Your Guests Will Stop and Stare At These 5 Striking Wall Décor Ideas

Updated 02/12/19

When you begin to think of each empty wall in your home as a canvas upon which to express your personal style, suddenly every room opens itself up to a world of possibilities. No matter your tastes or design sensibilities, there is a myriad of wall décor ideas to help you bring your home to life with color, texture, patterns, and innovative objects.

Unless you're a pure minimalist, you'll likely want to add a few decorations to your walls. This could be anything from creating an eclectic gallery wall featuring unique pieces of art to carefully hanging one large mirror or scattering of smaller ones to create the illusion of depth and space.

If you're staring at a large blank wall and aren't sure where to start, fret not. The first step is recognizing the existing style of the room you want to decorate. Is it colorful and maximalist or neutral with minimal designs? Take this into consideration when making your next design move. Then, take some time to think about the mood you want to evoke in the space, as well as the types of wall décor that you'd be happy to look at, day in and day out. 

Ahead, we've compiled five distinct wall décor ideas to get your creative juices flowing (and what to shop to get the look on the spot). It's time to fill those blank walls and make your house feel like home.

Large Statement Art

Statment Art
Alyssa Rosenheck

Hanging one, singular piece of art is a surefire way to make a statement (and a lasting impression on guests). Pick a large-scale work that speaks to you and flows with your existing décor. For example, a minimal abstract painting with simplistic white, black, and gray designs complements this gray dining room by matching the feel of the room. 

West Elm The Arts Capsule Framed Canvas Print
West Elm The Arts Capsule Framed Canvas Print $249
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This black and white canvas print would work in a minimal or eclectic space. The colors and design are simple upon first glance, but the thick brushstrokes certainly make a statement.

Anewall Blush Bouquet Mural
Anewall Blush Bouquet Mural $498
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For something that will truly command a room, opt for a patterned mural. Although this piece is large in scale, the soft floral patterns in muted tones won't overpower a space.

Alice Quaresma Mental Object 11
Alice Quaresma Mental Object 11 $2800
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If your style is more modern, consider an assemblage style piece like this work by Alice Quaresma. It combines multiple mediums for a collage appearance that would look striking paired with contemporary furnishings.

Interesting Mirrors

Mirror Wall Décor
Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

For an alternative to paintings, you might consider hanging one or more mirrors to create an interesting look that can completely change the appearance of a room. A single, large mirror can do wonders when it comes to making a small space feel larger, while multiple, smaller pieces arranged together can create an eye-catching effect. 

Anthropologie Madeleine Mirror
Anthropologie Madeleine Mirror $298
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A delicate, gilded mirror like this one is just begging to be propped up on top of the mantle of a beautiful fireplace. Gently lean in against the wall for an effortless look.

West Elm Faceted Rectangle Wall Mirror
West Elm Faceted Rectangle Wall Mirror $349 $190
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If your tastes are far from traditional, turn your attention to this multi-faceted mirror in an irregular shape. Place it on the wall in a spot that allows for natural light to bounce off its many angles for a piece of wall décor that will truly never look the same whenever you catch a glimpse of it.

West Elm Foxed Trio Mirror
West Elm Foxed Trio Mirror $399 $279
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This trio mirror offers the look of multiple pieces without the effort of finding the right place to hang individual objects. The variety of tinted layers allows this mirror to actually double as a modern work of art.

Unique Wall Hangings

Wall Hanging
Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

Allow the eclectic curator in you to get creative by hanging a unique piece of wall décor. From mobiles and hanging planters to contemporary objects and woven baskets, there are so many items that can be hung on the wall as décor—even if that might not be their intended purpose.

Urban Outfitters Triangle String Hanging Planter
Urban Outfitters Triangle String Hanging Planter $18
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Bring some greenery into your home by hanging a string planter on the ceiling in the corner of a room. This one from Urban Outfitters is equal parts boho and sleek thanks to its brass detailed design.

West Elm Metallic Macrame Wall Hanging
West Elm Metallic Macrame Wall Hanging $129 $30
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For something a bit more unusual, opt for a contemporary metallic piece of wall décor. This macrame wall hanging could work in a chic and sophisticated interior and would be sure to garner questions from guests.

Urban Outfitters Macramé Planter Pocket Wall Hanging
Urban Outfitters Macramé Planter Pocket Wall Hanging $49
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For a softer look, this macrame planter gives the warm appearance of a handmade piece. The fringe and woven material would fit into any bohemian space, but it could also work in contrast to more traditional design styles.

An Eclectic Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall
Alyssa Rosenheck

If one piece of statement art just doesn't do it for you, why not give the perennially popular gallery wall a try? It's a great way to display a unique collection of artwork and it's an excuse to evolve your artistic finds. Pro-tip: use a large sheet of butcher paper to organize your pieces just right. Trace where you want the frames to go and then tape the paper on the wall to help you place nails in the correct spots.

Julia Walck It Is What It Is Art Print
Julia Walck It Is What It Is Art Print $19
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This playful print uses a cliché saying to create an iconic black and yellow smiley face. Just looking at it will cause your lips to curl upward.

Jimmy Thompson Nude Turned
Jimmy Thompson Nude Turned $50
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This print features the female form from the back depicted only with a few sparse, delicate lines. Use something like this to contrast more abstract paintings or contemporary prints.

Marleigh Culver Number 17
Marleigh Culver Number 17 $140
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This colorful, abstract work from Marleigh Culver is minimal, yet bursting with saturated hues and irregular shapes. It's attention-grabbing in a subtle way.

Bold Wallpaper

Wallpaper
Catherine Kwong Design

Finally, to really decorate an entire wall, there's a variety of easy-to-use wallpaper options. You can easily find peel and stick wallpapers, perfect for rental spaces that you'll be able to remove before your lease is up. It's a relatively simple upgrade that will go a long way in transforming a space. 

Anthropologie Ginkgo Reverie Wallpaper
Anthropologie Ginkgo Reverie Wallpaper $198
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This light and airy wallpaper gives just a touch of glamour to a room. You'll have to be up close to really see all the details of the design.

West Elm Digital Terrazzo Wallpaper
West Elm Digital Terrazzo Wallpaper $129
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If you haven't already gotten in on the terrazzo trend, this statement-making wallpaper in the retro-inspired pattern is a bold way to bring the look into your home. 

West Elm Drop It Modern Femme Removable Wallpaper
West Elm Drop It Modern Femme Removable Wallpaper $117
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If you're a fan of big, bold prints, opt for a wallpaper that doubles as a large-scale work of art. This black and white wall décor looks like something out of a Picasso painting in a minimal color scheme.

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