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6 ways to add personality to your walls - without hanging yet another framed print

Want to go print-free? Here’s how to create a gallery wall that goes beyond the norm.

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CHOOSING FURNITURE AND fittings is only half the battle when decorating. The finishing touches are what really make a house feel homely and put an individual spin on the space.

One way to achieve this is to tackle those empty walls – which makes for the perfect weekend project.

This week, we searched high and low on Instagram to find six alternatives to art that are as effective as they are inexpensive.

Pick ‘n’ mix: One look at this arrangement and it’s clear that @thelittlewhitefarmhouse’s taste is a little on the eclectic side. A mish-mash of old signs, empty vintage frames, candelabras and mirrors make this wall you could spend some time standing in front of and studying for inspiration.

Look to Industry and Co for a collection of tarnished, industrial and vintage look pieces that will help you achieve a similar look.

Plate expectations: @drivenbydecor embraces a classic look that’s gained popularity again in recent years. This one lets your scout charity shops and your favourite homewares stores to search for a collection you want to show off. Keep it uniform or mix ‘n’ match, have fun experimenting with designs and configurations.

Take a look at Arnotts’ range of crockery to get started.

Hats off: Ideal for an empty wall in a bedroom or a walk-in closet, a hat display adds a fun element as well as lets you see what’s on offer. @staybycorisamuel goes summery with a collection of straw hats in various shades that tie in with the woven baskets and colour scheme, effortlessly.

Check out high street stores like & other stories to get your collection started – it would help if you like to wear them, too!

Tray chic: @themysighome’s collection of wicker trays look right at home here. Breaking the space up with a touch of artwork is a clever move and we love how the blackboard takes the attention away from the tech.

Check out Next for a collection of trays that might be of service. 

Let’s face it: This is a fun one if you’re into crafts and want to let the kids in on the action. @abigailbrownart shows the beauty of combining papier-mâché and paint with this personality-filled wall of masks

Don’t fancy the make and do? Why not set the theme with a store bought mask similar to this one on Trouva.

Return of the mac: Wall hangings are a wonderful alternative to artwork as they add a tactile feel to a blank space. @atelier_bo_m adds some cool blue and natural wood with a macrame wall hanging that draws in the other tones used in their space.  

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