DIY Wall Art for Small Rooms

Sometimes when we are decorating a small room we are tempted to keep the art we place on the wall small as well. While this seems to make sense based on the properties of scale, what it actually does is cause the eye to stop many times, thus making the room appear even smaller. Creating one large piece of wall art makes much more of an impact with a cleaner look! And of course then you get to avoid that nasty “sprinkle syndrome” where you have many unrelated things sprinkled about a room… And who wants that? 🙂 Here are some great DIY wall art ideas that will make a style splash in any room, large or small!

DIY Pallet Wall Art

Love this project using a wood pallet from ‘Love of Family & Home’.

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Papered Walls? No, Not What You Think!

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Oar This?

This headboard made from “oars” (from ‘Bees Knees Bungalow’), could be made into wall art for any room!

wall art oars


Shoe Polish Wall Art (Yes, really!)

Alisa Burke shows us how to make this wonderful masterpiece!

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Giant B&W Photo Prints (For Cheap!)

You can get giant prints called “engineer prints” or “blueprint copies” very inexpensively at places like Staples and Kinkos. ‘A beautiful Mess‘ tells more about this.

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Having a small room does not mean you shouldn’t have wall art that makes an impact…in fact, it’s a pretty good reason to make sure that you do! Which DIY wall art project are you dying to try?

Image Credits: beeskneesbungalow, loveoffamilyandhome, worldarchitecturenews, alisaburke, abeautifulmess


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Jenny
    January 10, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    For the pallet wall art where did you get the pallet? Also are the letters stickers or paint?

    • Kathy Woodard
      February 8, 2014 / 5:14 pm

      Check with local businesses. A lot of times they give them away for free. Or check Craigslist.
      The letters in this one are probably painted on. Either way works.

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