Decorate With What You Have: 9 Things You May Already Own That Make Beautiful Wall Art

Decorate With What You Have: 9 Things You May Already Own That Make Beautiful Wall Art

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Katie Holdefehr
Jul 31, 2016
ceramic plates on wall
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What do you do when your wall space is bigger than your (umm, non-existent) art budget? Here's one solution: shop your home for found art you already own. Start to look at your belongings through the lens of a collector, and suddenly that rug looks a lot like a wall tapestry and those handmade ceramic plates look like little works of art. Before you start scouring the attic and digging through drawers, check out our list of wall-worthy finds.

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Search through your home for wall-worthy items, paying attention to colors and textures. The woven baskets above bring both to this space spotted on VT Wonen.

(Image credit: Alec Hemer / Lonny)

Instead of letting a vibrant scarf you never wear sit in a drawer, use it to inspire your decor. The poppy colors in the Hermes scarf above prompted designer Dan Mazzarini to paint the inside of the adjacent shelving unit a rich coral in this home seen on Lonny.

A grouping of hats works as wall decor when you choose ones in a cohesive palette and with wide brims that can overlap. Find tips for achieving this look over on Camille Styles.

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Who says rugs only belong underfoot? If you have an extra one lying around that still looks fresh, hang it as wall art, as shown in the space above from Ferm Living.

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When hung on the wall in a loose arrangement, pastel glazed plates from Toast make the most beautiful gallery wall. Again, your kitchen cabinets are a great place to search for found art.

Rather than hide antique serving trays in a cabinet, designer Joan Osofsky decided to arrange them where they can be admired. Look through your china cabinet; if you have an extensive collection, you might just find some wall decor yet to be discovered. The collection above is from Susanna Salk's latest book It's the Little Things, featured in Architectural Digest.

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Whether you choose to frame them or tack them directly to the wall, maps make for instant wall decor with history, especially when they're of places that are important to you. In this laid-back Shelter Island home featured in Martha Stewart Living, a map of the island makes a pretty and fitting wall decoration.

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Consider framing something that's connected to your work or a hobby. The architectural blueprints above (they're actually Frank Loyd Wright originals!) are fitting additions to the home of Joe Guier, co-founder of JAM Architecture in Brooklyn, spotted on Design Sponge. Book pages, fabric samples, vintage flashcards—anything framable is fair game.

(Image credit: VT Wonen)

Source some free wall art right from your backyard: Collect leaves, press them between the pages of a heavy book for a week, then pin them up. VT Wonen displays the pressed botanicals above both on paper and pinned right onto the wall.

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