Home Decorating Trends – Art Prints and More Ideas For Beautifying Walls

Thinking of ways to beautify your walls without the same old wall treatments like painting them and stuck for ideas? Then, why not stick around and read this article through? All you’ll get are the best ways to use little-used art prints and other interior design elements most people wouldn’t have thought of placing on their walls – for perhaps, well simply lack of thought.


Great! Read on to discover how and which types of art prints besides other ideas of essential home decor accents you can effectively use to enhance the beauty of your home in a timeless way that reflects your personal sense of style and also appeals to your everyone you open your home to.

One of the best ways to go with current home decorating trends is to buy reproductions by famous artists (these don’t cost much, especially if you pick up poster art in regular sizes on standard art paper instead of canvas or silk screen, which may be a tad higher but even then, not as expensive as the originals). Next, you can invest in some quality art frames made of fancy or unique materials, such as bamboo, seashells, stained glass, faux wood finish, even marbled borders if not papier-mache etc. for a distinctive look to the artwork contained within.

Alternately, you can opt for background mounting paper for the reproductive masterpiece; say a portrait sketch or famous still life in a printed format or even a fabric piece for a truly innovative setting that highlights the nature of your painting to a more visually appealing one. Professional interior designers also recommend the use of old hand-crafted lace, ribbons, self-edged borders like scalloped ones for neatly mitering all the sides of the chosen art prints before mounting and framing these in simple, sleek and slender frames for a classic look blended with vintage style inside.

If you choose to frame landscape art, there are a number of art prints you can use for presenting on the walls in a variety of styles, ranging from a series by a popular artist but going for an ascending order of sizes when placing these on the wall; or, you can choose simply to go monotone with black-white landscape sketches of different parts of a rural town for a minimalist wall art effect. You can also go for sepia toned landscape images that tell a story through the poster art prints you choose like a set of 4-8 same sized wall art placed to look like a certain shape e.g. square, rectangle or even a zigzag pattern.

However it is important you keep your furniture in mind when choosing to beautify walls using art prints as tall or heavy furniture, like period pieces or armoires can take away the vibrancy created by essentially decorative poster art placed on the walls.

Also, try to pick art for the walls that is in keeping with the rest of the decor theme for the room. For example for a French country themed room with light floral, lace edged or natural fiber fabrics and light-weight furniture, go with a peaceful country landscape design that will help tie in all the room decor elements with its innate simplicity reflected in the artwork.

For the living, dining and bedroom walls, you can choose from wildlife to floral art, besides seasonal, garden or poster art by the masters – Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt or Picasso as poster arts by these greats is affordable, fashionable and great conversation starters anywhere they are placed.

Statues and Wall Decor Transform Home Decor

I have found myself assisting my son in the operation of his online website. It’s a store that sells unique gifts and home decor items. At first just figuring out how to do things took more time than I could afford and I didn’t even pay that much attention to what was being sold.

Now that I have learned the ins and outs I have been taking a good look at what is being sold. For the most part it is art in one form or another. It may be statues, wall decor or even bookends, but they all are artistic.

I never was one who cared much about art. But having looked at some of the incredible pieces that my son offers I have come to a late appreciation of it.

Many of the statues that he carries are simply beautiful. They may be original pieces or reproductions of famous artwork. The may be of animals, religious figures, mythical gods or dragons. The styles range from classical, Egyptian, Asian, Contemporary, Art Deco and even Gothic. There is something rich and appealing in each one.

I am now going to art shows. I have come to appreciate the enormous talent that it takes to produce a good work of art. A couple of weeks ago I went to an art show where you could watch the artists work. Not only were there paintings and statues, but outside you could watch large statues being made with blowtorches. You could watch the intricacies of the clay molds that were being made and you could talk to the artists as they worked. It was fascinating and I wanted to buy almost everything that I saw. The drawback was price. Original works of handmade art are incredibly expensive. Six Thousand Dollars for something small and upwards of $30,000.00 for a medium sized sculpture or painting. A full size statue may cost more than $100,000.00. These are well out of my league.

I never could understand why people would spend astronomical amounts of money for art. I’m still not sure that I understand the $4,000,000.00 that one painting may sell for but I do understand the allure now. At my son’s site you get beautiful quality statues and other works of art for between $50.00 and $400.00. Larger outside statues may be a little more. Of course they do not look like the $50,000.00 versions. But they are good enough to add some really nice touches to your home decor. I have four new statues now and a couple of sculptured wall hangings. People look and them and complement them. They know as well as I do that these are not high priced originals but we enjoy looking at them. Forget the lofty debates about art. I am not versed enough to know one art form from another or what makes the works of certain artists special. I just know what I like to look at and perhaps that is the point of art when you get beyond the cocktail circuit discussions.

For years I’ve had tables with nothing on them but lamps and shelves and walls with blank spaces. That is no longer the case and I like walking around my house much more than before. I am easily entertained. I wish that I had done this sooner.