By John Linden
Interior design, furniture design, lover of all things chic in home decor.
Want awesome wall decor but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place.
Below are 14 tips and looks that will make your wall decor gorgeous, unique, and enviable.
Let Your Personality Show Through
Most of us aren’t buying one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture.
I might find an amazing couch at a thrift store but, chances are that there are at least a few others just like it.
There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but there’s something about having an entirely unique object in your home that makes it feel special.
Wall decor gives you the opportunity to set up a space that’s completely your own.
Hanging family memorabilia, a special collection or a few handmade artworks on the wall will give your home a sense of individuality.
“Include something that you’ve made, that’s personal or received from a loved one…It will connect you to your home in a meaningful way and infuse your space with meaningful stories.”
– Natalie Lane of Corner Block Studio
Sometimes personal keepsakes make amazing decorations.
“It’s lovely when people use our frames to display their wedding album or a greeting card from a special occasion,” she says, “Include something you love.
Not everything needs to be new.”
Stay with Modern Art
You will be tempted to do something totally crazy, like rustic metal wall art.
This may feel like a great plan, but when the time comes to sell your home, potential buyers may not think so.
Mid century and modern wall decor adds perceived value to the space and looks great to most people.
Mirrors Can Be Wall Decor, Too
Mirrors aren’t just for checking yourself out in.
They also make great wall decorations.
If you find a mirror that you love with a frame that accents your furniture, it can be the perfect addition to your space.
The nice thing about mirrors is that they also create the illusion of more space.
“Mirrors can be used to great effect in fooling the eye…They can suggest a room is longer or bigger than it is or reflect light in surprising ways.”
– Monique Sartor from Sartorial Interiors
Color Is King
Remember, all elements of your interior work together.
Nothing exists in isolation – so don’t treat it that way.
Think about the color and feel of your interior before buying wall art that is completely different.
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.
Many is Better Than 1
If you have a large space, creating a collection of many photographs or paintings can be a cool way to break up the space.
Hanging smaller pieces is much easier than a large piece, so you will likely be able to do this on your own without the help of a professional.
Choose Minimal Frames
Framing your art can be just as expensive as the art itself.
Do yourself a favor and choose a very minimal frame.
This will eliminate contrast between the frame finish art and furniture finish.
Choose Wall Decor In A Size Relative To The Closest Piece Of Furniture
For example, if a painting is hanging over a sideboard, make the painting apx 10″ less in width than the sideboard.
It’s a simple trick that make the vignette created by the painting and furniture actual look great.
Don’t Overlook the Value of Wallpaper
Wallpaper is essentially a giant piece of wall decor.
By covering the walls of your room with a pattern that suits your aesthetic, you can immediately change the tone of the environment.
The great thing about wallpaper is that it comes in an infinite number of colors patterns, so there’s something out there for everyone.
Big floral wallpapers are still very popular, especially with luxurious bedroom suites
– Damian Corney from Grafico
Hanging Rugs as Modern Wall Decor
“Bring walls to life with a vertically hung rug to add life and layers to any blank space.”
She continues, “A chic way to add texture and warmth to any wintry room, and to cover a broader expanse of blank wall than you could achieve with most artworks, wall-hung rugs were one of the top take-away trends from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.”
Think Wall Grids
“Wall grids can be found in all sizes and colors…To decorate the walls you can hang photos, pictures or favorite quotes on the grid.”
She continues, “this is the perfect way to add personality to the room.
It can be decorated with string lights and you can even add shelves and put small items on top.
This will have a huge impact on the whole room.”
Wrapping Upon Modern Wall Decor
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Until next time!