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How to Choose Art: Your Need-to-Know Guide to Buying Art

When decorating your home, it’s safe to assume that the furniture and color scheme you choose will have the greatest impact on the design of your space. However, it’s the finishing touches like art and decor that really bring your space to life.

If you’re in the middle of designing your space from scratch or redesigning your home, you might be feeling fatigued by the time you get to choosing art for your walls. At this point, a lot of people either leave their walls blank until inspiration strikes, or they buy random artwork just to fill large blank walls. But art should never be an afterthought.

Art is such an important part of decorating. It helps bring your space to life, adds personality, creates focal points, and sets the mood for the space. But there are so many things to consider when choosing art. At Modsy, we actually get a surprisingly large number of questions about how to choose art for your home.

Because of this, we’re breaking down all the core considerations about how to choose art for your home and giving you tips on how to know what type of wall art is right for you.

Here’s a quick list of the considerations we’ll cover in detail:

  • Size
  • Shape and Orientation
  • Medium
  • Subject Matter

Read on to get the full scoop and become an expert at choosing art for your home!

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Consideration #1: Artwork Size

When it comes to wall art, size is incredibly important. Art pieces of different sizes will have completely different effects on your space. So, how do you decide what size of art to buy? This could be dictated by the size of your walls or the space you’re trying to fill—for example, a large blank wall might need a large piece of art.

If you’re shopping more generally for art rather than trying to fill an existing space, considering size also helps you understand the effect that various sizes of art will have on your room. Below, we’ll touch on the four basic sizes of wall art.

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Small Art

Small art tends to be the most affordable. Similar to rug pricing, art typically goes up in price as the size goes up. Small art is also the most flexible, as you can hang these pieces almost anywhere.

Size: Small art typically includes pieces that are between 4 and 16 inches in length or width.

What it’s good for: Small art is perfect for creating small, intimate moments on your walls or tabletops, since you have to get up close to see them. This makes this size ideal for hanging in more intimate spaces.

Where to hang small art: These pieces are perfect as accent pieces above nightstands, propped on a shelf, or hung in the bathroom. They work great in gallery walls as well, as you can group small art together to create a larger wall of art.

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Medium Art

When you think of the “average” wall art size, this is it. You’ll find medium-sized art at a middle-of-the-road price range, where you can get a beautiful, impactful piece for a reasonable price.

Size: Medium-sized art is generally 25 to 32 inches in size.

What it’s good for: This is a great size for framed art prints and photography. It’s also a great size for pieces that are a little trendy and that you may not hang up forever. They aren’t a complete investment, but they’re large enough to make a visual impact.

Where to hang medium art: Wall art that’s medium-sized is perfect in hallways and over accent furniture. They’re also good for grouping with small art pieces for creating a focal point in an eclectic gallery wall.

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Large Art

Large art is the type of piece that makes a statement in a room. This is the typical size of art to choose when you want to hang or lean just one piece somewhere (rather than grouping it with other pieces). Large wall art tends to be more expensive due to the larger dimensions.

Size: Large art is typically 33 to 42 inches in size, whether in length or width.

What it’s good for: Large art is perfect for making a stand-alone statement. Anywhere a large piece of art is hung becomes a focal point!

Where to hang large art: You might see a large art piece hung over a fireplace, bed, or sofa, or on a large wall in a dining room or entryway.

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Extra Large Art

Extra large art makes for a bold impact in your room! If you’re a fan of modern art, this is the scale you’ll find for a lot of original pieces. The idea is to almost overwhelm the viewer and create a striking impact.

Size: Extra large art is pieces that are 43 inches or larger in length or width.

What it’s good for: Extra large art is perfect for creating a dramatic focal point. It’s also a great size for custom art that you really want to show off!

Where to hang extra large art: Pieces of this magnitude usually hang alone on a wall, in a space with tall ceilings or lots of space like a foyer, stairwell, or large fireplace wall.

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Consideration #2: Shape and Orientation

Why think about shape and orientation when choosing wall art? Well, the configuration you choose will largely be based on the wall space you want to fill, and different shapes and orientations are better for different spaces.

In this section, we’ll unpack the four basic shapes and orientations of wall art.

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Square Art

Ok, we probably all know the math on this one—but for posterity’s sake we’ll spell it out: square art is pieces that are the exact same height and width. Because of the symmetrical nature of this shape, square art is very versatile and will look good in most spaces.

A square shape is best for… 

Smaller art, as stand-alone pieces or within a gallery wall. (Large square pieces can be difficult to fit on specific walls—though, that’s not always the case, as the room design above proves!)

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Landscape Rectangle Art

A piece of wall art that’s a landscape rectangle shape has a horizontal orientation—meaning it’s wider than it is tall. This is the shape and orientation you’ll typically find for landscape paintings (hence the name).

A landscape orientation is best for… 

Hanging over longer pieces of furniture, like a sofa, credenza, or bed. This shape also works well for pieces hung above fireplace mantles, if the space tends towards the wider side.

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Portrait Rectangle Art

Wall art that has a portrait rectangle shape is taller than it is wide. This orientation takes its name from classical art that featured portraits of people.

A portrait orientation is best for… 

Rooms with tall ceilings, as the orientation will draw the eye up. It’s also great for art hung in entryways and hallways for more of a visual impact in these pass-through spaces.

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Freeform or Round Art

Freeform art, as the name suggests, has no real form. Rather, it boasts a more organic shape. Because of its curves and more organic nature, we’re also grouping round art pieces with this category. Freeform art can be a multitude of shapes and can be hung individually for more of a statement or in a grouping of organically shaped pieces like in the room above.

Freeform or round art is best for… 

Larger, open swaths of wall where you want to make a statement or in small, awkward spaces where fitting a standard piece of art could be a challenge.

Consideration #3: The Medium

An art piece’s medium is what the piece of art is made of and/or the method used to make the art. This is the biggest factor in choosing art, as it has the greatest effect on what the art looks like and the mood it creates. You’ll likely find you gravitate toward certain mediums more than others.

Below, we’re breaking down the most common art mediums, general pricing considerations, and what design styles they work well with!

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Oil and Acrylic Painting

This is the medium that many famous, iconic paintings are made with. (Think: da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Monet’s Water Lilies.) Oil and acrylic paintings are perfect for creating a focal point due to their vibrant colors and ability to show incredible detail and beautiful brush stroke textures—so hang them where they will be seen, like in your living room, dining room, or bedroom.

General Price Point: These pieces tend to be more expensive due to the skill it takes to use this medium. This is especially true for one-of-a kind, original pieces. Love the look but not the price tag? You can find reproductions or digital prints that mimic the look and feel of a real painting but are much more affordable. (We’ll talk more about this later!)

Special Considerations: Be sure to position these paintings where they’re safe from UV rays and moisture, both of which can damage acrylic and oil paintings. So, no bathrooms, kitchens, or in front of large, sunny windows!

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Watercolor

Watercolor is a water-based paint that is applied to textured paper. Because of the way the water mixes with the paints, the colors featured in watercolor paintings are intrinsically less bold and more subdued. There’s less precision in watercolor paintings vs those made with oils or acrylics, giving this medium a more relaxed and casual vibe.

General Price Point: Watercolors are an easier paint to work with than oils or acrylics, so watercolor art is generally less expensive. However, as an original piece of art, This is a great option if you want an original work of art without the high price tag.

Special Considerations: These pieces are best hung in dry spaces like living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. That may seem strange, but watercolor paintings must be kept safe from moisture, as the paint can still bleed and smear if it gets wet.

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Photography

Photographic wall art is simply printed photos that were taken with a camera! Photos can be from a digital or film camera and come in either color or black and white. This medium can feel the most personal, as it features real life. Photography can commemorate or feature family members, life events, or travels. But it can also be professional shots of nature, people, objects, or events in history. This is a very versatile medium, and photography can go anywhere in a good frame—though photo prints will fade in direct sunlight, so be mindful of hanging photos in bright, sunny areas.

General Price Point: If you’re framing your own photos, this can be one of the most cost-effective ways to fill your walls with art. Professional photography will naturally be more expensive but still tends to be one of the more affordable mediums of original art.

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Printmaking

There are many different kinds of printing methods, which all create what are known as prints. Some of the popular methods include woodcuts, lithographs, engravings, etchings, and screen prints. As an art form, this is known as printmaking. This medium is not to be confused with digital art prints, which we’ll cover later.

General Price Point: The price point of these types of prints depends on the maker and if a work of art is mass-produced. Art prints are often produced in a larger batch, where one design can be printed infinite times once the original image template is created. However, some artists do limited runs or special-edition prints. So, they may only print 200 of a particular piece and never sell it again, making each print more rare and valuable. Ultimately, the number of prints available will contribute to the final cost. Regardless, prints tend to be more affordable than paintings, making them quality investments and a great way for a person to play around with their preferred art style.

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Drawings and Sketches

A drawing or sketch is another common form of original art, usually done on high-quality paper using materials like ink, graphite, or even pastels. This medium can be quite striking due to the monochrome coloring. Drawings and sketches make great accent pieces and art within gallery walls, as they tend to be created on smaller pieces of paper.

General Price Point: Similar to prints, drawings and sketches can be more affordable, since they typically take less time to create than paintings.

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Mixed Media and Collage

Art created from a multitude of different mediums is considered mixed-media or collage art. These pieces usually feature different paper cut-outs or found objects, grouped together into an artful arrangement. Because of the layering and mix of textures, we love the idea of hanging a collage somewhere where viewers can stand up close and get a good look at the intricate details.

General Price Point: The price point of a collage is completely dependent on the size of the piece, the artist creating it, and the materials used within the collage. Smaller colleges tend to be quite affordable.

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Digital Prints

All of the mediums above can be reproduced digitally for mass production and wider availability. Whereas an artist generally only makes one original painting, drawing, or collage, digital reproductions can be printed innumerable times. However, not all digital art is a reproduction of an original. These days, many artists only create digital artwork. Some modern artists start with a painting or drawing and digitally finish it, while others create artwork exclusively on their computer or tablet.

General Price Point: This is the most affordable way to build an art collection. While original artwork isn’t in the budget for many people, digital prints allow people to purchase art from specific artists or brands at a more approachable price point. You can get beautiful small and medium-sized prints for under $50.

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Textiles

Not all wall art is framable. Case in point: textile art. This medium uses plant-based or synthetic fibers that are woven into a decorative object. These pieces are traditionally woven by hand or on a loom and therefore have a handmade quality and uniqueness to them. Textile wall art—like woven wall baskets and tapestries—is a beautiful way to add color, texture, and patterns to your walls, plus introduce more freeform shapes to a room.

General Price Point: Handmade textile art tends to be around a medium price range because of the skill and time required to create each piece. However, today, some companies machine weave textile art, which makes it more affordable.

Consideration #4: The Subject Matter

A piece of art’s subject matter is simply what the piece portrays! This is another huge factor in determining which type of art you choose for your home. Do you like antique-inspired portraits of people? Abstract paintings? Drawings of animals? These are all different subject matters.

Below, we’re unpacking the most common subject matter categories and what styles they go best with!

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Landscapes

Landscape art showcases scenery from the world’s natural landscape. These pieces usually have a very serene vibe—nature tends to be quite relaxing and restorative, after all! The typical mediums for landscape art are paintings and photography, though you’ll definitely still see them in prints and drawings.

Everyone has a different idea of what types of landscapes speak to them and what they find most beautiful. So, consider choosing a landscape that depicts a place that is personal to you—something that reminds you of your favorite city, your childhood home, or a favorite vacation spot, perhaps?

Landscapes are a great choice for… 

Homes of almost all styles! However, they’re seen most often in rustic and traditional spaces. They’re also used widely in homes that practice feng shui design.

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Still Lifes

Still lifes (yes, that’s the plural form!) are a genre of art that depict a grouping of inanimate objects. A common motif for a still life is a table setting with food and tableware, flowers in a vase, or a bowl of fruit. Still lifes can be created in a variety of different mediums, and each one changes the look and feel of the still life. For example, an oil painting still life might feel super realistic and conjure up paintings you’ve seen in a classical museum, while a watercolor still life might feel more playful.

Still lifes are a great choice for… 

Traditional, rustic, and transitional styles. But if you have a different design style, you don’t have to miss out on this subject matter! Simply find one with a cute theme or humorous, playful slant—like a beachy still life for a coastal space or fast food and melted ice cream still lifes for an eclectic one!

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Abstract

Abstract (or non-objective) art is a style of art that became popular in the 1900s, especially post-World War II. This is a very modern style that doesn’t showcase any object or attempt to portray a visual reality. (In stark contrast with representational art, like still lifes or landscapes, which represent real life.) Rather, you’ll see shapes, colors, lines, and movements that are intended to be an expression that evokes a feeling or revelation. Ultimately, this style is all about exploring forms and colors.

Abstract pieces are a great choice for… 

Contemporary and modern styles. You’ll often see large-scale abstract art in these styles! Typically colorful and full of movement, abstract expressionist pieces work well in a high-energy space of the home like the dining room or even kitchen, making for show-stopping focal points in those spaces.

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Portraits and Figures

Portraits and figure drawings are art pieces featuring people, where the intention is to represent a specific human subject. As a result, they tend to be very expressive and personal. You’ll find portraits of people both famous and unknown (in photos, drawings, and paintings). Whether super literal or slightly more abstract, these pieces always focus on the human figure. Because of the personal nature of this type of art, portraits tend to be hung up in more intimate spaces, like bathrooms, home offices, and bedrooms. But a small or medium portrait would be a great addition to an eclectic gallery wall!

Portraits and figure art is a great choice for… 

Almost any style. Historically, you’d see formal portraits in very classic and traditional spaces. However, today portraits and figure drawings are created in modern, humorous, and even super minimal styles. So, this is really a subject matter that spans across styles.

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Animals

Animal art is wall art that features animals. Sometimes it’s literal, in a more landscape approach like the painting above. Other times you’ll see a stunning black and white photograph of a single animal that shows off its beauty and majesty. And sometimes you’ll see animal art featuring animals dressed up in human clothing and accessories. Animal art really runs the style gamut. However the animals are portrayed, these subjects add a whimsical and more casual feel to a home. They work great in living rooms and other casual living spaces where you want to add a little life.

Animal art is a great choice for… 

Rustic spaces and kids rooms. Animal art is typically more rustic in style, but animals are seen a lot in traditional and classic art too. But on the more playful end of the animal art spectrum, you’ll find a lot of pieces that bring a whimsical quality to a kid’s room.

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Botanicals

Botanical art features—you guessed it—botanicals! This can be anything from flowers (arranged or wild) to trees or plants. Similar to landscapes, botanical art has a very serene feel. Because flowers and plants are naturally colorful, botanical art is a great way to add color to any space.

Botanical art is a great choice for… 

Rustic, traditional, and classic spaces. Botanical art is most often rustic in style, but it can lean classic or modern, too, depending on the specific subject matter and medium used. These pieces can be used in virtually any room of the house, including bathrooms and kitchens.

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Maps and Posters

Not many of us use paper maps today as a form of navigation. We have phones, after all! However, in the past, printed maps helped people navigate during travels and exploration. Today, maps make for beautiful wall art when framed. You could hunt down a vintage map to give your space a more antique vibe. Or you can find a more modern interpretation that was never used as a literal map but is merely a nod to navigators from the past!

Maps and posters are a great choice for… 

Homes with an eclectic and collected worldly vibe. However, they can also look great in both traditional and modern spaces, depending on the style of the map.

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Architecture and Cityscapes

Architecture and cityscape wall art are pieces featuring buildings, cityscapes, and other architectural structures. This type of art is a great way to commemorate a favorite place you’ve visited or even the city you reside in. Often, they have a more graphic or vintage-inspired quality to them.

Architecture and cityscapes are a great choice for… 

Industrial and modern styles, as it’s a subject matter that’s a bit more utilitarian. Art like the pieces shown above can also be fun in a kid or teen bedroom!

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Reproductions

Reproductions are just reprints or remakes of original pieces that are typically well known. Reproduction pieces have been made of many famous works of art throughout history. This simply makes iconic pieces more accessible to more people, since the originals are typically in private collections or museums. A true reproduction will be in the same medium as the original (vs. a digital print of the original).

Reproductions are a great choice for… 

Classic and mid-century styles, since a lot of reproductions will be more classical or mod in style. This is also a great option for those who love a specific classical or iconic art piece or who have a passion for certain historic artists.

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Other Considerations When Choosing Art

Your Budget

When starting or adding to your art collection, it’s important to determine how much you want to spend on art, first and foremost. Art, especially original pieces, can be quite expensive! But it’s also a great investment that you’ll have for years to come.

Replicas vs Original Works

We’ve already touched on this—but original works of art are one-of-a-kind, so you’ll get something way more unique than you could find at a big-box store or art retailer. But you will typically pay way more for it. Replicas and digital prints, on the other hand, are way more affordable. But these pieces are also more common, so they don’t hold their value in the same way as an original piece of art. What you choose simply depends on if price point or uniqueness is more important to you. There is no right or wrong answer here!

Color Scheme

Art and overall color scheme choices go hand-in-hand! Whether you opt for colors, black and white, or neutrals in your wall art drastically depends on the other colors in your space and the style you art you’re going for. You can revolve your whole design around a specific piece of art, or you can choose art as a finishing touch which reinforces the existing color scheme.

Frame Style

Frame styles can add another dimension to your art—so it’s important to carefully consider the color and style of your frame. A minimal wood frame will have a very different vibe from an ornate gold one!

Where You’ll Display Your Art

Where the art will be in your home is super important. This impacts the size and shape of art you choose. But you also have to consider the natural elements the art will endure in any given space, like heat, sunlight, and moisture. And, of course, you’ll want to think about how to hang your art. For large, heavy pieces, make sure you find a stud!

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Trend Spotlight: Animal Art Is Bringing Joy to Our Walls

A decor trend we’re loving right now? Animal art! It’s such a fun way to add a whimsical element to any space, giving your walls a little extra dose of personality. And we’re not just talking cute animal portraits for a kid’s room! (Though we love it there, too.) There are so many different ways to try out this trend. However you incorporate it into your home, it has a way of bringing personality and joy to your space.

To show you the many ways you can bring this trend to life in your own home, we’re showing off some of our favorite animal art ideas for rooms of all styles, below. Keep reading to get the scoop on a few of our favorite pieces!

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Animal Art for Contemporary Spaces

In a contemporary space, we love the idea of animal art in muted tones—which adds visual interest and personality to your walls but isn’t over-the-top bold. These pieces skew more timeless and sophisticated rather than trendy.

We love the idea of vintage-inspired naturalist prints or watercolors for a contemporary space. Ultimately, look for animal art that compliments the color palette in your space.

See our favorite contemporary picks below!

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Blue Dragonflies Bookplate, Antique Curiosities

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Dragonfly bookplate, Antique Curiosities

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Hummingbird Plate, Antique Curiosities

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Moment of Waiting II, Chelsea Art Studio

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After Winter III, Chelsea Art studio

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Animal Art for Rustic Rooms

If ever there were a style where animal art felt right at home, it would be in a rustic space! Rustic and Farmhouse design styles offer the perfect backdrop for animal art, since animals are such an integral part of farm life, and rural living naturally inspires these styles.

Look for paintings of farm animals—sheep, horses, and dogs being a few of our favorites. These pieces pair nicely with paintings of barns or landscapes. But you could also opt for animal photography to give you space a more modern edge. Longhorn cows and Scottish Highland cattle are some of our favorite animals to look for in photographs!

See our favorite rustic picks below!

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Mugshot I, Chelsea Art Studio

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Morning Farm II, Chelsea Art Studio

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Cavallo, Chelsea Art Studio

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Ride Easy, Chelsea Art Studio

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On the Grass, Chelsea Art Studio

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Animal Art for Glam Spaces

You might not think that Hollywood Glam and animal art go together—but one of the little known tenets of Hollywood Glam style is that there is almost always a piece of animal print in the room. We’re talking zebra stripes, cheetah print, snake skin, and more. References to animals are quite common in this style—so animal art in the right style is actually a natural for a glam space!

Glam animal art will be more bold than that in rustic or contemporary space, and it might even be abstracted or surprising. Look for pieces with pops of gold or something that’s high-contrast to help bring the drama!

See our favorite glam picks below!


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Black and White Butterfly, Antique Curiosities


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Golden Butterfly III, Chelsea Art Studio



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Birds with Magnolias I, Chelsea Art Studio


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Birds with Magnolias II, Chelsea Art Studio

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Animal Art for Kid Rooms and Nurseries

When you think of animal art, kids rooms and nurseries might be the first space you’d think these pieces would go. And kids rooms really are a great home for animal art! If your little one loves their furry friends, this is a great way to add charm and personality to their space.

We like to look for pieces with personality—whether that’s portrait-style paintings or prints of animals dressed up like people. But a cute, simple watercolor of a baby animal is a classic pick for nursery art! Look for fun colors and whimsical designs, which will add sweetness to your child’s room.

See our favorite kids picks below!

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Watercolor Lion, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Camels, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Bunny with Glasses, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Peacocks, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Piglets, Antique Curiosities

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Animal Art for Color-Enthusiasts

For color-enthusiasts looking for animal art, the bolder the better! A lot of animal art can skew more neutral or muted, which is reflective of the natural world. But there are ways to add major pops of color to animal-inspired art, giving your space a bright and cheerful vibe.

Look to fauna of the jungle—like butterflies or birds of paradise—for your subject matter. These pieces often have a more abstracted look and feel, and a bolder use of color, making them great for modern spaces.

See our favorite bright and cheerful picks below!

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Perilous Wings VI, Chelsea Art Studio

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Perilous Wings IV, Chelsea Art Studio

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Navy Folk Art, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Parrots, Antique Curiosities

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Proudly a Statmentmen, Chelsea Art Studio

 

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Snooze in Style: Try These 13 Easy Bedroom Art Ideas

These days, staying at home more means we need to create spaces that comfort and inspire, from the dining room to the bedroom. One easy way to make rooms look and feel more welcoming is to hang up some art and stylish wall decor.

People usually think of the living room first when it comes to art, but don’t forget your bedroom! It’s the most intimate and personal space in the home, so make sure to give your bedroom some art love, whether it’s adding above bed decor like a mirror or arranging a gallery wall of black and white photographs. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up our favorite bedroom wall decor ideas to help you get started. Find out more below and get our decorating tips!

Need ideas for your bedroom furniture and layout? Check out our gallery bedroom design ideas for tips and inspiration!

Art Ideas for Main Bedrooms

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Center A Round Mirror

An easy and elevated idea for above bed decor is to hang a stylish round mirror. It adds a 3D element to your wall and creates an instant focal point. It’s a trick that works in any style bedroom. If you’re designing a small bedroom, a mirror can help reflect light into the room and open up the space to make it feel larger. Just make sure your mirror is safely secured to the wall!

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Double Up On Mirrors

You can also take a bolder approach with mirrors by flanking your bed with two full-sized mirrors above your nightstands. By doing this, you’ll open up the room in a big way, whether you’re working with a small bedroom or a large space. It’s also a practical solution if you have nowhere else to put mirrors in your room. Not to mention, a pair of large mirrors also give your bedroom a bold contemporary look. Just remember that two big mirrors can easily feel visually overwhelming, so match them with a low bed or a simple streamlined headboard.

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Arrange A Gallery Wall

When it comes to foolproof decorating ideas for bedroom art, try experimenting with gallery wall designs above your bed. This is especially great if you have high ceilings. No matter the arrangement, a gallery wall brings a simple and sophisticated touch and it adds visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm or look too cumbersome. You can line up a series of small photos and prints, or go with a few larger artworks—just be sure they’re proportionate to your bed size and not too big.

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Frame Your Bed With Art

An alternative to above bed decor is to decorate the walls behind your nightstands. Hang mismatched art and different-size works above each of your nightstands, or lean into a more symmetrical look with a complementary set of prints or photos. It adds a formal touch and works great in long bedrooms or if you have a tall headboard and not a lot of room above your bed.

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Pull In A Divider Screen

Classic and elegant, decorative room-divider screens are great stand-ins for a headboard if you don’t have one. It’s one of many unexpected and versatile bedroom decorating ideas that’s perfect for open bedroom spaces in a loft or apartment studio (also if you’re renting and don’t want to hang things on your walls). They’re also easy to move around when you feel like switching things up in your bedroom.

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Show Off Baskets Art

Woven baskets make perfect above bed decor. They’re like wall sculpture. And because baskets are generally soft and lightweight, they’re safe and easy accents to hang over your bed. Play with baskets in different sizes, shapes, and patterns and group a few together into a unique display. They’ll bring depth and dimension and add a touch of fun texture to your walls.

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Art Ideas for Guest Bedrooms

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Try A Triptych

With guest bedrooms, you can have a little more fun with color, patterns, and decor. Consider hanging a three-piece artwork above the bed for a focal point that’s unique but visually cohesive. This is an easy way to add a pop of color and a gallery-like effect without having to pair or mix different art together. It’s also a less expensive option than getting multiple artworks!

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Play Up Sconces

When it comes to small guest room ideas, it’s all about making the most of space-saving furniture and accents so that they also function as decor. One way is to install a pair of wall sconces above your guest bed or daybed. They’ll provide practical lighting and also serve as wall sculptures. Arrange them with a cool poster or colorful print to create a fun vignette.

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Layer Tons Of Greenery

One of our favorite guest room ideas is to surround the bed with lots of plants and greenery, which instantly brings the space to life. There are endless decorating ideas with plants, but an easy one for the guest room is to hang greenery above the bed for a focal point and a lively touch of boho color and texture. And to keep things low maintenance, consider faux greenery!

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Art Ideas for Kids Bedrooms

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Set Up Functional Shelving

A kids’ bedroom often needs to work extra hard, tripling as study and play spaces. Optimize the space above their bed by installing floating shelves that provide storage for books a well as give them a place to display art, trophies, mementos, and other objects. Let them come up with their own shelf decor ideas so that the space feels personal to them. Just be sure they’re not overloading the shelves with too many heavy items!

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String Up Some Lights

String lights are casual, fun, and practical additions to a kids’ and teen bedroom. Hang one or two strands of lights above their bed to add ambient lighting that also brings a bit of magic and wonder to the room. This is perfect in kids’ rooms where there isn’t room for floor or table lamps.

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Accent With Wallpaper

For major impact, transform the entire wall behind a kids’ bed with graphic wallpaper. By covering just one wall in wallpaper, it functions like a floor-to-ceiling artwork that also sets the mood and tone of the room. Try a black and white pattern for a neutral color scheme that works with a wide range of furniture and accents. Not ready for wallpaper? Consider a temporary peel and stick wallpaper that’s low commitment. Or see how you can swap it for other equally bold accent wall designs.

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Mix Different Wall Decor

The most important thing to remember as you’re considering kids bedroom design ideas is to keep the decor fun and colorful for them. Try mixing different art mediums all together on the wall above their bed without being too precious about it all. Pair a 3D stuffed animal wall sculpture with a colorful print and a confetti garland or whimsical sconce design. It’s all about adding bright and surprising elements.

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Pretty in Pink: 10 Ways to Style a Designer-Approved Pink Bedroom

Here’s your friendly reminder that pink is not just for a Princess Barbie Dreamhouse. Contrary to long-held popular beliefs, pink is actually a versatile, soothing, and sophisticated color that can be used across many different interior design styles.

Various shades of pink have made their way into public consciousness in a big way in the past couple of years. Millennial Pink came onto the scene in 2016, when Pantone named Rose Quartz (aka Millennial Pink) as the Pantone Color of the Year. And with that, the color pink was officially reclaimed! It was no longer reserved for little girls and princess parties. Adults of all genders and identities were embracing shades of pink in their decor, clothing, and more.

As you might guess, we love incorporating pink into room designs. We particularly love the idea of pink in the realm of bedroom design ideas—and not just girls bedroom designs, but in adult bedrooms as well! When it comes to pink bedroom ideas, there are so many different shades of pinks, so you can really choose one that goes with your aesthetic and design style, along with your other decor. You can choose a more bright and bold shade for something glam or trendy, or a soft light pink for something more subtle. Either way, you’ll definitely be adding some style and class to your bedroom.

And decorating a pink bedroom doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you’re an adult who wants to incorporate some pink into your bedroom, we’ve got you covered with some pink design ideas. Keep reading for 10 tasteful, adult-friendly pink room ideas.

Warm + Saturated Pink

Want some all-over pink bedroom ideas? This might be the look for you. We opted for peachy pink walls in this room—plus a rug in a similar tone—which creates a warm, cozy glow. We balanced it out with the white bed and bedding for some great contrast. And the use of natural materials helps further balance out the strong look of a pink wall and gives this space an organic feel.

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Eclectic, coastal, and boho styles. The warm, enveloping glow created by the pink walls makes it great for styles with natural and organic elements.

Pro Tip:

Keep decor simple and focus on using pink in big items like wall colors, the rug, and wall decor.

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Pink + Green

Pink and green are two colors that go beautifully together and make quite a pretty color combo. Going for a more saturated green and softer shades of pink creates a soft look that’s very relaxing for a bedroom. However, punctuating the softer pinks with a few more saturated tones, like a hot pink, would bring more boldness to the space, along with an extra kick of color! We love balancing this color palette with neutrals and natural materials.

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Someone with eclectic, boho, or classic style who appreciates a more bold use of color. This would be great for a teen bedroom design.

Pro Tip:

Make sure pink is the dominant color, but balance it out with complimentary soft colors. Using similar shades of pink throughout will create a cohesive and soft look.

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Blocks Of Pink

Instead of pops of pink, consider using big color blocks of pink in your bedroom, like we did here with this accent wall and rug. This gives the pink effect you’re looking for, but in a way that feels minimal and serene. In this room, the peachy pink feels like it’s part of the room’s structure since it’s covering big blocks of space. You can also add subtle pops of pink in wall art and through throw pillows. Just make sure you don’t use pink in the main pieces of the room, like a bed or nightstand.

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Modern bedrooms or those with minimalist style. This look is all about the structure and shape of the decor, so it works well with styles where the furniture has clean and simple lines.

Pro Tip:

Keep the pink monochromatic to maintain a modern look—like the peachy pink used throughout this space.

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Big Bold Pink

If you want a bedroom with a big, bold pink element, consider an upholstered pink bed. The one pictured above grounds the space and adds a major wow-factor to this bedroom. The simple colors throughout the space—mostly just black, white, and brass—allows pink to be the star of the show. However, the printed black and white wallpaper definitely ups the glam factor of this space and goes perfectly with the vibe of this bed. But this big, bold pink look doesn’t have to be accomplished just with a pink bed. You could also opt for a pink dresser or wallpaper instead. The key is just choosing one bold piece to drive the color palette and style for the whole room.

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Those who gravitate toward glam and mid-century modern styles and aren’t afraid to make a bold design move.

Pro Tip:

Complementing the blush pink bed with other pops of pink creates a subtle but impactful look. In this bedroom, we added additional pink elements in the ombre pink fur pillow and the pink vase on the nightstand.

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High-Contrast Pink

Just because you’re incorporating pink into your bedroom doesn’t mean it has to be the main color in the space. As you can see in the bedroom design above, we grounded the space with dark navy walls and wood furniture, then used white accents to stand out against the dark furniture and walls. Meanwhile, pink is more of an accent color. We opted for a highly saturated pink that’s just shy of hot pink, seen in the rug and artwork, to pop against the high-contrast dark and light color scheme.

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Transitional and modern bedrooms. The clean lines add a sharp look—and the addition of pink makes the space really pop!

Pro Tip:

Use pops of pink on all levels of the room—from the rug on the floor, to the pink pillow and throw on the bed, and the pink art on the wall above the bed. Doing this helps the eye move around the space and keeps the look dynamic.

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Shades Of Pink

In this room, pink is used all over—most notably in the pink walls—but different hues are used throughout. We used peach, hot pink, and a purple-pink, creating a really fun mix of shades. All three of these shades work well together because we balanced them out with neutral furniture and brass accents. This gives the pink bedroom a sense of playful cohesiveness. The clean lines of the furniture and the simple decor keep the color the main decorative element and focus in this room.

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Mid-century and transitional styles, where you want to have a little extra fun in the execution of the design.

Pro Tip:

Use three different shades of pink throughout the space, but balance it out with other grounding and complimentary colors. (Like we did with the wall art and front throw pillow.)

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Shabby Chic Pink

Shabby chic style and soft pastel pinks are a match made in heaven. The use of pink in textiles gives a space a soft and feminine feel. We used soft pink in most of the textiles, and also included some floral prints that feature pink. Shabby chic is all about floral, so we also used real flowers as decor. Keep the shades of pink muted and light, and pair them with weathered, whitewashed woods for a soft rustic look.

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Those who love a good floral pattern and ruffle. Shabby chic is a look in and of itself, but even elements of this style are perfect for rustic and countryside looks.

Pro Tip:

Layering is key for a shabby chic look. In this pink bedroom, we layered pink on the bed, added flowers on the nightstand, and made sure there was a lot of texture present throughout the space.

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Minimalist Pink

If minimalism is your vibe, go for a minimalist space that leans pink. Use pink throughout space in simple ways. In this room, we went for pink in the rug, curtains, chair, wall art, throw pillow, and blanket. It sounds like a lot, but the execution is actually very restrained. While pink is actually the only color used in the decor in this space, aside from the furniture and lighting, the use of solid pinks and simple patterns helps promote a minimal feel.

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Someone who loves a minimalist look, where the color itself becomes the decor.

Pro Tip:

Keep pinks within a shade or two of each other for a monochromatic pink look, and balance the pinks with white and neutrals.

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Boho Pink

In pink bedrooms like this, rattan and other natural materials set the tone for a boho space. But shades of pink used all over give this space some vibrant personality. There are pops of bold pink on the bed, and the whole look is grounded by the large pink pattern of the rug. All of this pink is balanced out by the neutral colors and natural materials. Layering different textures and shades of pink—in the pillows, throws, art, and rug—is one of those bedroom essentials when looking to create that boho vibe.

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Bohemian and eclectic styles, where you can color outside the lines and have a lot of fun.

Pro Tip:

Play with different textures, patterns, and shades of pink to keep the look lively.

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Soft Glam Pink

To create a soft glam space, use pink throughout the room, from the walls, to a pink bench and pillows, and even soft pops of pink in the wall art. Balance these elements with neutral and classic glam furniture. But make sure you incorporate glam touches in other places too—like the use of brass and mirrored elements, a tufted bed finished with nailheads, and a striking chandelier. These pieces all contribute to a soft glam pink look, which is a very feminine and sophisticated way to use pink. By the way—delicate blush pink walls are a must for this look. It sets the tone for the space and adds a warm glow.

This Look Is Perfect For…

Those with glam or classic looks, who want a bedroom that has an air of formality but is ultimately all about luxe relaxation.

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Add layers of luxurious textiles—like faux fur, fluffy bedding, and a tufted headboard—and bring pink into all of these elements.

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Clutter-Free Dreams: 11 of Our Best Bedroom Storage Ideas

Clutter in the bedroom is a major design no in our book. When there’s too much stuff in the bedroom, it turns what’s supposed to be the most relaxing and restful place in your home into a stressful space. As the saying goes: “A cluttered room is a cluttered mind.”

Now more than ever with so much going on in our lives, a clutter-free bedroom is even more important for our sanity’s sake. This is where good bedroom design ideas come in, and on the top of that list is smart storage. And no, you don’t need a full built-in closet to maximize storage in your bedroom. Whether you have a large master bedroom or live in a small studio apartment, you just need the right bedroom storage furniture for your space. It can range from a hefty wardrobe armoire to underbed storage or a mix of pretty storage baskets that you can easily tuck under tables and into corners.

To provide you with some guidance for streamlined organization in the bedroom, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add more storage space with smart furnishings. Read on for our picks and design tips!

Floating Shelves

With any small bedroom design, beyond closet space and a dresser, vertical storage such as floating shelves are key. Ones with cubbies are even better for corralling small everyday items.

Why It Works: Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays. They can disguise random decor, like books, plants, candles, and art, as curated and organized vignettes.

Great for… Small bedrooms with little to no floor space. If you have things that you just can’t let go of, floating shelves also lets you arrange them into displays that don’t look or feel like clutter.

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Elevated Nightstand

Maximizing bedroom storage is as simple as choosing a raised nightstand. They not only let you squirrel away things like a basket or bin underneath it, but they also have an airy look to them.

Why It Works: First of all, nightstands with open bases are compact so they can work in any space. Many of them have drawers, giving you three-times the storage (on the surface, inside, and underneath) for everything from books to phone chargers to slippers, all within easy reach.

Great for… those looking for an affordable, stylish, and versatile bedside table option. You can’t go wrong with a streamlined and elevated nightstand as long as it suits your style and space.

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Wardrobe Armoire

No closet? No problem. Invest in a wardrobe armoire with tons of closed storage for clothes and more. The best part is that it’s a big piece that takes up vertical rather than floor space.

Why It Works: Think of the wardrobe as the all-in-one storage piece. It’s a dresser and a closet that lets you hide everything, from clothing and shoes to bed linens and towels. It has deep compartments so you can also create your own storage system inside with baskets and bins.

Great for… those who have zero closet space in the bedroom or even those who need more clothing storage. This is also perfect for keeping messes hidden behind closed doors.

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Underbed Bins

The space below our beds is often underutilized. It’s prime storage space for baskets and bins that are easy to access. If you’re out of ideas for bedroom storage, make the most of this area.

Why It Works: Whether you use pretty decorative baskets or add in a glide system of plastic bins under your bed, it’s the perfect place for stashing away seasonal clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, books, and other bulky items. Consider lidded containers, which help keep out dust.

Great for… kids bedrooms where there are items they’ll grow out of with age but need to be stored for the time being. Underbed storage is also great in dorm rooms and shared bedrooms.

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Platform Storage Bed

On the other hand, you can also opt for a platform bed with deep storage drawers instead. It’s the perfect clean-lined investment piece that also gives you tons of functional bedroom storage.

Why It Works: This two-in-one bed and storage piece can easily replace your dresser or closet space. These platform beds often come with spacious drawers that can hold comforters and pillows as well as big coats. Just make sure you have space all around to pull out the drawers.

Great for… studio apartments where your bedroom and living area are one and you’re probably pressed for closet space.

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Mid-Century Dresser

When it comes to bedroom storage furniture that has both good looks and tons of space inside, consider a large Mid-Century dresser. It’s an investment piece that will be functional for years.

Why It Works: If you have the floor space, a Mid-Century dresser will provide you with storage for clothing, books, files, and anything else you want to keep stylishly out of sight. Not to mention, you can also use the surface for storage as a vanity or style your dresser top with decor and art.

Great for… typical spacious bedrooms and guest rooms where you can add bigger furniture pieces and stress less about floor space because it’s not a space you interact with daily.

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Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Enlist a pair of chest of drawers instead of standard-size nightstands to increase storage all around. Typically designed with three drawers, these chests are best in big bedrooms.

Why It Works: Doubling as nightstands and dressers, chests of drawers can hold clothing, extra linens, and other personal items while keeping it conveniently bedside. This approach works well in couples’ bedrooms as it gives each person their own separate storage space.

Great for… any couple’s large master bedroom where practical storage is needed beyond the closet. The double-dresser look also works beautifully with any style bedroom furniture.

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Storage Bench

One of our favorite bedroom storage ideas is pulling in a pretty and practical storage bench. It provides comfort as a seat while also allowing you to hide clutter in plain sight. It’s a win win.

Why It Works: The deep compartment under the upholstered seat top is great for extra blankets, linens, and pillows. Meanwhile, it also blends seamlessly into any room as a seat. This is our idea of sneaky storage that’s simple and stylish, and it’s the easiest way to contain clutter.

Great for… master bedrooms, kids rooms, and guest rooms alike. A storage bench works in any room given its versatile nature. Try lining up two under a bedroom window for a chic setup.

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bedroom storage furnitureLidded Baskets

If you already have your key storage pieces in place and are looking for smaller containers to corral things, baskets are always our go-to. They often come in sets and work in any setting.

Why It Works: Lidded baskets can easily be styled into any space, no matter the size of the room or the style of furniture. Whether you use just one or a cluster in various sizes that are spread out, they always give you a chic and clean look and can hold more than you think inside.

Great for… all bedrooms. You can tuck one under a nightstand or a few under the bed. There are endless basket storage ideas, and how you use them is up to you. Plus, they’re affordable!

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Bookcase With Open Shelving

For an alternative to nightstands and dressers, consider an open bookcase for bedside storage instead. It utilizes vertical wall space while the shelves also become a sort of curated focal point.

Why It Works: It’s a creative approach to a nightstand and bedroom storage that saves you a ton of floor space, so you can’t beat that. You can use a shelf for nightstand essentials, books, art, and other small decor that you want to display rather than hide as well. Make it a point to curate the objects on the shelves to appear purposeful, which will help minimize visual clutter.

Great for… those looking for stylish but clever home storage solutions for their bedroom. Also, if your bedroom has high ceilings or if you want to show off your style without hanging up art.

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Modern Closet Rack

For a thoroughly modern approach to storage in your bedroom, try setting up a streamlined open clothes rack and closet system. It’s a chic way to turn your wardrobe into a showcase that also saves space.

Why It Works: An open storage rack provides you with easy access to all your everyday clothing and accessories. Even if you have closet space, you can still use one as an extension for the fashion pieces you wear the most. Hang a mirror on the rack to make it a feel like its own dressing area and a centerpiece in your room.

Great for… city apartments where you have small closets or in a bedroom where you want to infuse a more loft-life look and feel. The open closet rack definitely has a high-style fashion vibe to it while giving you plenty of extra storage.

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Teen Bedroom Design: 8 Ideas for Your Teenager’s Bedroom Look

As your kids move from childhood into their teenage years, you might find they’ve grown out of their childhood bedroom and are in need of a bedroom more suited to their teenage years. They’re in a new stage of life, after all, and they need a new space that reflects their developing personality! So, it might be time to give your teen’s bedroom a makeover.

Designing teen bedrooms can be a fun project to work on together. You can help them find their style and translate their interests into a cool bedroom design. (Feel stuck? Don’t worry, we can help.) To give both of you some inspiration we’ve pulled together our favorite teenage bedroom ideas that both kids and parents will love!

teen bedroomFor The Low-Key Teen

Designing a small bedroom? This bedroom design is a great use of space that both a teen boy or a teen girl would love. With single beds, many people instinctively push them up against the wall. But the placement of the bed in this room really elevates the design and makes it feel more mature. Using a dresser as a nightstand makes better use of the space than having two separate pieces of furniture. And a large mirror next to the closet is perfect for getting ready! And since the bed frame is raised off the floor, you can utilize the under-bed space for storage to make the most of the square footage!

This teen bedroom idea is also a great reminder to invest in furniture that can stand the test of time! Each piece in this bedroom has a solid construction and features a timeless design. This allows for your teen’s style to evolve over time—or gives them a blank slate if they’re still figuring it out. When you choose timeless furniture, colors and decor can change around it, but the furniture itself will work with however their style evolves. (This is one of our favorite bedroom ideas for if you’ll be passing this furniture down to other kids in the future!)

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For The Budding Artist

This bedroom is a little moody and dramatic. (Sound like anyone you know?) In all seriousness, this eclectic teen bedroom would make for a very cool retreat for your budding artist. We love the idea of a gallery wall as a place where they can show off their personality. We kept this gallery in black-and-white to make it feel cohesive, but the mix of photos and art prints keep it feeling dynamic and fresh! While this room is on the moody side, the patterned curtains, plush bedding, and fluffy pillows soften the look—and create a cozy teen bedroom where they can unwind.

This room also offers a great roadmap for teen girls or boys who want to paint their room black. One accent wall won’t overpower the space but still creates the moody ambiance they want. It’s the perfect compromise.

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teen bedroomFor The Social Butterfly

This teen bedroom idea is modern, cool, and especially great for hosting friends. By arranging the pillows along the length of the bed, the bed doubles as a lounge space during the day (great for reading, spreading out, or having friends over) and a regular bed at night. And the hidden storage under the bed—kept tidy with a handful of baskets—helps your teenage girl or boy utilize every square inch of their room! The matching wall-mounted bookcase and desk will give them a great spot for studying and working on hobbies—while also offering a place for books and personal memorabilia. And the clip-on lamp saves on desk space!

But it’s not all function. The bold accent wall offers a pop of personality—as does the mini gallery wall! Your teen can show off their interests and hobbies through the art they choose for their bedroom.

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teen bedroomFor The Fashionista

This teen bedroom features a classic design with a feminine flair—perfect for that chic fashionista in your life. It has a very glam vibe, with its white furniture, sheepskin rug, plush bedding, and fuzzy pillows and stool. The tufted headboard helps elevate this teen bedroom and make it feel more polished. And a stand-alone headboard is also a great alternative to the investment of a fully upholstered bed, which your teen may not be ready for. The soft, neutral color palette is super classy, but the pops of gold throughout warm up the design.

The asymmetrical layout, with just one nightstand, is perfect for teens, and leaves extra room for hanging out with friends. And the full-length mirror is a must for those outfit checks and selfies! We topped off this look with some artwork that’s fun but not too childish—one of our favorite teen bedroom ideas.

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teen bedroomFor The Music Head

Have a budding musician on your hands? This teen bedroom design (with its slightly angsty flair) is the perfect match. Making room for extra seating, with the futon and floor pouf, creates the perfect hang space for jam sessions with friends. (Bonus: the futon has built-in bluetooth speakers.)

And we love the addition of wallpaper—this marbled design is very cool and edgy. Though, in a kid or teen room, we recommend going for a peel-and-stick option. It’s a cool way to personalize their bedroom without doing anything too permanent to your home. Music-inspired decor helps drive home the design, and pops of mustard yellow warm up the space without feeling cheesy or taking away from the theme.

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teen bedroomFor the Bohemian Bibliophile

Your budding bohemian will feel right at home in this bedroom, which has an eclectic mix of colors, materials, and textures. While the bed is more of a traditional style, the nightstand is glam and that iconic papasan chair is very boho. (And offers a perfect place for curling up with a good book.) This eclectic mix of styles makes for a fun adventure in putting the room together. You can look at different stores, instead of buying new furniture all in one place—and you can even mix in some furniture you already have or hit up some estate sales for something extra special! But, despite the unique mix of furniture styles, this is another example of furniture that can grow up with your teen. To keep things from feeling too mismatched, we went with a palette of pinks and greens to tie it all together.

Using shelving in your teen’s room, whether they’re built-in or freestanding, offer a sweet place for adding personal touches. Letting them decorate the shelves themself will help create a sense of ownership of their bedroom and offer an outlet for self-expression.

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teen bedroomFor The Athlete

Looking for bedroom ideas for your athletic teen? Create a space where they can work and play, like this inspiring girl’s bedroom design! The mix of patterns is energizing—but keeping everything in the same color family makes this room feel cohesive. The bed, nightstand, desk and light fixture have very mid-century modern vibes, which will beautifully age as your teen does. (Or can be transformed into a guest room after they go to college.) The desk gives them a place to keep up their grades, read, and work on art projects, and the open space with the pouf is a great place to hang out with friends.

While we went for more of a swimming theme—with cool diving prints and a rug that is reminiscent of water—you could really work any sport or hobby into a room like this. It’s a classy backdrop for whatever interests your teen. And baskets? They’re a great way to wrangle all that sports gear!

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teen bedroomFor The Nature Lover

This teen bedroom idea has a minimal boho, Joshua Tree vibe—perfect for your nature-loving teen who’s inspired by the outdoors. The soothing color palette will help promote relaxation and creates a perfect backdrop for pops of desert-inspired decor. But the patterned rug helps enliven the space and give it a youthful flair. And we love the idea of using plants as decor. It gives your teen something to take care of—and it’s proven that plants make people happy!

This is also a very budget-friendly approach to your teen’s bedroom design. String lights offer low-cost mood lighting. Hanging a print with poster-hangers still looks classy but costs way less than a frame. And this minimal, no-frills platform bed has a clean look while being a much lower investment than other bed styles.

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Wall Decor Ideas: 16 Unique and Creative Ways to Fill Blank Walls

Have you been staring at blank walls for too long? Spending your time googling “wall decor ideas for a living room?” Not sure where to start when it comes to wall decor or how to make everything come together? Well, first, let us just say you aren’t alone. It’s all too common to settle for living with a big blank wall because you either don’t know what wall decor ideas to hang, can’t decide on an arrangement, or are simply afraid to commit to putting nails in the wall. Or maybe you just got busy! Whatever the reason that you haven’t decorated your walls, we’re here to help you take the first step. Honestly, with all the extra time at home right now, it’s the perfect time to finally tackle that blank wall and put some art on the walls!

But here’s the really fun part: you don’t have to stick with just framed art or photos for your design. You don’t even have to try to figure out how to put together one of those trendy, eclectic gallery wall designs! In fact, today we’re sharing a few of our favorite wall decor ideas that go beyond the expected traditional art hung on the wall.

So, keep reading for our best tips to help you decorate large blank walls! You can even mix and match these wall art ideas in your home for walls that are as unique as you are! It’s time to get creative with wall decor ideas—let’s dive in.

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1. Hanging Plants

One of our favorite non-art wall decor ideas? Hanging plants. They add texture and depth to a room—not to mention a beautiful pop of natural green! You can layer several in tiers, or just opt for one against the wall. And the planter and type of hanger you choose can show off your personality and design style!

We recommend hanging plants not on the wall but in front of it—adding an almost 3D art effect to your space. (This can be achieved either through hanging it from a ceiling hook several inches from the wall, or by using a wall-mounted lantern hook, which comes further away from the wall than a typical wall hook.) Not great at keeping plants alive? No problem. There are plenty of beautiful faux plants out there! Real or faux, they both add a lively feel to your space.

Stylist Tip: Hanging plants are great decor ideas for a small space, where you want to include plants but don’t have the floor space to spare! So it’s a win-win—you get your plants and you eliminate that blank wall!

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2. Tapestries

Tapestries and woven wall hangings add beautiful warmth and texture to a space. They’re also quite versatile. A larger wall hanging can be hung on its own as a statement piece and focal point in a room—or you can opt for a slightly smaller one and mix it in with other wall art for a dynamic look! You can find tapestries in many different shapes, patterns, and color schemes.

Tapestries are great for nursery designs too! They can help buffer noise because of cloth material and give your baby something textural to look at. (And it’s something you won’t have to worry about them knocking off the wall and breaking as they get older!)

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3. Leaning Floor Art

Want to take a non-traditional approach to framed art? Think outside the “art on walls” box by leaning a large piece against the wall on the floor rather than hanging it up. While an unexpected approach, it ends up having a high-end “gallery” feel. This approach is great for one statement piece of large wall decor or for several pieces of varying sizes, arranged in layers. It has a sophisticated look and adds a dramatic feel to any space.

This isn’t the best approach for households with small kids, since art at floor-level seems to attract little hands! However, it’s a great option for renters who can’t put nail holes in their walls or for those who just want an easy way to display art without the hassle of assembling a gallery wall!

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4. Mirrors

Mirrors are a great, simple wall decor idea for your living room—or really, for any type of room. A larger mirror can be a visual anchor over furniture like a console or sofa, creating a focal point in your living room. And a smaller statement mirror could even hang as a piece in a gallery wall. Mirrors can also happily hang solo on a wall, without furniture beneath. Want to take up a larger chunk of wall space? Try leaning an oversized floor mirror against the wall.

But their versatility and statement-making style isn’t the only thing we love about using mirrors as wall decor! They also can help a small space appear larger by reflecting light. And they’re also very practical. They’re one of our favorite wall decor ideas for bedroom designs since they can fill that blank wall and help you pick out the perfect outfit. Having a mirror above the console in your entryway also creates another perfect opportunity for last-minute makeup touch-ups before heading out the door!

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5. Mixed Media Gallery Wall

Have a collection of wall art but want to create a more fun and interesting look in your space? Consider a mixed media gallery wall. This approach mixes framed art, mirrors, and sculptures and turns it into an eclectic gallery art wall! When you choose pieces in the same color scheme (like the neutrals and pastels, pictured above) it actually takes on a cohesive look.

This is a great approach if you have a variety of mixed media art and want to combine it all in one place. But it does require a bit more planning. You’ll have to play around with the layout a bit to avoid an overly crowded or busy look. And you’ll also want to mix pieces of different shapes and sizes. Striking visual balance is an absolute necessity with mixed media gallery walls. But it’s worth the work, because in the end you’ll have created a unique arrangement of art, resulting in a very striking display!

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6. Wallpaper

We’re wild about the design statement you can make with wallpaper. It adds a bold pop of personality to any room in your home, whether you wallpaper all four walls or just an accent wall. Plus, it gives a custom look to your space—and with highly patterned wallpaper like the one pictured above, you don’t need additional wall decor. It makes its own statement and is good on its own.

Of course, wallpaper is more work and investment—and certainly more permanent—than regular wall art. But it also has a larger impact and can transform a whole space. And there’s always the peel-and-stick wallpaper option if you love the idea but don’t want to fully commit. It can be easily removed or switched out, and there are so many great options out there today. Either way, wallpaper is a super fun and high-impact wall decor idea that we especially love in bedrooms and bathrooms.

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7. Sculptural Pendant Light

Another idea we love as a way to make a decor statement without wall art? Hanging sculptural pendant lights. This is a great option for spaces with overhead light, like a dining room, living room, or bedroom, as it adds drama to the whole space. (Though, of course, it’s an option better for homeowners than renters.) It’s also a great way to tie together colors or materials found in the rest of the space—like the way the pendant light ties in with the chairs in the design above. Sure, a sculptural light is more work to install than wall art. But it tends to have a bigger impact.

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8. Basket Wall

Looking for an alternative to regular old art for walls? Add texture and dimension to your wall decor with woven baskets! We love the colors and patterns baskets can add to your space—they make such visually interesting wall hangings. To achieve this look, you’ll need to find visual balance with three or more baskets in various sizes but in a cohesive color scheme.

This is a great option for eclectic, rustic and boho spaces—but it can truly be used in all room types as wall decor, adding a casual but global-inspired feel to your space. We particularly like using baskets as bedroom art, since they’re lightweight pieces that are perfect to hang over your bed!

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9. Grid Gallery Wall

Have a collection of wall art in similar styles or from the same artist? Consider a grid gallery wall. This is a popular style of gallery wall design and is easy to achieve. Going for the grid look is more formal, making it an especially great option for traditional and transitional styles.

This is a simple way to add an art wall without having to think too hard, and you can use frames or canvas art to form the grid. If you’re using canvas art, just make sure each piece is the same size, and if you’re using frames, make sure you get a set of frames that are all the same size, color, and material. And if you love this approach but don’t have a set of art prints or photos to use, you can buy art in sets, like the set of bird prints seen in this gallery wall grid!

Stylist Tip: Not confident in your ability to create a perfectly measured grid? Check out our guide on how to hang art.

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10. Accent Wall

Similar to a wallpapered wall, an accent wall can add the pop of visual interest you need to a blank wall. Accent wall designs are the perfect alternative to wallpaper for those who want to make a statement but don’t want a busy pattern in their space. All you have to do is pick a statement color and paint an accent wall to help ground that wall as the focal point of the space. Then, of course, you can always layer a statement piece of art over the paint—or just let the color speak for itself and use furniture pieces as contrast.

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11. Floating Shelf

We love hanging a floating shelf on a blank wall as a way to layer in both art and decor. This can work in any room—but we especially love it in dining rooms, above sofas, and in wide hallways.

To create this look, hang a long floating shelf, then layer framed art, sculptural vases, and decorative trinkets to help create definition and visual interest. It’s a great place to bring in small decorative objects and textural pieces, creating a very unique and layered look!

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12. Photo Wall

If you like the look of framed wall art but want something a bit more personal and unique, fill your wall with a collection of curated photos! Print and frame photos of loved ones, favorite vacations, pets, or memorable moments. However, to keep the look more cohesive, we recommend using the same frame for all the photos, even if they’re different sizes. We also love the idea of printing all the photos in black and white to make them all feel like they’re part of the same collection.

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13. Wall Texture + Patterns

Give your wall some texture and visual interest by hanging shiplap! Crisp white boards create a classic look that don’t require additional artwork. You can also take it one step further by creating a DIY geometric pattern using the shiplap. This does, however, require a bit of planning so that all your pieces are measured correctly. But it creates a high-impact look that’s worth the work if you’re willing to put in the time! Instead of hanging all your boards horizontally, you can install some at an angle for a textured, geometric look. You can paint a few boards a contrasting color for an even higher-impact look, like we did above.

You can also get a similar look without shiplap, using just paint and tape. Create a geometric pattern using painter’s tape, then let that guide where you paint. When you peel back the tape, you’ll have a visually stunning pattern painted on your wall!

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14. Focal Sconce Above A Formal Grid

Take a formal grid up a notch by hanging a sconce above the collection of artwork. Adding a light source to your grid gallery wall will help give the area more focus and structure. And an added bonus? The light will help define the space—giving the art more command of the wall when the lights are turned on. The result is very similar to how art is lit in a museum or gallery!

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15. Layered Art + Decor on a Console

A similar idea to a floating shelf, we also love the look of layering lighting, wall art, and decor on a taller storage piece, like a console table. This can be a standalone piece in an entryway, or you can create additional visual layers in your space by placing the storage piece behind your sofa. Then, layer decorative objects of varying heights on the surface to create a diverse and interesting focal point for the room. This option also eliminates the need to hang anything, making it a great solution with tons of visual interest for renters.

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16. Room Screen

Create a multidimensional element to your space by adding a room screen to a big blank wall. Not only will it fill the space, but it will also offer a sculptural quality to the room. And, in the case of the room above, it adds some contrast and texture as well! An added bonus? Room screens are super easy to move and can be tucked away when you need more space!

Stylist Tip: Not sure what to do with the wall above your bed? Swap out your headboard for a room screen. With they’re height, they serve as both a headboard and wall art—giving you two functions in one!

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Not Sure What To Do With the Space Above Your Bed? No Problem.

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When it comes to affordable and stylish ideas for bedrooms, you can’t beat the colorful and instant impact of some thoughtfully curated wall art. We like to think of art, whether it’s above your bed frame or alongside it, as jewelry for the bedroom. It’s the decorative accessory that can truly brighten up your sleep space and add a pop of personality.

The big question with art, as with all home decor, is what should you hang in your bedroom? Are there art options other than paintings and photos that can work in the bedroom? And what’s the best way to fill an empty wall space?

To help you answer all those questions, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring bedroom wall decor ideas that are stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to pull off. We’ve also included some quick tips for how to make wall art work in your space. Find it all below!

bedroom wall decor1. Hang A Statement Mirror

Among bedroom wall decor ideas, hanging an oversized mirror above your bed is guaranteed to add major bold appeal. It creates a dazzling focal point and it reflects light and will open up your space to make it feel larger and airier, no matter the style or size of your room.

We’re fans of this master bedroom that captures our idea of livable elegance, with its pops of pink and blue and it’s clean and cozy vibe. Try this light, pastel approach at home by keeping to a soft color palette and offsetting it with crisp whites.

Combine it all with a uniquely shaped mirror that’s visually interesting and has a bit of sculptural flair. It will serve as an eye-catching, functional piece of wall art that works nicely with the soft hues.

bedroom wall decor2. Show Off Your Collections

In small bedrooms where floor space is limited, think vertical. The wall area above and around your bed is the perfect spot for hanging art and a shelf that showcases your favorite objects, whether it’s a set of art prints or photographs and memorabilia from your travels.

Take a cue from this rustic-industrial modern bedroom, where wall shelving and matching mini gallery wall add function and warmth to the bed corner. It’s probably one of the coziest bedroom wall decor ideas we’ve seen. (Fair warning: It’s probably best for those of you who don’t live in earthquake zones!) It all goes perfectly with the room’s clean-lined yet earthy mid-century vibe.

If you’re looking to bring this look home, make sure to choose a streamlined shelving piece and keep to neutral art and warm wood tones that are in line with the modern look.

bedroom wall decor3. Get Bold With Color

Take an out-the-box approach to your bedroom wall decor by painting your walls a bold color to stand in as your main visual focus. Use negative space and captivating wall color to add impact and create a backdrop that lets your furniture pieces shine.

In this minimal-industrial master bedroom, the monochromatic blue walls give the room a bold and clean look. The color also helps set off the dark-metal canopy bed and sculptural light fixture, making them showpieces.

To reimagine this look in your own space, consider bold yet soothing wall colors, such as shades of green or neutrals, and pull in furnishings with strong lines that contrast with your walls. It’s a simple way to recreate this cool yet industrial look while still maintaining a cozy and comfy vibe.

bedroom wall decor4. Play Up A Decorative Headboard

Another way to work wall art into your bedroom without going the traditional route? Opt for a large, intricately designed headboard. It’s one of our favorite functional decor ideas for any bedrooms that have high ceilings and not that many wide empty walls for art. It’s also perfect if you want to make a statement without relying on tons of art and wall decor that could look visually cluttered in narrow wall spaces.

When it comes to bedroom ideas that involve headboards, you can go wrong with a decorative boho glam design. There are endless options, from carved styles to ones upholstered with bright global patterns. But all are guaranteed to add artful color and flair to any bedroom.

If you love this glam, boho look above, start by looking for a stylish headboard that has a global aesthetic to it and pair it with a similar palette of light blues, pinks, greens, and reds. Finish with some pretty art and textiles in the same palette, and you’re all set.

bedroom wall decor5. Build Up Bedside Art Moments

If you’re more of a contemporary minimalist but not one that’s all about spare, empty spaces, this one’s for you. Instead of going for big moments above your bed or painting your walls, turn your bedside tables into artful displays. Within our endless bedroom wall decor ideas list, this one is the most practical and affordable for any bedroom, as it makes the most of a space you’ll interact with on a daily basis.

Try hanging abstract art on both sides of your bed to create a symmetrical look and install matching wall lights to add further balance. Sconces can also relieve you from needing table lamps if you want more space on your nightstand to display art or use it to hold books, your phone, jewelry, and other small objects.

We love the clean-lined contemporary look of this bedroom, which is easy to translate into your own home. Just start with neutral pieces that have simple lines but are big on comfort, like a white tufted headboard or a black dresser with gold hardware. Then just layer on your bedside with art and accents that have aspects of those designs and details.

bedroom wall decor6. Make It Easy With a Decorative Tapestry

Among our designers’ favorite wall decor ideas for the bedroom is hanging a distinct textile hanging piece above the bed. This is an easy alternative to bedroom wall art that instantly gives a space a modern boho vibe.

Look for one with a geometric design and minimal colors if you’re going for a more casual but cozy feel, or take it all the way eclectic with a bright tapestry piece that adds impact with color. The idea here is to let your wall hanging be the main focus amid your other furnishings, so try to keep to neutral pieces and light wood tones.

Stylist tip: This is a great hack if your bed frame doesn’t have a headboard. Hanging an oversized tapestry in its place can help visually define the area and give your room a pop of personality!

bedroom wall decor7. Set A Scenic Backdrop

Wallpaper is, without a doubt, the most statement-making approach to wall art in the bedroom. It’s also one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that never goes out of style. If you’re ready to take a bold leap in the wallpaper direction, try starting with a nature-themed covering and using it on the wall behind your bed to create an accent wall that tells a visual story. We especially love it as a dramatic focal point in a small bedroom.

The key to making wallpaper work is lean into its style roots by going for a more eclectic and glam look with your furnishings. Think natural materials, like wood, brass, and marble, along with pieces that have bold dramatic silhouettes and details to them. Finish it all off with plants and greenery that tie back to your nature-themed wallpaper.

bedroom wall decor8. Frame Your Windows

If you have large windows in your bedroom, you might not even need wall art. Instead, place your bed in front of your windows and hang curtains behind to create an illuminated focal point. When it comes to unconventional bedroom wall decor ideas, this is by far our favorite since it’s simple but feels incredibly sophisticated and elevated.

With this layout, you’ll want to keep to a modern classic approach with furnishings, which means tried-and-true pieces that have clean lines and are which are functional, comfortable, and easy to mix-and-match. To really set off your windows, surround it with dark neutrals and earth tones, be it through curtains, an upholstered headboard, a pair of black nightstands, or a mix of dark and light-hued pillows.

9. Consider A Piece of Sculpture

For art that adds depth and shape to your bedroom, hang a big sculpture piece above your bed to make a true statement. It’s one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that’s often overlooked since many people tend to gravitate toward paintings and photographs by default. But an oversized sculpture is great if you’re looking to bring in an unexpected touch.

Look for a large sculptural piece with a captivating design that has bold lines, which will play up the organic modernist look we’ve been seeing all over and loving. But really there are no rules when it comes to picking a wall sculpture for your room, except that it should be big and eye-catching. The idea is that with one big sculptural piece, there’s no need to hang lots of other smaller art pieces.

bedroom wall decor10. Try a Simple Pair of Pendant Art Pieces

Simple and chic, you can’t beat the curated look of a set of art prints from one series. Hang a pair (or a trio or an entire collection of six or eight) over your bed to create a gallery wall focal point that draws attention no matter where you are in the room.

Among our favorite picks are a series of squiggly line drawings or abstract shapes in straightforward primary colors. They’re sure to add a mod and fresh look that’s impactful without overwhelming your space. Be sure you opt for matching frames for your pieces from the same art series. Simple black or wood frames will help continue the understated look. If you’re at a loss for bedroom wall decor ideas, this is one of the easiest ways to work art that looks stylish and purposeful into your space.

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3 Ways to Hang Art Above Your Bed

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When it comes to designing your home, the space most people look to first is the living room. No surprise there. Your living room is likely the space you spend the most time in – it’s where you host guests, hang out with your family, or curl up with a book or TV show at the end of the day.

But, let’s talk for a minute about bedrooms. We’re already knee-deep in 2019, and if you resolved to give your home a little design-love, don’t write off your bedroom just yet. After all, this is your space to relax and unwind from a hectic day – it deserves a little extra special design treatment.

If a full bedroom makeover isn’t in the cards for you right now, that’s ok! One of our favorite (and the easiest) places to give your bedroom some love, is with that big, blank wall above your bed frame. Give your space a mini upgrade by crowning that space with a piece of art. This will not only give your room a design pick-me-up, it will also set the tone for the rest of the space.

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Fresh out of bedroom wall art ideas? Don’t worry, just like your cozy duvet, we’ve got you covered. Read on for three quick ideas on how to hang art above and around your bed!

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1. Statement Art

One of the easiest bedroom wall art ideas is to hang one amazing piece of art in the center of that empty space above your bed.

This simple approach works in most bedrooms, but be sure to take several factors into consideration. The piece you choose will set the tone for the rest of your space, so make sure it’s something you like and won’t wind up clashing with other elements of your space. It can help to start by thinking about the colors, subject matter, and scale you want for the piece.

And while you might love a number of artworks, it’s also important to make sure it will fit and feel balanced in your space. Do you have a tall headboard? Is your bed wide or narrow? Consider a piece that’s about two-thirds the width of your headboard with a landscape orientation for a more balanced look.

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2. Flanking Art

Perhaps you have an impressively high headboard or you simply fear being bonked on the head by a falling picture. If that’s the case, a pair of artworks flanking your nightstands is a great alternative.

One of our favorite bedroom wall art ideas, try this approach if your bed has room to host a nightstand on either side. Give it a go by centering your art above your nightstands. Try to make sure you hang them at the same heigh for maximum symmetry.

For a more petite room, try artworks that are narrower than your nightstand. If you’ve got a lot of space, or just like a bit of drama, go for two oversized pendant pieces. If you want a more classic look, try picking two pieces from a matching set with the same frame and dimensions. Feeling more eclectic? Consider two pieces united only by their color palette or with different frames.

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3. Ascending Gallery Wall

If you prefer something less matchy-matchy, embrace the ascending gallery wall. Create yours from multiple pieces of art and group them around your favorite side of the bed.

This approach will draw your eye upward and make a low-ceiling room look taller. It’s also a great way to create visual balance if your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side.

When you choose your pieces, make certain that they are united by a theme, color palette or both. Need help? Modsy designers can curate a look for you. All you have to do is bring it to life!

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