15 Transformative Wall Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Steal Immediately

Once you start brainstorming, the rest is easy (unless there are too many great ideas to choose between). From gallery walls to DIY pieces like framing your accessories and large-scale photography, we’ve got plenty of wall art ideas to spark your creativity. And where better to look for inspiration than interior designer-decorated walls? Read through to see which wall decor ideas and galleries you’d like to recreate in your own home.

1.Full Coverage

A wall-to-wall mural creates a sense of intimacy, as if you’re viewing a painting alone in a museum, in this living room by Raji RM. The scale alone leaves you awestruck, while the approachable materials throughout the space tone it down for a touch of approachability.

2.Set the Mood

Equal parts grand and laidback, this foyer designed by Anthony Baratta is the perfect blueprint to follow if you’re decorating a formal entrance that still feels unfussy and comfortable. Patterned textiles take center stage (see the carpets and the sofa), but they also help bring the high ceilings down to a human scale when hung over wallpaper.

3.Shrink It Down

Miniatures are too adorable to be stashed away in a dollhouse. Put some tiny framed paintings on display for a subtle yet cheeky gallery wall in the bedroom. The traditional gilt frames are an unexpected treat in this space designed by Jae Joo.

4.Paint Straight On the Walls

In this sleek, minimalist apartment bedroom designed by Crosby Studios, a large abstract figure is painted directly onto the walls. It extends from the wall to the ceiling, making the room feel more polished and whole but still organic.

5.Light It Up

Put your artwork in the literal spotlight by installing a sconce above it. Interior designer Jean Liu allowed this pretty painting to determine the color scheme throughout the room, tempering its pops of blue with neutral tones and lots of rough texture.

6.Think in 3D

A three-dimensional wall sculpture can bring an entire room to life. Delia Kenza Interiors wisely chose to hang this abstract beauty above the fireplace mantel, where the eye is naturally drawn and it remains protected from the space’s heavily trafficked paths.

7.Back It Up

You can hang your art on the wall and call it a day, or you can pay special attention to choosing the right backdrop for an even bigger impact. Here, the inimitable Miles Redd placed modern artwork on a classic mural wall covering for contrast and just a touch of playfulness.

8.Hang Art Over a Window

When you run out of wall space or simply need to hide a less than ideal view, hang your artwork over a window. Interior designer Krystal Mathews found the perfect size artwork and frame to animate the window seat while still letting in enough light.

9.Get Textural With a Rug

Interior designer Peti Lau painted this accent wall a deep marine hue and then brightened it up with a marigold bench and matching wall art. But not just any wall art. Rather than hanging a framed painting or photograph, she secured a rug to the wall. It’s a great way to bring soft texture and give new meaning to old pieces.

10.Create Flow

Interior designer Tamsin Johnson spotlights avant garde and experimental pieces in this living room, yet the aesthetic remains classic and understated thanks to the soft curves and organic shapes that warm up the space’s modern look. Ettore Sottsass’s iconic pink floor mirror in the entryway hints at the sculptural wall decor in the living room.

11.Set the Mood

A grid arrangement of iconic photographs that capture Southern California’s skate culture shape the laidback, beachy environment in this dining room by Nicole Hollis Studio. Paired with a jute rug and clean wood furniture, this dining room nails the difficult-to-achieve look of unpretentious sophistication.

12Spruce Up a Hallway

Because most hallways and stairways are too narrow for accent furniture or even smaller decorative items, focus on your animating your surfaces. Here, Cameron Ruppert spiced up the stairs with a custom leopard-print runner and then paired a bubblegum landscape painting with floral lavender wallpaper.

13.Decorate Shelves

A pair of floating cubic shelves function as pedestals to prop up vases in this colorful dining room designed by Corey Damen Jenkins. This trick is perfect for a narrow wall in a dining room, hallway, or entry, and it’s a nice way to decorate the walls without hanging artwork.

14.Work With You’ve Got

Though most of the wall space is occupied, Alexander Reid didn’t let that stop him from hanging art—he just had to reach a little higher. The array of framed artwork gives this bathroom a more refined flair and draws the eye up, accentuating the high ceiling.

15.Contrast Styles

The drape motif molding in this classic home designed by Arent & Pyke adds a touch of decadence which is juxtaposed against the modern portrait and abstract yellow painting, the funky chrome bar cart, kaleidoscopic vase, and graphic stool, and the shabby chic slipcovered sofa. All of the pieces come together in the colors of the antique carpet.

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