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4 Wall Art Alternatives to Make Your Walls Less Boring

Recently, I’ve chatted with a few people who all asked, “what do I do with these big blank walls?” Although it seems easy at first, making the best use of wall space can become daunting. Maybe you’re dealing with huge, vertical, awkward, or just plain boring walls, it can be hard to know what to do. Well, I got you! I’ve teamed up with Etsy here and sharing some of my favorite wall art alternatives – along with some of my best tips for styling them!

living room art work
Here, I made a little textile hoop art to add texture and shape to all the lines and edges in our living room


When facing blank walls, framed art is usually our first thought, right? But, maybe you’ve hung up more landscapes than you can handle or perhaps you’re looking for something a little different. Alternative wall decor can add that little extra something and make all the difference in a space.

(And if you’re all about those landscapes and abstracts, check out my Favorite Source for Online Art Prints!)

textile wall hanging in dining room
I’ve had my eye on this beautiful Textile Wall Hanging for awhile now!

Textile Art

Whether it’s fiber, tapestry, or quilts, textile art is one of my favorite wall art alternatives! Because they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, they are perfect for large or horizontal space (think above a couch, long hallway, etc.). In addition to being a showstopper, textile art also serves as a neutral compliment to framed art in the space.

living room with basket wall art
allisa jacobs styling | living room with interior design elements

Basket Wall Decor

Wall baskets might just be one of my favorite styling tips! With various sizes available, they are practically made for awkward walls. Group them together for high impact.

woven baskets wall art
Wall Basket Set

Many shops offer pre-selected groupings, like this set, to make it easier!

geometric wood wall decor
I love these Geometric Wood Wall Decor – they come in a variety of sizes, making them a perfect solution for many spaces!

Wood Wall Decor

When working with basic (boring!) spaces, I love using wood as one of my wall art alternatives! It instantly adds some architectural like detail and plays well off other art work in the same space. I lean towards more neutral, geometric pieces to keep it classic.

hanging air plant holder
Hanging planter holders like this Ceramic Air Plant Holder are a pretty way to add height and make use of vertical space!

Hanging Plant Holders

Facing a vertical narrow wall that needs a little something? Hanging wall vases or plant holders do double duty by proportionally filling up a tall space and adding a bit of greenery.

If you’re feeling inspired to create, try my DIY Framed Fabric Wall Art to easily create your own alternative wall art. Or, check out 5 Empty Wall Decor Ideas for more inspiration.

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