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5 Creative Ways to Fill That Big Empty Wall

March 23, 2021

Inspired ideas to help make your home or office warmer and more inviting.

E mbrace Creatives is an art showroom and as such we KNOW that blank areas, or as we artists call it, “negative space” is welcoming at times. However, too much negative space by the way of empty walls will make your room feel bland, blah and “yawn”, lacking.

As a fine art matchmaker we always think of artwork but there are other creative ways to fill that big empty wall! Try shelves, decorative hooks at various spots, a large creative piece or structure, of course a gallery wall, or mural. For greater detail and where to buy, continue reading.


Also known as “art ledges” (we like that), sleek shelves are easy to install and create height and interest. Fill the shelves minimally but use color so the eye travels up and away from the middle of the room.


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And because you need stuff to place on your new floating shelves, here’s our choice of smaller art pieces from our EC Gallery!

Cream Geometric Painting

Big Red Bowl

10″H × 19″W × 20″D
MIG welding wire, polymers

Cream Geometric Painting

Guardians in Blue

24″H X 7″W X 6.5″D
Aluminum, wood, pigmented epoxy

Cream Geometric Painting

Perched Black Bird

20″H X 25″W X 8″D
Metal and ceramics

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Hooks aren’t for every room style but they’re a fun way to add depth and spice up a blank wall. You can use a strip with hooks for a more linear, geometric feel or single hooks spaced around the wall to cover a large area and keep your negative space intact.

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An oversized, handmade work of art in any medium kicks up the WOW factor of any blank wall! And your room doesn’t have to be large to house a painting, fiber piece or wall sculpture- fill the space, top-to-bottom to command attention and boost your style.

Think outside the painting box – there’s brilliant wall sculptures and textile artwork handcrafted by local artists, too!

EC TIP: If the room needing artwork is on the smaller size, buy big! Filling a small space with furniture and larger artwork actually makes the room seem BIGGER!

Of COURSE we have oversized and large artworks available in our online Gallery and I’ve listed a few of my favorites here;

Cream Geometric Painting

The Oxidation of Memory

36″H × 96″W × 0.5″D
Photography, Archival Pigment Prints, wood panels

Cream Geometric Painting

Big Squiggle Red

72.4“H × 36.5″W × 0.75″DMDF, enamel, Walnut


Display a collection of art or special-to-you photographs. I suggest simple, cohesive frames for a clean look. Going bold? Try different ornate or colorful frames but watch for conflicting colors or themes.

EC TIP: Displaying the photographs or artwork close to the ceiling will create an illusion of a larger space.

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Match with miniature to small photographs to create your very own gallery wall. Below are a few suggestions;

Cream Geometric Painting

SpiritScape 7

16“H × 16″W
Polaroid photograph enlargement inkjet printed on cold pressed watercolor paper

Cream Geometric Painting

Rik, Your Ears Look Great

14″H × 14″W × .5″D
Giclee print on archival watercolor paper.

Cream Geometric Painting

The Road Trip

10″H × 15″W
Photograph printed on art paper

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Live out your exotic location fantasy or relive another time using murals. You can hire a mural artist (let us find one for you) or use a wall covering.

EC TIP: You don’t have to paint directly on your wall. An artist can paint on boards then install for easy removal.


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