By Samantha van Egmond in association with
Discover budget friendly ways that fill your large walls with mirrors, art and textiles.
A bare, white wall in your living area can be intimidating and make even the loveliest of homes feel cold, especially in winter. However, there are ways to inject personality into a blank surface that extend beyond paint and wallpaper (not to mention large and expensive artwork). Take a look at these ideas to bring life to an empty wall without blowing the budget.
Make a gallery wall
Grouping artwork close together has a bigger impact than one lonely little frame, especially on a large wall. Mix and match sizes, colours and styles, hanging everything from cheap and cheerful illustrations to treasured postcards for an eclectic look. Photo by Blackband design- Beach style family room design inspiration.
Divide and conquer
Expansive walls call for equally expansive art, which can be costly – not to mention impractical if you move house and need to find a new spot for your piece. As a more versatile option, look for multiple panels that create one large artwork so they can be separated if necessary. Photo by Karen Aston Design – Contemporary Living Photos
Tip: If you’re artistically inclined, why not try your hand at creating your own artwork? Spreading the design across several canvases will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by one enormous piece – they can also be separated slightly to fill an even larger surface space. Photo by Sarah Davison – search decorative pillows.
Turn to textiles
A beautiful blanket or a vintage tapestry can often be picked up at a fraction of the cost of an artwork, making an eye-catching wall-hanging and lending texture to a bare surface. Keep an eye out at secondhand markets and local charity stores for a bargain.
Tip: You might be surprised at what you’ll find when you rummage through your drawers and craft cupboards. A silk scarf or a unique piece of fabric can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art with the addition of an inexpensive frame