For Your Inspiration Board: 15 Ideas for Decorating with Typography

published Feb 27, 2014
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I’m a graphic designer by trade, so of course I love type. But you don’t need to work with it to appreciate how beautiful it can be and want to decorate your space with it. There are about a million different ways you can use type, but it’s important to remember that however you use it it should be intentional, something you chose specifically for that space and not just some random letters. Like any piece of art, it should mean something to you and be thoughtfully chosen and displayed. Most of all, have some fun with it!

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Here are 15 creative examples of how to use type in your space that go beyond just sitting letters on a shelf.

1. How lovely (literally) is this marquee sign by West Vintage Trading Co? It adds so much character to the space.
2. Personalize a space with a custom floral monogram DIY printable by Printable Wisdom.
3. There’s no shortage of hugs ‘n kisses in the bedroom with these XL vintage style XO letters from this home tour from Houzz.
4. Bring some love into an already fun and cheerful kitchen like this one, photographed by Adriaan Louw.
5. Use a vintage letter as a pop of color and focal point, like this yellow letter “e” on a dark grey wall, from

6. Make someone feel extra special by painting their initial as big as possible on a wall, like in this bedroom designed by Cari Berg Interior Design.
7. Find a practical and decorative way to use type, like this ampersand magnetic board by Rose & Grey.
8. Turn a wall into a stunning graphic focal point with this great typographic wallpaper designed by Milano Black and available at Mr Perswall.
9. Create some interesting texture and a graphic look with a large distressed typographic wall hanging, like this one on display in a space from Usona Home.
10. The ampersand is such a beautiful graphic element that it can stand on its own as art, like this cool modern print by Yumalum.

11. Use simple type posters to state claim to your side of the bed and add some graphic interest while you’re at it, as seen on MIss Moss.
12. I absolutely love this idea of taking lots of individual small type prints and pieces and framing them all to make one big collection and typographic art wall, as seen on Pottery Barn.
13. I love this subtle way of incorporating type by using a neutral typographic fabric to re-cover a vintage chair, DIY tutorial from Liz Marie Blog.
14. Use simple typographic art to motivate you in your workspace, like these prints and large vintage initial in Victoria from sfgirlbybay’s office space.
15. If you have the space and want to be unique, try wrapping the type around an inside corner like in this great space photographed by James Merrell.