What is wall décor?

Wall décor before 13: Wall decorations? nonexistent. picture frames of baby photos hung on otherwise blank walls by parents? plenty. 

Wall décor at 13: Canvas wall art of teenage heartthrob and tacky wall decals. Anything but tear-out teen magazine posters is not included in my wall hanging interior design plans

Wall décor at 17: Tapestries and hanger fairy lights ONLY. Chandelier preferable, but not approved by parents. Drapes over the bed as the focal point--everything needs to be aesthetic. If there isn’t at least one watercolor botanical or greenery art print on my wall, there’s no point of having Pinterest. Anything else is for the boho faint of heart or unfashionable. I will also probably paint a wall mural when my parents aren't paying attention. 

Wall décor at 19: Art pieces from contemporary art museums, miscellaneous wall accents, and random photo canvases (Andy Warhol? No, no, no. I only like obscure artists.)(Did you see my friends? Yeah, I’m, like, really popular. I wouldn't be caught dead with an unloved, empty wall.)

The timeline after that is pretty spotty, but you’ve likely come here for a few reasons. Maybe you want to become the 24/7 Pinterest-ready home decor influencer of your dreams. Maybe you want grown-up wall decor ideas to decorate your grown-up, modern living apartment walls. (In other words, you watched a TikTok of a 15 year old decorating her bedroom and felt guilty.) Maybe you're embarrassed that the only room decor between your living room and your dining room and your entryway are a box store wall clock and the outdated wall mirror that's just kind of always been there. Maybe you just moved into a new place and don’t want it to look like the last. Maybe you’re just bored.

In all seriousness, wall décor can elevate a lackluster wall, make hideous wallpaper bearable, cover up the paint chips from your taped-up posters, open up a small space, or just give you something really, really pretty to look at. So, here are some wall décor ideas we don’t hate:

  1. Gallery walls

Just pick a few prints that match in color or ~vibe~ and hang ‘em up next to each other. Your room will instantly seem more put together. Here are a few prints we like:

  1. HUGE Prints

You're one of the few that love commitment? One wall-covering print will add dimension and depth to any room. These are the best:

  1. Mirrors

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the grownest grown-up of them all? Decorative mirrors and even minimalistic round mirrors are an interior designer staple.  


 

  1. Mirrors AND art

See 1 and 3. Revolutionary.