With the beauty of art and wall decor held in the eye of the beholder, there’s no denying that it makes for one of the most personalized touches in any space. Opinions differ vastly from one person to the next, from one piece to the next. So how do you go about sourcing on-trend and easy on the eye wall decor that’s worth your time and investment? Fortunately, our interior designers are fresh off a whirlwind of interior design shows and came back with inspiring wall decor ideas to help you update your home with of the moment ideas that are sure to endure.
Add visual interest to your wall decor with an organically shaped abstract mirror. By ‘organic’, we mean asymmetrical, with a unique shape and almost one-of-a-kind feel to it. A quick scrawl online easily reveals that there’s a wide array of options available at all kinds of price points boasting interesting designs; from minimal forms to complex pieced mirrors with a sci-fi bent, to more statement-making and delicate designs.
Abstract mirrors with metallic frames look more contemporary than wood, however, there are also beautiful options framed in wood; we particularly admire darker toned wooded frames over natural finishes. Some options, embellished with glass and metal details, evoke the silhouettes of pebbles and puddles with their flowing designs, making them all the more mesmerizing than a traditional rectangular mirror.
If you’re looking to bring in one of the top wall decor ideas of 2019, consider investing in some naive yet expressive line drawings. Line drawings, such as the one featured above, are delectably simple and painstakingly realized at the same time. They can be as minimalist as you like, or much more detailed and vibrant.
Our designers noted that you can also easily have custom portrait line drawings created for your home online; making them all the more unique for your space. Line drawings always look refreshing, and even better, they never go out of style. Usually designed in black and white, they make for a stunning impact with just about any design style, from modern minimalism to a more maximal spirit as they can be found with more detail and riotous color.
Even a thoroughly modern home can use a hint of old-world touches for a richly layered effect and collectible Victorian era cameos are sure to make a warm and affordable addition to your wall decor direction, thanks to their simple colorways and straightforward silhouettes.
Often composed in petite scales, you’ll have great fun collecting them all while bringing much-needed life and personality to your space. Or if you’re after more personalized wall decor ideas, you can always easily create your own at little cost. And while we aren’t ones to normally go for DIY approaches, your loved ones will appreciate seeing their side profiles mixed in with your wall decor.
Create A Triptych
When it comes to symmetrical wall decor ideas that are an alternative to sourcing one large art piece that can cost a fortune to frame, think about adding a colorful triptych in your home for consistency and to keep the eye moving.
And since symmetry works for every design style, from rustic to Hollywood Regency, you’ll have no problem making the work look in your home.
Hang An Heirloom Rug
If you’re on the hunt for wall decor ideas that are rich with color, texture, and pattern play, why not consider mounting a cherished rug or textile with historical provocation in your home?
This works especially if said rug is in delicate condition as you’ll avoid extra foot traffic and having it stored away out of sight. The trick here is to make sure that the piece you mount is as unique as can be otherwise it may just come off as random with no story to tell.
Play With Molding
If you’ve got beautiful molded wall detailing, that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on fantastic wall decor ideas altogether. Quite the contrary in fact, as you can cost-effectively install lively wallpaper panels between your moldings for an extra warm touch.
And since you aren’t covering an entire wall, installation should not take to long or break the bank. And best of all, you’ll once again ensure that your home remains truly unique to you.
Frame A Cherished Scarf
Another brilliant way to master the art of unexpected wall decor might just be sitting in your coat closet. As scarves say from the likes of Hermes, are hard to display while wearing, framing is a genius alternative to showing off the detailed illustrations featured on them.
Plus, as scarves are more often than not square, you’ll be adding an unusual frame shape to your decor that boasts a large scale. That said, custom sized framing like this can cost a small fortune so our interior designers suggest shopping around for the best frame specialists at the best prices before you set about framing your favorite scarf or textile.
Maximal art makes for great, vibrant wall decor whether you have a room design focused on an eclectic spirit or something more spartan and straightforward. They can instantly add a splash of color to an otherwise plain and neutral room, or they can add to the maximal vibe of a heady, lush room. Maximal prints lend themselves well to comfy and cozy areas, so if you are looking for wall decor ideas for bedrooms or wall decor ideas for living rooms, then this will make for a great direction to consider.
Look out for prints with plenty of color and pattern, and lots of different thoughts and feelings thrown onto the canvas. Think abstract and think outside the box when considering maximal wall decoration routes. And do some art history research to use a reference as you shop.
Mobiles aren’t just for children’s rooms. Traditionally hung above cots to keep young children entertained, there is no reason that mobiles can’t feature in current, modern interior design for the exact same reason. Plus, they’ll work to lend any room unique visual play. The likes of celebrated artist Alexander Calder were ahead of their time when their wall decor ideas came to fruition. Bold blocks of color, accompanied by flowing shapes and plenty of movement, make for an overall kinetic feel.
Complementing your space with movement (in the form of a mobile) is a great way to add a focal point to a room, and it’s definitely a step away from the norm when it comes to wall decor ideas. Mobiles also make for perfect wall decor ideas for a living room boasting a high ceiling with tons of empty space, as they can also be found much more inexpensively than say a chandelier.
Pop Art Tapestries
Channel the works of Pop-Art masters like artist Andy Warhol in your interior design and source pop-art inspired tapestries to add texture and visual play to your wall decor scheme. Keep in my, wall decoration insn’t just reserved for paintings, drawings or photographic prints; in fact, even better if it is something entirely unexpected and different. Make 2019 the year to try different approaches when decorating your home, so why not start with a bold and bright pop-art tapestry?
From traditional Andy Warhol-esque pop -art designs, to modern pop-art cues that you might not have seen before, there is something available to suit every design style (as long as you have a taste for statement-making wall decoration). The key here is to make sure that the wall decor pieces you bring in don’t come off as random, one-off notes, so be sure that there are elements that connect everything together.
Trompe L’oeil Printed Panels
Trompe l’oeil panels and textiles are a clever approach used to create art which gives the optical illusion of the object being 3-dimensional. This take on wall decor looks hyper-realistic and will have anyone who walks into your room doing double takes. An age-old technique, trompe l’oeil panels create a strikingly impactful effect in any space and will be sure to make a grand statement that no one else will have. Plus, they take little to no time to install and can be easily stored away when not displayed.
As well as being stunning, they have the added effect of making your room feel more spacious, as they often depict a scene as if you are looking through a window, adding yet another dimension to this genius wall decoration technique.
Vintage Fashion Photography
Retro-style vintage fashion photography touches on history in an elegant and playful way and is a much more affordable alternative to signed prints. Skip the well-known postcard images of the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and opt for prints that are less obvious and more unique when it comes to your wall decor. Often printed in black and white, fashion images make for a great, lively centerpiece in a room and are sure to become a major focal point.
Keep it tonal on a neutral wall or energize your wall decor ideas by displaying your vintage fashion photography collection on a vibrantly painted wall. And if you’re a photography aficionado, you’ll have fun bringing in iconic images that are rich with history.
Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers
We couldn’t get this far through our list without mentioning the everyday decadence found in Art Deco styling – 2019’s appetite for all things deco has been insatiable. If you want something with a little more grandeur than your usual wall decor, then art deco screens and room dividers are an elegant option to keep in mind. Keep your eye out for fan motifs, geometric designs, black, silver, and plenty of gold. Art deco is all about opulence and grandeur with a pared-back spirit, and screens featuring design style will remain timeless and worthy of an investment.
Use them to section off a room or to add vibrancy to your wall decor ideas in 2019. Or you can keep it practical and use them as they were intended to be used and create a discreet and stylish changing area in your bedroom (the perfect wall decor idea for a bedroom, bathroom, or closet).
Mirrored Picture Frames
Continuing on with the Art Deco-inspired decadence our interior designers have noted at the latest home design trend shows, expect to see the era channeled heavily when it comes to the best wall decor ideas of 2019. One of the easiest ways to get the look is via mirrored picture frames. They make for a clever idea as they lend an opulent and extravagant sense of drama to even the simplest of prints and come with the bonus of reflecting extra light, making for a luminous way to display art – or family photos, paintings, and the ilk.
We suggest grouping four pieces of art together in mirrored frames to make a symmetrical square to make it feel as if you have another window in the room (keeping your art sparse and natural feeling will add to this effect). Large or small, mirrored frames work well in pretty much any space and are much more intriguing than traditional frames when it comes to displaying wall art.
Hanging Wall Sculptures
Wall sculptures are the perfect way to introduce 3-dimensional art into your wall decor scheme. Wall sculptures allow you to add texture and interest to your room, from the abstract to the traditional (the more abstract, the better, in our opinion). Wall decoration cues like these are perfect for wall decor ideas for kitchens or dining rooms, as they’re something unexpected and stimulating.
For a more natural approach, how about a wall decor sculpture made from carved driftwood? Or reclaimed wood and metal, perfect for pairing in an industrial-inspired space?
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