Your home is your castle, and these days, you’re likely spending more time in it than ever before. Wall decor is one surefire way you can make any room feel fresh and express your personality in unique, eye-catching ways. Finding the right wall design can make a small space seem bigger, a crowded space seem serene, and a bland space feel personal.
Whether you’re setting up a new place, re-designing an existing layout, or trying to figure out what to put in that one spot that’s always stumped you, these techniques can help you create the space that you’ve dreamed of.
Large Canvas Art for Living Room
Big art makes a big impression. Instead of cluttering up your space trying to arrange several prints, Architectural Digest recommends going with one large piece to set the stage. A large black and white photograph can bring everything together seamlessly in a minimalist or modern space, while a large canvas in color adds effortless vibrancy.
If you’re unsure where to start, consider finding a piece that matches your already established accent colors throughout the home or apartment. Or, if you begin by finding a colorful piece you really love, like this Teal Marble Artwork, you can pull inspiration from the shades in the canvas to establish a color scheme for the rest of the room.
Looking for more large wall decor ideas for living room style? Consider trying out an accent wall. An accent wall can bypass the need for hanging heavy prints while giving you utterly unique wall art. To achieve a decorative effect, wallpaper isn’t your only option. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can DIY a painted accent wall in many different ways. For the cost of a few different shades of paint, some painter’s tape, a drop cloth, rollers, and brushes, you can end up with cool geometric patterns, a creative mural, or a soothing ombre wash on the wall of your choice.
If you’re not into the time and mess of a DIY paint job, try creating an accent wall using some peel and stick paper. You can find anything from an elegant botanical print to faux exposed brick, a breathtaking optical illusion to a whimsical chalkboard finish.
For a simple and elegant solution to dining room wall art, Ballard Designs suggests hanging plates. Fine china naturally belongs in the dining room, and if you’re looking for a way to showcase your collection, displaying them on the wall could kill two birds with one stone. Decorative blue and white bone china plates are a natural pick for hanging plate displays, or else you could arrange a selection of plates in neutral shades, like these Villeroy & Boch assorted salad plates in taupe.
While a gallery wall may seem like a modern design concept, the idea actually dates back to 17th century France. The original salon walls were filled floor to ceiling with art, and getting a prime, eye-level spot on the wall was an honor coveted by artists.
To re-create this French tradition at home, you may want to work with a theme so that your wall doesn’t feel too cluttered. You can select pieces that are around a similar size, have similar colors, or come from a similar genre. You can bring them together using a matching frameset or mix and match your framing.
You can choose family photos, kids’ drawings, or postcards from vacations for a personal touch. For a sophisticated look, you can use black and white maps and even personalize them based on locations that are important to you and your family. Whatever you choose, a gallery wall is a great way to use your decor to tell a personal story and immerse yourself in the art that you love.
When it’s time to hang your pieces, Pottery Barn suggests arranging them on the floor in front of the wall first. Start with the biggest pieces, and then fill in the space between them with smaller ones. Or, you can choose a symmetrical display to make a grid with your art. When you’ve found the pattern that you want to hang, try taping up an outline on the wall using a tape measure for reference, so you can make sure everything will fit as you want it to. Only after you’re confident about the layout should you take out the drill and the hammer to put it all up.
Whether you’re looking for kitchen or dining room wall decor ideas, you’ll want to make sure you pick a place that gets plenty of sun for a hanging garden. You can mount individual planters or hang macramé plant holders for a lush look that will bring the outdoors inside. You may want to hang one 9 piece planter for a kitchen wall garden that can hold all the herbs and plants you use to cook. As wall art for living room spaces, consider using succulent planters that come in statement shapes and touchable textures.
When you’re looking for wall decor for bedroom spaces, you may want to consider using fabric to bring softness to the room. For instance, hanging a large tapestry can create a lush, pillowy effect that enhances the soothing feeling of the bedroom. There are many different options with tapestries. Hanging a bright, bohemian tapestry loosely, like this Floral Medallion Tapestry, can make a space feel cozy and welcoming. Try a macramé wall hanging in subtle bone or beige shades for a simpler but equally breezy effect.
Finding cool wall art can be fun and budget-friendly. Let these ideas spark inspiration as you decide how you want to decorate your home and tell your own story. Whether it’s using large scale art or lots of smaller pieces, paint, wallpaper, plants, or anything else, what you choose for your wall decor can make your home feel unique and personal in a way that nothing else can.