Let’s face it – art in its traditional sense just doesn’t speak to everyone. I’ve seen this firsthand while exploring museums, traveling, and studying Art History where I overheard people whisper ‘that’s art?’ or ‘I don’t get it…’ to those next to them. Maybe the way we’ve historically been taught to classify and identify ‘art’ as paintings, photography, sculptures, etc. excludes many from enjoying the benefits of having art in the home, in whatever form that art may be. I helped one my friends move houses over a year ago, and was amazed when I recently went back to see beautiful furniture all throughout the space, but nothing on the walls. When I asked him why he said, “I hate the bare walls. But I don’t have any paintings, and I don’t like anything I’ve seen to buy.” His comment set me on a mission to find unique ideas for all the bare wall home dwellers out there, (who don’t actually want bare walls). Fact is, home decorating is an incredibly personal experience —there’s no need to buy paintings, prints, or photographs, simply because you feel like that’s what ‘should’ go on your walls.
So what should you hang on your walls instead? Today’s home philosophy is all about balance and creating a perfectly curated home that’s unique to you. It’s amazing how much more cozy and special a home can feel when it’s a direct reflection of the owner’s personality, interests, and travels.
One of the beauties of having a home is the freedom to decide what you want to live with and look at every day. What brings you joy? How can you incorporate more of that in your home? Here’s some unique ideas for wall art that isn’t ‘art’, yet make for beautiful and personal displays regardless. I hope they inspire you to color outside the lines a bit in your own home decor, and fill your walls with things that really matter to you.
Your hat collection.
Read more tips for decking out the perfect hat gallery wall here.
Surf boards, cheeseboards… any boards!
Beautiful dinner plates.
We love this modern glossy look, but a grouping of vintage plates would be just as wow-worthy.
Plants, plants, plants!
They’ll increase energy and productivity levels, too.
Textiles and tapestries.
Dip-dyed string hangings or macramé.
We’re saving this DIY for a rainy day.
Old window panes.
If the panes don’t do it for you solo, try creating a collage with all your favorite photos in the frames.
Woven basket bowls.