Last Updated on April 15, 2022 by bethrmartin
Whether you are moving into a new space or you want to refresh a room you’ve been living in for years, unique wall decor ideas can make your home shine.
If you want to learn innovative ways to fill your walls and make your home look like it was designed by a professional, keep reading. These decorating ideas are easy to achieve and will add a personal touch to your home.
It can be daunting to have blank walls staring back at you, or sometimes you are just looking for a way to fill an awkward space. Using these creative decor ideas, you can feel proud of a design that fits your unique personality.
Why should you trust my wall decor ideas?
My entire career has been spent designing eye catching spaces and displays for homes and retail shops. I have constantly had to think of new ideas to stand out, and I want to help you use some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way in your own home.
Let’s jump in and get creative.
What are the Best Wall Decor Ideas?
Whether it’s truly vintage or just vintage style, one of these posters can add interest to any room. Pick your favorite topic – travel, music, movies, cars – really anything – and you will find the perfect image to set the stage for your design.
Handmade macrame wall hangings have been popular for some time now, but they show no signs of going anywhere. Whether you love classic neutrals or bold colors, modern or bohemian, you can find the right piece for your space. A textile wall hanging is a great way to add visual interest and texture to a blank wall.
Floating shelves are attractive but they also are incredibly functional, making them the perfect solution for many places. Display your favorite objects and add storage space at the same time – it’s a win-win!
If you want endless opportunities for texture and form, then I highly recommend a gallery wall. You can continuously add to it over time, and it’s easy to tweak the look with new prints and objects. Don’t just add picture frames – try to add wall sconces, a wall hanging, sculptures, and don’t forget to leave some negative space. This is one of the easiest ways to fill a blank wall.
A triptych, which means three art pieces, hung side by side, is a great solution to fill a large blank wall. They are often cheaper than a single extra-large piece of art, and they can make a striking statement. Try this in your dining room or over your sofa for maximum impact.
Subtle or eyecatching, wallpaper is everywhere and here to stay. The possibilities are endless and can set the stage for an entire design. You can fill the entire room or go subtle with an accent wall.
Go extra bright with neon! Vintage neon is the ultimate cool, but an excellent affordable option is a modern LED neon sign. You can find tons of pre-made shapes or opt for custom, and they will complement any room with a modern design.
An antique window from an architectural salvage shop is a great way to add interest to a blank space. Whether a little rustic, antique stained glass, or an intricate design, these items can be a show-stopper when displayed on empty walls.
Mirrors are classic wall accents for a reason. They can be functional or as artistic as you can imagine, and are a great way to fill a bare wall. Simply adding a mirror can make your room look bigger, reflect light in appealing ways, and ensure you don’t walk out with that extra broccoli in your teeth.
Greenery adds instant warmth to any room, and wall-hung plants add so much visual interest. If you feel like your thumb is more black than green, you can opt for faux or dried foliage instead. This type of wall hanging is easy to change seasonally.
If you are looking for a cohesive and chic look but still want to show off your family photographs, try using all black and white photos. This will instantly elevate any photography, and you can easily incorporate your great-grandparents as well. Use these as part of a gallery wall or on their own.
These days there are so many great sites where you can print art online, but if you choose to print on stretched canvas, you can skip the frame. The stretcher bars are usually between .75″ to 1.5″ deep, which can make your print stand out just that much more.
If you want something that feels extra personal, then go for a hand-painted mural. A color-blocked arch, an abstract design, and shapes are great ways to add a focal point to your bare walls. You are only limited by your imagination, well, and maybe your painting skills. Hiring a local artist is a great option too!
Of course, clocks are function, but they also are a fantastic decor idea. Show off your personality with something classic, ultra-modern, or absolutely quirky. These days you don’t even have to limit yourself to digital or analog – there’s a whole world of unique options.
Once you get started collecting baskets, you might have trouble stopping. There are tons of online shops with fabulous options, but this is also a great item to pick up on your travels. They can be hung solo or in a cluster.
Old sports equipment cluttering your attic? Or maybe you are a memorabilia collector? Hang it as art! This adds fantastic texture and is sure to be a conversation starter. Skiis, surfboards, tennis racquets, basketballs, jerseys – the possibilities are endless!
Trim is like jewelry on a wall, and you can create endless options by visiting your local hardware store. Whether you prefer to DIY or hire a pro, you can easily elevate a room with some imagination. Trim is like jewelry for a blank wall, and this will look extra sophisticated on a dining room or living room walls.
If you want a wall decor idea that feels cozy, look no further than hanging a rug. Family heirlooms work great, or you can go with a bold, modern pattern to give this a very contemporary look.
Simple line art may look that special, but pop it in a frame and watch that blank wall come to life. Even simple black and white drawings can look incredibly chic in a nice frame.
A printer’s drawer is one of my favorite places to display all the little trinkets I collect, and you can easily change the contents over time. Transform a small space with your shells, micro machines, your childhood rock collection, or any tiny objects that would otherwise get lost.
Whether you prefer chic neutrals or super-mod color, maps can fit into any aesthetic. Use framed maps to tell a story of where you have been or where you hope to go.
Don’t have enough beds to show off all those quilts from Great Aunt Suzie? Why don’t you display them? They can be hung in a few ways, and this is a great way to cover a lot of wall space with minimal effort.
Don’t forget about 3d objects. Shadowboxes are a perfect way to highlight personal possessions. Think your travel collections, baby’s first shoes, your wedding dress, or grandpa’s guitar. You can also incorporate a shadowbox into your gallery wall.
From rustic to modern, you can achieve any look with a wooden wall sculpture. Head to your local woodshop to find the perfect tree trunk slice, or find a sculpture made by an artist online. Either way, you are sure to add warmth and charm to your room. Small wooden pieces are also a great addition to a gallery wall.
If you have wall space in your kitchen, I recommend hanging vintage kitchen equipment from an antique shop. It’s always fun to play the game, “what was that used for?” and the proper composition can look like very refined wall art.
The world is limitless when it comes to how you can transform empty walls with vinyl. Not only does vinyl come in tons of colors, but you can cut any shape you can dream of. Cut patterns on your home cutter or by fun pre-made decals from Etsy. You can even fill an entire wall with a pattern if you have enough patience.
Tile is a great way to add subtle texture or a huge impact, depending on your personal style. The possibilities are endless when you can tile a full room, an accent wall, or just a focal point.
Physical tickets are all but a thing of the past, but that only makes the ones we do have even more special. Hang concert or sporting event tickets together in a collage or frame them individually and never forget that magical experience.
Metal wall art makes a definite statement and has been a classic decor idea for some time. You can find many vintage brass options if you prefer a classic look or opt for an ultra-modern wall hanging to make your room shine.
Want to fill a larger wall space but don’t have the budget for a giant piece of artwork? Fabric and canvas stretcher bars to the rescue! All you need is a stapler gun, and you can make any piece of fabric into a work of art. Many art stores will even stretch the canvas for you for a small price.
Your space should reflect your individual life, and a commissioned piece of art is a lovely way to achieve this. No matter what you pick – your beloved pooch, family home, or a special moment – will bring joy to your walls and will become an instant family heirloom.
Using a vintage sign in your home as wall art can add charm and make a space feel fun and relaxed. This is a great way to introduce color, and maybe you can even find an exciting shape!
Garland doesn’t just have to be for festive events! Bring some playfulness to any room by adding a sophisticated garland. Try something made of dried foliage or ceramics, and all your friends will want to get their own.
Tell a story by framing your favorite flag. There are endless design options, and you can set the tone by choosing historical, patriotic, nautical, or fun and modern.
Sometimes all you need is a little paint to make a dramatic change. This easy and cheap weekend project can make an eye catching focal point, and when you get bored, just re-paint. You can go for subtle or bold – the options are limitless!
If your child is a little artist, then be sure to frame a masterpiece or two! Prefer a more curated look? Buy kid-friendly water-based paints in a color palette that match the aesthetic of your home, and let them go wild.
Antique or modern, you can create a collage with your favorite china. Don’t be scared to mix patterns, sizes, and colors to make a memorable composition. All you need is a few plate holders, and you are ready to start hanging.
Pressing flowers is an easy and fun activity, and you can make a beautiful piece of artwork at the same time. Be a scavenger in your yard to find vibrant flowers and leaves of all colors, shapes, and sizes. This could be a cute wall art addition to a small space.
Forget that 70’s wall paneling of your nightmares! With so many options for beautiful wall paneling, it’s hard to go wrong. Beadboard adds a vintage vibe, board and batten is fresh and current, and geometric paneling is sure to pop.
It may seem obvious, but photography is one of the easiest ways to fill an empty wall. From your favorite Instagram photos to work purchased online, you can bring your room to life with a custom photo gallery.
If you want a cohesive set of artwork for your wall but don’t want to spend a ton of time or money sourcing work, use a coffee table book. Find a book with beautiful photos and cut out a few of your favorites to frame. Extra points if you find the book at your local used book shop.
Animals can add instant whimsy to any room, and these days you can find faux taxidermy in so many fun material options. Paper mache, wireframe, felt – it’s hard to go wrong. This is an especially great option for a kids’ room or holiday decorating.
Can’t stop buying hats? Hang them as wall art in your bedroom, closet, entryway, or guest room. Together, your collection will be elevated to art, and you won’t forget about all the great options in your wardrobe.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a great artist, you can paint something perfect for your home. If you want to save money, buy a painting from a thrift store and add details or start fresh and paint over the whole thing. Large scale wall art can get expensive, a DIY painting can be very helpful when you are on a budget.
Who doesn’t need a little more storage? Hooks come in a wide variety of designs and can be arranged to create an engaging composition. The best part is you can hang your everyday items – hats, scarves, dog leashes – and have a great display at the same time.
Start your day inspired by highlighting your favorite quotes on your wall. Vinyl is a great option here, or feel free to frame your mantra for wall decor. Don’t forget to pick a font that matches the mood.
Banners used to only be for sports teams, but now they come in so many different forms. These come in many fun shapes and can look great on their own or be added to a gallery wall. Whether you are looking to inspire or just say something cute, you can’t go wrong.
If your favorite pastime involves sewing, you probably have tons of scrap fabric. Use embroidery hoops to show off your favorite patterns by arranging a few together to add visual interest to your empty walls.
Books add so much richness to any space while at the same time telling a story, literally and visually. Frame your favorites in shadowboxes, or display their cover art on shelves. Books can also be used as a handy tool to layer on shelves to add height to other objects.
When you hear the word wreath, you might just think of Christmas, but don’t stop there. You can find many thoughtful options that work for any season, or you can change the look throughout the year. Dried flowers are a chic way to add texture to an empty wall.
If you are looking for an option for a kids’ room or playroom, then chalkboard paint might be for you. You can paint an entire wall, an accent wall, or just a shape, but this will be sure to give endless fun to any little ones (or young at heart) in your home.
It seems like a shame to keep your album collection on a shelf when there is such cool cover art. Instead, either show your favorites off as wall art by framing them or placing them face forward on floating shelves. This is also an easy thing to change when the mood strikes!
It’s always fun to find that train ticket in an old backpack from your study abroad in Paris, but why leave this to chance? Hang those tickets from your favorite adventures on the wall, and never forget your best vacations.
Art can be pricy, so printing work on your home printer is an excellent option. Don’t have a quality printer? As long as you buy the rights for the print, you can take the file to your local print shop for professional quality that’s still a great price. This is also a way to add to your gallery wall on a budget.
If you have a bigger space, then you should consider a vintage door or pair of doors for wall decor. Antique doors often have charm and warmth that can add something special to a room.
Many bottles of wine are opened for celebrations, and we would have it no other way. With just a little hot water, you can save those labels and frame them to never forget that champagne you opened to toast your promotion. Wine labels are a great addition to a gallery wall. Cheers!
Huge note-taker? A studio paper roller is for you. These come in multiple widths, and you will have (almost) endless paper for your lists and thoughts. You can also draw anything you want to add flair.
Well-placed lighting can set the mood in any room and certain fixtures can even feel like wall art. Use sculptural wall sconces to not only add drama but also as a design element. Fixtures with unexpected colors and shapes can give a wall that wow factor you are hoping for.
Pegboards used to only belong in the garage, but these days many creative pegboard options can take your wall decor to the next level. Skip the standard hardware store masonite and instead choose sleek wood or painted panels. Slightly larger holes and wood dowel pegs offer a chic look while creating extra storage space.
If you don’t feel comfortable painting a mural but want something more unique than wallpaper, try your hand at stamp art. There are many pattern options, and you can layer the shapes and colors however you want to create a knockout effect.
Have a pilot (or aspiring pilot) in your life? An airplane propellor hung on your wall is a great conversation starter and can add interest to odd-shaped spaces.
Doors and windows are typical architectural salvage pieces used in homes but don’t stop there. Bring some history to your home by displaying ornate fireplace screens, parts of columns, metal ceiling tiles, or anything else that speaks to you.
Some paper cut art is so shockingly intricate, and you will want to stare at it for hours. For a bonus, ask your framer to sandwich this type of art between two panes of glass to enhance the depth and create beautiful shadows.
Either new or vintage, botanical charts are one of my favorite things to hang as wall art. The organic shapes of the botanicals help to soften a room while at the same time feeling very organized and modern.
Frames can be art too! Find ornate and unique shaped frames from thrift stores and antique markets, remove the existing artwork, and hang them in a cluster. This is a fun and unexpected option for a vintage-styled home.
Old gameboards collecting dust in the attic? Vintage game boards can be a great addition to whimsical wall decor. These often include fun shapes and colors and are a great conversation piece. Feel free to frame the boards or mount them directly on the wall.
It’s hard to beat the sophistication of library shelving for a reason. This classic design makes any room feel cozy and just makes anyone want to stay all day. Be the envy of all your friends if you have space for a rolling ladder.
You don’t have to be Rothko to make a bold color statement. Paint a canvas in a single bold color, or opt for a few rectangles of color to create your own wall decor. This is an inexpensive and easy way to make a standout piece that would make a big impact on an empty wall. You can also incorporate a solid color canvas in your gallery wall to give it a modern look.
Are you a foodie who constantly checks Resy for the newest en vogue tasting menu? Instead of letting these experiences just live in your memory, save the menus and frame them as wall art. This would be a charming addition to your dining room. Extra points if you can score the chef’s signature.
A lush, green vertical garden can be a major showpiece. There are many systems made for this, but you can also be creative. Place air plants on a wine riddling rack or use reclaimed fixtures as a vertical planter.
Don’t keep your grandma’s handwritten lasagna recipe hidden in the drawer for another second. Recipies, or even a single recipe, will look great on the wall of your kitchen. But watch out, you might have guests making special dinner party requests!
Anyone who has been through elementary school has seen a corkboard on a wall, but you can elevate this look with a few simple tips. Choose cohesive items to hang, find chic pushpins, and don’t be afraid to rearrange things throughout the year to keep the design fresh.
Artists often have a reputation for being hoarders, but why not display them as wall art? Art supplies and tools are typically fun to look at, so go ahead and use them for wall decor. As a bonus, if they are shown in plain sight, you will never forget what you have.
Make that special basketball nut in your family extra happy by bringing the sport inside. Use a modern basketball hoop as a piece of art, and your home will always be the place to be. If you are feeling extra luxe, a marble backboard is sure to impress the harshest critic.
It might look like magic at first, but magnetic paint is a clever way to update any wall or portion of a wall. To create this look, use magnetic primer, then paint whatever color you choose for the topcoat.
No matter if you want to fill a small space or a huge blank wall, a little creativity with your wall decor will set your home apart.
The number one most important thing to remember when planning your wall decor is that your home should express your unique personality. Use these wall decor ideas to fit how you live and how you want to feel in your own space.
Second, identify the places in your home where you would like to have more character. Use this list as a guide, but let your imagination go wild. If you love something, anything, you can find a way to show it off in your home.
Finally, design choices are often dictated by budget, and it’s hard to get around that fact. Fortunately for us, we have a ton of wall decor ideas, and we don’t have to let budget hold us back.
If you see a look that you love, how can you use these tips to achieve a similar style? More often than not, the end goal can be even better than the inspiration! Sometimes an accent wall looks even better than a full room treatment.
Did I miss any wall decor ideas? Have you tried any of these wall decor ideas yourself? If so, please send me a photo – I love to see your creativity!
Thanks for reading!