Wall Art and Decor Buying Guide

Your walls are your home's canvas, and no matter whether you've ever picked up a paintbrush, you can use your walls to display your style, personality, and inspirations. The types and ranges of wall art and decor are as varied as the types of artists. Have a favorite color? How about a favorite flower? Or a distinctive material you love? Start with this overview of wall art and decor to make your home into your own personal museum.

Types of Wall Art and Decor

Types of Wall Art and Decor

Are you a poster aficionado? Or do you love displaying family photos and your kids' artwork? Then it's time to get to work, making your walls serve as your own personal collection of wall art and decor that will help you love your home even more. Fortunately, from traditionalists to avid DIYers, the range of wall art and decor allows for experimentation and inspiration. Take a look at the different types—including canvas wall art, framed wall art, glass wall art, metal wall art, vinyl wall art, wall art posters, wall art prints, and wall art sculptures—as you assemble the right pieces for your home.

Canvas Wall Art

The images on canvas wall art are printed directly onto a piece of canvas; the edges are wrapped around and secured in back, which allows the art piece to be hung without a frame.

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Framed Wall Art

Framed wall art encompasses a huge range of wall art and decor, from family photos to framed paintings. There are also a variety of types of frames, such as sleek contemporary and more ornate traditional.

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Glass Wall Art

Glass can be blown or formed into unique shapes and colors, and these pieces can be transformed into glass wall art. These sculpturelike works often offer amazing forms that bring color and movement to wall art and decor.

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Metal Wall Art

Like glass, metal can be shape-shifted into a variety of forms—delicate tree branches and bulbous squares, among others. Color can also be applied to metal wall art to add inspiring personality.

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Vinyl Wall Art

Vinyl wall art, also known as decals, has exploded in popularity in recent years. These easy-to-apply, easy-to-remove decorative pieces are fast, fairly inexpensive ways to change the look of walls. Great in kids' rooms and nurseries, they also work well in other living spaces.

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** All pictures in this ad DO NOT represent the ACTUAL size of the Decal please read the size on the page title, all wall decal si...zes are in inches ** Can be applied to any hard surface...walls, mirrors, doors, or any other surface you can think of !... read more

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** All pictures in this ad DO NOT represent the ACTUAL size of the Decal please read the size on the page title, all wall decal si...zes are in inches ** Can be applied to any hard surface...walls, mirrors, doors, or any other surface you can think of !... read more


Add this to any room in your home to show off your creativity. The vinyl material will stay securely on your wall until you take i...t down. Materials: Matte vinyl Colors: Matte black Type: Vinyl wall decal Design: 'Creativity is messy and I am VERY... read more

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ALWAYS CHECK AGAINST THE DIMENSIONS PROVIDED. PLEASE NOTE: The decal in the photo is not to scale, it has been enlarged for viewin...g. Always check against the dimensions provided. This design measures 12 wide by 12 high and COMES IN BLACK ONLY. This decal is perfect for a quick, DIY decorating project or gift. Vinyl decals can be applied to any smooth to semismooth surface including: cabinets, candles, cell phones, coolers, floors, furniture, glass, ipads, laptops, metal, mirrors, notebooks, plastic, walls, windows, or wood plus many more items. Every decal order contains the following: Decal(s) Easytounderstand instructions Vinyl application tool Decal is fully removable but not reusable. VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAINT Read instructions fully before applying decals. Allow decal to come to room temperature. Some of the new wall paints may contain a stain blocker or teflon additive which may cause decal adhesive to fail. This can also be a problem with VOC free paints (low odor paints). If your wall is incompatible after installing the test decal, the edges will begin to lift peel up. Please apply test decal first. Vinyl manufacturer suggests waiting 46 weeks to apply decals to newly painted walls. This allows the paint to cure completely and not cause decal to peel. GUARANTEE: Satisfaction of the buyer is first and foremost. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return the unused decal within 7 days of receipt for a full refund. read more

Wall Art Posters

Posters have long been a staple of wall art and decor pieces. These may be popular verbiage (think "Keep Calm and Carry On"), vintage prints, music advertisements, and more.

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Wall Art Prints

Wall art prints are prints of images—be it a photograph taken by you or an image created by someone else—in poster size or smaller. These may be framed or otherwise mounted so they can hang on walls.

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Wall Art Sculptures

Wall art sculptures hang out from the wall, giving dimension to a space. They may be created from virtually anything—old tiles arranged together in interesting compositions or layered pieces in a variety of materials, for example.

Product Features

Product Features

Look at a piece of glass wall art and a piece of canvas wall art, and you may have a hard time discerning how and why the two have any similarities beyond dressing up your walls. But all wall art and decor pieces have practical product features that will enable you to enjoy them for many years, as well as keep them securely attached in your spaces. Those two product features include hanger/attachment and reproduction method. Use this overview to help you buy the best pieces for your home.


Most wall art and decor pieces have a hanger attached to the frame or edge. Ensure that it is sturdy and will hold the weight of the piece. Also look into the type of nail or screw that works best with the item's hanger. For decals, review how easy it is to take the pieces off the wall and reattach them.

Reproduction Method

Wall art and decor may be reproduced in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is printed directly onto canvas; other times it is painted, as with original artwork.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Wall art and decor is the final touch to your rooms, the flourish that lends your spaces a connectedness with furniture and accents as well as the lived-in, loved look that's essential to making a home. Even with the variety of wall art and decor, there are a few common purchase considerations that will make an impact on what you buy and why you buy it. Those include size, fade-resistance, and cost. Here's a short guide to help you.


It's disappointing when artwork looks too big and too crowded, or too little and too sparse. Measure your spaces to ensure your artwork will fit with the walls and other pieces.


Particularly with painted pieces, fading from sunlight can be an issue. Ask about fading before you purchase, and take measures to ensure that you can shield your artwork through strategic placement or window treatments.


Of course, wall art and decor varies widely in price. DIY options, such as wall decals and canvas pieces, may be more affordable, allowing you to change the look of your spaces regularly. Other one-of-a-kind pieces may be more of an investment, but they will last decades.

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