Interiors How To

How to solve awkward empty wall problems.

By now you might have noticed that I think my apartment’s pretty cute. I’m very proud with the way I’ve decorated it over the past year of living here. But today I must share with you my secret shame… The one blaringly obvious issue that I’ve photographed around and all together avoided up until now.

The wall.

The big long wall that goes almost the entire length of my apartment which can’t really be used as part of either the dining room or living room. I’ve gone from idea to idea thinking about how to use the wall. ‘What I can I do to camouflage that giant bare and empty thing in the middle of my whole space?’.

No one will ever describe me as a minimalist, and I’m a firm believer in my apartment not looking like an Apple Store, so you can understand the emotional turmoil that has been spurred on by… the wall. 



My immediate go-to when I moved into this space was to introduce a large scale mirror as the focal point on this wall. The mirror would be great since my apartment has a lovely common garden area just outside these windows and the view is super pretty. However, in order to take in this view, the blinds must be open. This is a big problem since my windows face west and we get a very direct afternoon stream of sunlight beaming through into the space. I can just imagine the sunlight bouncing off the mirror onto my linen cushions and starting a giant fire in my apartment or permanently blinding someone. Design fail.

Okay. Next option… art! A large abstract artwork would be the perfect thing to brighten up that wall and create some interest. There’s only one problem. Any artwork large enough to satisfy the art appetite of this wall would need to be at least 1.5m wide and the weight of any frame that big would be far too heavy to be supported by my preferred choice of no-harm, removable sticky velcro hooks (renting is a drag). **Cue art falling off wall even after spending $200+ on a million sticky hooks.** I also considered creating a collage of smaller artworks on this wall, however a similar obstacle with the sun occurs. Anything with a glass or perspex frame will reflect the sunlight and the aforementioned sticky hooks probably wouldn’t survive the direct heat from the sunlight either. Ugh!

 The wall. Judge it. Judge Me.
The wall. Judge it. Judge Me.

You’re loosing hope, I can tell.

However, there is a happy ending to this apartment-puzzle fairytale. I’ve always fantasised of a beautiful mid-century style buffet to call my own, the challenge was of course finding one that wasn’t super overpriced or damaged beyond recognition. So I looked, and I looked and I looked. All Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace had to offer were people masquerading their cheap, peeling timber veneer furniture as $900 buffets (I see through your lies!).

And then… just as I gave up…

The text message came in.

Turns out a friend of mine was moving into a new place and their mid-century buffet (in perfect condition) just wasn’t going to suit the decor. Look, if I was them, I just wouldn’t move… but I didn’t ask any questions.

I’ve always been hesitant about introducing a “heavy feeling” piece of furniture into my living room, especially onto a wall that is essentially a thoroughfare and needs to stay open and inviting. However, this particular spot works so well because the buffet now belongs to both the living room and the dining room. It brings these two areas together in a really lovely way. Another bonus is that the beautiful sun streams through and lights up the buffet, preventing it from feeling dark and heavy, like I’d dreaded. It’s opened up the space for an abundance of layering opportunities (think artwork, flowers and other accessories). And the best bit, I also have somewhere to file away any undesirable clutter that previously was reluctantly on display. 

 With a little bit of side table shuffling, the buffet fits perfectly along the notoriously empty wall.
With a little bit of side table shuffling, the buffet fits perfectly along the notoriously empty wall.

The moral of this story is, make sure everyone you know is aware of your interiors style so you’re the first person they call when they have a buffet they’re trying to unload. Also more importantly, don’t be afraid to introduce something into your space that might go against your intuition and scare you at first. It could be amazing!

**Officially in heaven**

Until next time xx