality to Walls

With the return of maximalism there has been an increase in the desire to layer personality into homes.  While I don’t personally prescribe to maximalism I am always interested in how we can layer our own personalities into our homes.  Blank walls offer an invitation for creativity, and there are countless ways to transform them into captivating and personalized spaces. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to revitalize your living space or someone renting a place with restrictions, these ten creative solutions will inspire you to turn your blank walls into stunning focal points.

1. Gallery Wall: Create a visually striking gallery wall by arranging a collection of framed artwork, photographs, or even decorative sculptures. Mix and match various sizes and styles to add personality. Consider using cohesive frames or colors for a unified look.  Play with the idea of introducing images on unusual size mats such as an oversized matt for a small photo creating a tunnel effect.  For a contemporary look (and the easiest to execute), use all square frames in the same size and colour.

2. Wallpaper: Wallpaper is available in traditional paste or removable peel and stick solutions.  The range of wallpaper available is so wide and can be ordered through your wallpaper installer, interior designer or even online.  You can be bold and wild with your wall paper or subtle, opting for texture instead.  Use it on one wall, all walls or the ceiling, and don’t be afraid to install art or shelving over the wallpaper.  The effect of the layering is stunning.  The image to the right has been created using Native Swinson’s traditional paper wallpaper, made and designed in Australia.  It was the perfect selection for my clients whimsical artwork and style.

3. Shelves: Whether it’s shelves that are free standing, supported on visible brackets or floating, shelves provide a great combination of functionality and decor. Shelves not only provide a place to display decorative items, books, or plants but also add depth and dimension to the wall. With the addition of some large baskets you can increase available storage.  For extra flair consider using decorative brackets or a vintage shelving unit.  If the look of timber is the goal always aim to use real timber.  You will thank yourself later.

Styled by Elska Interiors

4. Texture through Wall Hangings: Introduce texture and warmth with textile wall hangings or sculpture. These could be tapestries, a flock of metal birds, woven rugs, a wreath or even macramé creations. Opt for colors and patterns that complement your existing decor to tie the room together.  Texture on walls can have an added bonus off assisting with acoustics.

5. Mirrors: Mirrors are excellent for making spaces feel larger and brighter while decorating your wall. They also have the effect of adding volume to items placed in front of them.  For example a plant will appear doubled in size or a candles light will be reflected into the room.  Choose a statement mirror or create an arrangement of smaller mirrors for a stylish and reflective display. Consider antique or ornate frames for added visual interest.  Just make sure that it’s reflecting an area you want to see.

Interior Design- Elska Interiors, Artist- Drapl & Co, Photographer- John Downs Photography
Image by Rachel Claire
Image by Rachel Claire

6. Moulding, Panelling, Bricks and Tiles: Introduce architectural interest and sophistication to your blank walls with the addition of wall mouldings, exposed bricks or tiles. Installing fixed products such as these creates visual interest and adds depth to the wall, providing an elegant backdrop for other decor elements. Experiment with different shapes, textures and sizes to achieve the desired look.  Use a contrasting color for a striking effect, to draw the eye or create tension or zones within a space.  For a more subtle, gentle result continue the colour within the space onto other finishes or use the same colour in a shade deeper.  In the fireplace image here, you can see how the clients recycled brick offers all the interest required for the space.

7. Wall Murals: Be bold and install a wall mural.  The inclusion of a large scale artwork that is directly on your wall has an impactful, permanent feeling that defines a room.  You can either hire an artist to paint one or there are a lot of murals available as wallpaper.

8. Functional Wall Art: Combine aesthetics with practicality by choosing functional wall art. This could include wall-mounted shelves, hooks, acoustic paneling or pegboards that serve both decorative and organizational purposes. These solutions are particularly useful in small spaces.

9. Plants and Greenery: Bring nature indoors by incorporating plants into your wall decor. Wall-mounted planters or a vertical garden can add a refreshing and lively atmosphere to any room. Consider low-maintenance plants or preserved moss for easy upkeep.

A venetian plaster adds visual texture and interest in this bathroom.

Architect: Pentarchi Photographer: John Downs Photography
  1. Lighting Fixtures: Illuminate your space while adding a touch of glamour with statement lighting fixtures. Whether it’s a unique pendant light, a cluster of hanging bulbs, or wall sconces, the right lighting can transform a blank wall into a captivating focal point.  Choose the right shade and it will offer additional interest as it reflects pattern onto the walls or ceiling.

Decorating blank walls provides an exciting opportunity to showcase your personality and style. From gallery walls to functional wall art, the possibilities are endless. Experiment with different combinations, mix textures, and most importantly, have fun transforming your blank walls into visually stunning masterpieces.

This image by Ivan WuPl shows how removing sections of a wall through to a hallway allows for a layering of plants, lighting and alternating textures adding visual interest and softening the overall effect.
This image by Ivan WuPl shows how removing sections of a wall through to a hallway allows for a layering of plants, lighting and alternating textures adding visual interest and softening the overall effect.
Pavel Danilyuk
Installation by Plant Scapers

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