I’ve been doing some re-organizing and re-decorating in my home and my office space and it’s really got me focussing on the basics again; my design trio of lights, windows and walls. I’ve previously posted on the importance of incorporating all three in any decor design (find post here) and since it’s been awhile that I’ve posted anything on decor, I thought I’d touch on the need to incorporate good wall design into your decor plan.
When designing and executing events, you have to look at all aspects and ensure that you are looking beyond the obvious. Every space should be attended to so that the look is fully complete. The same concept works in our home decor and design; without the fluid connection between all your spaces, the design doesn’t look complete. Your walls are an excellent place to find continuity in colour, or design, or theme.
Wall space and how we treat it is an essential component of good design. Yes, we all know about paint, and wallpaper, and hanging pictures. But, we must give greater thought as to how we pull things together on the wall. Walls are huge, fantastic canvasses where more of our design philosophy and own personality can be reflected in fun, whimsical, bold, interesting or unique ways.
Walls connect each room, so what is on them can continue the journey through your design. Painting one room but not another, or hanging one small picture on a vast wall doesn’t do your home justice and opportunities for cool design are lost. A thoughtful approach with some planning beforehand, will ensure that there is continuity with your decor. If there is a base feeling maintained, then fun and whimsical details won’t seem out of place, but rather, will shine.
Don’t be afraid to use different elements and textures. Consider painting some rooms and then introducing an amazing wallpaper in a powder room that has essences of the same colour palette as the paint. Flipping a horizontal picture on a vertical can create a totally different look and may fill up an awkward space. A strange nook can be transformed with some elegant hooks. Or even go further and create stone walls or living walls; the possibilities are very exciting.
Walls can also be functional when space is at a premium. Small apartments and condos can use wall space to introduce storage and organizing elements. Or a home office can use the wall space to hang functional, and cool, shelves. I sounds so obvious, but I tell you, I didn’t use the wall space in my office for anything except pictures (I know right?!). It wasn’t until I decided to do an overhaul and saw the room as a blank slate that I realized I really wasn’t using my space efficiently or effectively.
Our homes are wonderful expressions of who we are and what we like. Your walls aren’t just what is keeping your house standing up; use them as great extensions to the functionality and design of your home’s decor.
What are your thoughts on using your wall space? What is on your walls?