Why Your Home Needs Modern Wall Decor

When decorating our homes, we often spend much more time thinking about the furniture and not enough time considering the wall decor.  We often choose pieces that we just happen to like without fully considering how they’ll work cohesively with everything else in the room.  Modern wall decor comes in so many styles and varieties that it can often be daunting to pick the pieces that will really bring your room to life.  However, the right pieces have the potential to completely transform your living space.  I’ve written some tips below on choosing the right pieces of modern wall decor for your home.

Textured Brick wall with interesting art

Textured Brick wall with interesting art

Choose Works That Match Your Color Palette

The last thing you want to do is hang up works that clash with the color palette of your walls, furniture, floors and other aspects of the room.  Instead, find pieces of wall decor that compliment your wall paint, couch or table.  An individual piece or group of modern wall decorations can really tie your room together, highlighting the hues and tones of the environment it hangs in.

The best part about modern-style wall decorations is that the artists working in this manner often add interesting textures to their work.  This gives you plenty of opportunity to bring a sense of texture into your living space.  You may want to find a work that is rough, shiny or drippy to hang on your otherwise flat walls.  These can help to create a sense of depth and composition on the surface of any wall in your home.  

The expressive quality of this piece helps to tie the room together.  Extending from the wall to the ceiling, it is painted directly on the wall and lends a sense of movement to the dining room.

Love the fabric and rug, along with interesting art

Love the fabric and rug, along with interesting art

Find Wall Decor That Completes Your Room

Wall decor often works to fill the blank spaces that make your room appear incomplete.  If you have a big, empty wall in your home, you may want to consider finding a piece of modern art that can occupy that space.  Modern artists often work in large-scale, painting huge canvases that look great above couches and beds or on the wall of a corridor.  

That paint though

That paint though

Build Your Collection Over Time

Because modern wall decor can often be pricey, you may want to consider buying a piece whenever you have some extra money.  Smaller works are usually cheaper, and can be arranged in clusters.  These small pieces can be hung in groups and look just as good (or better than!) massive paintings.  Decorating your home this way gives you the freedom to choose works that look good together and swap them out for others whenever you feel the need.

A good collection of small modern wall decorations can be the perfect addition to any space.

Small pieces of modern wall decor can be arranged to suit your personality and tastes.

Grey Sofa in Scandinavian Room

Grey Sofa in Scandinavian Room

Personal Favorites - Jennifer Post Design & Banquet Workshop

I always try to give a mention to designers who I believe capture the core tenets of interior design. After many Pinterest searches, I kept stumbling on New York designer Jennifer Post. Below are a few examples of her work. 

Large Blue piece of Modern Art in NYC Home

Large Blue piece of Modern Art in NYC Home

Oversized art is tough to do well -- you need the right space and size to accommodate the piece. This Rothko-esque piece is so gorgeous, with its light blue complimented by the red flowers and white walls and ceiling.

Abstract art in hallway

Abstract art in hallway

Modern prints in dining area

Modern prints in dining area

Each of these photos shows how you can use Modern art to enhance a living space, providing both character and aesthetic nuance.

Banquet Design

Another favorite is Banquet Design. This Canadian studio sells wall prints, stationary, and fabrics. Each is quirky and unique.  I especially like their MidCentury and Modern wall prints. Below is my favorite

As always, drop me a line if you are interested in more info or have an idea for us to write about.

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- John

Mentioned in this article

1. Jennifer Post Design

2. Banquet Design