Design Thursday (1 day late): Getting creative with wall art.

I've had this blank wall in my apartment for a year and a half now, since I moved in.  I could never really figure out what to put there.  I didn't want to put up more frames/art, because I already have a 5-part series of photographs on the other wall, and a bookcase on another.  I thought more frames would feel too cluttered.

So I thought about maybe a sunburst mirror, which I've seen lots of decorators use, and which I love for its classic design and structural element.  But cost more money than I currently want to spend.  So I thought maybe a wall decal in some cool graphic like the stuff they sell on etsy or Blik.  But the problem with decals is not only are they way more money than you would expect to pay for a piece of plastic ($50 for a chandelier silhouette?) BUT ALSO they are not reusable whatsoever, so when I moved, I would have to rip it off the wall and discard it.

Then I went to IKEA last week and saw these really cool, fancy paper plates with a punchy black and white floral graphic on them.  I think they were originally intended to be served at your holiday parties this year.  But I saw them and immediately knew I had the answer to my blank wall.  The cost?  Just $3.00/pack of 12 (or is it 16?)...AND with the added bonus that they are super lightweight (I used scotch tape to stick them up--no nail holes in the wall!), easily rearrangable, easily removable, easily stackable, and easily reusable.  They are so glossy that I've already gotten one comment from someone who was fooled into thinking they were made out of glass.

It's like a dream come true!  And so much fun to collage!

P.S. The white vases in the second picture are also from IKEA, and my beloved two-headed dog was a gift from Garry, purchased from melabo on etsy.

12 responses
Wow, that's awesome!
very cool!
I like it!
well aren't you the clever one? from the photo I thought they were ceramic.
wow, great deal me some ideas for my apartment out here
very very cool, really like it
What a creative idea, looks great. I want those wall decals on blik too. www.howaboutorange is a really cool site with decorating ideas- that is where I saw the wall decals, they even showed how she used them in her bedroom. I love decorating...
You seem to be a very creative interesting person.
Nice to meet you!
here is the whole link...I think you'll like her blog.
Ooh thanks for the link, Suzanne!  I Do like the blog!
These look great - are you sure they are not tiles? I am very impressed, neat idea.

Don't quote me, but I think the wall stickers are finished by hand, that is why they are priced like that. My Daughter has the fairy wall stickers from DecoSticks on her vanity table mirrors. She loves them. But in a year I guess we will have to change them. (You gotta love them princesses). At least we can change them very quickly, and I dont think they are that expensive.

Good call on the paper plates!

Very creative, great idea!
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