When it comes to things to hang on the wall, most people automatically think of framed prints, posters, and photos. But the reality is that so many other fabulous wall decor ideas go beyond the usual two-dimensional options. Sports fans might display signed sports gear or memorabilia, or if you have a breezy, eclectic style, consider items like hats, wreaths, plants, or baskets.
Take a look at these 27 wall decor ideas if you're looking to add a few extra things that you can hang on your walls. Honor a favorite hobby, place, or outfit—and hang it.
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Light a Neon Sign
With so many companies offering customizable word art, you can easily recreate the hip vibe of that ultra-Instagrammable restaurant downtown in your own home. Whether you showcase a quote that uplifts you, a funny saying, or spell out your name (it is your home, after all!), neon lighting will add plenty of pep to your walls.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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String Up Raquets
Celebrate your love for sports by hanging a fave piece of equipment on the walls—or make a DIY version, as seen here with these tennis racquets. Sporting gear will add a playful touch to any space and promote a laid-back feel.Continue to 3 of 27 below.
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A leaf-shaped wall accent is a great way to add a touch of nature to your space—no pruning or watering is required. Bonus points if you pair it with actual plant friends to keep the theme going.Continue to 4 of 27 below.
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Hang Street Signs
Honor a favorite place with a street sign that will bring instant character to your space. If you're willing to spend a bit more, you could even go the vintage route and hunt down an antique street sign from a city you love. (You can find Parisian artifacts and the like on secondhand sites.)Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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Woven wall hangings are called tapestries, and if this look gives you major dorm room throwbacks (and not in a good way), craft one of your own. Consider using a leftover piece of fabric or throw. Pick a pretty pattern and drape the fabric over a dowel for an instant, one-of-a-kind wall hanging idea.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Choose Objects Around a Theme
If you hang a gallery wall that centers around a specific theme, think outside the box a bit as to how you can fully celebrate the place or hobby on which you're focusing. Here, a vintage ship ball makes for the perfect out-of-the-box touch.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Mix Accessories for a Hobby
Hang a mix of accessories—wreaths, baskets, and hats all look lovely in the above gallery wall, to name a few. Note that wreaths can be styled year-round and add instant color and texture to any wall. Pair faux leafy pieces with those made from branches to keep the setup interesting, as seen here.
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Show Off a Sculpture
Sculptural objects, especially when hung in varying sizes and scattered throughout the length of a wall, will make your home feel like it's part of a museum installation. Simple gold sunburst designs take center stage in this space.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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Turn your home into a museum-like space by hanging plaster or ceramics on the wall. You don't need to travel far when you can make your own house into a storied spot.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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Put Up Hats
If you have loads of hats in your closet, why not let them sit pretty on the wall instead? It's a win-win: You'll free up valuable storage space and can showcase your love of fashion to all who stop by your home.Continue to 11 of 27 below.
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Display a Collection
If you have a favorite collection of 3D objects that are petite enough to hang on the wall, take them out of their storage boxes and get to work making them wall hangings. Here, a fish collection swims in an artful pattern on this dining room wall.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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How cool is this collection of skates that doubles as decor? If you have a lot of pairs of colorful shoes, consider going this route, too—talk about an amazing conversation starter.Continue to 13 of 27 below.
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Put Up a Basket
Take a beloved basket in your cupboard out of its hiding spot, and hang it above your oven for some intrigue. Given how much time we spend standing in the kitchen prepping meals, the space deserves a little extra oomph.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Add a Sculpture
An oversized sculpture deserves to stand in the spotlight. Place it somewhere prominent, such as over the fireplace, as we see above. Its material juxtaposes wonderfully with the stone backdrop.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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Put One Piece at the Center
Earlier, we saw how nicely miniature sunburst sculptures looked when scattered across a wall, but a larger version of this type of piece can stand on its own. Again, oversized artwork looks best above a mantel or in another central spot.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Mirrors can make for artful decor when grouped—a trio is always a solid wall hanging idea. Look for pieces that feature eye-catching details that make those walking by want to pause.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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Frame a Dress
Framing a dress or another piece of well-loved clothing from childhood is an excellent way to honor the past and preserve memories. Other clothing items that look wonderful framed as wall hangings include athletic gear (such as team jerseys) and pocket squares.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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Replicate Hotel Vibes
Hotels give excellent wall decor ideas for things to hang on walls in bedrooms. If you visit a hotel and absolutely fall in love with the decor, replicate it at home. Here, skate decks featuring patterns from The Beverly Hills hotel add character and dimension to this otherwise traditional bedroom.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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Place Some Plants
Plants make for affordable, vibrant, and peaceful things to hang on walls. Install hanging planters in the bathroom to bring that spa-like feel home. If you don't have any natural light in your loo or don't want to remember to care for any more plants, go for faux.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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Embrace your inner child by giving a few favorite action figures a well-deserved place as wall hangings. Adhering lucite boxes to the wall ensures that your favorite figurines are safe from fingerprints and scratches but still get to be appreciated daily.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Highlight a Sport
An outdoor entryway is a great place to show off your sporty side. Here, colorful paddles make for festive (and functional) things that hang on walls.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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Hang Some Flotation Devices
If you're craving a relaxing or memory-filled vibe? Here, floatation devices used as wall hangings can remind you of joyful summer beach days.Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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Beautiful dishes are popular for wall decor, especially in traditional homes. Whether you have a coordinating set that you love or have worked to collect an eclectic mix of pieces over the years, dishware of all kinds looks fabulous as wall decor.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Show Off a Silk
Whether designer or purely sentimental, a beloved scarf looks perfectly preserved in a unique frame as a wall hanging idea. Lucite is a popular choice, as the material allows colorful silk to pop.Continue to 25 of 27 below.
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Hang a Message
3D word art doesn't need to be a cheesy thing that you hang on the wall. When used sparingly, it can be pretty sweet. A nursery is perfect for incorporating a thoughtful phrase like this one.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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Put Up Oyster Plates
Oyster plates are a popular collector's item, and while they have a culinary purpose, they certainly don't need to be hung in a kitchen. They add plenty of personality and pep as wall decor in a powder room.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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Show Off Beautiful Baubles
Show off a stunning assortment of jewels by placing baubles into protective lucite frames for a unique thing to hang on the wall. Not only will you have a full inventory of your pieces readily available, but you can also simultaneously add instant color to your bedroom or dressing area.