If traditional wall art isn’t your style, you’re in good company. Home décor enthusiasts have been experimenting with household objects from woven baskets to air-purifying plants and finding they add just as much (if not more) style than framed wall art alone.
So in celebration of this new-found freedom, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to mix up your wall décor.
Woven baskets are lightweight and flexible, so they’re easy to cluster in tight configurations. Grouping multiple sizes and weaves creates a look that’s organic and the perfect amount of messy.
Try with: Rustic or southwestern décor.
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Plates can be hung in a symmetrical arrangement or grouped in an organic, cascading design – the key is to find a color palette or theme to tie the look together. Start by arranging the plates on your table or floor to avoid unnecessary nail marks when it comes time to install.
Try with: Farmhouse or cottage décor.
Why not make your favorite accessories do double-duty? Wide-brimmed hats are on-trend and look just a cute hanging from the wall as they do shading your eyes. Group with other wall décor or hang solo.
Try with: Boho décor.
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Area rugs work just as well as traditional wall tapestries when it comes to wall décor. The colors, patterns, and textures are endless and make for beautiful backdrops behind sofas and credenzas. Remember that area rugs can be heavy, so make sure you choose a style that is low-ply and appropriately sized for your wall.
Try with: Global décor.
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If you love to DIY, create your own wall art using a decorative shower curtain – just stretch over a wooden frame and staple in place. Shower curtains come in playful designs and are budget-friendly as well.
Try with: Coastal décor.
The possibilities are endless! Swapping out traditional wall art for something new can lead to a look that’s fresh and unique and will have your guests asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”