If you’re lucky enough to have a large spot of blank wall space, you probably also know the conundrum of how to fill it. Even if you don’t have a blank wall the size of a two-story foyer, every room needs a statement piece and big artwork is one of my favorite design ideas to get that wow factor.
Whether your style is traditional or more modern, big wall art is a great way to showcase your style and turn a blank wall into a highlight full of visual interest. Here are a few of my favorite (designer approved) unique wall art ideas that will make a statement in your living room, dining room, or anywhere you have a blank wall.
Big Wall Artwork Design Ideas
If you want to look for a solo piece of art to cover your wall, go outside the frames. You could look for something slightly unexpected (like a more modern piece of art) to create a bold statement. There are many big artwork ideas for your rooms that you could use that aren’t technically “art.”
1. Big Artwork Display Piece
Of course, the easiest way to incorporate a statement-making piece of art is to find one large piece of art and hang it in your living room. Very simple! But the devil is in the details. When my clients want to purchase art, I tell them never to buy anything they don’t love. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it!
When selecting a large piece of artwork to make a bold statement in your living room, consider the balance and symmetry of the room. Make sure the spot you’ve selected for your artwork has enough space on each side so it can be balanced on the wall.
Another thing to consider when choosing a large piece of artwork is the style of your room. If you have a traditionally-styled room, a traditional piece of art would serve that space well.
2. Large Textiles As Artwork
How about a large (and not heavy) antique rug or quilt? Not only will you add visual interest with color and texture, you’ll take up a large swath of wall. You could also wrap a graphic textile (like a large piece of fabric) around a canvas or wooden frame to hang. Finally, consider framing and hanging a roll of wallpaper in a place that’s long and skinny.
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3. Furniture As Artwork
If you are able, place a large piece of furniture on the blank wall as a unique wall decor idea. It functions as the piece of furniture itself and it’s also an objet d’art. You can paint it, stencil it, cover it in wallpaper, or just leave it as is.
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4. Mirrors as Artwork
I love mirrors, especially in an entryway. They bounce light around the space and you can give yourself a final check before you leave your home for the day. A large mirror can be hung in other places, too. Just don’t create one solid wall of mirrors. The only good things about the 80’s were Madonna, Pretty in Pink, and Macintosh computers. Mirror walls were certainly not one of them.
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5. Big Gallery Wall
Gallery walls can be traditional or modern, symmetrical or asymmetrical, and colorful or monochromatic. There’s basically no “wrong” way to create a gallery wall (as long as you follow the principles of interior design to create balance with your gallery wall).
If I hang a gallery wall for someone, I consider the art as well as the frames and the composition of the pieces themselves on the wall. Modern gallery walls look great when everything has a matching frame and is set up in a grid. Traditional styles work well with similar genres of art (all black and white photographs or all watercolors, for example). A more eclectic style would use different frames as well as different colors and textures of artwork (and maybe throw in something 3-dimensional as well). Or you can contrast all of these styles by mixing them up. As long as you carry one theme throughout, such as the same color palette, you can’t go wrong.
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6. Monochromatic Wall Art Ideas
I love monochromatic rooms. The depth and interest of a monochromatic space feels elegant to me. When selecting unique wall art for your room, go for monochromatic as well. Grab a few canvases and paint them all the same color. Or look for accents that stay within the same color palette as what’s already on your walls or represented in the room.
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7. Negative Space Artwork Ideas
Negative space artwork is a unique wall art idea for filling a large spot. Also called white space, it allows the object on the wall to stand out. Purchase a large piece of art or create a gallery wall. Or you could go very modern and simply buy one large frame without anything in it.
If your home is modern, or transitional, you can get away with negative space art. It lends itself to modern stylings.
No matter how you choose to cover your walls, they’ll pop with these bold, big artwork design ideas.