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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.


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.


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.



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!

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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