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Bedroom wall art ideas – how to style the space above your bed

It’s easy to get stuck for bedroom wall art ideas. That space above your headboard is tailor-made to display a beautiful frame or wall hanging, but deciding exactly what it should be is the challenge. What size should it be? Where should it be positioned? What art style? These are all questions worth asking and, if you find the right answer, will ensure that your wall art enhances the style of your room, not diminishes it.

After all, some bedroom wall decor ideas are more pedestrian than others. Really, your art choice should serve to enhance the rest of your schematic. If you’re looking for something more unusual and exciting to use as a frame of reference for your own design, we’ve curated a micro-gallery of ideas here for designers who use bedroom walls as a canvas to experiment with art.

Bedroom Wall Art Ideas by Interior Designers

So what makes a good subject for bedroom wall art? “Bedrooms should feel like a retreat,” says Kelsey McGregor, founder and director of Kelsey Leigh Design Co. (opens in a new tab). “I tend to choose artwork that evokes a sense of rest, whether it’s abstract landscapes or textured/neutral paintings. »

Rest is, of course, an abstract that different people experience in different ways, but it’s a good place to start, if a restful bedroom is something you’re looking for.

1. Choose calm but interesting pieces

a bedroom with two-tone wall art

(Image credit: Virtually Here Studios. Design: Stelly Selway)

Quiet doesn’t have to mean boring of course, but rather sets the tone for a space meant to be for sleeping. Think of colors in artwork the same way you would soothing paint colors for bedrooms, and look for pieces that have a stillness about them, rather than ones that make you feel of energy.

In this bedroom design by Los Angeles and London-based design studio Stelly Selway (opens in a new tab), a contrasting wall art duo adds a focal point to the room, but doesn’t feel intrusive. “The large-scale art we commissioned for this master bedroom from Carla Cascales was soothing, serene and tonal, we wanted it to make the room feel like it was enveloped in warmth,” says the interior designer and co-founder Tanya Selway. “Carla is an emerging painter from Barcelona and our clients wanted to invest in a piece that would be part of their collection.”

2. Think beyond frames and canvases

a bedroom with a chain wall hanging art

(Image credit: Andrew Frasz. Design: Jessica Gersten Interiors)

There’s a world outside of two-dimensional wall art, and above a bed is a great place to get creative. Wall hangings and other exhibits can bring texture and form to a bedroom that a frame often simply cannot.

Take this bedroom design by Jessica Gersten Interiors as an example, where a chain style netting has been used to decorate the bed. “In the first junior bedroom, I wanted something sculptural and shaped, not a framed piece,” says lead designer Jessica Gersten. “It’s a beach house, so I wanted something airy and open at the same time.”

This wall art has a tactile quality that complements this neutral bedroom, adding interest and a contrasting tone that adds some impact to the room, without overwhelming it.

3. Think Creatively About Hanging Art

a bedroom with a textured wall hanging

(Image credit: Katie Charlotte. Design: Cortney Bishop Design)

“Your bedroom should be as unique as you are,” says interior designer Cortney Bishop (opens in a new tab), and this design, although it is a decor in the designer’s studio, is full of unusual ideas. An oversized pegboard creates a base from which a decorative wall hanging sits proudly, a lo-fi contrast to the rich textures of fabrics from Cortney’s Harwood House textile brand.

While this style of pegboard may not be for everyone, think about how wall art hanging over a bed could sit alongside other ideas for wall panels, murals, and decor. wallpapers or paint effects, working together for a creative display for your bedroom walls.

4. Pull out of the center for a more interesting look

a bedroom with asymmetrical wall art

(Image credit: Aaron Leitz. Design: Lucas Interior)

The natural placement of an artwork is directly in the middle of the bed, creating a symmetrical look. Yet when you do something a little unexpected with something like placing art asymmetrically in a bedroom, that’s where the real magic can happen.

“When a room has a strong sense of symmetry due to the architectural elements, it’s casual gestures like unconventional furniture or art placement that give the space personality,” says David Lucas, creative director of Lucas Interior. (opens in a new tab).

“We like to explore ways of doing things that are unexpected in our work and feel slightly subdued. This movement shouldn’t define the space, but rather draw your attention to it in a way you might not have considered before,” he explains.

5. Remember that art doesn’t always have to be the focal point

a bedroom with a four-poster bed and a tree

(Image credit: Emily Hart. Design: Kelsey Leigh Design Co)

It’s easy to think that art above a bed is going to do a lot of work in terms of creating a focal point, but art doesn’t always have to be the main attraction. an area. It can be used just as well to create a background texture, complement and enhance other elements of the design, such as modern bedroom furniture.

Take this design from Kelsey Leigh Design Co, for example. “A four-poster bed should remain the centerpiece, so we usually choose a smaller horizontal artwork or two to three smaller pieces,” says lead designer Kelsey McGregor. “Our goal is for the art to complement the bed, not overwhelm the space. »

6. Experiment with scale

bedroom with a small wall decoration aligned against a headboard

(Image credit: Jess Alexander. Design: Stelly Selway)

Getting the scale right is one of the trickiest parts of choosing art for bedroom walls. In modern interior design, it can be said that bigger is generally considered better when it comes to wall art, but there is a charming confidence in spaces where small works of art are used with hit.

“Using smaller pieces on a large wall is interesting because it draws the viewer in, and is unexpected and delightful,” says Tanya Selway, co-founder of Stelly Selway. “In the bedrooms, we will add small works of art above the headboard in a linear line, or a freestanding piece above a console table with vertical accessories.”

But what’s the key to making small art feel properly sized for the space? “Go for bright frames and bold subject colors in smaller artworks,” suggests Tanya. “Make them loud and meaningful, then anchor the artwork with furniture – the line of a mantle or chair underneath so it doesn’t appear to be floating.”

7. Choose an artistic headboard

a bedroom with a walnut headboard

(Image credit: Michael Ray Wells. Design: Davide Casaroli)

How about a headboard idea that doubles as art as an artistic focal point for the space? In designing this Los Angeles home, interior designer Davide Casaroli (opens in a new tab) used a piece of raw walnut to bring interest to the bedroom.

“My idea was to design a sophisticated and calming space,” he explains. “The natural wooden plank is our ‘headboard’ and the focal point of the bed wall in the bedroom.”

‘This walnut element is not quite furniture, not quite art, it’s like sleeping in nature. Color balance and harmony are our keys here,” says Davide.

How to choose a wall decoration for a bedroom?

Other than considering art that reflects the atmosphere you want to create, there are no hard and fast rules for choosing art. “Artistic trends are so varied and subjective, so depending on the project and the client, their stories or points of reference, we’ll be looking for art that speaks their language,” says Tanya Selway.

“Some clients come to us with strong collections that we need to build,” says designer Kenneth Brown, “others have never purchased original artwork before and we can educate them on the importance of building a collection.”

“It’s important to us to showcase artists who make a mark on the world in a beautiful way, and I guess that’s a trend we’re really leaning into as a design studio,” echoes Tanya.