10 Ways to Fill a Blank Wall

10 Ways to Fill a Blank Wall

Staring at an expanse of blank wall, it’s nearly impossible to dream up a way to fill it. The possibilities are endless, and because of that, it’s difficult to narrow down the options. We thought we’d suggest a few ideas:

1. A Large Mirror + A Place to Sit

Especially in an entryway, this is a great way 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!

We used our large Beaudry Mirror in Pewter and paired it with our Rene Bench in Soho Velvet Lemongrass.

Use a large clock to create a focal point on a blank wall

2. An Oversize Clock

Our 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 impact on a wall that just seems never ending!

Use a large wall sconce to fill space on a blank wall

3. A Wall Sconce

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!

Use a series of paintings to fill a blank wall in a living room

4. A Series of Paintings

Really wanting to create drama but don’t know where to start? May we suggest a series of paintings in a grandiose scale, like our Seasons Art? No matter what room it’s in, we love the way a grouping of these paintings immediately create drama and impact.

Use wall hooks and a gallery wrapped canvas painting to fill a blank wall

5. A Painting + Wall Hooks

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!

Dramatic drapery panels are a great way to fill wall space

6. Drapery Panels

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.

Neutral color palette in living room on pillows

7. Message Boards

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 it. 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. Shelving + Mirrors

Don’t forget that walls aren’t just for hanging paintings and photographs. We love using this vertical space for something functional, like shelving. Our Calista Shelf has gorgeous gilded brackets and crisp, white shelves. They certainly take wall storage to an elegant space that works in a powder room, home office, dressing area, or formal living room.

Melissa Payne Baker's home featuring Ballard Designs Amiel Mirror

9. A Dramatic Mirror

Here’s a sure fire way to turn an empty, ugly duckling wall into a glittering focal point: our Amiel Mirror. Our Exclusive Artist Melissa Payne Baker is a big Ballard fan (even before she became one of our artists), and she’s used our Amiel Mirror on her stair landing, flanked by homemade dried botanical prints.

Use wall pockets to fill a bit of blank wall in a home office

10. Wall Pockets

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!

Wondering what type of wall art suits your personality? Take our quiz!

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

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Caroline McDonald

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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    June 26, 2018

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

    Thanks 🙂

    • Caroline McDonald

      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