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19 Wall Decor Ideas for Every Room

Wall decor can make any room feel refreshed in an instant. Here’s how to decorate with decals, art and more for every room.

1. Walls with Wings



Whether you have a little future ornithologist on your hands (or you are one yourself!), what better way to express a passion for our “feathered friends” than with bird wall decor? From winged wallpaper to bird wall statues, when it comes to wall decorating options, the sky’s the limit!

2. Word Art

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes, even that’s not enough to get your point across. If you’re after a little more expression, consider word art!

3. Decals

If you’re tired of following “Rules of Decor,” stick it to the man with stickers. We’re loving the living room walls above – which make creative use of decals to bring out the whimsical side of a gorgeous gold wall mirror.

4. Road Trip

Give your child’s dreams some fuel – and an open expressway for joyous travels. Whether you choose to paint directly on the walls or opt for removable decals, blank wall space suddenly turns into a canvas bursting with potential.

5. Accent Wall

In a darker mood? Paint a wall in your bedroom a rich tone of blue or purple for bold, soothing ambiance.

6. Wall Clock

We’re loving the gigantic wall clock on the back wall of this farmhouse dining room – if for no other reason than it being the most stylish reminder to always leave on time!

7. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a comeback – and we’re fully on board. From pretty florals to bold geometrics, there’s a pattern out there for every taste. Remember, though, that you don’t have to cover every centimeter; in the bedroom above, wallpaper covers only a fraction of an all-white interior!



8. Wall Art

Framed art is a classic way to decorate your walls. For a cohesive motif, make sure each room’s art contains similar colors and subjects.



9. Hat Rack

Minimalist living has a chic side, as proved by this quaint, neutral bedroom (pictured right), where a basic hat display is as aesthetic as anything.

10. 3D Paneling

Find your groove in the third dimension, with raised wall panels in calming geometric lines. Cover the entire wall in a giant mural, or opt for smaller panels (that still invoke “big” ideas).



11. Farmhouse Brick

For a sweet rustic vibe, a brick wall is everything. If you’re lucky enough that your home’s structure already includes one, take it to your advantage. Coat it in a light paint of white for a sweeter, farmhouse feel – and stencil in some “typewriter” lettering for an “authentic vintage” touch.

12. Wall Mirrors

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

Hand-embroidered knots, woven fringes and khaki overstitch lend an air of bohemme.


14. Shelf-on-Wall

In this quaint living room corner, a wooden floating shelf makes just as big of a statement as the decor around it


15. Sconces

A pair of wall sconces pulls this industrial room together – while adding a touch of vintage flair.


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.

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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!

In need of texture? Drape a giant tapestry over a stretch of blank wall space. 



19. Shadowbox

(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.

College years:

  • 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.

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