Decorating Dilemma: Too Much White Wall Space
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Lifetime Moms affiliate blogger Cat Davis of 3 Kids and Us blog already has a dilemma - she has too much white wall space! She has a "one common wall that runs through the living room into the kitchen and down the hallway. It’s currently the same off white color it was originally painted and completely blank." She is looking for ideas to fill the wall and asking what color other than white it could be painted because it goes throughout the house. The living room is "safari green color and our kitchen will eventually be painted a deep red", so the color should go with both of those colors. Here are some ideas for Cat and for everyone else who is battling with the too much white space all around the house-dilemma.
1. Paint the small areas first & test the colors
Since the area that you are considering painting is large, I recommend painting your smaller rooms like the kitchen first, but I recommend doing some color coordination and planning before you take the big step and paint your kitchen red. Look for fabrics and pictures with red and sage green and what other colors go with it. Maybe you will find curtains that you love, or a painting or art for a wall that will bring red and green together and inspire you with the rest of the decorating colors. In fact, before you take the big step and paint the large "white space" area of your home, I recommend testing different colors on the wall with paint samples. Also remember that lighting affects the color and while it may look very light in sunlight, the color might look too dark in a space with less light.
2. Don't be afraid of the color & my color recommendations
Don't be afraid of color when considering painting the large white area. However, for the reason above, you might want to choose one or two shades of a lighter color than what you originally thought of. While beige might be a safe choice to match with the green and red, I recommend going towards more yellow than brown color. The yellow will brighten the darker kitchen and it goes perfectly with the green. I would stay away from pastels, and use more like a wheat toned yellow, even if it's just slightly more yellow or golden than white. You can use bright golden yellow and orange as accent color and in decorating both in the hallways and in the living room and kitchen.
Other bold accent colors that you could possibly match are turquoise, dark brown (I noticed you had some dark wooden furniture and wooden blonds in this color) and even plum. But once you start looking at accessories, fabrics, pillows etc. you will start seeing several different combinations with your sage green and dark red with different accent colors, and you will find your own.
3. Not ready to paint - no problem!
If you are not ready to take the big step of painting the walls yet, there are many ways to bring color to the white walls. I love wall hangings, like bold Marimekko fabrics. I have several different ones, and I change them by season. Super easy, and the entire wall height fabric changes the look of the room immediately, and its easy to experiment even with the bolder looks.
Wall stickers and vinyls are another simple trick to get some action going on for the walls. I personally like the trees and nature pictures, but there are so many to choose from. Etsy is a great place to start looking for different wall decals, I like this tree wall vinyl from Nature Style.
4. Long wall = art gallery look
Long white hallways and walls easily have the "art gallery" look if you start adding pictures on the walls. Instead of creating this look by accident resulting in a somewhat boring look in your home, make the long white wall look like an art gallery on purpose. Add spotlights like in a gallery to highlight some of the art or framed photos on the wall and hang it all the way from the ceiling giving it an authentic gallery look. Even if you frame your kids' art with good quality frames and showcase them, it will elevate your home's "empty white space" to "art display". I also personally like black and white (or sepia for vintage look) family photos on long white walls or staircase walls.
5. Break the long wall by making "a section" or grouping
One way to break the long wall look is to create sections in the wall. For example add a narrow console table and a lamp and create a grouping of framed pictures or decorative plates on the wall. Mirrors are also great for breaking the long wall syndrome, and when you group several of them you instantly make the space feel larger and bring depth to it. When you create the section or grouping in the wall you can use colors or a decorating theme that somehow pulls together the opposite sides of the long space (the kitchen and the living room).
Resources: I used the Behr paint tools for the colors and the virtual picture of the room.
The console table is from Pottery Barn.
To see these ideas in pictures and get more visual ideas for home decorating and how to decorate an empty wall, check out my pins at Pinterest.
Disclosure: these tips are meant for entertaining purposes only and I don't take any responsibility if your space won't turn out the way you like after using my tips. Every space is different and these are only meant to give you some ideas and options! Happy decorating!