So, you don’t have the budget for a one-of-a-kind Warhol, a unique Jackson Pollock or a classic Van Gogh. Well, that makes you and 99.9% of the rest of the population! Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer from blank wall syndrome. Never heard of it? Well, it can strike anybody at any time, instilling boredom, restlessness and the sudden urge to get out of the house! The antidote? A little creativity and of course our top tips for transforming any empty expanse of wall space into a beautiful, bold and colorful corner of the home that will inspire and relax. Intrigued? Read on for our five favorite trends in contemporary decorating. Because, home isn’t just where the heart is, it should be where the art is too.
That’s right, we’re talking photos here. And no ordinary photos, but photo collages and bold enlarged photos in color, sepia and black and white.
That’s right, gone are the days of simply displaying formal family portraits in small mantelpiece-top frames, in today’s digital camera world more is more. And why not? No need to trust your photo printing to a specialist store anymore either. Today you can print photos from the comfort of your own home or even upload images to a whole array of photo printing services. That means plenty of relaxed and fun crazy close-up shots of the kids, lots of cool vacation pictures boldly displayed in oversized frames and a whole wealth of unique and artistic ways of adding a photo image to all kinds of products and textiles. That’s right, it’s not just the vibe of the photography’s that’s gotten a whole lot more relaxed either. When it comes to framing and displaying those fun photos, think less formal matted photos in frames and more bold printed canvases, cool mattes with cut outs, colorful stylized photos and even photo-printed tapestries. You name it, you can print a photo on it!
So, the days of commissioning a portrait painter to capture your family in paint may well be long gone and forgotten. But one thing’s for certain, personalized artwork and wall décor has definitely seen a massive renaissance. And why not? Sure you can pick up a beautifully framed, reasonably priced reprint of a classic impressionist or bold abstract painting at many furniture stores and gift shops, but who wants what everyone else has got? Enter the personalized art canvas! From fun semi-personalized caricatures complete with a sassy and humor-filled vibe, to custom growth charts, quirky family caricatures and even oversized printed wedding or birth announcements, the custom choices are now endlessly easy to find. There’s no better way to assert your own personal taste and make sure your home is a true expression of who you really are. After all, who said artwork should be one-size-fits-all?
The writing’s on the wall! Signs aren’t just for businesses, they’re perfect for adding a lot of visual interest, personal flair and a huge amount of humor to a whole range of spaces and rooms in the home. Think vintage gas station sign complete with retro patina to bring a rugged edge to a boy’s bedroom, hang out room, bar or man cave. Think European bistro sign, old school bakery sign or fun diner sign to add a little flavor to a kitchen or dining room wall. And, think winery sign, traditional Irish pub sign or fun sports bar sign to add some cool to a living room or den. Hit garage sales for the real deal, or better yet, opt for a modern remix of an old classic with a newer version. It’s easy to score a new sign with equal parts vintage feel and modern personalization. The bonus? You won’t just have a wonderful piece of whimsical wall art to display, you’ll have a new family heirloom in the making.
Yep, they’re the fairest of them all and not just for the bathroom or bedroom anymore. After all, they add shimmer and style and a whole lot of light to any space. Perfect for any dark spot in the house! For a bohemian chic look, go for a cluster of small vintage frames in different shapes and sizes. For a bold modern look, go for an oversized model propped against a wall. Or, for a chic Parisian apartment feel, go for an antique-looking mirror hung and displayed alongside family-favorite photos and other artwork. You can even try hanging a mirror opposite a window to help reflect light into a room.
Decals, Wallpaper and Murals oh my!
Fast fashion has hit the decorating scene and there’s no better way to give a kid’s bedroom a lift, a rental home a splash of sophistication and a dark hallway a real boost of color than with a fabulously fun set of decals. From cutesy decal cutouts of animals, robots, cartoon characters, balloons, sailboats, stars and much more, there are hundreds of removable ways to spruce up a plain wall in a children’s room. You can even opt for a pretty and practical chalkboard to create a fun and whimsical spot to write your to-do list, shopping list or remind kids of their chores.
And the selection doesn’t stop there! Want the classic look of chic, old school wallpaper without all the fuss and fiddling involved in pasting it up? Want a semi-temporary way to give a colorless entryway or bedroom wall a hip, modern and contemporary look? Go for removable, temporary wallpaper! Whether you embrace color with a bold kid-friendly pattern, speak to your cozy side with a traditional print with a cottage-like feel, or, go for something totally modern and fresh, the choice is yours. And, better yet, you can switch out your wallpaper at the drop of a hat.
And finally let’s not forget the beloved mural. Yep, it isn’t just for children’s bedrooms any more either. Modern printing technology hasn’t just given us a wealth of digital photography, it has also delivered the means to quickly and easily create custom wall murals -- no painting required! And, whether you go for a pre-designed mural or upload a personal photo to a mural printing service, there are myriad ways to display your modern mural too. Try hanging one behind a bed as a bold and simple alternative to a headboard, or, try hanging one the length of a hallway for a fresh and funky vibe. Now that’s what we call a real work of art.