11 Affordable Ways To Decorate A Blank Wall
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By Mariel Goodson
Tired of staring at a blank wall? Fine art may not be in the budget, but you can still have gallery-worthy walls. From framing fabric to hanging mismatched dishes, get inspired by these 11 creative wall decor ideas—all for under $100!
Wrap It Up2 of 12
A sophisticated twist on that psychedelic tapestry you hung in college: Frame a beautiful square scarf. Steam-press it to remove wrinkles, then pin it to a foam-core backing before placing it inside a poster frame to keep the scarf from slipping out of place.
Let's Dish3 of 12
Instead of discarding mismatched dishware, use it to create a unique wall mosaic. Place a large piece of craft paper on the floor then arrange plates and shallow bowls in a layout that works for your space. Trace around the plates with a pencil and pin the paper to the wall so you can mark where everything goes. For a free-floating effect, attach with invisible adhesive hangers.
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Framing pages from an illustrated children's book adds style and sentiment. Opt for a hardback edition—the pages will be larger and printed on higher-quality paper—and use frame mats to create a cohesive, pulled-together effect. To match modern decor, thumb through Vivaldi; for traditionalists, try The Polar Express; and for a playroom, you can't beat The Runaway Bunny or The Little Prince.
All American5 of 12
Jasper Johns' iconic Flag may cost millions, but you can re-create your own. All you need: a rectangular piece of plywood, a yardstick and painter's tape for straight stripes, a star-shaped stamp, and chalk-style paint to give it a distressed finish.
Branch Out6 of 12
A fallen tree branch offers sculptural dimension, and its natural patina fits right in with rustic, casual decor. To complement contemporary furnishings, coat the wood with a shiny lacquer spray paint in a bold color. Or try a metallic gold finish for a more traditional aesthetic.
Butterfly Effect7 of 12
Fanciful designer decals dress up empty walls for a fraction of the cost of wallpaper. Perfect for powder rooms, breakfast nooks and nurseries, Lulu DK's new Art Decals were inspired by her free-hand paintings and showcase idyllic motifs like tulips, goldfish, butterflies, and birds. Bonus: They're a cinch to remove when you want to change up your look.
Spread the Word8 of 12
Transform your favorite saying into an inspirational art piece by inscribing it on a prominent wall, like above the bed or in an entryway. Affordable prefab options like this one from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child or sites like TheSimpleStencil.com allow you to create and preview a custom template in a variety of colors.
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Ceiling medallions were often used to suspend chandeliers in older homes, but their intricate, architectural details can also add character to your walls. Use a variety of sizes and styles—from rosettes to roped coils—to create a custom montage that'll look like it was built right in.
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Oh Baby11 of 12
All those adorable baby clothes should do more than take up storage space. Select a few favorite items that coordinate—including accessories—then stitch or pin each piece onto the soft backing of a shadow box before hanging.
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Not sure what to do with leftover fabric scraps? Put them to work sprucing up the walls. A basic mat and frame is timeless, or you can create a more whimsical effect by using wooden embroidery hoops.
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