Posted by Katie Gambone
It’s easy to make a space feel cozy by adding throw rugs, pillows and candles but it’s what you hang on your walls that can make your home feel personal and polished. If you are anything like me, this is where I sometimes get stuck. If you are an artist yourself or an art collector, this may not be an issue for you, but I think for a lot of people it can be. I’ve collected prints that I like from various Farmer’s Markets and art fairs over the years and I am lucky to also know many terrific photographers whose work I hang on my walls. But collecting art can be really expensive and I’ve been wanting to try something else. Here’s a list of five unique ideas for decorating your walls that I hope inspire you too.
My mom stenciled our walls when we were growing up. I am pretty sure that she stenciled my bedroom with flowers, because I was really into everything floral at the time. Today, stencils can be a lot more sophisticated and even resemble wallpaper. Take, for example, this gorgeous Art Deco inspired stencil created by Design Inspiration – Planet Stencil Library. I can just imagine this pattern stenciled near the ceiling in half bathroom. It would add a lot of drama.
I also really liked this circle pattern stencil, which would be terrific for an accent wall in a kids room.
If you are a collector, displaying your collectables as wall art can be a great way to personalize your home. Take, for example, this plate wall. I think the way that mmmcrafts has hung her plate collection is interesting and I love all of the colors. I am a plate collector myself. I fell in love with the idea after eating at Oyster House in Philadelphia. They decorate their walls with antique oyster plates, which inspired me to start collecting oyster plates too. This hobby is temporarily on hold due to limited time to get out and shop antique markets, but I plan to pick back up with it in the future.
I also love these framed race cars for a little kids room by Seed Time. The fact that they are arranged by color pleases my sense of all things organized.
Another favorite collectable of mine is vintage Vogue Magazine covers. A good friend collected early editions of Vogue Magazine covers, framed them and hung them in a staggered pattern in her half bathroom. I seriously loved it. I may have stayed in there longer than I needed to because I just couldn’t stop looking at all of them. I thought they were beautiful.
Framing wall papers, fabrics or patterns you love
Another great idea for adding color and patterns to a space is to frame wall papers, fabrics or any kind of patterns you love. For example, I’m a big fan of navy blue right now and thought these framed fabrics from Home Décor Buzz look great for an entry way or maybe even a bedroom.
Yarn Wall Hanging
I am a huge fan of textiles and Yarn Wall Hangings are very popular right now. I’ve seen them in a ton of home decorating magazines and there are tutorials all over Pinterest on how to make your own. They can be very simple and colorful as this Chevron Yarn Walling Hanging that I found on Curbly.
Or they can be very elaborate and textured like this gorgeous yarn wall hanging from Macro Macrame. I think this would be especially sweet in a little girl’s nursery.
And finally, architectural details are a really interesting way to add visual interest to your walls. I picked this idea up from Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame. She is a total pro at decorating with old frames, drawer fronts, doors etc.
I also loved these wall hangings from Architecture Art Design to decorate an outdoor fence.
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