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23 Things You Can Hang on the Wall Above Your Bed

Coming up with bedroom design ideas is one of our favorite ways to spruce up a living space—especially when we are spending more time than usual at home! One of the easiest and most impactful ways to revamp your bedroom is to make use of the empty wall above your bed. You can have tons of fun with bedroom wall decor by making use of the space above your bed—it is valuable real estate! You can put art there, come up with a gallery wall design, or find other creative ways to fill blank walls! To help you get inspired, here are 24 decor ideas for the wall space above your bed!

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Great lighting is one of the most important bedroom essentials. You can use the wall above bed to hang lighting and create a focal point for the room. It’s also great for both direct reading light and ambient lighting. It’s one of our favorite small bedroom design tips because it doesn’t take up any floor space and leaves the nightstands open for decor, etc. It’s a good look for almost all design styles—you can use sconces or lighting fixtures depending on the style of the space!

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Tapestry

We’re based in San Francisco—an earthquake-prone area, so we’re sensitive about hanging heavy objects above the bed! If you have similar concerns in your location, consider hanging a woven tapestry over the bed. They are lightweight and soft, so there’s no worries about them falling. They also add color and texture and come in plenty of different styles, including rustic, boho, eclectic, and mid-century modern.

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Hanging Plant

If you love a jungle feel or earthy-inspired interiors, hang a plant above the bed! It can be a singular hanging plant or several plants bunched together. You can balance them with art as well, like above, and they can be real or faux plants depending on what you like! This look is perfect for boho and coastal style bedrooms.

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Picture Ledge

Hang a picture ledge over the bed where you can display leaning art, photos, plants and decor!

dds depth, ability to change up decor. This creates a focal point and you can also switch out items on the ledge. It’s a great look for eclectic, boho, modern and contemporary styles.

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Basket Wall

Woven basket decor on wall is a great way to create a gallery wall effect. You can hang it off center for a unique look. It’s also lighter than framed art and good for safety zones. Vary the sizes and patterns of the baskets for a cool look that’s perfect for eclectic, coastal and boho styles.

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String lights and Unframed Art

String lights make a good alternative to traditional lamps and light and also feel casual and youthful. You can add a fun touch, and they are lightweight, inexpensive and easy to add and remove as needed. Unframed poster art is inexpensive and great for earthquake zones. We also love this idea if you’re wondering what to hang above bed in teenagers’ bedroom designs!

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Tall Plant

Another option is to have nothing above the bed, but place a tall plant behind the headboard.  This adds texture, color and decor and is great for angled beds with space behind them. It also adds privacy in open studio space and purifies the air, too! This look works well with eclectic, boho and minimalist bedroom styles.

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Decorative Headboard

A carved wood headboard that’s tall enough to feel like art makes a beautiful decorative touch and almost doubles as accent wall design! Tall headboards add visual texture above the bed and are great for tall ceilings and minimalist styling.

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Mirror Grouping

Two mirrors grouped together above the bed create an awesome visual impact! This look works with a low headboard so the mirrors feel like center stage over bed. It opens up space visually and is great for chic and glam spaces. It’s also good for small rooms because the mirrors help them feel much larger!

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Storage Shelving

Another great way to make use of above-the-bed-wall space is to hang several storage shelving options. Open cubby shelving can display decor, books, nightstand items and is both practical and decorative! It’s great for small spaces that need extra storage and works well with modern style.

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Shiplap Wall Texture

This shiplap wall texture is one of our most favorite accent wall designs! It covers the whole wall and adds subtle texture behind and above bed, but remains neutral so it doesn’t overpower the room. It’s great for spaces where you want a  less-is-more approach to wall decor as it has plenty of texture and visual interest. This bedroom is a blend of rustic and mid-century modern, but this look works for a variety of styles!

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Wallpaper

For a stunning and dramatic look, add wallpaper on wall behind the bed. This acts as a large art piece/mural and is great for large spaces—or bedrooms where you can hang anything over bed for safety. It’s a good look for minimalist and eclectic bedroom designs. You can use any variety of wallpaper depending on your tastes and the overall decor style of the room!

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Sculptural Shelving

Shelving that is more sculptural than practical can make an awesome splash above your bed. This can be great for small items like candles, trinkets, plants and more. The shelves themselves act as art and it’s a good look for casual bedrooms, modern styles, and even kids’ rooms.

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Single Art piece

For a simple but impactful look, hang a single piece of art over the bed. This works great for symmetrical and formal spaces—and is also a beautiful touch in bedrooms with a minimalist look.

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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall of art over bed is perfect for showcasing style! It works for both casual and formal spaces, depending on the grid of gallery wall and content of art. You can vary sixes and colors and it adds lots of personality and color to space. However—don’t use this look if safety is a concern—it’s not the best for kids rooms or earthquake zones. But if your location allows, this design looks great in midcentury modern, eclectic, rustic and glam styles.

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Sculptural Piece/Mirror

A single sculptural mirror, like a piece of art, is great for adding dimensional and shape w/o being too style-specific.It works with both formal and symmetrical bedrooms and is good for glam, modern and midcentury modern spaces.

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Curtains

If your bed is under a window, you can hang curtains that create a pattern behind the bed when closed. It’s great for a soft look, and the material can be solid or patterned fabric. This look is super striking and works in any style of space!

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Woodwork

Another of our favorite bedroom decor ideas is wood paneling behind the bed. Varying tones of wood create a dimensional look, and it’s great for adding warmth. This wall doesn’t need art hung on it or added decor—it’s all good on its own. It’s an awesome look for rustic style!

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Diptych Art

A diptych is a pair of paintings meant to be hung together like this hanging this above the bed! It’s great for a simple and symmetrical look or also as a statement piece. You can even pair different styles together—just keep in mind they are usually small in size.

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Garland

A simple idea that’s great for kids’ rooms and nurseries as well as adult rooms is to hang garland above bed! Swag the garland for a casual look that’s super fun and eclectic. It’s also super easy to change out and use in rentals.

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Room divider/folding screen

For a funky headboard idea, try using a folding screen behind the bed. It’s a great idea for open spaces like a loft or studio and it immediately adds dimension and color to a space. It’s super easy to move so you can easily rearrange the room anytime you like. And it feels casual, laid-back and artsy—the perfect addition to a variety of bedroom styles.

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Canopy

We love the look of a canopy over and behind the bed! A canopy can be part of the bed or hanging independently. It adds a soft look that’s very feminine and airy and is great for formal spaces. It’s a gorgeous look for kids’ spaces and adult space alike!

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Sculpture

For a dramatic look that works great in a small space, try something like this metal sculptural plate over the bed! It adds a bold effect that is unique and totally unexpected. This is a large plate with carving and is a heavy addition—so make sure it’s securely attached to the wall.

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Wall Decor Ideas: 9 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 and wall decor ideas, then apply them to your own home! 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.

wall decor ideas1. 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! So what’ll it be: a macrame plant hanger or a bronze planter with delicate chains holding it up? A ceramic planter or a more industrial cement one? Round or geometric? The options are endless! (Though this is an especially great option for those who love that boho look.)

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. Pro 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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wall decor ideas2. 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!

A simple but shapely woven tapestry fits in with the modern boho look pictured above, adding soft texture against the smooth and hard stone fireplace. Tapestries are also popular in rustic, boho, eclectic and mid-century style space, and you can find them 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!) Regardless of the room or style, try a wall hanging or tapestry to add a casual and light-hearted appeal to any space!

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wall decor ideas3. Leaning Floor Art

Want to take a non-traditional approach to framed art? Think outside the “art on walls” box. Here’s an idea: lean it 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 large piece of statement art 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. And when it comes to customizing a mirror to your space, you can basically find a mirror to perfectly suit the size and design style of your home. There are just so many beautiful mirrors out there, you’re sure to find one that you love in the size you need!

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. Plus, they add that finishing touch look and are, of course, 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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wall decor ideas5. 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! It adds texture and interest to your design, but it’s not too wacky either. 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 casual arrangement of art that works for this modern and eclectic design!

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wall decor ideas6. 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. We especially love sculptural pendant lights in minimal or modern spaces, but it’s a hack that can be used with many different design styles!

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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.

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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 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!

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Oversized Wall Art Trend

Usually the phrase “go big or go home” isn’t one of our go-to design philosophies. But 2018 seems to have other plans. Large wall art is the new trend we’ll be hanging on our walls this year. Pinterest even gave the look a shout-out on their Top 100 Trends of 2018 report.

If you’re not quite ready to say “buh-bye” to your gallery wall infatuation, don’t worry. We are confident that gallery walls will be back (they never really left). Or, maybe you’re worried that large wall art will come with an even larger price tag. Fret not, because we’ve got you covered with our best budget-friendly tips to get the look.

Warm up to the large wall art trend with these five rooms that to do it right.

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Go Wide With Eye-Catching Art

Usually our rule of thumb for hanging art is that it should be less than ⅔ the width of whatever it’s hanging above. The large wall art trend invites us to break through this rules, and embrace proportions in a new way.

Create a focal point above your sofa by hanging an oversized art piece that’s of equal width. If you’re feeling extra bold, try a piece that’s even wider than your sofa. This is a sure way to make a statement in any space.

Designer Tip: For a budget-friendly alternative to original artworks, which can fetch a hefty price tag, opt for framed prints instead.

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Keep It Seismically Safe With a Quilt

You can display so much more than just framed drawings or paintings on your walls. For a show-stopping alternative, try hanging a handcrafted quilt instead. This geometric number makes a bold statement in a modern conversation corner.

Live in an earthquake zone? Hanging a quilt is a safer alternative to heavy, framed art that doesn’t sacrifice on style.

Designer Tip: If your family has an heirloom quilt that’s been stashed away, try seeing if it works in your space. Try quilt hangers for a low-cost alternative to custom framing.

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Break the Moulding

If your walls have intricate moulding details, finding the best way to hang art can be a challenge. And while you might think the large wall art trend won’t work in your space, it can actually be the perfect cure to inside-the-lines thinking.

Try breaking the mold (see what we did there?) by hanging a piece of large wall art so that it spills out over the moulding. This not only creates some unique visual interest, it brings the effortless, modern Parisian chic vibe (which is a really good thing).

Designer Tip: If a large-scale painting is out of your budget, consider a set of two or three smaller pieces, for a more affordable alternative.

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Lean It or Prop It

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall. Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Choose a piece in black and white to add high-contrast drama in a space.

Designer Tip: While homes with young kids and dogs might not fare well, this is a great option for renters who don’t want to deal with patching up nail holes in their walls.

Pin Up a Paper Wall Mural

Sitting at the crossroads between wallpaper and wall art, a large-scale paper mural can be the trendy sweet spot you’ve been looking for.

They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Try the large wall art trend in your space!

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