Tired of the same drab wall-decorating ideas that leave your rooms feeling stark and looking like a cookie-cutter replica of everyone else’s homes? Believe it or not, designers are constantly finding new and creative ways to add funky-fresh art to your interiors. From life-sized murals of cool architecture to repurposed everyday items, there is no limit to their creativity! Take a look at these awesome ways to liven up your clients’ walls—or your own.
Settle on your style.
For your interiors, decide if you want a mural that will blend with the room’s furniture, such as a natural or abstract theme, or if you’re looking for big-impact art such as photorealistic pictures of architectural wonders like the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Layer your look with items that work with the theme — an iron “Paris” sign or shelf of treasures from trips abroad, or even a photo of yourself at the destination. Designers love using wall murals and wall art together because they tell a story in a multi-dimensional way.
Go with a gallery wall.
Got a lot of art to show off? A gallery wall showcases favorite artwork, family photos, collections, and even mementos that have personal meaning. Have fun and get creative with a blend of favorite photos, secondhand artwork (garage sales and vintage shops are a great resource), and inexpensive prints. Give the wall an extra special touch by making a few pieces of your own using anything from paint and plaster to old chairs, dishes, and furniture. Add some life to the collage by using live succulents tucked inside a picture frame.
Give your walls a blast from the past.
Designers are embracing the trend of repurposing vintage items into cool wall art. Design styles like Steampunk, an eclectic mix of steam-powered Victorian-era parts and science fiction elements, are transforming walls in many homes. Exposed copper pipes, clocks and gadgets that were once used for machinery are becoming relics to cherish and admire as artwork.
Go big with wall murals and decals.
Long gone are the days of wall murals only depicting a rain forest of trees and little flowers on a hill of Switzerland! Today’s murals catapult your interiors from drab to fabulous with death-defying vistas from skyscrapers and close-up views of the 50-yard line at your favorite football game—perfect for a man cave!
Embrace rough edges.
Many designers love the look of combining comfortable rustic touches with flea market finds on their gallery walls. From distressed wood pallet walls to vintage row boats hung as art, these unexpected items embrace the idea of unfinished design in a whole new way. These items’ imperfect finishes contrast nicely with many modern interiors.
Designers have a knack for blending bold and casual elements to create a truly unique look. Try these tips in your home—or your clients’—to bring your funky and eclectic vision to life!
Laurie Laizure is the CEO of Customized Walls and founder of the largest online community for design pros, InteriorDesignCommunity.com. Laurie’s work has been featured on HGTV, Food Network, Bravo, and Hulu Plus and also seen in New England Home and Country Living magazines. She also writes on her own blog, William Sonoma Designer Marketplace and for Shutterfly.com. Connect in with her here: Google+