Wall decor ideas – 10 beautiful ways to decorate a blank wall

Bring your stark walls to life with these stylish wall decor ideas. Whether it’s artwork, fabric, or a mural masterpiece, changing just one wall can bring character to your space

Looking for wall decor ideas to refresh a tired or blank space in your home? Those empty walls are filled with endless possibilities – and a few stylish wall decorations can make a house feel like a home.

No matter your decorating style, we’ve got the tricks that can give life to your walls and bring out your true personality. Keep reading to discover the best wall decor ideas that are sure to add character, interest and intrigue to your home.

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1. ADD INTEREST WITH A WALL MURAL 

Bedroom accent wall ideas with mural
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From hand-blocked panels to digitally printed vistas, murals of picturesque landscapes are an expressive way to bring epic scale and romance to a scheme – and they make the perfect accent wall ideas.

Ask a mural artist to create a preliminary drawing, preferably to scale, so any alterations can be made at this stage,’ says Helen Barnes, Murals and Tromp L’oeil Specialist. ‘And remember that if you commission a design on a penal or a fabric canvas, it can be portable, too.’

With our Wall Murals, you can cover an entire wall with a rad design – just line up the panels and stick them on. They’re easy to peel off too, leaving no sticky residue behind. With crisp, vibrant colors and images, this stunning wall decor lets you create an amazing permanent or temporary space. Available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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2. REFLECT LIGHT WITH MIRRORS

wall decor ideas with mirrors
(Image credit: Future / Alun-Callender)

Everyone knows that decorating with mirrors is a good way to visually ‘double‘ the sense of space in a room – but we also love a mirror for how it magnifies the light and adds a magical mood. ‘I always use mirrors with an antiqued effect, says Henriette Von Stockhausen, founder, VSP Interiors. ‘It softens everything that it reflects. Sadly, it is more expensive but it really is worth it as it makes the room feel immediately more settled.’

Think carefully where mirrors are positioned, where they end, and what will be reflected in them,’ she adds. ‘I don’t use them in dining as people don’t like to see themselves reflected while eating or speaking. I wouldn’t place a full-length mirror opposite a shower and never one behind a loo.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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3. OPT FOR LARGE-SCALE ART

Living room with wood panelling Studio Ashby
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If you are looking for wall decor that is easily changeable, then consider hanging up carefully chosen artwork instead. An oversized painting will command attention and set the tone – even in a relatively small space. Alternatively, opt for gallery wall ideas if you have a plethora of artwork to display.

Bold and extrovert wall accessories look great against a contemporary background,’ says Deborah Heath of Design By Deborah. ‘But a wall of vivid color would swamp a watercolor and an oil painting may look dark and imposing on small delicately patterned wallpaper. It’s a matter of trial and error –and personal taste.’

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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4. ARRANGE BOOKS FOR AN ATTRACTIVE FOCAL POINT

Wall decor ideas with book display
(Image credit: Future / Jody Stewart)

Wall decor ideas don’t have to be purely decorative, they can be functional, too. ‘Books can bring culture and intelligence to any room, as Cicero said, ‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’

One formal way of arranging books is the classic library approach, that is by genre – fiction, non-fiction, history, art, and so on. ‘It’s probably one of the most popular ways to organize books in a domestic setting,’ says Philip Blackwell, founder, Ultimate Library.

Those looking for a more stylized result, which will have a greater impact on the overall look and feel of them too, will arrange books in blocks of color,’ he adds. ‘Some will go for one accent – we’ve done entire walls in Penguin  paperbacks, for example – others will want a kaleidoscope effect with different pops of color.’

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5. TAKE A WORLD VIEW WITH GEOGRAPHICAL WALL DECOR

Wall decor ideas with map mural wall decor
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Whether vintage, wall-sized or illustrative, a map can add interest and evoke happy memories of your favorite trips and destinations.

Add some visual interest to a study or child’s room with a striking map mural that is also educational. This feature wall will have particular appeal for budding explorers, who can stick mementos on the map to show where they’ve been, or mark where they would like to go in the future.

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6. FASHION A WALL DISPLAY WITH PLATES

Wall decor ideas with plates
(Image credit: Future / Emma Lee)

If your best china is too good to eat off, or perhaps you have decorative antique plates hidden away in a cupboard, make a gallery wall display with them. Select a few varying sizes and patterns and measure up the placement of each piece on the wall before you go in with a hammer and nails, to make sure you get the spacing right. Once you’re happy, attach the plates to hanging wires – you can get ones specially designed for plates that will hold them firmly without damage – and hook onto the walls.

Channeling your inner art collector? Frameless and versatile, canvas prints can be hung on your walls or showcased on a flat surface. There’s just something about the canvas that feels so much artier. Canvas prints available in three sizes.

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7. DRESS YOUR WALLS WITH DECORATE PANELING 

Wall decor ideas with grey painted wall panelling
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Originally installed to protect walls and hide damp, paneling is enjoying a style revival. We adore the instant character wall paneling can provide, especially in featureless rooms. And of course, it is a practical way to keep scruffs at bay.

‘Panelling is a useful way of introducing warmth and character to a room – there is something cozy about being surrounded by wood, says Bruce Hodgson, founder, and creative director, Artichoke. If your budget doesn’t stretch to wood panelling, high-quality MDF painted with eggshell paint is a convincing alternative to wood panelling.

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8. DISPLAY HOUSEPLANTS – ON THE WALL

Wall decor ideas with houseplant on the wall
(Image credit: Future / Jake Curtis)

Shown off with imagination and ingenuity, indoor plants add natural charm to any scheme. Swap a mirror above the fireplace for a wall-hung pocket planter filled with a verdant display of ferns and trailing vines. Different heights add visual interest – mix up plants with different leaf shapes and colors for an abundant display.

A well-edited arrangement of houseplants will not only live the spirits and help purify the air, but it’s also great for adding color, style, and an artistic flourish.

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9. INTRODUCE WALL-TO-WALL STYLE

Wall decor ideas with trompe l'oeil mural wall
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If you want to add a unique touch to your home, a mural is a more permanent option. For a bespoke troupe l’oeil you’ll need to commission a specialist and be prepared to make a significant financial investment. Designs like these suit traditional schemes particularly well.

Although trompe l’oeil (meaning ‘deceive the eye’ due to the optically elusive nature of the art technique) is popular for large areas, such as dining and living rooms, it can add space and depth to smaller spaces, such as powder rooms.

Murals can incorporate specific themes, personal motifs or favored landscapes in any style. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a hand-painted design, consider a tiled alternative or a mural wallpaper, which can be custom-made and can even feature your own photos.

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10. OPT FOR AN INSTANT UPDATE WITH WALL DECALS

Wall decor ideas with wall decals in the living room
(Image credit: Future / Jake Curtis)

Instead of conventional artwork or feature wallpaper, why not choose wall stickers or decals (transfers) to make a statement? Options range from colorful designs, perfect for adding character to a child’s bedroom, to sophisticated silhouettes, elegant monochromes, witty graphics, and adhesive chalkboard, ideal for kitchen walls.

Think about where to place them – off-center or above a skirting board often looks more interesting than a centrally positioned design, which can appear lost in a large space. Consider the style of your interiors, too; simple graphics and block colors will suit minimalist layouts. Wall art can look fussy in a busy scheme, so remember to pare back on other accessories to enable your art to stand out.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A BLANK WALL?

Adding impact to your walls needn’t be confined to the traditional methods of wallpapering or painting. There are plenty of ways to enliven your scheme, whether you opt for an easy-to-change option, such as witty wall stickers and whimsical decals, or invest in a bespoke solution, such as a striking mural or a delicate trope O’Neil. Whether your schemes are traditional or contemporary, there is a wealth of creative ways to let your walls do the talking.

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