10 unique ideas for your walls that are not “art”

When it comes to decorating our walls, we often think of paintings, prints, and photographs. However, as NYC’s best art installation service, we often hang unique things that might not be considered traditional art. To personalize your space, choose pieces that reflect your tastes, personality, and experiences. Here are 10 unique ideas for your walls that are not “art.”

1. Vintage Mirrors: Hang a collection of vintage mirrors with ornate frames to create an eclectic and reflective wall display. The intricate details of these mirrors add depth and character to the room, while their reflective properties enhance the sense of space.

A gallery wall of ornate, gold framed mirrors

2. Plates: Turn a wall into a gallery of plates by arranging them in a visually pleasing pattern. The delicate patterns and vibrant colors found in dishware can create a striking focal point in any room in your home.

A wall of decorative plates

3. Macrame Wall Hangings: Embrace the bohemian vibe with macrame wall hangings. These intricately knotted textiles add texture and a cozy, handmade feel to your walls. Opt for large-scale macrame pieces as statement decor or create a gallery wall with an assortment of smaller ones.

4. Musical Instruments: If you have a passion for music, showcase your instruments as wall decorations. Hang guitars, violins, or even a piano keyboard to add a touch of artistic harmony to your space.

10 unique ideas for your walls

5. Woven Baskets: Bring a touch of nature indoors with woven baskets. Play with different sizes, shapes, and textures to create a dynamic display.

6. Vintage Maps: Turn your walls into a traveler’s dream by hanging vintage maps. These historical artifacts evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. If you love maps, take a look at ILevel founder David Kassel’s book on stratigraphic maps, A Slice Through America.

an arrangement of geological maps

7. Floating Shelves: Add functionality and style to your walls with floating shelves. These minimalist and modern design elements can be used to display books, plants, or decorative objects. Experiment with different arrangements and heights to create a visually pleasing and practical display.

8. Sport equipment: Many of our clients are sports enthusiasts and we’ve hung skateboards, vintage baseball mitts, and these beautiful wooden oars.

10 unique ideas for your walls

9. Vinyl Record Collection: For music enthusiasts and collectors, showcasing vinyl records on your walls is a fantastic idea. Create a gallery wall with your favorite album covers or display them in frames for a sleek and stylish look.

10. Textile Wall Hangings: Explore the world of textile art by hanging tapestries, quilts, or woven rugs on your walls. These intricate and colorful pieces can transform a plain wall into a vibrant and visually stimulating focal point. Extra points for hanging a family heirloom created by a relative!

Decorating your walls with non-art pieces offers a unique opportunity to showcase your personality and interests. If these 10 unique ideas for your walls are not quite enough, find more inspiration in this article from the Spruce.