Wall art ideas to add character to your home

Last week I got the last piece of furniture for my not-so-new flat: a coffee table. However as I looked around my flat I was still struggling for wall art ideas.

It takes a long time to put a place together from scratch when you buy or rent somewhere unfurnished and now, almost eight months after moving in, the walls in every single room remain bare.

The first night P and I spent in our new flat we had nothing but a sofa bed, white goods, bedding and clothes. We went to Ikea first thing the next day to get as much as possible and even though we were there for four hours, we still had to return twice for more bits and bobs and never had any wall art ideas for our new home. (DISCLAIMER: The four long hours may have been due to a particularly horrendous hangover on my part).

After the sofa came the wardrobe, drawers and shelves, then a table and a TV, then over the first two months lots of separate purchases online made up the finishing touches like cushions, bath mats, throws and fancy glasses. Finally, after almost eight months came the coffee table.

After we got it I positioned it between the sofa and the TV (obviously) and adorned it with a few big books, like 200 Amazing Places to Travel which I’m yet to actually read. But as soon as I sat down and admired the final piece of my puzzle, my eyes wandered to the stark white walls.

Every single room is white, with not one thing hanging or stuck onto a wall. How terribly dull and boring. It was time to come up with some wall art ideas for each room and eventually (after looking through the LionsHome catalogue*) I decided on themes for the rooms.

I’m still working on P, who isn’t so sure about my creative wall art ideas, so tell me what you think:

Bathroom

When we first moved in we had planned to fill the room with plants and have dark green bath mats so the bathroom was like a jungle paradise escape. Unfortunately, it seems neither of us are very good with plants. We’ve got a few in there, but if I added lots of green plant prints along the walls I think that would definitely ramp up the look.

Bedroom

I really like the idea of having a few prints sitting along a shelf (as pictured), and I think this works nicely above a mirror or dressing table.

Something I’m really obsessed with having in the bedroom is nude prints. I really like nudes that are made up simply of outlines (I’d love a tattoo like this), but to be honest anything sensual would fit great. I think this would set a very different vibe in the bedroom to the rest of the house.

Kitchen

I would love some bold, maybe even jumbled, text for the kitchen. Something massive covering the whole wall would be ideal – although ours is a little small so this might be overwhelming.

Living room

This is a place I’ve struggled with the most. I like the idea of having one piece taking centre stage, so to speak, but I worry that it would make the other three walls even barer.

I think having lots of different pieces of art and prints, in varied sizes and different frames, would give a wonderful amount of character to the room without being domineering of your attention.

Check out LionsHome and see if there’s anything you like.

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*This post was sponsored by LionHomes.

 

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16 Comments

  1. May 21, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I have quite a lot of wall art in my flat as there are a lot of white walls but I know when we move that we’ll be more calculated with what we put on the walls x

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 23, 2018 / 9:17 am

      I know what you mean, I can’t wait to have a house (in my dreams) to really design x

  2. May 21, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I love some of these prints; wall art makes such a difference in brightening up a home. I tend to collect prints from my travels and frame them!

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 23, 2018 / 9:17 am

      I always want to do that, but my partner always says why don’t we print out own photos, but then of course we never do!

  3. May 21, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I’ve not heard of Lionshome but I like their style. The one about singing until the miracle comes is fabulous. Mich x

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 23, 2018 / 9:18 am

      It’s cute isn’t it? Bit different to the usual motivational quote x

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 22, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Well then I hope what I wrote was helpful 🙂 x

  4. May 23, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I love some of those pieces – particularly “I will sing until the miracle comes”. Four hours in IKEA must be some sort of record, particularly if it didn’t involve meatballs and numerous coffee refills!

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 23, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      I must admit I had to stop for a full English breakfast half way through!

  5. May 23, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I think wall art is a nice way to bring in personality and colour into the home. I love the idea of smaller pieces in the bedroom and then a collage type for the kitchen which is more creative.

  6. May 23, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I have to admit I’ve been in my house for coming up to 5 years and most of the walls are still bare here! I’m planning a collage wall of photographs of our travels for our spare room but other than that I just don’t have any ideas. LionsHome sounds a great place to get some ideas from.

  7. ChelseaMamma
    May 24, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I love the stag picture, it would work really well with our decor

  8. May 28, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I LOVE wall art but struggle to choose the ONE! ‘m so indecisive.

  9. July 9, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    When I moved into my dorm last year I did not initially buy any wall art and my room was super dull, and when I went out and bought cute things and hung them around my room was instantly transformed! So wall art works in dorm rooms as well 🙂

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      I totally agree. Although weirdly, I always did it when I was at uni but never since then in my own flats!

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