Easy Ways to Decorate a Large Scale Interior Wall

Some walls are more difficult to decorate than others. This is especially true of large scale walls that take all the attention from the rest of a room. And when they are left empty, they can seem even larger and more imposing. Do you have a big wall that needs to be scaled down? Try one (or more) of these easy ways to decorate a large interior wall.

Split it up into sections. Does the large wall run from one room into another? Split it up to make the wall seem smaller. I’m not saying you should draw a vertical line and paint each side different colors; rather, create a visual divider with wall hangings and art. For example, hang a large painting over the sofa on the living room side, and center a decorative mirror that’s flanked by sconces on the wall in the dining room area.

Think about scale and proportion. A single framed photo will get lost on a huge wall. And an enormous painting might feel like it is going to topple onto a lightweight sofa. Instead, choose a horizontal wall hanging that is about two-thirds the width of the sofa; if the ceilings are high, a vertical piece might look better. And if the piece you choose is not wide enough, consider hanging something smaller on either or both of its sides. Another way to achieve the look of a larger work of art: Cluster several pieces together, lining up the edges to create a visual “frame”.

Give it dimension. There are several ways you can lend dimension to a flat wall: faux finishing, patterned or textured wallpaper and with three-dimensional objects. These objects may include metal art, shelves or a mantle that doubles as a display, wall sconces and even wreaths or floral arrangements that hang on the wall. Just keep balance in mind; avoid hanging a large piece on one end of the wall, while leaving a blank space on the other end.

Select colors with caution. Color has a large impact on the balance of a room. The color you use on a large wall is not important so much as the way it works with the rest of your colors. Let’s say you have vaulted ceilings, and there is a huge wall on the end. If you paint that wall a bold color, leaving the smaller walls a very light neutral color, it is likely to leave visitors feeling unbalanced. This doesn’t mean you cannot accent the wall in a different color; rather, choose two colors that have about the same amount of darkness. Then paint the accent wall in one color, and use the other for the rest of the room.

Consider the rest of the room. Balance is key. Take a look around you; if everything else in the room is small scale and lightweight, do not use heavy items to decorate on or around the large wall — and vice versa.