The word “tapestry” conjures up thoughts of historical artwork fit for a museum or quirky (perhaps regrettable) décor choices from your college days or a hipster den. Fear not! No matter your style, the tapestry is back and ready for action – and more modern than ever. Read on to find out how to make this on-trend look work for you.
Find your Tapestry Style
With over 1500 styles available, finding the perfect tapestry can be a little daunting. Check out a sampling of some of our favorites from our entire selection or shop all tapestries and narrow down your search by style, subject, or color to match your look.
Go bold and bright with a funky geometric pattern to add a pop of color to your space.
Bring the great outdoors inside with animal designs or stunning nature photography.
Go traditional with fine art-inspired designs or add a sophisticated accent to your space with a nod to tapestries from centuries ago.
Where to Hang a Tapestry
Tapestries can do so much more than just look lovely on a wall. Give stick-on wall murals a run for their money and consider a large nature scene or cityscape as more of a backdrop than wall art for your living room or den.
Simpler patterns and designs also look great used as curtains; the repeating designs easily blend together if you need to use more than one for your windows. You can also use them to hide away open doors like closets or to break up a large space in a room instead of a classic room divider.
Drift off to dreamland by styling a soothing image as a headboard for your bed, or create a canopy look by hanging it from the ceiling to add dimension and visual interest to your room. If you have a canopy bed, try two or more matching or complementary tapestries draped over the top of the canopy instead of a classic canopy top. Gather with a tie around each post for a look that can be easily updated on a whim.
Don’t forget – lightweight fabric tapestries can be even more versatile off the walls. Make them work double duty as tablecloths or picnic blankets for a great conversation piece during a meal, drape them over the back of the couch for a little added visual interest, or use them on the bed as a decorative alternative (or addition) to a heavy duvet or quilt.
Tapestry Hanging Tips
Sure, you can always go with nails or push pins, but why risk damaging your art? Many tapestries have rod pockets for easy hanging. Select an appropriate curtain rod and hang it using standard hardware or damage-free utility hooks. Stick with a simple rod to keep the focus on the design, or select a more ornate option to elevate the look.
For tapestries without pockets, curtain clips are an excellent choice if you’d like to use a rod. If you want to avoid a rod altogether, stick damage-free utility clips directly to the wall, or fasten Velcro to the edges of the tapestry and the wall for a sleek look without gapping. You can sew the Velcro on to the tapestry if you’re crafty, or use the type with a sticky back to easily adhere it directly to the fabric and wall – although there may be some residue upon removal. For lightweight tapestries, we also love clothespin string lights which add a little extra glow around your art.
Now you’ve got the knowledge to go from drab to fab with this classic décor piece – no matter your space, style, or budget. Isn’t that groovy?