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20 Creative DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Your Blank Walls

A round-up of 20 of the best DIY wall decor ideas plus tutorials and tips to pull off the look easily and get the designer look for less.

Decorator’s block.  I swear it’s a real thing.

Like writer’s block when you stare at a blank screen and that blinking cursor just mocks you while you try to rattle around in your brain for words to spill out on a page?

But instead of a blank screen, it’s a blank wall. And what’s worse is there are soooooo many blank walls in a house that it’s really easy to give up.

To heck with it! Call it minimalist style.

But what’s the fun in that? (I mean I like the idea of minimalist style, but I need something.)

20 Creative DIY Wall Decor Ideas | A round-up of 20 of the best DIY wall decor ideas plus tutorials and tips to pull off the look easily and get the designer look for less.

Whenever I ask the question, “What is one thing about decorating that you struggle with?” for the Simplified Decorating series, I always get a flood of the exact same answer, “I need help decorating my walls!”

So just for fun, I rounded up 20 GREAT ideas to get your creative juices flowing so that you can fill those blank walls with tons of personality.

20 Creative DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Your Blank Walls

1. Gallery Wall Frames

Yes, they’re still in. And no, they don’t have to look like a mish-mash of random clutter nailed to your sheetrock. There are so many possibilities for different arrangements of your frames.

And if you need a few great hacks, this is my method for making it perfect every time. And this is my trick for putting the nail in the perfect spot every time without any “oopsie” nail holes.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | stairway gallery wall

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | corner gallery wall

Here are a few gallery wall arranging layouts that could help. The general rule is keep your frames between 2-6 inches of each other so they look like an intentional grouping.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | gallery wall layout ideas

2. Mirrors

Make a gallery wall from several mirrors or hang/lean one large mirror to make a big statement in a room.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | mirror gallery wall

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | oversized mirror

Source: Shabbyfufu

3. Oversized Map

Make it extra sentimental by choosing a map of where you live, the city/state you grew up in, the country of your heritage, etc. Etsy has tons of them or you can find free ones by Google searching public domain images.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | oversized map

4. Hats

I loooooove this wall decor idea for adding texture and warmth to a space. Keep your eyes peeled at the thrift store and you’ll be able to pull it off for super cheap.

 

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5. Wallpaper

No art is necessary when you have pretty wallpaper stealing the spotlight. Some of my favorite wallpaper patterns are here and here.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | wallpaper focal wall in a little girl's room

6. Plates

Another great “thrift store hunt” kind of wall decor project, especially for a kitchen or dining room.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | plate wall

Source: Design Sponge

7. Molding

When you have chunky molding with plenty of character, it’s beautiful all on its own. Wall decor optional. Find tutorials for several different wall moldings here:

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | traditional style grid molding focal wall

8. Floating Shelves

I love the way floating shelves can make a space feel laid back and allows opportunity for lots of texture. Check out tips for styling shelves here.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | floating shelves

Source: McGee & Co.

9. An Oversized Painting

Sometimes just one simple but statement-making piece of art is all you need. Bonus: It helps make small rooms appear larger. Or you can DIY large art yourself using this trick and a poster / engineer print.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | oversized art

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | oversized art

10. Brushstrokes

If you want to save a few bucks but still get a wallpaper effect, this project is so simple and inexpensive to do.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | brushstroke focal wall

Source: Curbly

11. Command Center

Might as well put your walls to work and make them functional for the day-to-day.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | command center

12. Pressed Flowers & Feathers

Go foraging through your yard for flowers, leaves, and feathers you can press to put into a float frame. It’s totally free and a fun little project.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | pressed flower artSource

13. Hooks

They don’t seem like much but hooks totally count as wall decor. Their functionality is a perk. 😉

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | hooks

14. Stencil

If wallpaper intimidates you, stencils are a great alternative. Can you believe this is from a stencil?!

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | wall stencil

Source – In My Own Style

15. Engineer Typography Prints

Type up your favorite song lyrics, quotes, or lines from literature, print on engineering paper, and make a statement.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | engineer prints

16. Chalkboard

You don’t even have to write anything on it, unless you just want to.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | chalkboard

Source: Amber Interiors

17. Old Windows

This one is so clever for a window-less room to take the feeling of having a window.

 

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18. Baskets

Another good one to add texture and pull off for just a few bucks from thrift store finds.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | baskets

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19. Cutting Boards

This is so perfect for a kitchen!

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | cutting boards

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20. Framed Recipes & Letters

If you have any handwritten treasures from loved ones or ancestors, preserve them using this UV film method and stick them in a frame to remember always.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas | framed handwritten recipes

Whew! That’s all I can come up with. I’m sure there’s more.

But if that’s not a great starting point to fight some wall decorating woes, I don’t know what is. 😉

Hope it helps anyway! Be gone, decorator’s block.

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