18 Wall Decor Ideas That Are Anything But Boring
Let's leave the blank spaces to Taylor Swift.
So, you recently moved into a new place, and you finally have your furniture arranged exactly how you want it. You placed your decorative accents and hung the few pieces of art you own. But every time you sit down to relax on the sofa, those big, blank walls taunt you with their unforgivable boringness. “I need decor! I need decor!” they cry. So, you flip on the TV and drown them out with an episode of House Hunters.
We’ve all been there. Blank walls can be a total headache when you don’t have time, funds or ideas — but they certainly don’t have to be. I’ve rounded up some wall decor ideas for every type of person: the DIY decorator, total trendsetter, penny pincher, plant person, vintage visionary, focused functionalist and salvaging soul. Scroll through, pick your favorites and show your walls who’s boss.
FOR THE DIY DECORATOR
Color Swatch Gallery Wall
This colorful gallery wall idea is perfect for a craft room or kids’ area. Simply print oversized squares in the colors of your choice and frame them in a grid.
Woven Wall Hanging
Use a wooden handloom to create a custom, woven tapestry for your wall. Use any colors or types of yarn to create stripes and fringe. This project can easily be finished in a few nights while watching your favorite TV show.
If you’re a fan of bohemian style, you’ve definitely noticed the resurgence of vintage-inspired, flat-weave textiles. Instead of forking over a hefty chunk of change for a woven wall hanging, make your own.
Framed Vintage Scarf
Frame this common thrift store find for a pop of color on your wall. Choose a scarf with an intricate pattern for more visual impact.
Buy an inexpensive ceiling medallion at a home improvement store to mount on your wall rather than the ceiling. Paint or stain it to match your room’s color scheme.
FOR THE TOTAL TRENDSETTER
Eclectic Living Room With Mustard Yellow Sofa, Patterned Wall Tapestry and Mixed Decorative Throw Pillows
A gorgeous wall tapestry featuring fuchsia and burgundy flowers sets a colorful backdrop for the mix of patterns and rich hues in this eclectic living room. A mustard yellow sofa is decorated with a collection of throw pillows. A pair of chairs with deep red cushions surround a clear coffee table over the faded rug.
Pack a powerful punch on a large wall by hanging a colorful tapestry. Choose a pattern that complements your room’s design.
White Contemporary Master Bedroom With Round Mirror
The master bedroom is tucked away on the top floor of the home, where a clever built-in dresser saves floor space. Textiles are neutral with gold accents, and the circular mirror over the bed is a nice complement to the geometric light fixture.
Laure Joliet Photography
Round mirrors are hot right now and work well with multiple design styles. They’re a great way to fill a wall without adding color or business.
Styled Wooden Ledge
Contemporary White Hall With Picture Shelf
A simple wooden ledge follows the hall, creating a spot to display favorite accessories and artworks. White oak floors ground the entire house and add warmth to the crisp white walls.
Move over, gallery walls! Styled ledges are having a moment. This is the perfect option if you’re a person who likes to switch things up frequently.
Beaded Wall Hanging
Contemporary Sitting Space With Vivid Pop of Blue on Tufted Chair and Tropical Peacock Wall Decor Over Textured Carpet
Beaded wall decor showcases a brilliant blue peacock matching the bold hue of the chair. The tufted chair pops beautifully against the neutral room design with textured carpet and diamond pattern wallpaper.
Do you like the idea of a tapestry but want something more glam? Go for a beaded wall hanging. Here, the beaded wall piece beautifully accentuates the teal upholstered chair.
FOR THE PENNY-PINCHER
Oversized Black + White Photo
Sitting Area in Master Bedroom with Chair, Bench and Large Black-and-White Photo
Neutral tones in this master bedroom sitting area keep the space cozy and inviting, and a lamp and end table ensure it's functional, too. A nearby bench with a flokati throw feels welcoming, and a striking black-and-white photo adds visual balance.
Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography
Blow up your own black and white photo, and hang it on a prominent wall to create a meaningful art piece on the cheap.
Hit the thrift store and look for unexpected pieces to frame. Here, European grain sacks make a striking visual impact when framed and paired in three.
FOR THE PLANT PERSON
If you want to bring a space to life, this might be for you. Learn how to create your own living wall.
If you want to bring a space to life but aren’t ready to invest in a full-on living wall, consider low-maintenance succulents in wall-mounted planters.
FOR THE VINTAGE VISIONARY
Old-school green chalkboards offer a vintage vibe that their counterparts can’t match. The best part? You can change the look of your wall with some chalk and a little creativity.
Collection of Bronze Decor on Living Room Coffee Table
If you've got a collection of objects that don't fit on your bookshelves, consider displaying them front and center on your coffee table. Here, an assortment of brass objects adds luster and graphic shape to the seating area while also allowing the homeowner to showcase one-of-a-kind finds.
Rustic White Photography, LLC
Dress up old portraits with ornate brass frames for a vintage-inspired look. Pair the vintage wall decor with more modern pieces to achieve an overall eclectic feel.
FOR THE FOCUSED FUNCTIONALIST
Dining Room Wall With Triangle Window
Along a charcoal gray wall in this modern combined dining room and kitchen, a window in the shape of an isosceles triangle provides plenty of natural lighting and room to display artwork. Below, an oversized wall calendar hangs on a wall with hardwood floors and a wooden table.
Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Practical and pleasing to the eye, this oversized calendar is ideal for a family kitchen or personal office.
Bike Storage Is Functional and Decorative in Hip Bedroom
Space-saving wall racks house the homeowners' bikes in this dynamic master bedroom, creating functional, unconventional wall decor. Beside the bikes, a brilliant red bookcase provides a built-in splash of color.
Sarah Hebenstreit / Modern Kids Co.
Bikes as wall decor? I’m all in. Contemporary wood mounts look chic and hold the colorful bicycles in place.
FOR THE SALVAGING SOUL
Railroad Crossing Sign
Think outside the box when it comes to salvaged pieces. Here, a railroad crossing sign adds vintage flair to an otherwise empty wall.
Old Storefront Sign
Antique Red Sideboard and Vintage Sign
Using the bold red accents of the hand-painted storefront sign as inspiration, homeowner Esther Lippman had her antique sideboard updated from a dark, dingy brown wood stain to a bold shade of cherry red.
Salvage pieces that have meaning to you and your family. This old storefront sign is ultra-charming but also tells a story of days gone by.
After amassing a variety of paint swatches from your home makeover, organize them into groups by color. Conceptualize an overall look or design based on the size, scale, shape and proportion of the swatches. Here, a gradient effect was created by lining up the colors and differentiating them by levels of saturation. For a cohesive look, consider cutting all swatches into the same shape using craft scissors. Attach the swatches to poster board using double-sided tape, and then add matting before placing into a frame.
Create graphic art for your space with corrugated foam core and nail heads or brass tacks. First, decide on a message, name or combination of words. Next, use a pencil to free-hand the message directly onto the foam core. Using the traced letters as a guide, apply nail heads or brass tacks with a hammer or rubber mallet. Once complete, place the foam core inside a complementary frame and hang.
Organic Branch Taxidermy
Create the look of taxidermy with all-natural materials. Pick up a wooden plaque and a bag of crafting moss, then search outside for a pair of branches similar in shape and size. Cut the branches back using pruning shears and attach the branches to the plaque using plumbing or cable clips and screws. Once complete, add a nail to the wall and hang.
Homeowners who love to entertain will surely love artwork created from guests' signatures. Pick up a basic art canvas, then use nails or screws to add trim around the canvas’s edges as a frame. Next, hang the blank canvas in a high-traffic area where guests are certain to gather. Keep a marker nearby and ask guests to add their signatures to the canvas. The random placement of the signatures will result in something personal and graphic which reads differently from far away than it does close up.
Layered Paint: From a Distance
While many art stores offer paint supplies which texturize canvases, texture and depth can also be created by layering paint. To layer paint with a textural effect, apply the paint in random areas using a painting knife, ensuring the layers are thick. After several hours of drying, continue to layer paint in different colors and in random spots on the canvas.
Turn any basic object into a work of art with a gold or silver leaf application. For a high-end metallic finish, all you need are leafing sheets, leafing adhesive and a detail paintbrush. Apply the sheets directly to the objects with a paintbrush dipped into the adhesive, then use the paintbrush to fill in any cracks. For proper display, either place objects inside a cloche, on risers or in an open frame.
Spray Bottle Art: From a Distance
Drip art is commonly known for its use in grade school art classes. It's created by holding a canvas vertically, then dripping latex or acrylic paint randomly across the top. Another interpretation of this style is spray bottle art which involves applying paint directly to a canvas, then spraying it with a bottle of water to dilute the paint and cause it to drip downward.
Sweet butterfly wall art mimics the grace and delicacy of the real thing. To create a similar look, use cardstock paper and cut out butterfly shapes in various sizes. Gently fold the wings, and attach to the wall using a small amount of sticky putty.
Colorful Crate Bookshelves
Simple crates become a work of art and unexpected storage with a few coats of bright, colorful paint. Once painted, attach the crates to the wall by drilling a hole in each corner and screwing to the wall. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine
Painted Ceiling Medallions
While this stunning display looks expensive, it was actually accomplished using a gorgeous mix of inexpensive ceiling medallions. Once painted in coordinating shades, the light-weight medallions can be attached using velcro or a strong glue. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine
Homemade Modern Art
You don't have to be an artist to create a one-of-a-kind piece that both adds style to your space and complements your home's color palette. Learn to make this modern, geometric art here.
Wall Decor With Woven Baskets
Add gorgeous texture and a brilliant blend of color with a few shallow baskets displayed effortlessly on the wall. To copy this look, try hanging the largest basket first, layering in others. Nail each basket to the wall by the basket's center to achieve the overlapping look. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine