Wall décor ideas: wall art for every style and budget

From kitchen wall decor to bedroom wall art, inject some personality into your interior with our wall decor ideas

Lulu Medallion Tapestry, £39.00, Urban Outfitters

Gallery walls, wall hangings, feature walls… there are so many ways to express your personal style with wall décor in your home, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start.

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If your walls are looking a little bit lacklustre but you’re struggling to commit to a certain style, don’t fret – wall décor can be as bold or understated as you like, plus, with the correct installation, it’s totally temporary.

So, whether you’re looking to freshen up your kitchen wall décor, find inspiring bedroom wall art or seek out some eye-catching wall art for white walls, we’ve broken down our favourite wall décor ideas to help take your rooms from drab to fab.

Read on to discover our favourite decorations, plus tips on how to bring your space to life!

Kitchen wall décor

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. The place where we cook, eat, and congregate with friends and family, in most homes it’s a hive of activity – so it’s only right that the kitchen wall décor you choose is as lively in tone.

Wall décor inspired by food and drink is always a nice addition to a kitchen, but, this doesn’t mean you have to opt for gaudy, old fashioned restaurant-style prints and canvases. Instead, look out for some themed, abstract pieces that’ll brighten up your space without looking too kitsch. Think bold, graphic prints, illustrations and artwork.

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Jemma’s tea pot print brings a pop of colour into to her kitchen. ‘This space is now one of my favourites in the house. It feels bright and calm; a little home haven for me’ she says

If a poster isn’t for you, why not follow Kate Spiers and make a feature of your favourite ceramics, mugs and glassware by installing an open shelf?

Kate’s picture-perfect kitchen has open shelving and a handy larder for storage. The open shelving gives plenty of opportunity to show off her collection of kitchenware, from mugs and plates to potted houseplants
Kate’s picture-perfect kitchen has open shelving and a handy larder for storage. The open shelving gives plenty of opportunity to show off her collection of kitchenware, from mugs and plates to potted houseplants

Add trailing plants, small prints in frames and a vintage radio to totally reinvent how your kitchen feels. The best thing is, you can swap out the trinkets you display on a regular basis, so you never get tired.

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Wall pictures for your living room

Because it’s a high traffic area, when it comes to your living room, it can be really tempting to play it safe with wall decor. Living rooms, however, also tend to be the one room with ample wall space above sofas, side tables and fireplaces, giving you lots of areas to work with to create a really personal, unique display – be bold!

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Danielle has used a mixture of artwork and plaques in her living room to give it a varied, interesting feel

When choosing your art, don’t just look at the big large space above your sofa… consider how you use the smaller spaces around windows and doors, above light switches and around bookshelves.

Many worry that overfilling the empty spaces on your walls might leave your home looking small and cluttered, but in reality, some thoughtful additions to these spaces will help you create depth. They’ll leave your home looking beautifully dressed and unique – because let’s face it, nobody wants their home to look like generic furniture store!

This striking gold and black sideboard from Swoon Editions gives the living room an instant shot of glam. Kate has styled it up with artwork from Society6, books and a collection of quirky accessories with gold and black accents to tie the look together
You don’t always need to hang up the pictures in your living room to make an impact. Here, Kate has styled up her Swoon Editions sideboard with artwork from Society6, books and a collection of quirky accessories with gold and black accents to tie the look together
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A varied look always works well in a living room, so try mixing and matching different sized framed prints with some other features. We love the look of hanging ceramic tiles, decorative plaques and garlands.

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Bedroom wall art

When it comes to your bedroom, it’s important to remember that while you want to add interest to your walls, it’s also key that the space feels relaxing and tranquil. Therefore, soft macramé wall hangings, subtle prints and tapestries are the perfect way to decorate your space without making it feel too busy and stimulating. You can even add faux flower garlands, faux vines or ornate banners to give it a dreamy feel.

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Faye Noble has created a feature of rattan accessories to decorate her walls

If you’re looking to create a gallery wall in your bedroom, you can soften the overall look by mixing framed prints with woven wall baskets, paper fans and rattan mirrors.

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Jessica chose a pastel blue and gold colour scheme for her room, which makes it feel bright and fun with a touch of glam

Or, if boho style isn’t for you, swap bold black frames for wooden or metallic frames, or try styling your posters in glass frames with ribbons for a romantic feel. Magnetic poster hangers are also great if you want to bring a cool, contemporary feel to the room.

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White wall art

Knowing how to dress white walls can make or break an interior. The right wall décor in a white scheme can take your room from harsh and clinical to light and airy, and it’s easy to achieve this look if you know how.

Often, choosing the correct wall art for a white base can be the most difficult, because white walls are a complete blank canvas and don’t dictate what colours you should or shouldn’t have. As a result, the best option is to use the existing furniture and accessories in your room as a starting point, and go from there.

Kate has broken up the white walls with a gallery display of prints from Oliver Bonas, Etsy and Society6. The corner is also a reading nook with a metal frame chair from West Elm
Kate has broken up her white walls with a gallery display of prints from Oliver Bonas, Etsy and Society6. The corner is also a reading nook with a metal frame chair from West Elm

If you’re a fan of the minimalist look or you have chic, unfussy furniture in your home, for example, you can’t go far wrong with a few, simple abstract prints. These can be as colourful or as muted as you like – you can even combine one bolder print with a few understated ones to keep a good balance.

If you love maximalist décor, then your best bet is to pair your white walls with colour and more colour. Take inspiration from Maisie Rees’ rental home and mismatch lots of punchy, graphic prints with neon highlights and strong colours.

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Maxine’s dining room has white walls and bold blend of modern and vintage furniture that echoes the rest of the house, but the dark-blue Dalsouple rubber flooring gives this space a unique atmosphere. The large Roy Lichtenstein pop-art print creates a bold focal point. ‘This is a big room that needs strong pieces with lots of impact,’ says Maxine

If you can’t commit to a certain colour scheme, don’t fret – monochrome art can still make a huge impact in a room, without overwhelming it with colour. Neutral toned wall décor also works well at adding interest and depth to a room without taking the focus away from key pieces of furniture – to achieve a scandi-style look, layer your white walls with prints in soft beige, blush pink and brown tones.

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