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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 Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

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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

 

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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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Animal Instinct: 7 Ways to Try the Animal Portrait Trend in Your Home

The stranger art trend has been picking up steam for a while now. While it’s a trend we love, we know that sometimes it can be a struggle to find that perfect vintage portrait, or maybe the idea of someone else’s great-grandfather watching over your living room is simply just too creepy for you. A fun and more approachable alternative, we’re currently crushing on the idea of hanging animal portraits in our homes.

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. Here we’ve curated seven pieces of animal art that are just as whimsical and quirky as a stranger’s portrait, but decidedly more humorous and approachable.

Check out these seven animal portraits below and try them on in your space with Modsy!

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1. Highland Cow No. 1, Kingdom by Randal Ford

If your style is… Rustic, eclectic, or modern

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Photographed by Randal Ford, this limited edition photograph comes from his Kingdom series, a collection of intimate animal portraits. Available in a range of sizes and framing options, this limited edition work, along with other members of the Kingdom series, is the perfect addition to the home of any animal lover.

 

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2. School of Fish, Williams Sonoma

If your style is… Traditional or classic

A school of scaly fish swimming against a backdrop of deep blue makes for a less intimate portrait of the animal world, but one that’s sure to make a statement in your home. This giclee reproduction of an original oil painting is full of texture and intricate details, making it look like a one-of-a-kind work of art.

If you’re looking for a work of art to crown your linen sofa or leather club chair, School of Fish is the perfect piece to polish off a truly traditional look. We paired ours with a wooden decoy swan and a brass task lamp for an American Traditional reading nook.

 

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3. Golden Gait, by Andrew McClintock for Minted

If your style is… Chic or industrial

If you like a bit of glam in your space but don’t want it to feel over-the-top, Andrew McClintock’s sprinting cheetah print might be the perfect pick for you. Here our cheetah gets abstracted into a collection of 2D graphic spots. It’s a familiar chic staple with a minimalist twist.

Not chic enough for you? The print is also available in gold for an extra dose of glamour. We paired ours with a black leather chair and gold accents for a look that’s equally chic and edgy.

 

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4. Blue Bird Art – Jay, Ballard Designs

If your style is… Classic and elegant

For anyone looking to add a bit of animal elegance to their home, these blue jays might make the perfect addition. Based on the animal drawings by John James Audubon, this piece would fit well into a range of spaces from the naturalist’s study to the the most elegant living room.

The print has a companion work if you’re looking to fit two birds into one shopping cart – try them together over a bed frame or as pendant pieces hanging on opposite sides of a fireplace or doorway.

 

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5. Llama Framed Print, by Jennifer Meyers for Pottery Barn

If your style is… Eclectic or modern

A framed portrait of a llama in profile, Llama by Jennifer Meyers is an all-time favorite of eclectic interiors. Minimal in its color palette and rich in texture, this print will add a note of whimsy and humor to any space.

Available in a range of sizes and shapes, we love it as a non-cheesy option for kids’ spaces that can totally be repurposed to other rooms down the line.

 

 

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6. Icelandic Ram by Robert and Tiffany Peterson, Artfully Walls

If your style is… Rustic or minimal

Escape to Iceland with this framed print of a ram stopping to say hello. Set against a majestic landscape, Icelandic Ram by photographer duo, Robert and Tiffany Peterson, is the perfect addition to any rustic interior.

You might have spotted it before in our Icelandic Bedroom Collection, but don’t be afraid to hang it in your living room, office, or even entryway!

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7. Dog With Cone print by Michael Sowa, Art .com

If your style is… Eclectic or whimsical

Fans of the movie Amelie might recognize this print from her eclectic Parisian apartment. Part of a larger series of playful animal portraits by Michael Sowa, this Dog with Cone print is a tried-and-true eclectic favorite.

Get the full Amélie look and try it in your bedroom with it’s other half, or add a playful note to a child’s bedroom or nursery. Even hang it above your dog’s bed as an homage to your four-legged friends.

 

Got a favorite piece of animal art? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Our Favorite Wall Art to Refresh Your Space for Fall

Looking for an easy and affordable way to refresh your home for fall? We’ve rounded up our favorite pieces of wall art from our Fall 2017 collections to help with just that.

A new piece of wall art is a simple way to change up the look of any room. Wall art is also relatively easy to transport (compared to your sofa) so you can feel ok investing in a piece that will stay in your collection for years to come.

What’s more, wall art can be easily repurposed from room to room, so when you grow tired of a piece in your living room you can easily move it to your bedroom for a quick change-up.

Take a peek through these nine pieces of wall art, all under $500, and get ready to refresh your space for fall.

 

1. Stormy Summer, $206 (framed 24”x24” print)

Set the mood for fall with this abstract print by Brooklyn-based artist, Lauren Packard. We love these stormy summer hues, which easily invigorate a neutral space and work with any decor style.

Stylist Tip: Hang this work above a natural wood credenza or a camel leather sofa for a warm and inviting look.

 

2. Young Dancer Wall Art, $148 (framed 18”x20” print)

Add a touch of traditional elegance to your home with this portrait of a young ballerina. The warm yellow and ochre hues are reminiscent of fall but won’t feel out of place in your home year-round.

We especially love this print paired with the distressed gold beaded frame for a touch of old-world charm.

3. Evening Calm Print, $500

Keep it cool and collected with this watercolor washed painting by artist Rachel Pavlic. Painted with hues of greens, blues, and grays, this abstracted landscape is the perfect addition to any contemporary space.

Stylist Tip: Hang this work above a stone fireplace or against shiplap walls. We love the serene landscape as a mellow focal point against any textured backdrop.

 

4. Arranged Shapes Prints 1 & 2, $199 each

Inspired by the Bauhaus Art Movement, these abstract prints are the perfect modern additions to any home. We love the geometric shapes and warm palette, which feel seasonal now but will work year-round to warm up your space.

Stylist tip: You don’t need to have an ultra-modern style to make these prints work in your home. Try pairing opposites, like these abstract prints over a skirted sofa.

 

5. Through the Trees, $399

This photograph of a lush forest is the perfect way to bring a pop of greenery indoors for fall. We love the saturated color and texture of this print, which pairs especially well with any rustic or minimal decor scheme. If you’re looking to infuse some color into your space, give this print a second look!

 

6. No. 8 A in grey, $206 (framed 24”x24” print)

Add the perfect pop of abstracted texture to any room with this framed print. A must-have piece for any eclectic interior, we love this piece paired with a woven leather safari chair or over a carved wood credenza.

Eclectic not your style? Don’t hesitate to try this print for an infusion of texture and pattern into a more neutral space as well.

 

7. Lemons 1, $170 (framed 17”x14” print)

Want to preserve some springtime freshness into your home through the fall and winter? Give this sunny yellow lemon print a try. Painted on an invigorated pink background, we love this simple still life in a gallery wall or as a simple statement piece for your kitchen.

 

8. Blue Figure by Kate Worum, $199 (framed 18”x22” print)

A modern and calligraphic take on Matisse’s blue nudes, this print of a female figure is one of our fall 2017 favorites. The bright blue backdrop is highly versatile and will pair nicely with a variety of decor schemes. Prop this print atop your dresser for some morning outfit inspiration.

 

9. Cloud Engraving Wall Art, $199

A nod to a 19th century engraving techniques, this print of an engraved cumulus cloud will bring a touch of Renaissance sophistication to your walls. We love the intricate details of the engraved texture paired with the slim gold frame.

Stylist Tip: Have a little one on the way? Hang this artwork in your nursery for a touch of whimsy now, and then re-purpose it as a lovely piece for another room later.

 

See a piece you love? Try it on in your 3D room today!

 

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