I love how many options there are out there when it comes to sprucing up your walls, and they don’t have to break the bank! From shelves, to mirrors to photo galleries, there is just no excuse for boring walls! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to spruce up a blank wall.
As many of you know, I am a big fan of Joanna Gaines, and one of the things that she does time and again on her show is hang something “architectural” on the walls. She talks about adding visual interest and character, and that principal has really stuck with me when I am decorating a wall space. Here are a few examples of Joanna’s creative approach:
The last episode I watched, she was designing a bachelor pad, so this example might be on the masculine side, but I thought it looked cool!
Jojo found a piece of windmill at a salvage place, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look really awesome on the wall! I know this kind of shopping isn’t an option for most of us, nor can we hop on a plane and go shop at Magnolia Market. However, did you know that Pier 1 has a whole collection of goodies called Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines? They brought in a few items last Spring, mostly throw pillows and rugs, but now they have tons of stuff including furniture. But I digress…what I thought was cool when visiting the store was this:
It’s called “cathedral window frame wall decor” and I think it would look so cool on a big blank wall! This item retails for $219.00 so it’s not as budget friendly as the other ideas I am sharing today. I wanted to highlight it though, because it is a great example of “architectural salvage” which Joanna talks about all the time!
Another thing that I have seen Joanna do, that would be so easy and inexpensive to replicate, is to frame some book pages and hang them as a symmetrical gallery, like this:
The options are pretty endless with this idea, but I love the idea of framing some pages from a music book, an atlas or anything that has special meaning to you.
This week I (mostly) wrapped up a fun decorating project with my dream client. She has actually agreed to let me share her space here on my blog, so that will be coming up in the next few weeks, hopefully! But for now I wanted to share a few of my favorite decor items we used on her dining room walls that definitely fall under the category of budget friendly, but look amazing!
First up is this black round mirror from Ikea:
We used this on the main wall in the dining room. It is simple in detail, but it’s the focal point in the room. It makes a great statement but only costs $79.99. I think you would be hard pressed to find a nice mirror of this size anywhere else for this price!
To add some visual interest, we added a candle sconce on either side. I had a hard time finding what I was looking for locally, but on a recent trip to Seattle, I popped into one of my favorite places – World Market and picked up 4 of these beauties:
2 for me and two for my client! I am doing a similar wall treatment in my living room. On the advice of my friend and design guru, Michaela, I was looking for an oversize round mirror and candle sconces for a extra large, windowless wall in my living room. I snagged this mirror on sale at West Elm:
It was a splurge at a little over $300 but, I fell in love! It’s pretty big, so it is the perfect scale for my wall. I can’t wait to install it, then I can share it with you guys! #goals
Back to the candle sconces, I think they are a really cool feature to jazz up a boring wall space. If you are so lucky as to be able to shop at World Market (they don’t have any in Canada nor do they ship across the border…sad face) they had some really great ones, these two in particular caught my eye:
The only similar thing I have seen locally is this one from Pier 1, from the Magnolia Home collection:
You could use this as either a vase or a hurricane-type candle holder.
On to my next favorite item we chose for my client’s dining room, this really cool wall-mounted wall rack:
Not only is this going to be a major statement piece in the room, it is practical! Especially if you are a wine enthusiast with an impressive collection to show off. If I had this in my house, it would be stocked with 9 bottles of Kim Crawford Sauv Blanc! What I really can’t get over about this particular item is the price tag – $32.99 on Wayfair.ca. It doesn’t get any more budget friendly than that! I would be willing to pay way more for this beauty, it’s a total steal!
Another super budget friendly wall decor idea to share, is this round clock from Ikea. This was one of the first items I purchased when we bought our home almost 5 years ago. I saw it at Ikea and fell in love with it’s vintage charm right away. It used to live in the family room:
but after installing my new faux built-ins, I had to relocate it to the Dining room. It actually looks amazing against our chalkboard wall, talk about contrast!
I can’t find this exact one online right now, maybe it’s been discontinued. They do have something similar in black called the Bravur, which I am sure is Swedish for “really funky clock”!
Well, those are all the ideas I had to share for today! I plan on doing another similar post, but will highlight playful and budget friendly things to use in a kids room or playroom.
Do you have a favorite piece of decor hanging in your home? Something that makes you happy when you walk by it? I would love to hear about it!
As always, thanks for reading!