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No more blank walls: 28 creative feature wall ideas

Well hi. Did we all have a fabulous long weekend?

My kids were simultaneously leaking rivers of snot and coughing on everything, so we cancelled all our plans and holed up at home with Legos, library books, piles of kleenex and a foyer table project.

It’s hard leading such a glamorous life, guys. You have no idea the ungodly amounts of cereal that were eaten this weekend.

Just don’t ask. I don’t want to talk about it.

Fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, so it’s healthy, right? Stop – I said I don’t want to talk about it.

While we’ve been sitting around wiping incredible amounts of snot and not burning any calories, I’ve been thinking about my next project, where there’s a big empty wall and I want to do something cool with it, so I rounded up some clever feature wall ideas.

Anyone else ever had such a situation? Blank walls, low budget?

Let’s fix that.

Creative feature wall decor collage ideas!
Beautiful DIY book storage ideas

DIY wallpaper alternatives on a budget!

Creative budget-friendly feature wall ideas

And don’t forget to check out these five renter-friendly temporary wall covering ideas!

Did y’all catch that sharpie wallpaper? The animals and the stripes? Brillz!

Creative, budget-friendly ideas to decorate a blank wall. LOVE these brilliant, inexpensive projects!

Got any plans for your biggest, blankest walls? Lay ’em on me!

P.S. Make sure you check out this post too! Roundup of my favorite DIY art ideas that look expensive but aren’t:

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  1. SO MANY GOOD IDEAS!!! I want to cover every wall now…too much? xo Kristin

  2. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    This is awesome Kelly and thank you so much for including my sharpie wall!
    I hope your kiddos feel better soon!

  3. Some long holiday weekends at home are better than others. If one is left with time to stare at the walls, you’ve shared some creative affordable ideas for covering/decorating some unintentional vertical blankness.

    Testing thrown spaghetti noodles for the appropriate amount of stickiness has in the past nicely covered our kitchen pantry double doors for a time. But now, that was so pre-teen years


  4. 28?! Really?! I mean that’s the mark of a real overachiever… I would have maaaaaybe come up with 5. Of course, all 28 are amazeballs. And make me want to go and tackle some wall decor. Thanks!!


  5. Ok, so this is the 2nd time in the last couple of weeks that I think you have read what is on my mind. 🙂 I’ve been debating how to arrange things on some big blank walls and I’m going to be checking these ideas out. Thanks!

  6. I am try to quick eating processed crap but I just can’t give up my Cap’n.

    Great list. Storing it away for future blank wall use.

  7. I love your wall idea round-up! So many awesome ideas!

    I have a big blank wall in my living room that I’m not sure what to do with. All stencils and such are out because we have massively textured walls. I like the mirror idea but our wall faces a big window. I want the fireplace wall to be the feature wall, but I really need to fill that one blank wall. My favorite idea so far is hanging plates. I’m trying to decide if that works for a living room or if I should keep that idea in the kitchen.

  8. And just when I was getting bored because I was running out of things to do at home…

    YOU WRITE THIS AND GIVE ME LOADS OF GREAT IDEAS!! Thanks for this post! There’s plenty of blank walls my Daughter would love for me to fill up in her room!

  9. Loveeee this! Thanks so much for collecting so many cute ideas (many of which were yours – no surprise there!)

    Just wanted to let you know that the link for the Cuckoo 4 Design powder room was broken… Wahhh! I found it anyhow (because I loveee gold sharpies haha) It should be:

  10. I love this list! I’m working on my own “DIY Wallpaper Alternative” in my bedroom and ugh, it will look cool when its done but its taking foreverrrrr…

  11. i have 100 million blank walls to fill that my house guests (bratty BFFs) mentioned 80 times during their visit this weekend. I think I should get to reading this list a little closer!

  12. Ha! I have a big blank wall post to write tonight, it just so happens. And one of these ideas might play into said post ;).

  13. Thanks so much for featuring my vinyl decal walls Kelly! There are some amazeballs ideas in here. I have quite a few blank walls in my home so I will definitely be referencing this round up. Thanks!!

  14. these are all great ideas, and i am so thrilled that you shared two of my projects!! i am totally inspired as i plan on changing emmy’s little faux bois nook soon…. though i have yet to decide how!

  15. So many brilliant ideas here! I’ve always wanted to get a projector and try a large-scale mural or wall art. Hope you are all feeling better 🙂

  16. I love so many of these. I looooove the gold sharpie ideas!!! You should check out Vintage Revivals. Mandi is ridiculous. Her daughters room has a huge cork bulldog and a honeycomb patterned wall. It’s way cooler than I am explaining lol! Seriously though.

  17. Hey Kelly! Love posts like these… great way to brainstorm and get lots of ideas all in one spot. Oh, and feel less bad about eating cereal for dinner. 🙂

  18. Great selection of ideas, Kelly! Thanks so much for putting this together! I have a few places in my home that are bare so I will be coming back to these ideas for sure!

    Hope you guys are starting to feel better. Sorry to hear about all the sickness. That is never fun 🙁


  19. I am so sorry about your cereal and snot. If you can bring yourself to talk about it, please tell me there was at least one bowl of Captain Crunch involved?

  20. Love the round up! So many great ideas!!! I hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!

  21. My house is oweez such a mess that the blank walls are eye candy. Heh.

  22. This is great! I have one too many blank walls in my home right now! I’m slowly filling them up though! 🙂

  23. So inspiring! A wall without a window is hard to find around here, but I still love looking at all those ideas!

    Annie XO

  24. As always, two thumbs up! Wonderful ideas. Of course, I had already pinned all of YOUR brilliance! Still loving that plate wall collage, just patiently gathering the plates needed…..

  25. Thanks for including my Forward Facing Bookshelves it this awesome collection! We’re on the verge of all being sick over here so I totally understand. 🙂

  26. The ideas with plates and mirrors look very interesting. I have never thought that these simple objects of everyday use can be used for decoration of walls. I guess that it gives coziness to the room and makes you feel more comfortable in it.

  27. I have lots of large walls to tackle. Converted church= lots of large walls 🙂 So far I made a fabric banner- basically two large pieces of fabric (different fabrics so it’s reversible) sewn together with a dowel for hanging. And I’ve used wall flats from Inhabit Living. So many possibilities with them but they are not cheap. 🙁

  28. I have walls on the brain… literally. They’ve pulled up a chair are are sitting on my cerebral cortex.

    Awesome inspiration!

  29. So many great ideas! I’m planning on doing something with canvas letters in our living room in the next month or so!

  30. Hi Kelly. Some great inspiration. I just moved into a house, so I am looking for some creative wall ideas. Love the stripes. I would like to do that in one of my rooms.

  31. Thanks for featuring my mirror wall, Kelly! I’m suddenly feeling the urge to grap a sharpie and head to my nearest blank wall… I hope your kiddos are feeling better!

  32. The creativity of all y’all blows me away! Love that you rounded up sooo many great ideas in one spot so lazy people like me don’t have to go searching for it! Great post!

  33. There’s so much brilliance in this round-up, I don’t even know where to begin. Also, I love how you categorized everything…it makes the type A in me very happy. We have a really random speaker in the middle of one of our living room walls. I crop it out of most photos I take in that room, but every so often it sneaks it and taunts me with its random placement. No, it doesn’t work. Yes, we’re renting so we can’t really do anything about it. But after reading this post, I’m reminded that we very much CAN do something about it…in fact, the possibilities are endless. I’m thinking I’ll cover it with a big piece of canvas art. Thanks for the kick in the pants, friend!

  34. so many fun ideas!! and seriously, cereal is one of my staple food groups!

  35. Love these ideas, Kelly!!!! So many awesome ones. Can’t wait to see what you choose and this introduced me to some new fun blogs 🙂

  36. I really need to start a plate collection! I love seeing all those pretty plates hanging in a collage! Great collection of ideas… now, if only I could find more wall space in my house! 😉

  37. Great roundup! I love the ideas for book storage, my daughter’s room is busting at the seams with books that I so need to organize!

  38. What great ideas! I’m going to have so much fun following my favorites and finding out more. I especially love the bright green mirror collection. Nothing like that pop of color!

  39. Projecting image on the wall and painting it, its so creative 🙂

  40. The wall of old window shutters is stinkin’ cute! Tons of great ideas here and a good spot to get your own creative juices flowing to really make your wall decor your own.

  41. The front-facing bookshelf idea just solved an unusual built-in problem I’ve been avoiding for 2 years! Thanks for the roundup!

  42. I could never find the right statement things for the right price at like hobby lobby, or ross (i love a bargain! :)) but I finally found a site that I found some neat things on for a “statement” wall. 🙂 great ideas, thanks! 🙂


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