One of the telling ways to know that a home is well-lived-in is to check out the walls. Think of the Airbnbs you have gawked at, friends’ homes, or epic wall decor on Pinterest. Photographs all over the wall? Paintings thoughtfully positioned around? People probably live there. No photographic traces of human life and only the smallest glimmer of art hanging? Not homey. Having wall decor provides an extra layer of warmth to your home; here are 10 ways to prove that you’re doing this whole adulting thing right.

Hang Art

1. SPLURGE: Anthropologie Safe Haven Wall Art ($798): If you’re looking to invest in a piece of art, we drool over everything in Anthropologie’s wall decor department. This particular painting is very large, vibrant, and enhanced with acrylic paint. It’s truly a statement piece to add style and warmth to your home.

2. SAVE: Nicky Rahner Acrylic Abstract Painting ($15+): This acrylic painting starts at an affordable $15 for a print, then increases upwards of $100 for a larger canvas. Even for the priciest canvas option, this still serves as an inexpensive way to place modern art as the centerpiece of your living room or bedroom. Plus it gives similar vibes as the previous piece, but it’s half the size and less than half the cost.

Create A Gallery Wall

3. SPLURGE: Artfully Walls Fern Wall Art ($178): Collecting eclectic pieces to make up a gallery wall takes time. Today, you might find a gorgeous fern painting on Anthropologie for almost $200, and tomorrow, you might find a sketch by a local artist for $20. However, over time, they create a collective masterpiece right within the walls of your home. Mix and match paintings, portraits, and prints stylishly to create an Anthropologie-approved abode.

4. SAVE: White Orchard Prints Watercolor Prints ($36, set of six): Gallery walls serve as trendy and practical ways to spice up your space. Etsy is a treasure trove for beautiful prints to compile together on a wall. You can frame and hang your prints as pictured, or you can get all millennial on your home by doing some research to plan a geometric configuration that is #goals.

Utilize Mirrors

5. SPLURGE: Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror ($398+): A marvelous mirror serves as a piece of art in and of itself. Even if you’re balling on a budget, splurging on a timeless mirror is an investment that will serve you through multiple stages of life. You may barely be adulting right now, but your house guests will never know.

6. SAVE: Howard Elliott Collection Gold Talida Mirror ($198): A nice mirror isn’t just a mirror; it’s also a piece of art. And they don’t just belong in your bedroom or bathroom, as they’re equally practical in other areas of your home. Throw a mirror in your living room to cover up dings and scratches in your paint. Hang a mirror in your hall to add a touch of elegance as you walk into your home. Seriously, put a mirror anywhere, because why not?

Textured Hangings

7. SPLURGE: Anthropologie Dip-Dyed Macrame Woven Wall Art ($148): These large wall hangings are dip-dyed and bohemian-inspired. The woven pieces cost a pretty penny in comparison to their gorgeous handmade counterparts, but they’re another great option if you’re looking for ways to decorate your humble abode in a way that is true to you.

8. SAVE: Freshofftheloom by Eva Ocean Tides and Vibes Woven Wall Hanging ($50): If traditional art isn’t your thing, you can still add color and warmth to your home with woven wall hangings like these handmade beauties from Etsy. You can even try to make your own wall art. Not only are these hangings incredibly charming, but their uniqueness will also serve as a great talking point when you have guests over.


9. SPLURGE: Woolly Pocket Three Garden Planter ($100): It’s all about the greenery, and no, we’re not talking about painting your wall green. There are so many ways to integrate plants into your home — shelves, windowsills, tiny gardens, macrame hanging want planters, the list goes on. This vertical wall garden looks familiar; we might have seen it in our doctor’s waiting room growing up. Now it’s time to adult and install that plant wall in your own abode.

10. SAVE: Mkono Wall Hanging Plant Terrarium ($15 for two): Not ready to commit to caring for an entire wall of plants? Here’s the money-saving baby step. These gorgeous glass containers will add a bit of green to your walls. Just install with a nail or Command strip hooks. It’s a great way to train yourself to care for plants. Collect vine clippings, place in the terrariums with mineral water, wait until they become rooted, then you can plant the rooted vines into pots around your home and literally watch your adulting game grow.

Are your walls #adulting goals? Show us how you’re working it on Instagram + using hashtag #iamcreative!

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