Wall Art Trends: What’s In and What’s Out for 2016

If revamping your home is on your list of new year’s resolutions, one of the best and easiest places to start is by sprucing up your walls. Wall art is among the most personal and versatile elements of home decor, and an area where you can truly have fun and express your style. This year is shaping up to be an especially fun one when it comes to wall decor trends, too–it’s been years (maybe decades even), since so many diverse, mixed-media styles were considered this chic. Before you start your wall art shopping, check out this list of what’s in and what’s out when it comes to wall art this year.

What’s Out:
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Marquee letters. After years of these industrial-style letters being a must-have for gallery walls, nurseries, and loft spaces, it’s time to dim the lights on the marquee trend.

Framed quotes. Like marquee letters, this overdone typography-inspired trend is waning for 2016.

Preppy geometrics. Preppy geometric pints like quatrefoil, chevron, and trellises, which have been at the forefront of trends in everything from textiles, to ceramic tiles to wall art for the past five years are on their way out in 2015. If you have walls currently sporting one of these motifs, it’s time to swap out your art.

What’s In:

Macrame wall hangings. Chalk it up to the popularity of the maker movement, but the 70s-style woven wall art is back. When it comes to this style, we think the bigger the better: use macrame wall art like you would a tapestry, using it to anchor furniture or occupy a large blank space.

Silhouette prints. One look at your favorite design blog will tell you that old-fashioned silhouette style prints are shaping up to be the year’s biggest wall art trend. It’s also an easy and inexpensive trend to incorporate: look for vintage silhouettes at thrift or antique stores, download and print images from sellers on Etsy, or trace and cut out your own from black paper.

Abstract geometrics. Abstract geometric prints are picking up where preppy ones left off. Sure, you can splurge on a piece that’s a few thousand dollars, but our favorite part about this trend is how easy it is to DIY.