26 Unique Wall Decor Ideas in 2019
Bare walls are boring, but walls with just a few tiny picture frames are even worse.
How can you add interest to your wall decor in a modern, interesting, conversation-starting way?
Below are 26 suggestions on how to update your (blah) walls by adding colors, textures, and unique materials.
1. Hang an Oriental Rug
What's the best way to add softness and texture to your walls, not to mention amazing color and pattern?
An oriental rug wall hanging can easily create a statement wall, adding warmth and luxury to your home.
2. Wall of Mirrors
Creating a focus wall with a variety of mirrors makes a room feel bigger, brighter, and more open.
Using mirrors with interesting frames, like the ones below, adds pattern and interest to your walls.
3. Birch Tree Wall Decal
Wall decals, like the one below, are sometimes sticky and hard to apply. But if you get the pieces on just right, you can add a unique depth and whimsy to your walls.
4. Metal Tree Art
The metal tree art below lightens the dark green walls and creates an organic focus for the eye.
The curves of the tree match the curves of the chair, and satisfyingly contrast with the straight edges of the tables and the lamp, forming a cohesive design.
5. Giant Canvas Prints
There are thousands of photos available to enlarge on a canvas wall hanging. Any landmark, landscape, or portrait can be put on a canvas to fill up a whole wall.
Be careful to research, if your photo isn't the correct resolution, the canvas is likely to turn out blurry
6. Statement Bookshelves
Straight-edged run-of-the-mill bookshelves are a thing of the past. By adding a graphic or geometric bookcase to your wall, you add a bold fashion statement, and an interesting place to hold your books.
7. Create a Gallery Wall
A hot trend right now in wall decor is the gallery wall, and you can see why! You can hang all the artwork and photos you desire.
With a gallery wall, you make large piece with several smaller pictures.By mixing and matching photos, paintings, and other graphic elements, you create an eclectic feel that can be adapted to your style.
8. Graphic Tapestries
Like canvas art, graphic tapestries come in a variety of colors and subject matter. By covering a large area, these modern fabrics enliven walls, create a bold focus, and unify a room's style.
See how the colors in the tapestry below play on the colors of the chair, rug, and floor?
9. Hang Unique Plates
This method offers a unique versatility, by allowing you to mix and match plates that go with your style and color scheme.
10. DIY Shower Curtain Art
Like canvas art and tapestries, this DIY method covers a large space and can be done with virtually any pattern.
While this method takes a while, and might end up looking cheap (depending on the shower curtain you use), it could be an interesting addition to a playful or creative space like a playroom or office.
11. Hang Plants
Hanging plants on your wall may seem like a bit of a leap, but this organic display above shows that greenery can add life to a bare wall.
By choosing plants and pots with interesting colors and textures, this is a unique way to add interest to your walls.
As pretty as it is, there is the risk of the plants dying and turning brown, and watering plants at this height could be a pain.
12. Baskets, Baskets, Baskets!
Similar to hanging plates, the versatility of hanging baskets allows you to choose any color or pattern you wish.
This method adds texture, but if the basket is too big, it might add an awkward amount of depth, making the room feel smaller.
13. Painted Mountain Mural
Painting a mural adds a graphic element to a wall, but takes time and skill to implement.
If you're doing it yourself, you have to design it and sketch it on the wall. Imperfections could make the mural look messy and having a professional paint it would be expensive.
14. Framed Bathing Suits
Framing a selection of clothes, like bathing suits, can add colorful interest to a wall.
You could also frame a wedding dress, the pair of shoes you wore when you got your first job, or your navy uniform. The possibilities are endless!
This method adds a personalized touch to a space by preserving special memories.
15. Reclaimed Wood Paneling
Adding reclaimed wood to a wall, instead of painting a statement wall, adds a very rustic element. The natural aged colors add warmth and class to a space, though the splinters and installation may not be worth the hassle.
16. Wallpaper Mural
A wallpaper mural can be hit or miss. It can make you feel like you're in the forest, or on the beach, or anywhere you like, but depending on the quality and colors, it could come off looking cheap.
While wallpaper would be easier to apply than decals, it would still require professional installation or a day's worth of work.
17. Woven Wall Hangings
Woven wall hangings are all the rage on with crafters on Etsy right now. They range in size and color, type of yarn, and hanger.
Some of the hangings are truly beautiful, but some of them come off looking frumpy and could be an awkward addition to your wall.
18. Add a Giant Clock
The graphic elements of a clock face make it a bold addition to any wall. Beautiful and practical, a giant clock could easily be a statement piece.
Be careful with heavy clocks and be sure to add a strong base to your wall, so that you don't end up with a black hole
19. Unique Lighting
The lights below are a simple way to add interest to an otherwise boring wall. The geometric shape goes well with a minimalist design, creating a cohesive feel.
A fixture like the one below could be put in a gallery wall or left by itself. The options are endless
20. Geometric Paneling
Instead of hanging up a completely new element, you could build onto your existing wall. Geometric paneling adds just enough interest, depth, and color to make a room feel classy and warm.
You could add rectangles, triangles, hexagons, or any straight-lined shape you can think of! This method would look amazing with a modern chevron pattern, alternating colors, or a pop of wallpaper between panels.
Graphic and colorful lettering can truly define a room. You can use words like eat, dine, and wine in a kitchen. You can add your name, or you can hang a simple word like happy or hello to make your space feel more welcoming. This method has endless options for personalization!
22. Iron Wall Medallion
Medallions are a simple way to take up a lot of space on a wall.
You can choose a medallion of any color or style, and add it to a gallery wall, or find a huge one to be a statement piece.
23. Corrugated Metal
If you want to go very bold and love a rustic industrial style, then lining a wall with corrugated metal might be your flavor.
This method certainly adds a uniquely beautiful color and texture to the room below.
The straight lines make the ceilings look higher and the room look bigger. The exposed screws add to the industrial, modern feel of the addition.
24. Lots of Arrows
Arrows are a huge design trend right now, they seem to be the most versatile motif in the market. Their sharp lines and simplicity make them a perfect choice to add interest to any wall.
The arrows below add a natural and rustic feel to the wall, the stained wood playing on the image of the arrow, evoking a modern tribal feel to the pattern which instantly classes up the wall.
Not only are lockers amazing storage, but they also add an interesting feel to a boy's room or a mudroom.
The metal makes them very industrial, and though you can buy them in any color (or spray paint them), the grey below, paired with yellow accents, really plays off the young, fun feel of the room.
If painted white or perhaps a bright yellow, you could add these to a freshly eclectic space for some unique storage.
26. Rolling Barn Door
I'm a huge fan of huge barn doors. Not only do they provide privacy, but they also add a pleasantly rustic element to any room.
The natural woods in the photo below play off each other, and the modern chairs mixed with the barn door create a beautiful eclectic style.