Gallery walls were the talk of 2017 (and well, quite a bit of time before that), but we (and evidently the design-loving community on Pinterest) are ready for something a little different. According to the Pinterest 100 report released yesterday, "big wall art" was one of the most searched-for pins over the past year.
Not that we have anything against gallery walls—because we don't—but they can be hard to build and, depending on the room, can add visual busyness. That's why we're getting behind the "one and done" philosophy behind a single piece of oversize art; it looks really posh but also is just plain easier. Take a look at the following rooms that do it right.
Big and Bright: Who needs a whole darn gallery wall when you can focus on just one eye-catching work of art? A bold abstract piece like this one from Fenton & Fenton (shown in a room via Style Curator) above a simple furnishing (and energetic rug) makes a bold but sophisticated statement.
Propped Up: Never underestimate the power of a well-placed piece of oversize art. Try propping a framed print or painting on top of your dresser (as seen on Design*Sponge) to score a sleek wall display that—bonus!—won't leave behind any nail damage.
Photography: If a picture is worth a thousand words then a large-scale photograph may be priceless when it comes to decorating your home. Whether it's black-and-white or brimming with color, like this one by DOS Design on Desire to Inspire, a sizable photo of a compelling subject anchors a lofty muted space in no time.
Muted Colors: Sometimes, all it takes is a little color to make a big impact with your wall art. Case in point: Mike and Sandie's foyer (as seen on Apartment Therapy) where you'll find a huge work of art in subtle hues that helps to play up the room's crisp white walls and intricate crown moldings.
Removable Decals: If you can't afford a big expensive piece of art, removable decals are the next best thing. Affordable and super easy to install, you can fill a whole wall with just one decal (or make your own like Laura from A Beautiful Mess) and then take it with you when you move.
DIY IKEA Hack: Who knew a couple of yards of neutral fabric could double as a large-scale work of art? Clearly IKEA customer Anna Lenskog Belfrage, who used nothing more than a piece of NATTGLIM fabric and frame to create her own commanding wall artwork on the cheap.
In Pairs: Instead of focusing on just one big painting or piece of photography, try installing a coordinating pair—like these two beach landscape photos in Architectural Digest España—on a neutral wall for an equally commanding display. The key is to try to fill the wall nearly top to bottom.
We've been loving extra large art for years. Find out where to buy it, how to frame and hang it, and how to DIY it:
- The Best Stores for Big (Really Big!) Artwork & Prints
- Think Big: Oversized Art for Less than $100
- Fill In Your First Apartment, Fast: 7 Larger-Than-Life Wall Art DIY Ideas (On a Little Budget)
- 10 DIY Ways to Hang Really Large Art
- 5 Wallet-Friendly Ways to Create Big, High-Impact Art
- DIY Ideas for Framing Big Art on a Small Budget