The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, January 14, 2019

Making Use of Wall Space

Unless you’re a minimalist, hanging up your favorite family portraits and collectible items is a must – but wall space can be used for more than décor. For practical and fun ideas about how to make wall space attractive and useful, read below. 

Aim for Function

Make wall spaces functional by hanging heavy items and storage units. Heavy items like antique mirrors may take more than a hammer and nails to install, but with a little muscle and the right tools, your efforts will pay off. Not only will the room appear bigger with the addition of a large mirror, but, if placed in entryways or common spaces, anyone can access it before running out the door to work or school. 

Hanging storage units on walls is another common strategy. By placing hanging storage units in mudrooms, you can easily grab jackets, purses, and keys before heading out the door. Hooks are especially handy objects that make storage easy. Instead of accessing hangers, simply place hoodies, scarves, and all other objects on hooks as you enter and leave your home.

Pegs offer the same convenience and can be used for storing a variety of items. Install a peg wall to easily hang lightweight items like baseball caps, scarves, bags, and more. Pegs that are angled upward may provide more support than those that stick straight out – something worth considering when designing your peg wall.

And now for the kitchen! Hanging heavy pots and pans is a great strategy for getting rid of clutter on countertops. Plus, when pots are hanged vertically, they dry quickly. For tips on how to create your own hanging pot rack, check out this DIY pot-rack post. Taking advantage of your kitchen ceiling for hanging pots helps keep your kitchen clean while providing a professional, chef-like feel. 

Lastly, hanging lights in bedrooms provide the light you need for late-night reads before bed. Get stylish and choose lighting fixtures that complement your taste. Your room will instantly feel warm, and depending on your choice of lighting, will offer a peaceful or stylish retreat.

Wall Décor and Art

Pictures, wall art, and wallpaper are essential to decorating and personalizing your home. We suggest creating a wall gallery of your favorite paintings, prints, and photographs to make a personal statement about what you like. This blog recommends having fun with the layout, developing a palate, creating a story, and more. 

Hanging wallpaper is another sure way to add personality, warmth, and dimension to a room. Before applying paper, carefully consider roll width, style, and texture. Geometric patterns are easy to install, as patterns repeat themselves many times. Floral and botanical patterns suit small spaces and are a great option for creating a feminine look. Lastly, consider using glass-cloth paper to add texture to the mix. Made of woven strands of grasses, this paper creates a warm look with natural elements.  

Make the Most of Your Space

Whether you need more storage options, want to declutter your home, or simply change your décor, these tips will help. Aim for utility and beauty by considering what you need, where things should go, and the sort of décor that speaks to you. With these wall-hanging tips in mind, your home will look and feel new in no time.

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