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Triptych Art - A Solution For Awkward Wall Spaces

framed triptych art on narrow wall space

Styling Difficult Walls With 3 Panel Art Prints

Without walls, there'd be nowhere to hang your favourite art!

But not all walls are created equal, sometimes there's a space where you'd like to hang some art, but the shape or size of the wall is a bit tricky.

Here's some ideas & possible solutions using triptych prints for styling those difficult spaces.

Triptych prints can consist of different sized panels as well as being displayed at varying heights. This makes them an ideal style of wall art for those awkward wall spaces.

Large & Empty Boring Walls

Probably one of the most common concerns when it comes to decorating a space is a large wall that's looking somewhat uninspiring.

Big empty walls can make a room seem uninviting, but you may not want to make it appear too busy either.

Instead of finding a number of separate artworks to fill the wall space, a single large triptych can serve the purpose.

Although a gallery wall layout could be a wonderful solution as well, a triptych fills the space whilst not being too visually busy.

A single image can create a fabulous impact.

oversized triptych print in empty apartment

A single large triptych made from an impactful image can be a simple but effective solution for filling a large & uninviting wall space.

Add a couple of pot plants or lamps to create a more welcoming feel.

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Narrow Wall Spaces

The opposite of too much empty wall space are those narrow & tall areas, such as between windows & doors.

Not a large enough area to hang a single print, but still in need of some décor.

3 panel prints hung next to door

Triptych art can also be 3 images consisting of a common theme.

Because triptychs can also be used vertically, they're ideal for adequate coverage whilst again, not becoming visually noisy.

family triptych portrait in utility room

Smaller sized prints are really effective in decorating tall & narrow wall spaces where a single print simply wouldn't be well proportioned or look balanced.


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Protruding Walls

Not all walls are flat, they can have features built into them.

Protrusions, ledges & just awkward areas that are built out from the wall.

pink abstract triptych on protruding wall space

In the image above, the wall was built to act as a shelf.

A panoramic single print would also look good, but a split panel print adds that extra dynamic.

black and white abstract triptych above wall recess

In this instance, a shelf is created by a small recess.

But the area above is another wall space perfect for a triptych art piece.

This leads us on to the next awkward space ..


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Recessed Walls

A wonderful way to break up an otherwise large or uninteresting wall space.

Small recesses are best for ornaments, but larger ones can be utilized for shelving & storage solutions or creating a defined space in a room.

framed triptych prints above bed in wall recess

Sometimes a bed, sofa or cabinet can be positioned within the recess.

This doesn't leave enough wall area for a large art print, but a triptych is ideal.

The furniture may not be positioned central within the recess either, but hanging a triptych central to the furniture creates balance.

motivational split panel prints next to water cooler in office

Even the office can benefit from triptych art.

That awkward or empty recess by the water cooler or coffee machine can be a more interesting space to take a break & chat with your fellow workers.


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Plain Old Ugly Walls

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes a wall can be .. well .. just plain ugly!

I love exposed brick, but it can be overwhelming if it's throughout the entire room.

Some textures can also look dated & older homes can have walls with visible wiring, pipes or even damage.

exposed brick wall with large triptych nature scene

An extra large triptych is not only an eye catching feature, it can cover a multitude of sins & add beauty to an ugly wall space.


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Above Furniture

A piece of furniture can look lost when positioned against a wall.

Hanging art above furniture items helps to connect the 2 pieces together & create coherency.

But there can also be ornaments you wish to display, making a less than ideal area to display a single artwork.

vertical triptych abstract above cabinet

In the image above, a large square single print would fit on the wall space, but the split panels echo the horizontal lines of the shelves & the cabinet.

Over Shelves

The kitchen & laundry ( or utility room, depending where you are in the world ) are often great candidates for triptych art to fill that space above shelving.

triptych photograph of old diner hung above kitchen shelves

An awkward wall area that is often overlooked as a place to add some wall décor, a triptych print is a wonderful & striking addition.

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Bedroom Wall

Generally, especially in master bedrooms, the bedhead will be against the main wall.

A triptych will look fantastic above the bed, but sometimes in children's & teenagers rooms, a single bed can be positioned alongside a wall.

fun 3 panel wall art next to bed

What better way to fill the wall space than with a triptych created from a theme of their favourite hobby or interest.


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Staircase Walls

Triptychs are perfect for displaying along the staircase wall, as this article explores: Why You Need To Try Triptych Prints On Your Staircase Walls

But there's also those awkward wall spaces on the landing, at the base of the stairs & even under the staircase.

Staircases can be of various designs & this creates unique opportunities for triptych art to be displayed on those awkward wall areas.

Angled & Sloping Walls

These walls are often found in attics & loft apartments.

Because triptych panels can be of different sizes, this allows the artwork to be staggered, similar to how you'd display a triptych on a staircase wall.

beautiful nature photographic triptych print in loft apartment

Providing the image lines up, the 3 panels can be arranged in any manner that the angle or slope of the ceiling allows.

Hanging the individual panels at varying heights can look really good & displaying a triptych in this way can be used for any wall space for a unique appeal.

Creating A Nook

Sometimes in open plan living spaces, separate areas can be created by arranging furniture & other items to give that portion of the room a sense of purpose.

food triptych above kitchen table

Placing a kitchen table with chairs against the wall for instance, defines the space for eating.

Having a split panel print above the table will further define the space.

Using chairs, a coffee table or other incidental furniture can create a cosy nook or reading area.

vertical triptych next to reading chair

Triptych art will also help to define the space, but it can also be used if you already have a small corner of a room.

You may enjoy reading by the window light & a single chair may look lost.

A vertical triptych will create a boundary, characterising a distinct area.

vertical framed triptych art prints on narrow wall next to pink chair and wall panel

Hallway, Mudrooms & Entrance Walls

Depending on the size of your hallway or entrance, it can be tricky to decorate the walls.

framed triptych art on hallway wall

Hallways can be long & narrow, but a triptych displayed down the longest wall is a wonderful way to lead your guests through the house.

colourful abstract triptych art hung at end of narrow hallway

Placing interesting or colourful triptych art at the end of a hallway leads the eye through the space.

Outdoor & Entertaining Areas

Art doesn't just have to be the domain of the interior of a home.

With wonderful outdoor wall art & metal or acrylic prints, your outdoor entertaining area can also be enhanced with triptych art.

outdoor entertaining area with metal triptych wall art on exposed wall

There's a wonderful choice of outdoor specific weatherproof art, perfect for an exposed wall.

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Mexican style outdoor entertaining area with triptych prints of cacti

Sheltered & undercover areas can also have wall spaces ideal for arranging some triptych prints.


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Final Thoughts

Triptych art are a wonderful choice for any space, but split panel prints are a perfect solution for those awkward areas of the home.

Because they come in all manner of sizes, colours, styles & genres, you'll find a triptych wall art set to suit any décor.

Please feel free to share this article if you know someone who may find some ideas or inspiration for their walls.


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