they are necessary, yet many of us have difficulty making them attractive

some stare at us blankly
others are awkward

Many of our homes are sorely lacking in architectural interest
but that doesn't mean it has to stay that way
Here are a few more ideas for that blank wall

Stone Veneer
either man made or natural stone warms up a fireplace wall

The Urban Farmhouse
Stone tile panelling

Swallow Drive living room
heavily mortared stone

Arch Planner
beautiful stacked stone

Decorating Ideas World

Stone or Brick will add texture and architectural interest. 

I love to add interest and beauty with moldings and trim
like these panels 

Katy Elliott

or this panelled wall behind a bed

On Sugar
dark glossy paint adds high drama to these panelled walls

two-toned diamond pattern panels have high graphic impact

another treatment:  board and batten

and here's a link to a DIY tutorial

used barnwood is an interesting material for a panelled wall

Anne Sage
If you have the space for a bookcase (about 1 foot) build one on that bare wall
built in bookcases take the design element of a room up a notch, and elevate resale value

Decor Pad
they are the perfect spot to display a collection

Atlanta Homes Magazine
or create lovely little vignettes
(love the soft gray of this bookcase)

square shelving lends a contemporary edge
and allows room for larger items for display
(Ikea carries inexpensive bookcases along this line, which can be stacked to fill a wall)

Bookshelves are both an asset and a problem
how can you showcase them to their best advantage?
Here are a couple of tips:  #1 - Remove the covers
#2 Incorporate other objects

#3:  Strive for balance
paper covered books on these shelves create a neutral palette

#4: Cover your books for a uniform look

#5:  Use baskets to hide clutter, smaller books or paperbacks

Colour Lovers
#6:  Create a color coordinated arrangement of books for visual impact

built-ins can provide a needed focal point in a room

Perfectly Put Together
a painted background adds color impact

Loft and Cottage

KG HomePro
care should be taken to add beauty to a room
and not clutter
adding hidden storage (cupboards and drawers)
helps keep the clutter to a minimum

Arundel Woodworks
sconces add another beautiful element

beadboard is another interesting wall treatment
and a plate rack can be an interesting accessory for a blank wall in a kitchen or dining room

Urban Grace
a collection of plates can be as interesting as artwork

Tater Tots and Jello
the use of baskets in shelves keeps the small clutter at bay
hides less attractive paperbacks, magazines, etc.

My Sweet Savannah
there is nothing boring or blank about this little corner of the room
burlap and nailhead trim add wonderful texture to the bulletin board area

Pregnant with Power Tools
I love this combination of beadboard and cubbies for a bath or laundry room

 Sometimes the homes we live in
have little to offer us in custom details
and we have to add our own charm
and our own architectural interest
Just because you have a room with 4 boring blank walls now
doesn't mean you have to live with it forever
If you have unfinished windows - add molding
If your room has tiny baseboards - replace them with larger chunkier ones
Add the board and batten, bead board or panel details to your walls
Install a little crown molding
Build a shelving unit - or have it done
and Presto
No more BORING walls

I hope this inspires you just a little today!




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