As you may know, we have a real special place in our hearts for the “weird” or the “outside of the box” decor. I mean the EHD motto is “Normal is boring, let’s get weird” for goodness sake. So after the positive feedback from Arlyn’s non-basic sofa post and my unique coffee and accent table post, we thought next had to be…drumroll if you didn’t read the title…wall hangings. Now by no means are we denouncing framed art. We LOVE framed art and we have the gallery walls to prove it. Literally, Arlyn and I have massive gallery walls in our homes and Emily has maaaybe tackled a few as well (wink implied). But this post is about adding actual 3D dimension and texture to your probably sad… flat…lonely walls. I mean, the true purpose of interior design is nothing if not making love connections between inanimate objects, right? So let’s get these crazy kids together.
Wall hangings are kind of the “bad boys and girls” of wall decor. They refuse to be boxed in (aka framed), they usually have a cool enviable style and they feel a little risky (in a good way). The great thing about wall hangings in 2019 is that there are a lot of great options outside of the classic macramé. Not to knock macramé (it’s perfect when the style calls for it) but if you have a more modern home, you probably would like some other options, just saying. Since you all really seemed to like the combos aspect from the accent table post, I thought it would be fun to show you how a wall hanging can really add depth to even an already perfectly designed space. I chose three EHD rooms that, as I said were already beautiful, and threw in two different wall hangings to prove their genre’s style versatility.
First up the stunning Portland master bedroom…
When originally designed, nothing was hung above the bed which looked great because there was already a lot happening visually in the room (super cool buffable check love seat not shown). But then I got my greasy hands on this particular photo and thought I would add a wall hanging because why not? Let’s play. Both of these pieces fall under the “modern boho” category which works great to contrast the “modern traditional” design of the rest of the room. The shapes are simple and rounded to contrast the straight lines of the bed and the light wood tone compliments the beams overhead and colors in the art piece. I definitely wanted to keep it simple as to not take away from the beautiful MaryAnn Puls piece on the wall.
Next up is Sara’s ever-cool old living room…
Sara originally had an awesome large framed photo grid of her personal photos so this experiment is just to show you some wall hanging options. I mean if Sara had fewer friends she felt the need to show off then a wall hanging could have a been a great design move. 🙂 Quilts are great to hang up on your wall. Why? Well, they are usually large so are great to cover a large empty space, they are textured and lastly come in a variety of styles. There is a perfect quilt out there for you, yes YOU! This one would have looked great in Sara’s living room because the majority of the color palette is sprinkled about her space and that pop of red brings some visual excitement. Option two is one of the coolest woven wall hangings I’ve seen. At first, you think it’s a nice boho design but then upon second glance, you realize it’s actually very modern and on-trend with its mix of abstract and organic shapes. A cool piece for a cool couple of kids.
Lastly, one of my EHD favorite rooms…the Parisian hotel suite.
Bonjour and wall-come to my redesign. 🙂 Again, this room was already so great but I wanted to challenge all of our ideas of what style a room with a wall hanging should be. As you can clearly see, it’s ANY style of room. The wall hanging on the left is a very cool and very modern piece that aligns seamlessly with the art deco vibe of the space. The original piece of art was also very graphic so I felt confident in this version. The piece on the right is still modern in its pattern design but a bit softer to let the rest of the room speak for itself. It’s there to add just a hit of texture and it does it pretty darn well if you ask me. Modern wall hangings in a modern room…who knew it was possible?
Now that you can see wall hangings are for all rooms and in any style, I have complied three roundups in three different categories for your viewing and shopping pleasure. First up we have our non-fabric category. That includes wood, ceramics and metals. The hard stuff if you will…
1. West Perro Wall Hanging Sand Ojo With Moon | 2. Ring | 3. Arch Series: Golden Brown | 4. Ablia Wall Hanging | 5. Garland27: Indigo Rings Pared Beads | 6. Shiny Taupe Wall Ornament | 7. Large Wall Hangings | 8. Hammered Extra-Long Metal Moon Cycle Banner | 9. Stolen From De Stijl Plate No 3 | 10. Leaf and Flower Decorative Wall Sculpture | 11. Hyworks Wall Hanging | 12. Woodbraid | 13. Metallic Chain Wall Hanging | 14. Janelle Gramling Aura Wall Sculpture | 15. Kerani Wall Hanging | 16. Janelle Gramling Hanging Totems | 17. Ceramic Wall Hanging | 18. Kinga Wall Hanging | 19. Triple Arch Wood Tassel | 20. Dreamweaver: Tantra Firefly White | 21. Handmade 70 White Bone Beads Wall Hanging by The Bead Chest
Yeah, I know they are all pretty awesome. This is the category, in my opinion, that lends itself best to more modern design. The different materials and shapes can mix in with almost any style. Favorites? This physically hurts to choose but at this moment I would say #2, #3, #7, #14 and #20.
Now let’s dive into the more classic category of wall hangings which is our woven and fiber friends.
1. Waves Weaving Large by Maryanne Moodie | 2. Karen Gayle Tinney One-of-a-Kind Wall Sculpture #622 | 3. Angled Lines 48″ Circular Tapestry | 4. Ceramic and Macramé Wall Hanging by Noma Macramé | 5. Thunder Wall Hanging | 6. Audrey Weaves One-of-a-Kind James Wall Hanging | 7. Nala Hanging Basket | 8. Patchwork Woven Wall Hanging | 9. Curved Wall Hanging | 10. 36″x60″ Large Macramé Wall Hanging by Up the Wallflower | 11. Dropped Pendant Raffia Wall Hanging | 12. Nadia Wall Hanging | 13. Tonga Basket | 14. Handwoven Lenny Wall Hanging | 15. 5″x8″ Hand Woven Cotton Wall Art | 16. Nessa Wall Hanging | 17. Wall Hanging Bereber Black by Lorena Canals | 18. Wall Hanging Assa | 19. Knot Wall Hanging | 20. Peach Hanging Basket – Small | 21. Opalhouse Wall Tapestry Off White
The last category is the most universal I think…tapestries.
1. Commissioned Adam Pogue Quilt | 2. Descending Geo Tapestry | 3. Opening Hours Tea Towel, Third Drawer Down X David Shrigley | 4. Hand Blocked Ribbon Scarf | 5. Bette Geo Patched Tapestry | 6. Savion Woven Wall Hanging by Surya | 7. Floral Vase Tufted Tapestry | 8. The Wild Standard Handmade Los Angeles Flag | 9. Hand Blocked Temple Scarf | 10. Quinn Wall Hanging | 11. North Pole Wool Wall Hanging by Lara Bohinc for Kasthall | 12. Landscape No. 3 Wall Hanging | 13. Molly Barnes Mammoth Sunflower and Bugs Gold Leaf Hand-Dyed Quilt | 14. Wanderers of the Desert Quilt | 15. Fruit Tree Mural Paper Wall Hanging | 16. Patchwork Flag Tapestry | 17. Yours Truly by Ali Beletic | 18. Lalla Hand Embroidered Textile Wall Piece | 19. Pax Woven Hall Hanging by Surya | 20. Louise Gray Ida Little Quilt | 21. April Sky Tapestry
Univeral and downright awesome. While I love a beautifully stitched tapestry, I also love me a textile with a clever message. Remember to have fun with your decor and don’t take it all too seriously. So with that said I am a big fan of #1, #3, #9, #17 and #18.
If the spark is gone between your wall and its current piece, I hope that this roundup will bring you and your wall hope for a happier, more fulfilling future. Everyone deserves to live their best life, person and inanimate object alike (oh man, it’s only Tuesday and I might officially be LOSING it with these metaphors). So in conclusion, wall hangings are great and add awesome dimension to any space…and I need a better night’s rest tonight.
Love you, mean it.