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Designer Tips for Hanging Art

Hanging art is the quickest way to add personality to a room, whether you’re considering creative gallery wall designs or just looking for unique ways to fill blank walls. But figuring out how to hang art to look cohesive can be tricky and it can feel intimidating. What’s a good height for art on an empty living room wall? How do you make a collection look cohesive? Where does art always look good in the home? Rule number one: Don’t nail anything until you have a plan!

To help answer all your other questions (and more), we tapped our Modsy designers to share their best tips on how to hang art in the home. From placement to the subject matter to location, here’s a comprehensive guide to hanging art with insights from our designers to help you get it just right for your spaces. Find out more below!

How To Hang Art: The Technical Stuff

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Hang At Eye Level

When hanging art above a console table or sideboard specifically (you’ll want to aim higher with a sofa or a fireplace), always make sure it’s at least 4″ to 6″ above the piece. This ensures your artwork is displayed at eye-level and “floats” with just enough room above your cabinet or storage piece. Frame it with objects and lighting, which will visually center it as a focal point.

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Measure From The Ground Up

If you’re showcasing a piece of art above a table or desk with an open base, make sure the bottom of your artwork is at least 60” from the floor and 4” to 6” above your furniture. This is also the case if you’re hanging a piece of art solo on a blank wall. Because open-base furniture adds negative space to the surrounding area of art, you want to make sure to hang your art high enough above the ground and your furniture so that it looks proportionate from afar.

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Think About Shape

When hanging a collection of art or creating a gallery wall, consider the overall shape you’re trying to create with your art pieces before nailing it in. A good rule of thumb is to first lay out your pieces on the floor and plot out the placement and shape you want—three in a row, one horizontal next to two vertical pieces, etc. The overall shape and composition of your artworks will be determined by the size and orientation of the pieces.

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Consider Frame Size & Matte

Matte and the frame size in relation to art is also important because it influences the scale of the pieces and the wall space they visually occupy. Start by deciding if your works of art require a matte or not. With matte, smaller art can be made to appear larger and airier with a larger matte or frame; vice versa, larger art can be made to seem smaller with a smaller matte or frame.

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How To Curate Art For Spaces: The Subject Matter

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General Art vs. Intricate Pieces

One of the challenges with hanging art is deciding where to actually place a piece. A good starting point is to consider the subject matter of the piece in relation to your space. For example, family art in a family room or living room is a great way to showcase pieces that anyone and everyone can see and take in. Meanwhile, a collection of evocative black-and-white photographs or a gallery wall of impressive paintings might be best for a hallway where people can walk up and view the pieces up close for a more intimate examination of the details.

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Small Scale, Big Inspiration

Wondering how to hang art in a more practical space, like a home office or bedside? Try adding smaller-scale art pieces that have an inspiring subject matter or a personal story above a desk, dresser, or nightstand for a unique focal point. By juxtaposing smaller art above larger pieces, it plays with scale and creates contrast while adding an unexpected element of surprise.

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Go Singular & Bold In Large Spaces

In contrast to smaller-scale art, you can never go wrong with bold and colorful large-scale art in a spacious room. Consider a large landscape painting or one large photograph to fill large blank walls in a living room or dining room. Here, it’s all about a piece that adds a view to the room, so making sure your art is large and provides impact is key.

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How To Make Art Shine: The Lighting Factor

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Bring in a floor lamp for a warm glow

Art can take on a cozy and elegant look when it’s illuminated by the soft glow of a floor lamp. This is especially great for a reading corner or a nook that has a gallery wall display. Floor lamps offer both down and uplighting but tend to have a dimmer glow, so if you want to set a moodier tone for your art at night, try adding one to complement your artworks.

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Try a formal reading sconce

You may want to consider adding a sconce or a library light high up on your wall to give your art a more formal look. Whether you’re it’s a series of prints or just a single painting, hanging art under a library lamp immediately elevates your art display from every day to elegant—with a touch of traditional style. This is also a great way if there are works you want to really highlight.

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Let natural light work its magic

While good lighting makes all the difference with art, you can’t beat the ever-changing glow of natural light. However, it’s always a good idea to consult an expert on how to hang art near natural light, because you want to mind the amount of sun and exposure your art gets on the day-to-day. If your art piece gets intense sunlight during the day, dress your windows with curtains so that you can control how much your piece gets exposed to natural light. As beautiful as art looks under changing daylight, you want to be sure not to ruin your piece!

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Where To Hang Art

Now, for some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite places to hang art in the home!

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Above a nightstand

This is a great place to experiment with hanging art because it’s your private space. Hang art that’s personal to you. Vary the art on both sides of the bed to give each their own personality.

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Off-center in the living room

For a little drama and unexpected flair, hang a large graphic piece of art off to the side of your sofa in the living room. It makes for a stylish and surprising focal point. Explore more ways to ace the oversized wall art trend.

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Centered above a sofa

A tried-and-true place for any large-scale art piece. Go with one that has bold shapes or lots of colors to really bring attention to the space above your sofa.

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Above a console (behind the sofa)

Sneak in a little more function with a console behind your sofa and ensure it feels intentional with a large piece of art place just above it.

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As an accent in a dining room

The dining room is an often-overlooked space for art, but it can have a major impact. Add a vertical drawing or painting to liven up the wall behind your dining table.

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Centered above a fireplace

Why not play up the fireplace even more by hanging art above the mantel? You can either go with a series of prints or one large painting. The only rule is whatever you hang should be bold!

Above a desk in an office

For a tailored look in a home office, try displaying a collection of prints, be it a trio or a set of six. It will add tons of visual interest and give you something inspiring to look at in your workspace.

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Centered above a bed

Art in the bedroom can be as simple as hanging a painting above your bed. If you have a headboard, this is a great way to draw attention to it and add height (and color) to the room.

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Flanking a doorway

Practical spaces like your entryway design can always use a bit of art. Hang a diptych or a pair of prints on either side of the front door, which is a surefire way to liven up the busy space.

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Flanking a console in a hallway

Whether it’s your foyer or hallway in your home, create a symmetrical showcase by hanging art alongside your console table. It creates a balanced look with an effortless, refined air.

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Above a sideboard

Take a modern approach and opt for an abstract painting or one large-scale photo above a sideboard. The key is to keep it all minimal looking, be it in your living space or dining area.

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Blank Space: 17 Ways to Decorate a Large Walls in Your Living Room

Can’t figure out how to decorate a large wall in the living room? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most common design dilemmas we hear from homeowners, and we can see why.

It can be intimidating to stare at a blank wall and try to decide whether to hang a piece of art or experiment with other wall decor ideas, like a cool mirror or a tapestry. After all, you want to make sure whatever you fill your empty wall with not only looks good but also goes with everything else in your living space and shows off your personal style.

Don’t let fear stop you in your wall decor tracks. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up 17 simple and stylish living room decor ideas to help you ace decorating large empty walls. See them all below!

1. Large Piece of Art

Hanging a statement-making wall art piece above your sofa is the easiest way to fill out empty vertical space in your living room. It’s a great way to add a central focus to your space, and the larger scale your art the more color, texture, and visual appeal it will bring to your room. Consider an oversize painting, photograph, or a diptych, like this space, for high-impact options.

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2. Eclectic Gallery Wall

If you can’t land on a large art piece, create a curated gallery wall instead. It’s one of our favorite wall decor ideas because it works in any size living room. Start with an eclectic mix of drawings, paintings or photos, then lay them out on your floor to come up with an arrangement. We like to use an odd number of art pieces in different sizes for some contrast in scale.

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3. Grid Gallery Wall

For a more tailored and organized gallery wall, try this themed grid approach. It’s a symmetrical and streamlined art display that looks right at home in polished and classic style living rooms. This is perfect if you have a collection or a series of art pieces you want to hang. Or take a cue from this grouping of botanical prints, which is one of our favorite gallery wall ideas.

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4. Statement Mirror

When it comes to wall decor ideas that don’t involve a single piece of art, a unique sculptural mirror is one of our favorites. Not only is a mirror great for reflecting light, they also open up rooms by giving the illusion of a large space. Choose a mirror with a bold or fun shape, which will make it feel like a piece of wall sculpture—that’s also super functional!

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5. Wallpaper

Few wall decor ideas add all-around impact like wallpaper. No matter your space, a wallpapered room sets a vibrant tone and is guaranteed to be a focal point in your home. Pick a fun pattern or a paper that mimics natural textures, like marble or wood graining, for a clean, layered look. If you’re not ready to commit, start with removable wallpaper that can be swapped out as needed.

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6. Wall Mural

For something that’s just as captivating and elegant as art or wallpaper, hang a paper mural. Think of it as a large piece of wall art but more affordable because you don’t need to frame it. A garden or nature mural is a beautiful way to add richness and texture. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be permanent, so you can switch it out for other wall decor down the line.

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7. Bookcase System

Sometimes art and other hanging decor just aren’t enough to fill entire lengths of walls in the living room. If that’s the case for you, consider a full bookcase system, whether it’s a series of matching tall bookshelves or floor-to-ceiling built-ins. Store and style your favorite reads and objects into cool vignettes that become different focal points for your room. In terms of living room decor ideas, this nails style and function in all the best ways.

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8. Sconces

Wall lighting can be a simple addition with bold visual appeal. A pair of sconces flanking a large painting, TV, console cabinet or mirror will bring a sense of symmetry and balance to your living room. Or if you only have a sliver of wall space for just one sconce light, center it to make it a focal point that provides both sculptural intrigue along with functional lighting. Seek out sconces with interesting shapes and finishes, like a minimal streamlined cone lamp or a matte black.

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9. Hanging Tapestry

Much like large artworks, wall tapestries make for gorgeous hanging decor that bring a touch of soft natural texture to a room. Compared to wallpaper and mirrors, tapestries are definitely considered one of the more unique wall decor ideas. Because tapestries are not big heavy pieces, they’re pretty and practical wall art in family homes with kids. Plus, they’re usually very affordable, so you can try a pair that have complimentary patterns for some visual variance.

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10. Hanging Plants

One or two hanging plants alongside a gallery wall can be super impactful. A planter or two of trailing leafy greens can add a lush look and an organic touch that balances out framed artworks. If you’re into lots of plants, you can also experiment with a living wall (or faux living wall) of succulents and small greenery for a bold wall-to-wall interior vertical garden look.

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how to decorate a large wall in the living room11. Painted Accent Wall

Sometimes all you need to liven up a blank wall is a fresh coat of paint. Before you pick up that paintbrush, do some quick research on accent wall ideas to see if what color is right for your living room. A brighter paint color will turn your wall into an instant focal point while a softer color can shift the attention to your furniture pieces. You can hang some art over your accent wall or leave it blank, but either way, this is the simplest trick to punch up your walls and give it some depth and dimension.

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12. Floating Shelves

Another one of our favorite ideas for blank walls is to use floating shelves for artful displays. Instead of hanging wall art, lean a few large art prints and mix in small objects and tiny plants on the shelves to create visual interest while showing off your personal style. Just remember that less is more when it comes to styling; you want the shelves to appear curated, not cluttered.

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how to decorate a large wall in the living room13. Woven Baskets

For an alternative to the gallery wall that doesn’t involve art or plants or shelves, we love a display of hanging woven baskets. They add tons of natural texture to any blank wall, and they’re a nice contrast to boxy windows and clean-lined furniture. straight lines. Hanging wall baskets also often come in gorgeous color combinations, so they’re perfect accents for enlivening neutral or white rooms.

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how to decorate a large wall in the living room14. Sculptural Lighting

For those of you who love minimalist and streamlined spaces with unadorned walls, leaning into sculptural lighting designs can help keep your room from feeling spare and sparse. Here, it’s about using your empty walls as a backdrop to amplify shapes and forms of sculptural light fixtures and floor lamps. For instance, against a white wall, a cylindrical ceiling pendant will draw the eye up and visually fill out the negative space created by blank walls.

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how to decorate a large wall in the living room15. Folding Screen

Think of the folding screen as a standing sculpture piece. What’s great about folding screens is that they act as wall decor without needing to be hung or installed. Line one along a blank wall or in a corner of your living room for a sophisticated focal point. They become instant statement pieces wherever they’re placed, and one with shelving gives you the added bonus of storage.

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Sometimes filling the largest blank wall in your living room is as simple as hanging your TV there. You want to make sure it’s the best spot for your TV also, especially if you plan on using your living space for family movie nights or marathons with friends.

But why stop after the TV is up? As far as what to do with the wall behind your TV, try working in other wall decor ideas to round out the entire space, like adding a pair of sconces or a floating shelf. They’ll add function as well as balance out the boxy lines of the TV.

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17. Leave It Blank!

Finally, there are also times when a blank wall just needs to be left as is. We love this in living rooms that are decorated with furniture pieces that all have unique shapes and forms. Here, it’s about embracing the negative wall space and leaving the focus to be with the materials, details, and other standout design elements in the room. If you’re a staunch minimalist, this is for you!

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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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Get The Look: Summer-Inspired Gallery Walls

summer gallery wallsSummer is a time when a lot of us get the itch for something new around our house. A lot of people use this time of year to dive into big remodels, redecorating projects, and even moving to a whole new home completely. But if a major style update isn’t in your summer forecast, you can still make a mini one.

Our favorite way to do a budget-friendly refresh of your space? A gallery wall with inspiring artwork. Not only does it create a visual impact, but the photos and prints you choose can change the stylistic tone for the whole room. Complement your artwork with some new throw pillows, a rug, and a plant or two and—voila! Your room has a whole new feel, without the price tag of a total overhaul.

Not sure where to start? Our design team curated three gallery walls inspired by summer to give you some inspiration. We styled our gallery wall over a bench to bring new life to the corner of this room, but really, a gallery wall can go anywhere. Over a sofa, up a staircase, down a hallway, in the dining room—really, wherever you need a refresh. The options are endless!

summer gallery wallsBeachy Blues

Want to bring the beach vibes home year-round? Consider creating a gallery wall that’s inspired by the coast. Sandy beaches, tropical plants, and bright pops of blue skies and water give this gallery a lot of visual interest, while the palette of blues, greens, and neutrals keeps it cohesive.

We used all photography for this gallery wall, but we also love the idea of using a mix of photography and paintings that give off that nautical vibe. Are you good behind the camera? This is a perfect time to print out some of your favorite beach vacation snapshots and mix in your own work with pieces you’ve purchased.

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summer gallery wallsTropical Organics

For this gallery wall, we went beyond the beach and took a deep dive beneath the surface—of the ocean! We love taking the coastal theme and making it a little less literal. We used three coral-inspired pieces to anchor the look, then mixed in organic shapes and pops of color to keep it feeling a little more abstract.

There’s a lot of room to personalize this style. Just find your anchor pieces—whether it’s coral, seashells, ocean animals, or even underwater textures like scales or barnacles. Then play off of the shapes and color schemes in those pieces to round out your gallery wall.

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summer gallery wallsSummer Garden Escape

Summer isn’t just about the beach. This gallery wall was inspired by a summer flower garden in full bloom. A palette of yellows and blues offers a lively contrast while bringing a light-hearted feeling to this look. You could also mix in pinks and greens for more depth of color.

We kept things more straightforward with prints of actual flowers and butterflies, but there’s room to be abstract here—get inspired by the colors and shapes found in a garden as a starting point for your summer garden gallery wall.

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summer gallery wallsHow to Make It Happen

Once you have your artwork selected, pick out the frames and layout. You can keep things eclectic and light-hearted with a mix of frame colors and styles. Or, if you prefer a more cohesive look, get frames in the same color and style and let the artwork do all the talking. For layout, you can go for an organic look (like what we did) or go for something more organized and linear, with a grid layout.

Ready to nail it down? Start a Modsy design project and see a summer gallery wall designed and laid out in your exact room in 3D. Or go the old-fashioned way and lay out a piece of craft or butcher paper on your floor, sized for the amount of wall space you’d like the gallery wall to take up. Then lay your framed artwork on the paper to find an arrangement you like. Once you have the layout figured out, use a pencil to trace the outlines of each frame.

This creates the perfect template, so you can make sure your frames end up exactly where you want them. Then, tape the paper on the wall where you’d like your gallery wall to hang, hammer nails where you’ve marked for them to go, then remove the paper from the wall. All you have to do is hang up the frames and your gallery wall is complete!

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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.

Pendant pieces make your heart sing? Shop this look here.

Regular bedroom wall art ideas not your jam? Here are 6 other things you can hang above your bed.

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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!

Love this look? Shop it here!

 

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Wall Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

wall art ideas

Blank walls are full of possibilities. It’s easy to dream up a million ways to fill them, but oftentimes it’s difficult to pick an idea that works for your style and your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our all time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you.

We rounded up 5 of our all-time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you and your home.

 

Over-Sized Wall Art Ideas

1. Opt for Over-Sized Wall Art

Large-scale paper wall murals are one of our favorite wall art ideas. 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!).

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Over-Sized Wall Art Trend

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Bedroom2. See It Side-By-Side

Looking for wall art ideas for the bedroom? Try hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Learn More: 6 Over the Bed Decorating Ideas

 

Wall Art Ideas – Animal Portrait3. Add a Little Whimsy

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. A fun and approachable way to make your space feel unique, try adding an animal portrait to your home. This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude is one of our current favorites.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Living Room

4. Crown Your Sofa

The best seat in the house, as far as your art is concerned, might be the blank wall above your sofa. Give this living room focal point the royal treatment by crowning it with something special. Be it a mirror, gallery wall, or a bold piece of art, it’s your space so make it something you love to look at daily!

Learn More: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

 

Wall Art Ideas – Gallery Wall5. Try a Gallery Wall With a Twist

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Rather than going with the standard grouping, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf above your sofa. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Learn More: 6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

 

Chic living room decor ideas

Crown Your Living Room: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

Chic living room decor ideas

When designing your living room, as with life, there are very few things you can be sure of. Will the colors match? Will my bookcase fit through the door? The only thing you can really be sure of is that your living room will likely include a sofa and a blank wall.

What to do with this blank wall above your sofa can be a challenge. This is the focal point of the whole room, so you might be feeling like the pressure is on to get it just right. To help you feel inspired we rounded up three living room decor ideas for the wall above your sofa.

living room decor ideas

1. Hang One Bold Artwork

Give the “best seat in the house” to a big and bold artwork. This is a great way to add some drama to your space or showcase one fantastic piece of art.

We chose a dramatic, non-objective painting, Meditative Concentration 1 (Restoration Hardware). We love how the black and white pops against the gold Velvet Mina Sofa (Athropologie) and the square format draws your eye up, up, up!

living room decor ideas

2. Create a Gallery Wall

We love gallery walls. You can easily tailor them to fit your style, show off multiple pieces of art at once, and add to them as you grow your collection over time.

That said, a successful gallery wall should feel balanced. A good tip is to think about the overall composition first before you break out the hammer. Don’t feel like busting out the blue tape? Modsy can help you design your gallery wall before you pick up the hammer and nails.

Try mixing different frames and artwork sizes for a more eclectic look. Or, arrange your gallery wall as a grid or a more traditional and designed feel. Check out these 6 fresh ways to gallery wall. We opted for a variety of black and white artworks to give our gallery wall cohesion, while the different sizes and subjects keep your eye moving.

living room decor ideas

3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

Aside from your furniture, the most beautiful thing in your living room is going to be you. Ensure you (and everyone else) can catch a glimpse by hanging a large mirror above your sofa. This is especially great for small spaces, as the mirror will bounce light around and make your room feel open and airy.

Add some drama with an oversized mirror. We chose the Gleaming Primrose Mirror (Anthropologie). You can even place the mirror on the floor and lean it against the wall behind your sofa. This will add visual depth to your room and saves your walls from holes (a great option for all you renters out there).

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Bedroom Design Inspiration: 6 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Bed

over the bed decorating ideas

As with any focal point, the wall above your bed is a intimidating design challenge, and it is one that many of our customers have been asking about. We hear you!

Between deciding what you want to put there and imagining if it will work with the rest of your room, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

To help, we are using a little Modsy 3D to “try on” 6 of our favorite over the bed decorating ideas.

1. Wall Hangings

over the bed decorating ideas

Get knotty and add some texture above your bed. We love how these woven wall hangings keep it neutral and lend our bedroom some eclectic vibes.

Snag yourself this wallet-friendly option, or upgrade to this hand-woven wooly statement piece.

2. Print Trio

over the bed decorating ideas

Add a little rhythm with a series of three hung above your bed. We love these quilt-inspired prints, which look great framed or hung with washi tape (a bonus if you live in an earthquake zone)!

3. Vignette Style

over the bed decorating ideas

A spin off the standard art above the bed, we love the idea of hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Get our bedside tour of Iceland here and here.

4. Go Mobile

over the bed decorating ideas

Not just for your nursery, we love the idea of adding a little kinetic energy to your bedroom. Mobiles bring a note of whimsy to any space and are a great option for keeping small spaces open and airy.

Watch this antique brass mobile spin in circles above your bed. Or, if you’re a purist, grace your bedroom with this Alexander Calder-inspired mobile.

5. Juju Hats

over the bed decorating ideas

These spectacular, eye-catching plumes are the feather headdresses traditionally worn by Bamileke chiefs of Cameroon and are symbols of prosperity.

While we loving showing our appreciation of another culture’s art, we think it’s worth considering the implications behind turning these ceremonial objects into decor or DIY projects.

Instead, get the scoop on this pendant pair of authentic Juju hats here.

6. Quilt to Last

over the bed decorating ideas

Got a large space to fill? Hang an oversized quilt above your bed. These also work well as stand-in headboards if you’re bed doesn’t have one.

Flip the script and make your grandmother’s handmade quilt the star above the bed, or get your hands on this graphic quilted number.

Want to save your walls (and your wallet)? Try on your favorite over the bed decorating ideas in 3D!