Wall to Wall

When it comes to home decor, walls can be either huge canvases just itching for your wildest creative expression, or simply the sides of the box that hold all your stuff together, depending on how you see them. It's easy to just grab a few family & friend photos (remember when you had to go to Walgreens to pick up the prints from your disposable camera?), slap frames on them, and hang them in a line on the wall above your sofa.

This post is all about giving you new ideas and a fresh take on making your walls matter. After all, if we're going to go home to a box at the end of the day, shouldn't the box itself be pretty?

Photography

I'm not just talking about your standard 4x6 prints here. Photography has the potential to pack a major punch in your home while at the same time offering emotional appeal like almost no other wall decor can. When choosing photos for your walls, think about what moves you: Is it a place you've been or always dreamed of going? Is it a photo you took yourself that reminds you of a different time in your life? Is it a picture of your dog, blown up to life-size that you swear he smiles at every time he walks in the room? I personally love photography that adds an unexpected bit of whimsy to the things that I already love: travel, animals, geometry (think architecture, patterns in nature, etc.). These are my top photography picks of the moment:

Photograph by Gray Malin. Click image for pricing and information.

Photograph by Gray Malin. Click image for pricing and information.

Photograph by Gray Malin. Click image for pricing & information.

Photograph by Gray Malin. Click image for pricing & information.

You can never go wrong with a baby monkey. Photograph by the Animal Print Shop. Click image for info & pricing.

You can never go wrong with a baby monkey. Photograph by the Animal Print Shop. Click image for info & pricing.

This would look awesome as the only pop of color in a black & white room. Photograph by the Animal Print Shop. Click image for details & pricing.

This would look awesome as the only pop of color in a black & white room. Photograph by the Animal Print Shop. Click image for details & pricing.

Art & Typography

A lot of people think they don't know enough about art to intelligently choose pieces for their home, or the idea of committing to an expensive piece is too intimidating. While I have nothing against being able to talk art-speak with your homies, I don't think in-depth knowledge is required to appreciate art. And not all art is pricey! Again, go with what makes you think or makes you smile - there's no right or wrong when it comes to what you like! This category is so broad that this barely scratches the surface, but here are a few I like:

I am obsessed with water colors. Even if you're not, Etsy is an AMAZING resource for finding inexpensive art. Click image for details & pricing.

I am obsessed with water colors. Even if you're not, Etsy is an AMAZING resource for finding inexpensive art. Click image for details & pricing.

There is no limit to your options when it comes to typography as art. Click image for details & pricing.

There is no limit to your options when it comes to typography as art. Click image for details & pricing.

Mirrors

I'm a firm believer in mirrors. Everywhere. They go with everything, they catch light, they can make a space look bigger, and they're sparkly. I especially love these ones:

I love a good starburst mirror. This is actually the one we have hanging above our sideboard. Click image for pricing & details.

I love a good starburst mirror. This is actually the one we have hanging above our sideboard. Click image for pricing & details.

Acrylic & brass. Drooling. Click through for details!

Acrylic & brass. Drooling. Click through for details!

Color & Texture

Not into hanging art? Using color or texture as an accent is another great way to draw attention to your walls. It's easy to change and, depending on what color you go with, can dramatically change the mood of your room.

If you're going to do an accent wall, there's no need to make everything else in the room match it. With bold colors like this, it can be better to keep the rest of your decor neutral.

If you're going to do an accent wall, there's no need to make everything else in the room match it. With bold colors like this, it can be better to keep the rest of your decor neutral.

Oh, the many uses of reclaimed wood.

Oh, the many uses of reclaimed wood.

The Sky's the Limit! (Actually, the ceiling is. But you know.)

Don't forget - anything can be art! Have a favorite worn-out t-shirt you love? Frame it. Obsessed with fashion? Save magazine covers and create a gallery wall with them. Have a toddler in your life? Give them a large piece of construction paper with stencils or tape already covering part of it, hand them some finger paints that coordinate with your home's color scheme, and let them go to town. When you take the stencils or tape off, you'll have a handmade piece of work that you'll cherish more than any Monet.