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Use your white wall as a blank canvas for adding instant style to your space

Lindye Galloway  – June 12, 2019 | Updated July 29, 2019

So you’ve got a white wall in your space and you can’t stop staring… and staring… and staring. Wondering, “What do I do with it?” You have a blank canvas right in front of you with endless creative possibilities and getting started is the hardest part. It can be overwhelming, so we’re here to give you our design tips so you can bring an extra touch of love and interest to your space. Here are seven awesome ways we at Lindye Galloway Interiors have made those white walls come to life.

Layer on Wallpaper

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Wallpaper is such an easy way to add dimension to your space. Whether it be to fill in that blank area behind your bed or behind shelving for some extra depth, there are thousands of patterns out there that will provide an elevated look. If your space is mostly neutral-toned, wallpaper adds that extra pop to the room, immediately making whatever space it covers the center of attention.

Get Creative with Geometric Patterns

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We love the geometric wall look because it’s not something you see every day, but it is very on-trend right now. Even HGTV thinks it’s the next shiplap (actually they asked us, and we told them we think it is!). Our friends at Urban Wall Design helped bring the unique wall design pictured above to life in our previous studio, bringing some cool texture to the space (RIP dull conference room).

Create an Art Wall

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Another easy way to add some simple spice to your white walls is with an art wall. You can literally just order brown wall ledges online and arrange some cool prints in different colors and sizes to bring life to a blank wall. We even wrote a blog post about where to get all the prints in the image above to make it extra easy on you. You’re welcome.

Shiplap It Up

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Nothing evokes HGTV’s Fixer Upper more than shiplap. If you’re not looking to do anything too adventurous, shiplap is a pure and popular way to keep your wall looking classic while also incorporating more texture. You can even layer a statement art piece on top of the shiplap for an extra touch.

Style with Tile

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A really unique approach is tile on the wall. True, it’s not traditionally used outside of a kitchen backsplash or shower wall, but the unexpected nature of this look is why we love it so much. If you’re covering a large wall, like we did here, keep it more neutral in palette but with a detailed pattern to add visual interest.

Add Open Shelving

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We’re big fans of open shelving because it allows you to jazz up your wall with accessories. Opt for white shelves if your goal is to emphasize the objects in the look. If you want a bolder look altogether, choose shelving with a natural wood finish to create more contrast between the shelves and the white wall.

Pour on the Paint

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Much like wallpaper, painting your white wall is also an easy way to add some spice to that blank canvas. Go with an extremely bold color (like this green) to achieve a show-stopping look, or play it safe with a neutral tone to add slight (but just enough) dimension.