Six Times One Single Great Decorating Idea Took Up An Entire Wall

Six Times One Single Great Decorating Idea Took Up An Entire Wall

Dabney Frake
Nov 10, 2015
(Image credit: Florence de Dampierre)

Big blank walls are intimidating at times, taunting you with their vastness. You’ve got carte blanche, but that means you need to come up with something good. Something good might be a bunch of different little ideas, or one really, really great one. Each of these rooms has just one single idea that nonetheless fills the entire space. They are simple in concept and dramatic in the execution.

Wall of Mirrors: Mirrored walls, like the antiqued gold one in this bathroom from Norm Architects. You can layer art or other decor on top, but the reflected image really eliminates the need for anything else.

Huge Folding Screen: Paneled dividers are great at defining space or for privacy, but they are also decorative and work in any type of room. Their zig zag shape also offers a sense of movement.

Large Rug: Large textiles and rugs are massively textured and break up otherwise flat painted walls. At this big scale, they pack in a lot of warmth and depth. This Moroccan rug, seen on Elle Decor, is substantial, yet remains a neutral backdrop for this serene bedroom.

Oversize Idea Board: Restauranteur Ali Cayne's wall is a mish mosh of family photos, images, favorite quotes, and drawings from her children. It both serves as decoration and inspiration.

(Image credit: Domino)

Statement Wallpaper: Cover the whole thing with a major graphic pattern that needs no other decor. This mater bedroom with a beautiful floral print was spotted on Domino.

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