These wall decor inspiration ideas and photos will give you the inspiration you need to make the walls of your home, room, or apartment beautiful and authentically your own.
Each of these ideas can be done inexpensively or expensively. They’re each accessible and some take less time than others. One thing that they all have? Beauty and charm that will give you a cozy and homey feeling. It always amazes me how much wall decor impacts the way that you feel in a room, but it totally does.
These 7 wall decor inspiration ideas and photos are full of beautiful ways to add to your space and make it feel more personalized.
This post is all about wall decor inspiration. Let’s get right into it!
1. Making a gallery wall
A gallery wall transforms your space. It adds so much visual interest, and it’s a great opportunity to experiment and try something new. If putting together a gallery wall seems a little intimidating to you, I totally relate. It seemed inaccessible to me for a long time because I didn’t know where to start.
That’s why I made these free gallery wall templates with my 5 favorite gallery wall layout designs to share with you. Each template includes measurement suggestions so that you can take the guesswork out of it. It’s like cooking when you’re using a recipe. You can modify as you want to to suit your taste, but having the recipe makes the whole thing a lot easier.
It’s amazing how beautiful a gallery wall can be, and if you’ve ever wanted to make one, I really encourage you to give it a shot. Whenever I try something new with interior design, it kind of terrifies me. It seems like it should be so trivial, but it always feels like a big deal. I always feel nervous and think “what if I do all of this work and then I don’t even like it?”
If you can relate, hi 👋 let’s be friends. But I also want to tell you that it’s usually not as bad as I think. And I also learn so much about my personal style and my likes and dislikes when I try something new.
Plus, it’s so fun to pick out art and frames for a gallery wall! If you’re looking for great frames for a gallery wall, I love these frames from Anthropologie. They’re so cute.
You can also check out this blog post with the best black gallery wall frames if you’re looking for some really pretty and affordable black frames. I also wrote a post with some of my favorite assorted picture frames! Lots and lots of frames to go around 🙂
2. Hanging up a quilt
Ok don’t skip over this one! Hanging up a quilt is a really underrated way to add color, texture, art, and beauty to your space. Quilts are some of the most beautiful works of art out there. (Yes, I’m a little obsessed. Check out my “Quilts” board on Pinterest for proof.)
Quilts have so much rich history, especially in the United States. Black women have been leaders within the quilt making space for decades. There’s so much to learn about the history of quilts, and there are so many beautiful quilts to love.
Textiles always add softness and gorgeous textural layers to your space. Quilts do that too, just like a rug would, except they’re wall art 😍 I mean what could be better??
If you’re interested in learning more about quilts and browsing some modern and colorful quilts, I highly recommend checking out the quilts from Thompson Street Studio. You can also find beautiful quilts on Etsy. If you know a quilt artist that you love, comment below or DM me @garlandcollections on Instagram! I love learning about new quilt artists.
3. Creating an art ledge
An art ledge is a beautiful way to create a layered look without much hassle. It takes up less wall space than a gallery wall, and I personally have such a love for gallery walls that I do have to admit I like them a little bit better than a ledge. A ledge is really pretty too, though.
With an elegant yet casual feel, an art ledge transforms an entire wall and makes it look elegant and visually interesting. It’s a great way to add more art to your space and bring in more dimension in general.
If you’re looking for some cute new art prints, I wrote a post with some of my favorite art prints – definitely check that out if you need some inspiration for what art to use!
You don’t necessarily need to do both, but I also love the book ledge that’s underneath the art ledge in this pin. Books are such an underrated source of color and decoration. Of course, they are functional items because you can read them. A lot of times they’re really pretty, too! Displaying books like this is a great idea.
4. Putting up wallpaper
Hanging up wallpaper isn’t the easiest thing to do, but if I can do it, you can do it. Trust me on that 😆. I absolutely love this wallpaper from Jungalow. And while I’m pretty sure that they don’t sell this design anymore, the selection of Jungalow wallpaper always is a great source of inspiration.
I also love to look at Anthropologie’s wallpaper selection, it is one of my go to places to look for inspiration for wallpaper. That’s actually where I found the inspiration for wallpaper that I just put up in my bathroom! Because that bathroom needed a little more wall decor going on.
Also, if you use a peel and stick wallpaper it is really easy to remove without damaging your wall. I say this because if the permanence of changing your walls feels scary to you (like it usually does to me) then this is a little extra reassurance that your design choices don’t have to be forever if you don’t want them to be.
5. Hanging up pretty shelves
Shelves are usually treated as mostly functional, but I have been obsessed with cute shelves like this lately. They can add so much to a wall while also providing functional use. Also, if you love this shelf you can click here for this exact shelf.
Click here for this exact shelf. This shelf is so cute too! I haven’t seen a corner shelf like this before and it’s such a unique and artistic way to get functionality from your decor.
Here are a few other cute shelves I found:
- Maeve Metal Wall Shelf (very funky and cool!)
- Iyla Wall Shelf (simple and modern)
- Teva Tiered Wall Shelf (super look with multi-levels)
- Rattan Daisy Wall Shelf (so cute, I want this!)
6. Creating a fiber art moment
Fiber art is an up and coming medium that’s been gaining popularity over the last few years. However, it’s been around for centuries! It is so interesting to learn more about the history of fiber art, but I have to admit that my favorite thing is learning about contemporary fiber artists.
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to work on a fiber art collection with Kayli Balin from studio kb. The pieces from the collection are pictured above. They’re sold out now, but you can reach out to Kayli via DM on Instagram @studio__kb if you’re interested in a commission piece.
Something valuable that I learned from Kayli is how important it is to support artists directly, especially when it comes to textiles and fiber art. It’s easy for brands to create a mass produced version of something handmade that a small artist spends hours creating. Sites like Etsy make it so much easier to find artists that you can support directly, and I really encourage you to use those resources and continue supporting small artists.
7. Putting up photos of your loved ones
Such a simple thing to do, but it is so impactful. Hanging up photos of your loved ones will make you feel their presence even when they’re not there with you. It’s what makes anywhere feel like home.
It can be a silly photo, a family portrait, truly whatever brings you joy and makes you feel close to the people you love. There’s no feeling like it! Plus, how cute is this picture next to the other wall art here? They all work together beautifully.
Also, these frames are from West Elm and I love them. And yes, that’s me in the black and white photo with my brother and my little sister when she was just a baby. This little gallery wall is in my parent’s room above my mom’s desk.
Well, that’s it for this post all about wall decor inspiration! All I have left to say is that I hope that this helped to inspire you and provide you with some new ideas about how to decorate your walls in a way that you love.
I hope that these wall decor inspiration ideas and photos gave you the inspiration that you needed to add a little something extra to your space to make it feel unique, beautiful, and like home.
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