31 Wall Decor Ideas to Add Instant Style to Your Home

Painting of young Black boy blowing bubblegum bubble

Design: Oloro Interiors; Photo: Rebecca McAlpin

They say eyes are windows to the soul—and that walls are windows to an individual’s personal style. Okay, maybe no one actually says that second bit, but that doesn’t make it any less true. The walls of our homes are life-size canvases ripe for displaying the things that bring us joy. Family photos, original art pieces, sentimental objects … there’s almost nothing that’s not fair game.

To kickstart your design journey, we’ve rounded up 31 unique and creative wall decor ideas. Whether you’ve just moved or are itching to redecorate, there’s more than one option here to suit your needs. 

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Paint a Freehand Design

White bedroom wall with hand painted black arrows

Deena Knight

Wallpaper isn’t the only way to do an accent wall! If you’ve got an afternoon, a steady hand, and a vision, a freehand painted design can be a low-cost, high-impact way to add organic style to a room. The more straight-forward you keep the pattern, the less you’ll have to worry about making mistakes. But if you do “mess up,” don’t worry too much—inconsistency is part of the charm.

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Show Off Your Shoe Collection

Wall shoe rack

Design: The Brooklyn Home Company; Photo: Emily Gilbert Photo

Hey, shoe fiends: you don’t have to be a pro athlete to put your kicks on full display. Rather than keeping your shoes all in their boxes, why not use them to lend a little color and texture to a bedroom or closet wall? Pro tip: select a shelf that blends with the wall color to let the many hues of your shoes shine.

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Put Family Photos Front and Center

Family photos hung on the wall of a staircase

Hibou Design & Co.

What is a home if not the place to collect memories? Track your favorite moments throughout the years with a gallery wall of the highlights. Opting for either black and white prints or coordinating frames will help bring consistency to the variety of images.

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Go All In On One Art Piece

Large painting of a young Black child blowing a bubble with bubblegum

Design: Oloro Interiors; Photo: Rebecca McAlpin

Showcase a piece that brings you happiness in a high-traffic area of your home, such as the foyer. For a more casual, contemporary spin on hanging a single, larger piece of art, ditch the frame and situate it lower than expected—perhaps over a bench—so that eye level hits the middle of the canvas.

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Hang Up Your Hats

Hats hanging on a wall above a white dresser

Black & Blooms

Wall decor that can do double-duty as storage is a smart decision for any small space. If your closet shelves don’t have enough space for hat boxes, consider creating a display of your favorite headgear nearby. They’ll be easy to grab on your way out the door and a wonderful daily reminder of your willingness to have fun with fashion.

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Choose Unique Shelves

Gallery wall of abstract art and uniquely shaped shelves

House of Chais

What you use to hold decor can also serve as decor itself! For a playful look that also adds dimension, forget straight lines and place small plants and mementos on shelving in unique shapes such as teardrops and triangles.

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Commission an Original Installation

Pink floral wall art installation

Jenn Pablo Studio

A freeform, three-dimensional art installation can bring a museum or gallery-like quality to a room or hallway, particularly if it has vast expanses of wall space. It’s also an excellent opportunity to commission work from and support a local artist.

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Round Up Vintage Maps

Gallery wall of vintage maps

Katie Hodges

Search thrift shops and antique malls for maps with patina, and choose the locales you display based on what best feeds your soul. Feeling homesick? Hang the places that have provided comfort throughout your life. Got an incurable case of wanderlust? Choose the destinations that have excited you most—or the ones you can’t wait to get to next.

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Spring for a Wall Mural

Nursery with woodland creature wall mural

Design: Design Manifest; Photo: Raquel Langworthy

An especially whimsical choice for a kid’s room, mural wallpaper (the design pictured is by Rebel Walls) can provide endless fodder for imaginative play. Growing minds will no doubt fill their imagination with stories of the scene they go to sleep to every night.

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Do Shiplap Wainscoting

Colorful bedroom with hunter green shiplap wainscoting

Girl & Grey

This more formal wall treatment feels instantly farmhouse when done in a casual shiplap style. Add an unexpected hue like hunter green and top with a playfully patterned wallpaper and you’ve got a personality-packed accent wall.

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Hang a Basket Arrangement

Basket wall mural above a wooden dining table

Design: The Kwendy Home; Photo: Janet Kwan

Love neutrals, but don’t want your decor to feel boring? Tobacco baskets and other shallow woven receptacles add interest with texture and shape. Group several together in an organic arrangement for a boho-leaning look that can still blend well with more traditional furniture pieces.

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Try a Skateboard

Skateboard hung as wall decor above a brown leather chair

Design: Michelle Gage; Photo: Brian Wetzel Photo

Skateboard decks (you know, the platform you place your feet on) are often covered in beautiful designs on the bottom side. Which means, without the trucks and wheels, they can make for unique and eye-catching wall decor—especially in a tall, skinny space. The one featured in this photo is by artist and professional skateboarder Jason Dill.

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Pick Unexpected Mirror Shapes

Moody dining room featuring oval mirror wall decor

Design: Vestige Home; Photo: Rebecca McAlpin

Mirrors aren’t only for checking your outfit before you head out the door—they’re also an easy way to throw light around a room and make a space feel bigger. A pairing of curved oval mirrors, as seen here, accomplishes this mission while also serving as an unexpected style moment. 

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Plate It Up

Ceramic plates painted with dogs hung on a bedroom wall

Lucy Gleeson Interiors

Dishware doesn’t have to be confined to the kitchen and dining room! Use spring-style hangers to add plates to a wall with vintage or traditional flair, or opt for adhesive disks for a modern, floating look.

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Have Fun With Fringe

Bedroom with olive green patterned wallpaper and a fringed mirror

Gray Space Interiors

The 70’s are back, baby! And while we hope wall-to-wall shag carpeting doesn’t surge in popularity anytime soon, fringe is one accent from the decade that’s remarkably versatile. Try it on a mirror or an art piece.

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Add a Macrame Hanging

Macrame wall hanging in a boho living room

Maggpie

We love the laid-back, Cali-inspired vibe of macrame wall-hanging. Secured to a piece of found wood and done in neutral tones, this woven art adds texture to a blank wall without overwhelming the eyes—and looks great in a variety of sizes.

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Say It with Neon

Vibrant pink bedroom with a neon wall hanging above the bed

Design: Shannon Claire Interiors; Photo: Laura Metzler

Whether it’s your go-to mantra or favorite song lyrics, the words you live by make perfect fodder for a custom neon light. Incorporate one into your bedroom design for a dose of inspiration right when you wake up in the morning.

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Display Your Books

Child's play room with rainbow ombre book shelves and guitar wall decor

Victoria Bell Design

When arranged facing out in ombre order, a child’s favorite tomes add a playful punch of color to their private spaces. Added bonus: the books are easy to access come bedtime, and even easier to rotate out as their taste in reading material changes.

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Go for a Grid

Neutral seating area with a gridded gallery wall of six figure sketches

Whittney Parkinson

There’s power in numbers—and in repeating variations on a visual theme. For a more traditional take on the gallery wall, select a few pieces from the same series, choose a frame style, and hang them in neat and tidy rows. The resulting look will feel clean and classic.

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Concentrate on a Corner

Vintage-inspired gallery wall in a kitchen corner

Design: Sarah Lyon; Photo: The Tangled Tomato

Put a dimensional twist on a gallery wall by concentrating a selection of artwork at the point where two walls meet. Add a comfy chair and small table underneath and you’ve got the perfect place to cozy up with a good book and a steaming mug of tea.

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Cut It Out

Beach bungalow dining room with cutout accent wall

White Sands

This wall cut-out serves two purposes: It dresses up a shelving area with an additional design element, and diffuses natural light into the next room. For a lower-cost alternative, consider using a patterned mesh screen as a room divider.

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Pennants, Please!

Cozy window seating area featuring a "It's Cool to Be Kind" pennant

Anna Hartzell

The space above a window can be tricky to outfit, but a vintage-inspired felt flag pennant is often the perfect touch. Whether celebrating your alma mater or offering up an inspirational quote, this Americana-inspired design moment brings a dose of nostalgia to any interior.

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Show Off Your Monogram

Preppy pink and blue bedroom with monogram wall decor

Stephanie Hoey Interiors

Does it get any more preppy than a monogram? That being said, initials can be configured in dozens of colors, styles, and typefaces, so those who wish to (literally) put their stamp on a space shouldn’t feel confined to the style.

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Make a Statement with Sconces

Sitting room wall with vintage art flanked by gold sconces

Tyler Karu Design + Interiors

When used strategically, sconces instantly dress up a space—a huge reason why lighting is often referred to as the jewelry of a room. Flank a piece of art with a matching set for a hint of Old World grandeur.

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Add an Animal Head

Pink and teal girl's bedroom with stuffed flamingo head wall decor

Nikole Ramsay

Whether it’s a faux taxidermy deer—we all remember when those had their moment, right?—or something more playful, like the stuffed flamingo seen here, animal bust wall decor is a quick way to add whimsy to any space.

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Paint a Scallop Half-Wall

Boho bedroom with light taupe scallop half wall

House of Chais

This playful—and surprisingly subtle—paint choice is a great stand-in for a headboard in the bedroom, and also looks sweet in a little girl’s nursery. Stick with close-to-neutral shades to keep the design from looking too cutesy.

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Do a Diptych

Beach-y dining room with painted zebra diptych wall decor

Nikole Ramsay

Historically speaking, a diptych was a painting done on two panels, usually for religious purposes, and connected by hinges. These days, the term is used to describe any piece that extends from one panel into two. The effect? An instant increase on the drama factor for any art installation.

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Display Your Dishware

Airy dining room with open shelving alcove displaying teal and pink dishware

Katherine Carter Design

There’s no need for dishware to sit hidden in a china hut! Show off your prettiest pieces and prized collections directly in the dining room on a few open shelves, and they’ll instantly become part of the room decor. (They’ll also be easier to grab should unexpected guests arrive.)

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Use Statement Wallpaper

Brown wave wallpaper decorating a small laundry room

Blakely Interior Design

You’ve seen this style trick used in powder rooms a thousand times over, but other small spaces—like the laundry room—are also fun to outfit with a boldly-patterned wallpaper. Reasons being: 1) You likely won’t be spending long amounts of time in here, so the design won’t distract from any tasks at hand, and 2) With less square footage to cover, you’ll save money. 

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Make a Fan Centerpiece

Costal bedroom with fan wall decor

Weeth Home

Like baskets, woven fans are a wonderful way to add a hint of natural texture to a blank wall space without breaking the bank. And there’s something especially satisfying about a symmetrical arrangement, as shown here. It brings a sense of order and calm to a bedroom, which should be a sanctuary of serenity.

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Fake Frames With Washi Tape

Colorful Washi tape gallery wall hung over light pink dresser

The Crafted Life

Custom frames for a gallery wall can add up quickly. Want to keep costs down and add color to your walls? Attach prints with washi tape! No nail holes are required for this approach, which makes it especially great for renters.

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