Feeling ho-hum about your home's walls? Peppering them with photos and framed artwork is a nice go-to, but isn't always the most interesting option. Step outside of your decorating box and explore some alternative choices in wall decor. These pieces not only make a room pop, but give guests something to talk about.
A Mod Mirror
Mirrors are a genius addition to rooms that are spatially challenged. They reflect light, making the room look brighter and trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it actually is.
Skip the standard square or rectangle piece and opt for something with more of an artistic bent. These Showtime Mirrors, designed by Jamie Hayon, are the perfect addition to a mod living room looking for a dose of hipster street cred.
A Few Flowers
Plant life can take a room from dour to delightful in a matter of seconds. If you lack a green thumb, don't despair, this doesn't mean you're relegated to staring at floral still lives.
A ceramic, 3-D, wall accent, like Global View's Magnolia, is the perfect alternative to the real deal. Decorate one wall of a bedroom or living room with several of the same flower; or create a pretty ceramic garden by mixing and matching different types.
A Delicious Decal
Do you have a deep fear of commitment when it comes to wall decor? If permanently affixing pieces gives you anxiety, it's time to consider a wall decal. These giant stickers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Not only do they add life to a lonely wall, but they're also easily removable in case you change your mind.
An Interesting Animal
Kid's bedrooms and play spaces can be hard to decorate. You don't want to go too cutesy, but you still want the room to feel like it's occupied by a little person.
These handmade papier-mache animal heads by Dwell Studio are the perfect compromise. They're playful while still feeling sophisticated. As a bonus, these 3-D pieces are socially conscious -- each head is crafted from recycled materials and created in conjunction with a Haiti-based non-profit organization.
A Cool Aquarium
Using your pets as wall decor isn't a farfetched idea thanks to the advent of the wall aquarium
. This futuristic looking piece is a very cool way to avoid the standard wall-hangings, while also showing off your favorite school of fish.
A Bold Bookshelf
Decor isn't limited to just artwork. An eye-popping set of shelves can also be just what the doctor ordered for a blah, blank wall. Go environmentally friendly and opt for a set fashioned from recycled books. They're perfectly functional, easy to install
yourself and a great conversation starter.
A Bit of Mix and Match
Take traditional photos and paintings to the next level by grouping them salon-style in vintage frames. Add visual variety by throwing a few unexpected pieces into the mix like a pretty, patterned china plate or a retro chapeau.
A home should feel like a direct reflection of its owner. Picking unexpected pieces to decorate the walls is a great way to show off your unique personality.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown