1. Walls with Wings
4. Road Trip
5. Accent Wall
6. Wall Clock
10. 3D Paneling
11. Farmhouse Brick
Would Snow White have gotten her happily ever after without the “mirror, mirror on the wall?” We think not. Wall mirrors are, after all, the (often unsung) heroes of beautiful rooms. They’re hardworking, unfussy, gorgeous. They’re decorating superstars, and our favorite way to dress up a wall (and the perfect way to end this list). We could sing the reasons why we love them for days – but we’ll leave you with just one: they reflect light, making whatever room they’re in feel instantly 10x brighter and breezier. (Okay, two: they also reflect beautiful you!)
13. Dream Catchers
16. Window Treatment
Usually, thick curtains can make a small room feel heavy. The creamy white color of the ones pictured here, however, has an almost opposite effect, lending the space a soft, lighthearted look and feel.
17. Record Display
With the rise in demand for turntables and vintage record-collecting over recent years, the ‘black circles’ are no longer just for spinning. Hang them up for the raddest gallery ever!
(And no, we’re not talking about the boxing move!) Here, we refer to the art of curation – particularly, preserving quilts, tapestries and hand-sewn patterns in an enclosed glass display.
More (Easy & Affordable) Tips for Decorating Your Walls
It’s one thing to look at picture of ideas for wall decor…but it’s an entirely different thing to actually incorporate them into your home. Here are some simple strategies to make wall decorating easy and affordable.
- Wall decor tip: Mix materials. Have fun with metals and woods.
- Wall decor tip: Create a gallery – of everything but art. A wall devoted to hanging plants, tapestries, sconces, mirrors and/or clocks offers an eclectic look – without relying on traditional “art.”
- Wall decor tip: Paint color blocks. A rising trend, color blocking through paint involves painting a portion of a wall in a ‘popping’ color (turquoise is a common choice). The keyword here? Portion. A square or “block” of turquoise in the center of a beige or white wall = mod decor.
- Wall decor tip: Incorporate whiteboards or chalkboards. If you have kids, this is an especially cool idea for playrooms. (For bonus points, turn the entire wall into a drawable canvas!)
- Wall decor tip: Frame your children’s art. Living with a future artist? You can tape up your child’s masterpieces on the fridge – or, you can frame them in a gallery devoted to your little Picasso!
Through the Years: A Look Back At How We Chose to Decorate Our Walls
Ah, walls. They’re the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before falling asleep. For millennia, they’ve provided humans shelter, privacy…and the perfect ‘canvas’ for art expression. Let’s take a look back at the past few decades of walls (and their decor), as remembered in the collective American consciousness:
Birth - elementary school age:
- Nursery walls with pastel wallpaper or paint dominated our new eyesights. Baby animals, framed photographs of family members, and perhaps even inked versions of our own handprints and footprints were just some of the wall motifs we were introduced to as children.
Middle school years:
- With blooming friendships starting to form and not yet hurdled down by major responsibilities, our bedroom walls were filled with splashes of color and collages of our BFFs – and felt as bright and big as our dreams.
High school years:
- The discovery of pop culture paved our choice of fashion, the movies we watched, and the music we listened to – all of which we pinned, in poster form, to our bedroom walls.
- While band and movie posters were still a dominant motif in college, living for the first time away from home emboldened our style choices. Our definition of ‘wall decor’ broadened. Thumbtacks were swapped for frames, and we allowed the additions of wall “accessories” like string lights and decals.
First apartment years (and beyond):
- ‘Adulting’ came upon us hard – and one need look no further than our walls to prove it. From gallery paintings to full size mirrors to floating shelves, our decor proved that somewhere along the way, we ‘grew up’ – elegantly, and in style.