As you have grown and matured, so, too, has your bedroom wall decor. By now, hopefully, the teen rocker posters and tie-dye sheets are a thing of the past. Here are some ideas for wall decor that suits an elegant, sophisticated, and grown-up bedroom.
A common sight in a bedroom is one large art print sitting squarely above the headboard. An eye-catching wall hanging such as this gives prominence to the bed, creating an important focal point in the room. However, above-the-headboard art doesn't have to be a single large piece. When grouped together in similar or cohesive frames, a collection of photographs (nature scenes or family snapshots) or smaller works of art also draws the eye to the bed.
Mirrors perform several important functions in a bedroom. They let you check your appearance before you head out the door in the morning. They also bounce light—daylight or lamplight—around a space, which can make a dark bedroom brighter and livelier. If the mirror above a bed faces a blank wall or something rather drab, hang it at a slight angle, tilted out from the wall and it will reflect the colorful bedding below instead.
Popular and fun, wall decals let you inject personality into your bedroom. You can choose from hundreds of designs, including symbols, patterns, and quotes, or you can have a custom decal made. They stick to the wall, which makes them an easy DIY project. Choose lots of small shapes to hang top-to-bottom on a wall, creating an all-over design. Or, pick one large decal to create impact behind the bed or around a window.
You can use paint to add color or neutral serenity to a room, but you can also use it to create decorative effects on the walls. For vivid character, mark off a geometric pattern, such as stripes in two or more colors, a checkerboard, or harlequin diamonds. Paint a whimsical freehand design of your own creation, or use a stencil to accurately render shapes and motifs. Or, choose from the many paint effects that can put suede, denim, faux-bois, or chamois texture on the walls.
Though we often think of displaying collectibles in the living spaces of our homes, we don't always think of them for the bedroom. But collections that are personal and meaningful are at home in this private space, too. An assortment of blue-and-white plates or framed vintage hankies can become a pretty array above a headboard. By mounting shelves, cubbyholes, or shadowboxes to the wall, you can show off any three-dimensional objects, from teacups to retro clocks to rare books.
Add style and personality to any room in your home with these tips on how to decorate a wall with artwork. Before you start, keep these arranging and hanging lessons in mind. Most people hang artwork too high. At the right height, the center of your image should hang at eye level between 60 and 66 inches. Size also matters when choosing how to hang your art. A large piece isn't always the most commanding visual. If you have smaller pieces, try grouping them into an arrangement that will read as a large piece of art on the wall. With these tips in mind, plan your arrangement. Start by arranging your items on the floor. This can be a bit of a puzzle, but keep trying until you're happy with how the items work as a group. Consider a symmetrical art arrangement which looks orderly and as easy to achieve. Draw an imaginary vertical line in the center and mirror the arrangement on each side of the line. A salon style arrangement is another way to decorate your walls. Start by positioning the most prominent piece at eye level in the center and work outward. A mix of dimensional pieces such as plates and frames in different shapes and colors keep the arrangement lively and interesting. Once you've planned your arrangement, cut out shapes of craft paper equal to the size of the items you want to hang, then use painter's tape to hang each paper shape on the wall in the same arrangement you created on the floor. The tape won't damage the wall and lets you double check your design before you put nails on the wall. Mark each paper template at the place where your nail will be needed to hang the corresponding item. Pound nails into the wall through the paper templates at the marked spot, hang your artwork and enjoy.