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:
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.
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.
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.
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.