Is Your Wall Décor Too Much? Not Enough? How to Find the Perfect Wall-to-Wall Balance

Tasteful wall décor is what adds personality, warmth, and style to the walls of a home. Sometimes, the house will feel cluttered if you’ve littered the walls with floor to ceiling frames and hangings. On the other hand, a room will feel bland and boring if you leave the walls blank. If you are trying to find the perfect balance for your wall décor, there are a few techniques that you might not have tried yet—take a look at the list below to get a few tips for creating the perfect wall-to-wall balance:

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Size Matters

Generally, it’s not how many or how few pictures you have up on your wall, but their size ratio. After all, five small pictures on a wall can look bare, but five large pieces can be overwhelming. Rather, make sure that you have a good mix of big and little objects on your wall. A good rule of thumb is the 1:2 ratio. In other words, for every two small things that are hanging, make sure that you have at least one larger item. If you plan to create a wall collage, you can incorporate various sizes and center them around a focal point on the wall. Mixing and matching is always encouraged when procuring an eclectic gallery wall.

Think Variety

They say that variety is the spice of life, and this holds true with your wall decor. While too much variety can make the décor look scattered, you can use diverse shapes and sizes, and then pull the look together with coordinating colors or themes. Try to find items that create texture and break up the monotony that often exists among wall decor. You can use custom photo canvas prints to bring your images to life instead of letting them sit flat in a boring frame. You can also use shelves, mirrors, or clocks in order to create dimension and texture that makes the wall more aesthetically attractive.

Work with your Existing Wall Colors

The types of items you hang on the wall will greatly depend on what is already there. Walls painted with a solid white or other neutral colors can carry a lot more artwork than walls covered in patterned wallpaper or paint designs. If you have neutral colored walls, you can be pretty liberal when it comes to using various colors and bright hues. However, if the paint or wall paper is more detailed, it is good to choose one or two complementary colors for your frames or other wall décor so you don’t have clashing.

Safety in Numbers

The format of your wall décor will depend on your style and preference. If you are an uber-organized person, you’ll likely want to line up straight frames all in a row and measure them perfectly. If you are a little looser with your décor style, you might try the popular gallery wall style, where you compile different shapes, sizes, and colors to make a unique collage. No matter your style preferences, remember that there is safety in numbers. As mentioned before, filling an entire wall will be too overwhelming, so take into consideration the size of the room and the wall measurements. Use painter’s tape to map out on the wall where you want to place items. That way, you’ll have a good idea of how many items you have, and whether you need to add or take anything away. An easy method is to create a larger focal point and then arrange complementing pieces around it. This strategy prevents the room from feeling like a jumbled mess.

In the end, your wall décor should reflect your style and personality. Too many or too few items won’t properly display the look you are going for, so strive for the perfect balance as you take into consideration the size, variety, colors, and amount of your wall décor.

Erin Emanuel

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  1. I have a lot of blank wall space in my living room and hallway that I want to decorate, and I love your tips for how to properly use the space, especially by working off of existing colors. I’m getting cute little hanging baskets to hold things, so getting some little fake fruit and flowers that match the color scheme of my throw pillows and couches would be gorgeous for my living room. The hallway is plainer in color, so I’ll take your advice and use complementary colors in a frame or something for whatever I hang in there.

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