Last week I started a three-part series here on IBC to share Ideas for Decorating Your Walls. If you missed that post, you’ll probably want to check it out since it includes a brief introduction about why I’m writing this and how to better use these ideas. You can find it here.
If you saw that post and have been waiting on the edge of your seat for Part 2 *insert sarcasm here*, then today is your lucky day.
As I mentioned last week, sometimes I struggle with what to put on my walls. Assuming that I’m not alone in this struggle, I’ve created this series so you can find a few of my ideas in one easy-to-find location. If you’ve been following IBC for some time, you’ve probably seen most of these applications once or twice. However, I thought it would be helpful to have them in one place.
So without further ado, let’s continue.
Homemade / DIY Art
This might be an obvious solution, but you can make something to put on your wall. I’m pretty sure that a few of you are rolling your eyes at the idea of homemade art. Trust me, I get it. I’ve seen my fair share of not-so-great homemade art. However, art is subjective. So, if you do like to DIY, here are a few ideas.
First, try framing fabric. Here, I used a striped fabric in my entryway to create instant artwork in some really beautiful frames.
You can also get creative with photographs and turn them into art. Try creating a collage or framing a collection of related images (like a vacation or special event) in a unique way.
Lastly, look to modern and / or abstract art for DIY inspiration. Art with graphic lines or abstract brushstrokes can be more easily replicated than something like the Mona Lisa. Here, I used a circle hole punch to create a simple and inexpensive piece of “art” that works wonderfully in my bedroom. Get creative and have fun.
Speaking of homemade and DIY art, kids can be a wonderful source of one-of-a-kind decorations for your walls. In my kitchen I have a trio of frames with art created by my nephew when he was a toddler. It began as large finger painting that that I cut down to size.
I just popped the art into some old frames I painted white and hung them up on the wall. They’ve been there for years and continue to be among the most meaningful pieces of art in my home.
Since we are in the kitchen, let’s talk about another unique element that can be used as wall decor: plates! I know this isn’t a revolutionary idea, but I think it’s one that’s often forgotten. (That’s why I’m here to remind you.)
Now, decorating with plates doesn’t have to be done in that stuffy old-fashioned way that you’re envisioning. Take some time and search “plate decor” on Pinterest and you’ll discover a plethora of ideas from traditional to modern.
In my kitchen, I kept things simple by stacking three large white platters on an odd wall. Sticking with platters that have a similar circle shape and using white as a consistent color kept things organized and modern.
In my dining room I had fun mixing together mismatched plates and mirrors to create an eclectic collection.
As you can imagine, the options are endless here. Even hanging up a single ornate plate can be a fabulous look.
I also wanted to mention my method for hanging these plates. For the larger plates in the kitchen, I used these steel plate hangers. To hang the smaller plates in the dining room, I used these “invisible” adhesive disc hangers. Both hanging options come in various sizes. Be sure to use the hanger recommended for your particular plate size.
Again, it’s not a new idea, but definitely keep mirrors in mind when decorating the walls of your home.
Consider mirrors for darker areas of your home. They reflect natural sunlight so placing them on the wall opposite a window can help a room feel bigger and brighter.
Also, don’t overlook their functionality. Full length mirrors are ideal for bedrooms and hallways. It’s also nice to have a mirror somewhere near the door of your home so you can grab a quick look at yourself before popping out the door for a big meeting or event.
A vintage element always comes into play when I’m pulling together a room. So naturally, using a touch of vintage in your wall decor is a must.
Why? Well, as much as I love the idea of something new, there is something about a vintage or thrifted item that you just can’t buy in a store. Vintage pieces have history, they have a story to tell. I also like the fact that when you go vintage, you’re lessening the chance that your neighbor or relative has the same piece.
Hit up your local thrift stores and antique shops to find these treasures. Remember that the framing can always be adjusted or changed to match your decor. Also keep in mind that the art can be switched up should you find a cool frame. When shopping, think about the color scheme or feel of your room. The art doesn’t have to match perfectly, but something about it should tie it into the room.
For a bit of vintage art in my own home, I was lucky enough to inherit the original 100-year-old blueprints for my house. A trio of them hangs on the landing of my staircase. I’ve also incorporated a couple vintage portraits in my bedroom gallery wall. Initially, I was attracted to these pieces because of their unique shape, size, and gold frames, but I’ve come to love the little portraits inside just as much.
I told you these vintage pieces already have a story.
And that concludes Part 2 of this wall decor miniseries. I’ll be back soon with a few more ideas to wrap things up. See you then.