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2X4: Four New Ways to Use Wall Space

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05.17.13

An empty wall is good for more than just decoration – it’s a place to store unused items, grow plants and more! Spice up your wall-decor routine with one of these upgrades.

Photos: SimpleShapes | Etsy / ModCloth

Stay Organized. Electronic calendars that sync with all of your devices are great, but sometimes it’s nice to go old school and lay out your schedule in plain sight. Keep your appointments top of mind by transforming an empty wall into a calendar. You can get creative and make one with paint chips, or purchase this calendar decal from the Etsy shop SimpleShapesTip: A big wall calendar is the perfect place to track the cleaning responsibilities of your household!

Hang with Style. Clutter can do more than embarrass you when guests arrive – it can affect your mental health! According to the New York Times, chronic disorganization can contribute to issues like depression, high stress and irritability. Fight the piles of stuff by hanging items on your walls. If you’ve avoided hooks in the past because you don’t think they fit in with your shabby-chic or ultra-modern décor, fear not! These days, hooks can be as decorative as a piece of framed art.

Photos: Public Bikes / Williams Sonoma

Store Bicycles. There are twice as many bicycles in the world as cars, and for good reason – they’re an inexpensive, eco-friendly way to zip around town. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to store (especially if you don’t have a garage). Instead of using precious floor space to store your bike, hang it on the wall! We love this rack from Public Bikes. Bonus: The industrial look of a bicycle looks great with just about any décor style.

Grow a Garden. No yard space to grow a garden? No problem! Your wall is the perfect place to bring the outdoors in. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make a wall garden out of an old pallet. Or check out these great wall garden options from Williams Sonoma. We love the chalkboard paint and wall garden combo!  

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