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.
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.
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.
A drawing of a butler has been added to one wall in a dining room, along with signatures of friends and family of the homeowners. Off to one side, a glass topped dining table is set for two, including a bottle of white wine.