4 Ways to Go Bold with a Graphic Wall

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Image: SF Girl By Bay

Why live with bland décor if you don’t have to? I always try to remember that in my designs. There are so many ways to improve your surroundings in any room of your home—just a little imagination and a bit of time and you can make it happen. One of the easiest changes is to create a graphic impact with walls. Let’s look at a few ways to do that.

Choosing a single wall in a room to paint is a time-tested way to break out of boring surroundings. I recommend choosing a rich color, like the deep emerald green in the bedroom shown above, and applying it to the part of the room that should have focus.

Gallery Wall

Graphic Wall Gallery
Image: Nick Vorderman for Fruende von Freunden

Another option is to add multiple art pieces on one wall – we’ve all seen how that’s done. But what makes this example different is the overall scale of the pieces plus the paint treatment of the wall space itself. It’s another way to bring a big difference to your space.

Color Block

Graphic Wall Color Block Teal
Image: Fernando Guerra on Yatzer

Taking the idea of sectioning your space with paint a bit further, this example shows how this simple visual division creates a lively interaction between two parts of the room.


Graphic Wall Wood
Image: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

If you have the desire to move past using paint to bring graphic interest to your rooms, a more advanced option is to add a textural element. This wood wall is a terrific visual treat and certainly banishes any thought of blandness.

What kinds of graphic wall ideas have you made real in your home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.