Large blank wall spa­ces can be scary and so can the cost to dec­o­rate them. James Tre­ble holds up four must-do ideas.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WITH JAMES TRE­BLE

James Tre­ble shows how to cre­ate arty in­te­ri­ors.

TRY­ING TO FILL THAT BIG EMPTY wall in your home can be a headache be­cause you need some­thing that will work with the scale of the space and still re­late to your in­te­rior style. An­other prob­lem that usu­ally comes with size is cost, as over­sized pieces can look amaz­ing but break your bud­get.

Here are some of my tips for suc­cess.


One of the eas­i­est ways to make a larger art­work is to clus­ter smaller pieces on the wall as if they’re one. Al­ter­na­tively, place two medium works next to each other, hang a row of three or make a grid of four, six or eight and so on.

The trick is to en­sure the space be­tween each of the smaller works is con­sis­tent, and that they cre­ate one larger square or rec­tan­gle shape. Mea­sure out your de­sign to scale on pa­per first, re­mem­ber­ing to re­late the size of the fin­ished piece to the wall it’s

on, as well as the sofa or con­sole it’s placed above. To add in­ter­est, you could also cre­ate one large shape with dif­fer­ent-sized or -shaped frames in­side.


An in­ex­pen­sive and highly ef­fec­tive way to add colour and char­ac­ter is by re­cy­cling wall­pa­per. Find old rolls

or of­f­cuts at a re­cy­cling cen­tre or sec­ond-hand store. Also check out wall­pa­per stores as they some­times sell dis­con­tin­ued de­signs or slightly dam­aged stock at big dis­counts.

Place the pa­per in­side cheap or re­cy­cled pic­ture frames to make funky and thor­oughly in­di­vid­ual art pieces. By fram­ing the de­signs, they will look and feel more ex­pen­sive. If you’re fill­ing a large wall, re­peat the same de­sign with many smaller frames placed in a grid shape on the wall. The same idea can be repli­cated with old cards, post­cards, mag­a­zine images, old books and even wrap­ping pa­per.


Hang­ing dec­o­ra­tive plates on a wall is an old idea that can look very con­tem­po­rary. There are clever clips

and hang­ing de­vices on the mar­ket to dis­play them and their three di­men­sions cre­ate lovely plays on light. An­other ben­e­fit is that plates are round and help break up all the nat­u­rally straight lines in a room. You could also use hooks to hang dec­o­ra­tive serv­ing trays. When you want to use one, lift it straight off the wall!


A soft rug can work re­ally well on a wall. As well as bring­ing pat­tern and tex­ture, a rug will re­move any echo in the room. Just re­mem­ber that they’re heavy so use the cor­rect weight al­lowances for the wall hooks. To hang,

use a row of in­di­vid­ual wall hooks and gen­tly wig­gle them through the weave.

Al­ter­na­tively, cut a length of thin pine tim­ber to the width of the rug and care­fully wig­gle a screw through the tex­tile without cut­ting any thread. Re­peat the process with about 10 screws so the weight is bal­anced and the rug hangs straight. If you add two larger eyelet screws to the back of the tim­ber and mea­sure up, screw­ing two large hooks into the wall, you can sim­ply lift it up and hook into place.

“Think about what you can re­use or re­pur­pose.”


Rob Ryan Four Sea­sons plate, $69.95 for 4, from Zanui. Wall plates Plan­ning is key to ar­rang­ing the plates in a har­mo­nious way. SIT­TING UP Birds of Aus­tralia cake plate, $12.95, from Zanui.

On the up

Rugs add a lot of pat­tern for much less than a sim­i­lar-sized art­work would cost. Re­peat the pat­tern of a rug on cush­ions. GREAT IDEA

SOUND ZAPPER San­derum rug, $199, from Ikea. PILE HIGH Skoven rug, $129, from Ikea.

New again

Th­ese framed pictures in a grid for­mat are a mix of wall­pa­pers and art cards.


Un­til “Eames” bent­wood trays, $39.95 each, from Zanui.

Two be­come one Split­ting an im­age into two posters ups the scale and the fun fac­tor.

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