Large blank wall spaces can be scary and so can the cost to decorate them. James Treble holds up four must-do ideas.
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.
1 USE SMALL PIECES TO MAKE ONE LARGE ONE
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.
2 FRAME RECYCLED WALLPAPER AND CARDS
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.
3 HANG PLATES AND TRAYS
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!
4 WALL-MOUNT A RUG
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.
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.