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Four of the best room design uses for a blank wall

March 06, 2013

If hardwood flooring like Anderson Floor's dynamic Virginia Vintage line can teach your home anything, it's that no surface should lack character and charm.

How many of us have that one blank wall in one of our house, apartment or condo's rooms that we just can't seem to fill?hand-scraped hardwood floors It's white, boring, empty and irritating. But the best thing about a blank canvas is that it's just waiting for a masterpiece to be painted on. Rather than get down in the dumps about this design project, have some fun. If hardwood flooring like Anderson Floor's dynamic Virginia Vintage line can teach your home anything, it's that no surface should lack character and charm. Using your beautiful Anderson floors as inspiration, consider these five brilliant treatments for that wall.

1. A dash of color
Be honest for a moment: perhaps there's a part of you that likes how blank the wall is. Do you find that it offers a sort of zen tranquility that you're into? One very simple fix then might be to grab some paint in a relaxing hue and set to work. Painting this one wall a standout hue will make for great color dynamics in your space. Just make sure whatever you go with is complementary to the rest of the room's palette.

2. A mini gallery
This one's for the artistic type. Rather than dress up your wall with the usual posters, prints and photos that you'd normally hang, why not take the opportunity to put up work by artists you personally know. Have a painter friend? A photographer pal? Commission or request a few pieces from them and use these to decorate your blank wall. Light it right, and it can have the charm of a miniature gallery. This works especially well in a living room or even a hallway or foyer.

3. Your movie theater screen
The cinephile might have other ambitions for a blank white wall. After all, what you've got built into this space is a movie screen! While a top-tier projector will set you back a bit, it's a worthy investment if you want to get the feel of the silver screen at home. Consider this: measure your best angles and mark out the space on the wall you'd be projecting at. Then paint the wall around this one box (with a little extra room) for a dynamic looking wall both when the film's running and when it's not!

4. Storage
Feel like being practical about your blank wall but don't want to sacrifice stellar room design? Floating shelves are a fantastic idea. Use these to store figurine collections, books, albums, framed photos and just about anything else you can think of!