You may be tempted to create a gallery wall of art, but sometimes the best way to feature an item is to stick with simplicity. “And, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Great-looking art can always wow a space,” says designer Alice Cramer. Scour flea markets and consignment stores, or befriend an emerging artist or sculptor.
Instead of letting lonely socks pile up here and there, turn them into wall decor. This funny, functional sign, available from Iron Accents, puts singles on display and makes it a cinch to pair them up once you track down the perfect mates.
Mosaics on the historic grounds of Villa D'Este, Italy's most storied retreat, are among the country's most photographed landmarks. This particular wall is the Mosaic of Nymphaeum Villa D'Este which is an example of Renaissance architecture. Emphasizing pattern and scale, Renaissance style draws influence from Roman architecture.
This contemporary metallic sculpture, created with small, protruding silver balls that form continuous circles toward a crystal center, illuminates the wall with shadows and light. Adding the framed prints next to and below the sculpture presents an interesting aesthetic arrangement.
A series of portraits of odd-shaped creatures are framed and hanging on a black wall above a plush, soft sofa. Two round tables sit on either side of the sofa, which has a coordinating plush ottoman. Four orb pendant lights add lighting and style to the space.
On episode seven of HGTV Design Star season six, contestant Mark is asked to make over a formal living and dining room for a young couple. Because the couple loves music, Mark creates a custom record installation. "The record wall...stunning," says judge Vern Yip.