Wall Art Ideas for Any Size Home
If you’ve just finished decorating your room but find yourself staring at a blank wall, you’ve got one more project ahead of you. Wall art is often the most ignored but most important element in interior design. The right piece of wall art can provide focal point, color and texture to a room, creating an overall impression of harmony.
Establishing Focal Point
Focal point the most basic principal of interior design, where a single element, due to its size, color and position in the room, instantly draws the eye to the right starting place, setting up the visitor’s expectations for the rest of the space. Think about how a sizable canvas hung over a fireplace mantle in a living room or over the bed in the master bedroom sets the tone for the whole room. In the same way, an artfully arranged gallery wall can dress up a staircase or some hanging tapestries can delineate the space for a cozy seating area in an otherwise open floor plan.
Creating Art the Right Size
The key to picking a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space is first to consider size. A piece of wall art that is too small in comparison to the breadth of wall and the surrounding furniture will draw the eye, but not in a positive way. Measure the wall space available, so you know how big you will need your art to be.
Hanging Art the Right Height
The rule of thumb is to hang your art so that the very center is 57″ from the floor. This is how galleries hang art. If you walk into a gallery you will notice that all the paintings, despite varying in size, are centered exactly the same — as though suspended from a close line. Most homes, however, do not look like galleries, and we have to take into account placement of furniture. You would not hang a painting behind a bookcase, for example. You would hang it a few inches above.
Choosing the Right Color Palette
Art that is the focal point, needs to be the right color. Survey the colors already in your room and consider two or three shades that you’d like to incorporate into your art. Which is the dominant color and what are the accent colors? These are the colors you will use in your DIY wall art.
Adding Some Texture
Wall art doesn’t have to be a single canvas or print. A variety of mediums can be used to introduce texture into your space, such as collections of smaller framed objects with varying size and thickness of frames, wood or fabric sculptures, and even shadow boxes. Consider a variety of materials and mixed media, including screens and graphic elements.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)