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Think Outside the Frame: Wall Hangings Are the Cure for Your Boring Walls (+ 63 Shoppable Favorites)

photo by tessa neustadt for ehd | from: sara’s living room reveal

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

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Portland Side By Side
left hangingright hanging | room from: portland master bedroom reveal (and how to pull together your own dreamy suite)

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

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Sara Side By Side
left hanging | right hanging | room from: sara’s living room reveal

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.

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Sothebys Side By Side
left hanging | right hanging | room from: staging my dream parisian hotel suite with sothebys

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…

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Roundup Non Fabric Update

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.

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Roundup Woven & Macrame

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 whispers of my boho heavy past call to me when I see a woven wall hanging but I would say #2, #6, #7, #13 and #18 are my favorites. Some modern and some classic boho but all awesome.

The last category is the most universal I think…tapestries.

Emily Henderson Wall Hangings Roundup Tapestry

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.


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4 years ago

Macame? Noooooo! Over it already.

But tapestries? Abso-fricken-lutely!

4 years ago

LOL, that quilt from Sara’s living room has been on my “liked” list at Charish for months!
Great post!

4 years ago

I love this! I always try to hang something besides framed art in a gallery wall situation, or at least on a few walls opposite my regular art walls. I’m also reminded of the wood wall squiggle in a recent makeover takeover that I loooved!

4 years ago

Any suggestions on hangings for a corner situation? We have higher open beam ceilings with one high corner that feels empty but I’m not sure whether to just leave it or add something.
Thanks for so much beautiful inspiration!

4 years ago
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Paige Cassandra Flamm
4 years ago

This post is perfect timing! We just moved and have lots of blank spots on our walls!


Andrea R Gold
4 years ago

You need to check out leloboho’s artwork. It is stunning.

4 years ago

Best will hanging ever was in Emily’s old living room. Holy f*uck was it perfect!!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Beth

The string art? Where is that now? Some kind of splurgy, “forever” piece that hasn’t been seen in ages. I miss it too.

Jamie Kirk
4 years ago
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4 years ago

Love this! There are so many amazing macrame, wall hanging artists, would have loved to see more of those and less big box stores.

Lauren Williams
4 years ago

I’m thrilled to see the love for texture and depth in the form of a wall hanging! There is so much interest to be gained from these types of pieces, although I’m slightly biased! ? Thank you so much for including my artwork in your roundup!
Xx, Lauren

Kira Mead
4 years ago

We bought a gorgeous yarn dip dyed wall hanging from this artist on Etsy and we love it! Modern bohemian but NOT macrame.

4 years ago

yay – great ideas and love the links.

Megan Vazquez
4 years ago

I love a great wall hanging. Personally, in my space I love a tapestry. Love #8, I had a custom flag commissioned from Wild Standard, which proudly hangs above my sofa. I also like to use tea towels or table runners. Some of my favs are from here:

Thanks for the unique ideas.

4 years ago

My favorite ever is in this post:

Wall hangings are amazing! I’m glad you included quilts. They don’t have to be fussy patchwork pieces. Many are true works of art. Love the one you included 🙂

Paula Carr
4 years ago

A lot of these remind me of the homemade “art” they’d make on the Trading Places TV show….kinda anonymous, bland, and a big lame. But I adore that Art Deco tapestry in the dream Parisian hotel suite. Of course, it’s like the most expensive one on the page. 🙁

4 years ago

what happens if you have 2 areas- 1 on either side of 3 horizontal windows in your open plan family room to decorate. It’s scandi modern with a gray sectional. would you do the same piece on either side? My guess is no but how do you choose? I was originally going to do black & white artwork (2 different designs) for each spot but could I do something more interesting like in your post today?

4 years ago

Nice round up, but please stop referring to our homes as boring in your article titles. It’s happened a lot this summer (boring living room, boring sofa, boring neutrals…). There’s got to be a more positive way to title things. ;_;

4 years ago

Yes! And you must check out Hannah Ehrlich’s incredible art on Instragram or at!

4 years ago

Thanks for the great ideas…number 17 under ceramics links to thw dame pmave as number 7, the moon one from UO.

4 years ago

Great post. I want so many of them!

Laura Emily
4 years ago

There’s a Canadian artist who does clay and rope wall hangings and they are absolutely gorgeous. Her profile is (
I got a set from her because all the other art in my home is pictures and paintings. It really mixes things up!

4 years ago

Yes! Texture and dimension bring so much warmth, softness, and layering to our spaces. Thanks for highlighting this beautiful variety of hanging handmade pieces.

4 years ago

Love this roundup!! I had a big blank wall in my dining room that I wanted to fill up, so I bought an affordable Persian rug and hung it up. So easy and it made such a big statement – I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

4 years ago

When I saw the header image on social, I thought it wall piece was an air mattress and I thought “Huh, cool thing to put on a wall.” LOL

4 years ago

Or, here’s an idea, you can purchase textiles from indigenous artists, instead of “wall hangings” that appropriate their work. More than half of these are blatant ripoffs from other cultures. Shame on Anthropologie, Target, Urban Outfitters and the rest.

Tina Schrader
4 years ago

LOVE these wall hangings! Thank you!!! Also, Jess, you crack me up with your writing. “Let’s get these crazy kids together…” Awesome. And my all-time favorite line is one feom another post: “My eyebrows were raised so high my bangs asked for space.” At least I think it went like that. Perfection!!! 🙂 Great writing style.

4 years ago

Nice blog and thanks for sharing this to us. You explained in a detailed way. Keep sharing the new things like this.