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Off Topic: Deck The Walls

By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange Tempe

There are few things sadder than something blank. From the blank canvas of a frustrated artist, the blank page of a frustrated writer, or the blank living room wall of a frustrated, well, you. As a person of obvious style (you are reading the Buffalo Exchange Fashion blog after all), you like your personality to shine through—not just in your clothes, but also in your surroundings. So, if you’re interested in venturing beyond the basic mirror or painting above the couch, then click that “continue reading” link, because you’ve come to the right place.

Having something large on the wall can make an impressive statement, but it can also overwhelm a smaller room and/or prove cumbersome when it comes time to move. Instead of opting for a smaller object that will get swallowed up by the wall around it, how about displaying an array of the same type of item.

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The top photo shows a collection of starburst style clocks, which hits that simultaneous retro/modern vibe. Of course, if you’re like me and find your budget more in the Ikea/thrift store range, there are still plenty of options out there. Picture frames can be inexpensive and are easy to come by. After wrangling up a healthy amount, try filling them with a print of your choosing—all the same print. The fact that they are all the same provides uniformity, while the different shapes and sizes of the frames provide the variety. Having the frames be a similar color (even if it means spray painting them that color) can neatly tie the visual together.

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Of course, you can also cover the wall completely. Old game boards usually have eye-catching visuals, and can make a space seem less formal and more relaxed. This also goes for old record album covers. Super cheesy ones are readily available at any thrift store, and they tile together quite nicely. A friend of mine decided to go floor-to-ceiling on one of his walls with, of all things, dart boards and it looks fantastic. The direction this can take is limited only by your imagination, but the key is to maintain that balance of uniformity and variety.

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While not for all tastes, veering into “quirky” territory is easy once you’ve settled on the right knick-knack. My bedroom is adorned with a six foot diameter clock composed of coconut monkeys, but hey, that’s me. Just make sure that the level of tackiness doesn’t outweigh your comfort level with seeing it on a daily basis.

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Lastly, if you’re short on patience, you can always do like I did with my office wall, and just grab a roll of painter’s tape and start ripping. So now go to it—find that wall in need of some love and get busy filling in the blank.

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