Wake up your walls with these stunning and unusual display ideas

Is the gallery wall finally coming to the end of it’s run? Maybe, judging by these hot new ways to decorate up your walls. People are finally breaking the rules and pushing the boundaries with their walls – using them as a way to display some of their favourite objects; from plants to plates, and from hats to tennis rackets.

Or, if you’ve got lots of framed pictures you’d like to display, save yourself the hassle of measuring and hanging by just leaning pictures against a wall, or displaying them on a shelf instead. Not sure what I’m talking about? Just browse the below inspiration. So from hat walls to hanging plates – there are many ways to decorate! Here are 10 fabulous decorating ideas to make your walls wonderful:

1. Plate wall

A collection of plates doesn’t have to look old or outdated. Choose unusual shapes, colours, patterns and even textures, and mix and match them for an eclectic vibe.


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Alternatively, sticking to creams, whites and soft pastel colours but in striking and sculptural shapes will create an eye-catching yet calming display.


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2. Hat wall

Hang a collection of straw hats against a white wall to create a coastal and country-inspired entrance hall.

Or mix and match cowboy hats for a more eclectic and bohemian atmosphere.


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3. Basket wall

Similarly to the hats idea, a collection of baskets can also make for a striking and original display.


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Use mis-matched African baskets as wall decor to create an eclectic feel.


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4. Animal head wall

Faux animal busts are a fun and quirky way to add interest to a wall. The more realistic looking ones can suit a grown up interior, whereas soft toy or felt versions would perhaps be better suited to a children’s room or play room.


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5. Book wall

There are so many different ways to decorate with books – turn them into an artwork by assembling open books like the below, or arrange books facing outwards on shelves to display your favourite coffee table editions. Alternatively, a classic bookcase wall can also make a striking display.


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6. Lean on me

Lose the hammer and nails and display your art with literally zero effort. Place them on the floor (this works better with oversized art) or lean them on a shelf or mantelpiece. Bunch them together and use varying heights of frames to create visual interest.


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7. Bring the outside in

Add some greenery to your space by arranging potted plants on shelves at different heights around the room.


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For a more organised approach, you could arrange all your plants neatly onto shelves, but add interest by using pots of different shapes, sizes, colours and patterns.

8. Tennis racket wall

You could consider using the wall to display any favourite items in your home that you’re unsure what to do with – like an old tennis racket, for example.


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You could even integrate mirrors, clocks, or even some handy coat pegs to hang things from. 


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9. Statement art

Often one big piece of art makes a much greater statement than lots of little pieces assembled together. Display it in an entryway, on an otherwise empty living room wall or even in the bedroom.

Or, if you have smaller items, a gallery wall can make a stunning focal point when paintings are mixed between other items to create something more unique.


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10. Hanging from the ceiling

I couldn’t find the right picture to illustrate my idea, but why limit pictures to the walls, when you can have them on the ceiling?


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