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Framing Wallpaper as Art

03 Mar 2023

Decorative changes in a home often feel overwhelming and daunting. If you find yourself wanting something that isn’t complicated, cumbersome, or costly, your walls may be the perfect place to start.

Framing Wallpaper as Art

Wallpapering an entire room or even an entire wall may still sound like too big of a feat, hanging artwork, however, is a simple way to add personality and artistry to your space. Framing wallpaper gives you the freedom to create custom artwork in minutes. Wallpapers in themselves are true works of art. Fine art skills go into wallpaper creation, employing illustration, painting, and other techniques, making it ideal for framing. Framing wallpaper is also a perfect way to upcycle extra material or samples.

Wallpaper as Art diptych

Picking the right gallery wall style.

Do you have a large piece of wallpaper or a mural? Try splitting the artwork across two or three frames. Known as a diptych or triptych, this can create an attractive, sequenced appearance for larger artworks. How about a geometric or contemporary pattern? Consider trying a grid layout for a clean, modern look. A focal point style wall is ideal if you have an eclectic mix of wallpaper, starting with a larger centerpiece and building outwards. Unlike conventionally framed artwork, wallpaper allows you to mix and match to try something new. Remember to measure out your wallpaper of choice to ensure it fits the frame seamlessly.

Selecting the right wall.

You have your vision, now where to hang your framed wallpaper? Neutral and minimal gallery walls work best in living rooms and bedrooms, as they match various decor styles without overwhelming the eye. Grid or focal point layouts will bring uniformity and detail to a space like offices or living rooms. More “busy” layouts or mixed media pieces work well in stairwells and hallways as a place to be more expressive of your style.

Tips for choosing the right frames and designs.

Choosing the right frame is what takes your wallpaper from “wallpaper” to “art.” Depending on your vision, thicker frames elevate designs, giving them a fine art look, while thinner frames appear more modern and sleek. Different designs will also elevate a space in distinct ways. Abstract and illustrative wallpapers give a room a refined and sophisticated appearance, while more whimsical designs, such as tropical or floral patterns, feel inviting and distinct.

Gallery Wall with Wallpaper

Although there are no limits to this DIY project, some patterns may look better than others framed. Small, repetitive patterns may not look as nice framed as a larger-scale pattern would. However, there are no rules and ultimately you want to choose art that you love. Some designs we think would frame beautifully are Close Range for a subtle, abstract option, Kokoro for something more detailed and bold, and Osaka for the perfect, happy medium. Many of our original designs were hand-illustrated, painted, marbled, dyed, and created with fine-art techniques, making them perfect for a framed spot on your wall.