Small change, big impact: Adding wall hooks to big walls

Small Change, Big Impact is a monthly column which suggests small (and cost-effective) interiors changes you can make in your house that’ll make a big difference to the overall look. This month’s covers wall hooks.

If you’d like to see some of my other interiors articles, this one about how we refreshed our kitchen for £100 is a good place to start.

I’m focussing on big walls — you know the kind. They’re so big and empty. You worry that even the largest piece of art will look lost on this wall and you just can’t decide how to style it. You decide, then, that the only option is to leave it completely blank until the end of time. 

Let me introduce you to a little interiors hack called wall hooks. 

Pinterest Inspiration

I first came across wall hooks at Heckfield Place – a hotel designed to be a masterclass in mid-century modern interiors. 

They are used in a lot of the rooms to give the place a homely, finished look. I’ve since scrolled through Pinterest to find a couple of styles I like and found these in H&M Home as my wall hooks. I picked the mango wood, but I think they could all work really well. 

These hooks would work in every home, because you can style them in a way to suit your taste. Typically, though, they look best in homes with a mid-century modern or farmhouse vibe to them. 

I recommend going on Pinterest and having a look around to find out what style suits you. There are plenty of examples of how this could work in different spaces.

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Rock n Rose Vienna Shopper Bag

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Little Deer Mirror

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Little Deer Cloud Grass

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Little Deer Dried Sandflowers

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Fitting Your Hooks 

Screwing some hooks onto a wall isn’t the most challenging of jobs, but there was a couple of things we picked up from doing ours that I’d recommend thinking about.

Firstly, the size of your wall. You’ll see with ours there’s a little space either side (they aren’t flush against the wall). If you are going to have space either side made sure you measure it out properly because you really will be able to tell it looks wonky if you don’t.

Next, please use a spirit level. You laugh, but my Dad wouldn’t use a spirit level & there are many other people I know who wouldn’t. If you’re even slightly out, the whole thing won’t work.

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Styling Your Hooks

I haven’t decided if I’ve fully finished styling my hooks yet but I’m at a point where I feel happy enough to show them to the world.

I went for dried flowers (like Heckfield Place) to start, I get my dried flowers from two places, either Botanical Tales or The Little Deer.

These are from The Little Deer and the exact bunches I chose are clickable in the photo above.

I also wanted to add a mirror just to give the hooks a bit of depth. I happened to find the Mirror from The Little Deer (I really just fell upon it as I was checking out) and I’m very happy with it.

Finally, I’ve wanted a bucket bag from RocknRose for a long time because I love that website and it suited my style perfectly.

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Choosing your accessories

You’ve seen what I’ve bought, but what should you buy? My style doesn’t have to be (and probably shouldn’t be – unless we are naturally similar) yours.

Here are a list of items you could look to add to your hooks:

  • Dried flowers
  • Thin hanging frames
  • Small mirror
  • Bags
  • A straw hat
  • A seasonal wreath
  • Pots and pans
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Fairy lights

How to hang your accessories

From hanging mine, my suggestion would be to make sure everything points downwards for neatness.

I hung my flowers up with twine and made sure that everything else I bought had a handle to it.

In this case, I think less is more, too. Don’t put something on every hook because it could end up looking a bit messy.

I really like the idea of just hanging a few photos in thin frames like these from Nkuku. Ultimately, there are a million ways of doing it and the hooks allow you to keep changing your accessories by season to add little seasonally appropriate style points.

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