10 Ways to Fill a Blank Wall

large wall decor ideas for living room with mirror and gold ottoman

Looking for large wall decor ideas for a living room? With an expanse of blank wall staring back at you, it’s nearly impossible to dream up ways for a design solution. The possibilities are endless, and because of that, it’s difficult to narrow down your decorating options. We thought we’d suggest 10 gorgeous, new ideas to fill that blank wall!

1. Large Wall Decor Ideas for the Living Room  – Mirror & Place to Sit

Especially in a living room entryway, this large wall decor is a great idea to fill up some space. It’s an elegant focal point near a front door, but it’s also functional. Guests can lay their coats on the upholstered bench, and it’s a great spot to slip on your shoes before leaving the house. It’s also just so elegant!

Enjoy the look of our large Beaudry Mirror in Pewter ,  and  pair it with  an ottoman covered in our signature  gold velvet   as seen above, or with our popular rush-seat Dorchester Bench,  found here.



large clock focal point on a blank sitting room wall

2. Great Space Filling Idea  – Oversize Wall Clock

Our large decor Chateau Betton Wall Clock in white looks striking against a navy wall. At 36″ wide, this clock is a great way to make a lot of  design impact on a wall that just seems never ending!



large wall sconce decor on blank wall

3. Our Grand Sized Wall Sconces – the Right Size Statement

Our Valletta Wall Sconce is nearly 3 feet tall, which means it has a lot of look and can make a dramatic statement on a blank wall. We love the patina-ed finish and the elegant gilding on the candle arms. Our favorite way to use this piece? In pairs on either side of a mantle piece!



A series of tall paintings on a blank wall in an entryway

4. And Paintings in a Series – Go for the Grand Look

Really wanting to create wall drama but don’t know where to start? May we suggest a series of paintings running down your entryway? Actually, no matter what room it’s in, we love the way a grouping of paintings immediately draws the eye to create impact. 




wall hooks and a gallery wrapped canvas painting fill a blank entry wall

5. Or Painting & Wall Hooks – Function and Design!

Function is super important, especially in a hardworking space like an entryway. But, we always want to bring in a little personality too. In this space we paired a impressionistic painting of boat with a set of wall hooks to create a pretty space that also works hard for you and your family!



Extra wide drapery panels and artwork fill the wall space

6. Drapery Panels – Wall Style Remembered

We often forget about drapery panels when we’re thinking about filling wall space in our homes, but once your curtains are up, you’ll notice things feel far less bare! We suggest hanging your drapery rod brackets 3-6 inches out from your window moulding to make your windows appear wider, but you’ll see the added benefit of filling up wall space.



Burlap Message Board with Grid of wall art over living room sofa

7. Message Boards – Create and Recreate!

You may have noticed how much we love the message board, and it’s true. We use them in nearly every room, but that’s just because they’re so practical! They’re like chameleons, changing to blend in with the decor around them. Simply switch out whatever you tack up there for a totally new look. Here we used a set of 8 botanical prints, all tacked to our Burlap Message Board as a pretty grouping over a sofa.



Shelving is a great way to use your wall space for storage and function

8. Wall Shelving & Mirrors Work Together

Don’t forget that walls aren’t just for hanging paintings and photographs. We love using this vertical space for something functional, like shelving. A wall-mounted shelf with gilded brackets and crisp, white shelves takes design friendly wall storage to an elegant space that works in a powder room, home office, dressing area, or formal living room.



Miles Redd's oversized round mirror on a wall over console table

9. A Dramatic Mirror Does it All

When filling a wall consider scale. Miles Redd’s Golightly Mirror has a grand scale, turning a plain expanse of wall into a dramatic focal point. One large piece keeps things clean and uncluttered but is still large enough to carry the entire wall.



wall pockets for files on blank wall in a home office

10. Home Office Wall Pockets – Working Style!

We mentioned how much we love using wall space to add function to a room, and wall pockets are a great way to do that. Labels make it easy to keep things neat and tidy, and we all know how easy it is for paper to get out of hand!

For more design inspiration, visit our wall decor and art collections!



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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Lily Bridgers

    November 22, 2022

    I completely understand what you meant when you said that it’s difficult to come up with design solutions when a blank wall is staring you in the face. I just did a living room renovation so I’m left with tons of empty walls I can’t seem to fill so this article has been a huge help. I’m leaning toward purchasing an engraved wooden Celtic wall cross so I’m crossing my fingers!

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      Kelley Bostian

      December 8, 2022

      Glad to hear this post helped you too! Empty walls with endless possibilities can be frustrating at first, but love to see that you got the ball rolling with the Celtic wall cross. Definitely check back in and let us know where you end up with your living room wall!
      Happy Decorating,

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    December 19, 2020

    May I know the artwork series used in idea #4 please.

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    Missy Ernest

    April 15, 2019

    I love the pendant lights we bought from you and look forward to more purchases. We are in the process of starting to build a new home and I’m sure we will be looking at Ballard Design. Thank You, Missy

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    Brenda Shively

    March 8, 2019

    Do you carry the console table in picture #4?

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      Caroline McDonald

      March 25, 2019

      That’s our Tibet Console table. So glad you like it. Thanks for reading!

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    January 16, 2019

    Can you please tell me where I can find the entry way table in photo #9? It is everything I’ve ever wanted!

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    Julia Maddux

    January 13, 2019

    I will like to have some advice over a Blank wall decoration!

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    June 26, 2018

    Hi! Do you know where the bench from the 5th picture is from? Love it!

    Thanks 🙂

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 14, 2018

      Unfortunately this bench is discontinued, but our Lonny Bench has a similar look and function.

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    June 9, 2017

    What is the wall color in the photo wit the mirror and velvet bench?

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      Annika Dupree

      June 12, 2017

      The paint color is called “Herbal Escape” #1487 from Benjamin Moore. It is such a great color!

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    Marilyn Baxter

    April 18, 2016

    Love this””’the hall way that so many forget about. You did a really good job. I had my son-in-law help me with hanging a mirror at the end of my hallway….he said it really looked nice’………..he never compliments.

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    Christine Campbell

    April 18, 2016

    I am so disappointed you no longer carry the wonderful leather letters with brass studs. I would love a G for my son’s office. Is there a place you could tell me about that may carry these very cool letters. Thank you, Chris Campbell