7 Ways to Fill a Wall that Are as Useful as They Are Beautiful

7 Ways to Fill a Wall that Are as Useful as They Are Beautiful

Taryn Williford
Dec 26, 2017
(Image credit: Petra Bindel)

Imagine for a moment that you're an infallibly practical person. The idea of filling a wall with framed artwork...well, it would be such a waste, wouldn't it? Sure, there's value in surrounding yourself with pretty things. But useful things can be beautiful, too.

Above, an office corner from photographer Petra Bindel is covered in cork. The wall treatment acts as a big mood board, perfect for a study, home office or any room that welcomes constant visual change.

(Image credit: Lisa Romerein)

Cork again, but this time on a wall in this Los Angeles family home from Dwell, making potentially the world's largest kid art gallery. Cork is renewable, easy to maintain, making it perfect for a busy household.

(Image credit: West Elm)

Here's a wall of wooden storage crates in a Connecticut coffee shop featured on West Elm's blog. There's lots of storage potential here, but it looks just as lovely when empty. Check out craft stores like Michael's for different style options (or go full on vintage for a super uinque look).

(Image credit: Vintage Revivals)

Mandi of Vintage Revivals turned this wall in her home into a vertical garden with this leather-and-wood trellis DIY. Get the instructions on her blog.

(Image credit: Old Brand New)

Here's a wall that becomes a room. With track shelving, Dabito of Old Brand New made this desk wall unit. It's part workspace, part storage and part display

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

This small wall in a Saint Petersburg home from INT2 Architecture, via Home Designing, is turned into a family station with magnetic chalkboard paint.

(Image credit: Heather Zweig)

And finally, another magnet idea—this time for the kids—from Jordan Ferney's former San Francisco apartment on Cup of Jo.

Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 3.25.2016. - AH

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