Monday, February 17, 2014

5 Tips for Decorating Your Walls

One thing that can be hard when decorating your home is to figure out how to dress up your walls. If you have no idea where to even start, what you want, think you can’t afford a bunch of art or all of the above, hopefully these tips will be helpful! These tips always come in handy for me! :)

Personal Photos

This is probably the obvious choice when people start thinking about wall decor, but you can get creative on how you frame them, with different size or color frames, photo spacing and matting. 

One of my favorite things in our house is our gallery wall with photos from our wedding, goofy photos with Raegan and vacation photos. It's fun to look at and remember those fun times!

Here are a couple more ideas on how to style a gallery wall:
[via decorpad]
[via Pinterest]

Personal & Meaningful

Choose something meaningful & fun. I have plans for a collage of vintage monkey prints in our house. Monkeys are special to us, Raegan's nickname is monkey, and who doesn’t love monkeys?! I also have a poem from my mom framed, which I love. 

Here are a couple more ideas, like using a favorite recipe or vintage photos and art:

Love the idea of a framed family recipe in the kitchen [via sweetwaterscrapbook's etsy shop]
[via J.E.N.]

Get Creative

Use things that aren’t typically thought of as “art.” If you are an avid bike rider, hang up one of your bikes. In our house, we have Alex’s guitars hung on the wall. You can also use floating shelves to showcase some of your favorite items & books. 

Here are a few more creative ideas, like hanging surfboards, baskets or your favorite patterned fabric: 

Surf board used as art [Via]
Baskets as art [via]

framed fabric [via Better Homes & Gardens]

Horizontal mirrors [via Houzz]

Eye Catching

We have a red Love print by Made By Girl that is something that caught my eye a couple years ago. I love that it is simple, adds a pop of color to the wall & is fun. If a piece of art catches your eye, consider buying it. Art is something that doesn’t necessarily have to coordinate with your decor, but it’s easy to make it look like it belongs. Bring in a pillow or blanket with some of the same colors in your art to tie it all together. 

[art via September Wren Etsy shop]

Make Something

My favorite piece of art in our house is a finger painting made by Raegan when she was about 6 months old. It hangs in our entryway & is a fun pop of color. Plus we get a ton of comments on it. Here’s how we made ours

Here are a couple other DIY art projects for your walls:

Finger painting [via Be Up & Doing blog]
DIY chevron art [via House Tweaking]

Do you have any other tips for choosing your wall decor?

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