One reason I think most people struggle is because they automatically assume they should buy a painting or a mirror to fill the empty spot! While mirrors and paintings are great, there are still so many other options for you! I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas!
Rather than going with one large painting, consider a collection of frames all differing in size, color and texture! Also consider not JUST using photos to fill them! Think about maps, sketches, children artwork, text, postcards, etc.
Just because you may not be an artist doesn't mean that you can't create your own piece of art! This especially works in a contemporary house!
Mirrors are always great!! They usually make a space feel more formal! However, consider changing up the idea! Instead of using an ordinary mirror, think about extra large mirrors, or grouping a set of mirrors together! They will always make a smaller space feel larger and can definitely add some glam!
Shelving is another great way to fill up space! They allow you to either display your favorite pieces, add some personal touches or make your space more functional! When decorating your shelves, keep in the mind to switch up the size of the pieces and keep your numbers of items odd! One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use to many items on their shelves and too small of items! Chances are you don't need as many items as you think you do! Here are some pretty successful shelving installations!
Try to show off what you are passionate about, group likes items together, forget about symmetry, vary the height of accessories, and layer your items!
Also consider this idea: Take ONE items and repeat it multiple times! If you find a round mirror your love, buy 3 of them and arrange them randomly on your wall! You are more likely to be successful having the same item repeated then an array of different items. Small items lose their importance, but clustered items give a "designer look!"
Wall Art Sculptures
Collection of Vintage Plates
Using trim to make a wall feel more architectural
Hanging fabric corner to corner, ceiling to floor
Lacquered Animal heads :)
Comment and let me know what other ideas YOU have!