The Top 81 DIY Wall Decor Ideas
Everyone has an artist’s license when it comes to home décor. Use yours to create unique DIY wall décor in every room of your house.
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of DIYing your own wall décor. Whether you’re designing a gallery wall out of purchased artwork or painting your own canvas, DIY wall décor is easy and fun to do. Enjoy scrolling through our gallery of favorite DIY wall décor ideas and be sure to save your favorites. Inspiration for every room is just a click away.
1. Living Room
Each wall in your living room is a perfect blank canvas ready to hold your best DIY ideas. Keep your wall décor ideas scaled to the size of the wall in question. For example, if you have a particularly large wall, such as the kind in a double-story living room, fill the space with a series of large coordinating pieces. A small wall, such as the area over your mantle, can be accented with smaller framed art or mirrors.
Create an accent wall by painting the entire wall in black or another dark hue. Use metallic or printed washi tape to make an oversized wallpaper-like design. Remember that rotating your existing gallery wall pieces is a totally free way to give your living room a makeover. Switch out a picture or clock with items from another room to keep each space visually interesting.
You’ll enjoy your work hours more if they’re spent in a well-decorated office that reflects your personality and style. Function should meet form in the office, so include a wall clock, bulletin board, and shelves into any gallery walls you have planned for your workspace.
However, avoid visually cluttering your office with too many details. Lots of open wall space equals clarity of mind and design.
Buy a 12×12” or larger glass filled frame and cut a vintage map to fit. Use your new DIY wall art idea as a dry-erase board to keep track of upcoming projects or tasks. If your business or life motto is represented by a certain word, slogan, or logo, have a custom vinyl wall decal made. Apply it in a prominent spot and use framed artwork to create a total focal wall.
The easiest way to create impressive wall décor is to purchase artwork that fits well with your overall room design. However, it can be hard to find a perfect piece that’s ready for hanging. That’s when DIY wall art projects come into play.
Enlarge your favorite sheet music on a copier and frame it to hang over a piano or in a music room. Create a triptych, or a series of three united images, by painting simple graphic shapes or minimalist landscapes on three canvases. Hang them in a row over the bed or sofa.
Choose one big painting to center on the room’s largest wall and accent it with wall sconces, hanging planters, and/or framed mirror tiles. Make or purchase drawings that coordinate and display them together for an impressive gallery wall.
4. Farmhouse Style
Antique decorative plates add a sense of whimsy to a farmhouse dining room. You can even hot glue antique spoons to a plain wood frame or around an embroidery hoop to make another DIY craft to hang beside your plate collection. Spray paint a papier-mâché monogram letter with zinc paint and hang it in the middle of the embroidery hoop or inside a simple laurel wreath.
Vintage signs and inspirational quotes fit well into any farmhouse-inspired gallery wall. Hang a botanical wallpaper or fabric sample in a rustic wood picture frame for a quick farmhouse DIY project. Old wood crates and vintage baskets make gorgeous farmhouse wall accents. Paint or leave bare, and use them to hold tiny flower vases, small books, and other little decorative items.
A bathroom typically has small walls that are perfect for trying out creative paint techniques or hanging a piece of exquisite wallpaper. Naturally, you must be mindful of moisture when choosing bathroom DIY wall art ideas. DIY framed prints can begin to wrinkle under their glass after just a few steamy showers, so choose wall decoration options that can handle a damp environment.
Sponge paint techniques have made a comeback, and it’s easy to make a simple repetitive pattern on the wall over the toilet. This is an affordable alternative to buying wallpaper and makes an attractive background behind floating shelves. Tile is always an ideal medium for bathroom wall decoration, but you may need to hire a pro to install it correctly. Tile mosaics or a stained glass wall hanging are great choices for bathroom wall décor.
6. Hanging Decor
Antique shutters and windows are amazing DIY wall décor ideas that work in nearly any room. Turn an old window into a frame to showcase a series of black-and-white family photos or coordinating botanical prints. Then hang an antique shutter on each side of the window.
If you don’t know how to sew but have a cute piece of fabric that you want to show off, turn it into a wall hanging. Simply wrap the material around a piece of wood or Styrofoam and staple it on the back. This also works for wallpaper samples. Mount the panel on hinges and it becomes the perfect way to hide a fuse panel, alarm box, or wall-mounted safe.
Another great DIY wall art idea for the non-artistic is to paint popsicle sticks or small sticks of scrap wood four or five assorted colors. Arrange them on a piece of wood or heavy cardboard and glue them down. Frame them for a colorful wall hanging suitable for any room.
7. Mirror Decor
A well-placed mirror is a simple wall decoration that truly elevates the room’s appearance. Mirrors reflect the room’s natural light during the day and multiply the glow of low lighting at night. If you need to help a small room look big and airy, mirrors are a great wall décor idea. If you rent your home and cannot hang heavy items on the wall, rest a large, sturdy mirror on the floor, propped against the wall.
Center a large framed mirror over your fireplace or over the bed. You can accessorize around it with smaller art pieces, wreaths, inspirational quotes, or wall decals. Mirrors of any size help expand a small space. Even a collection of tiny framed mirrors adds a sparkling accent to a blank wall.
Ideally, the bed should be placed against the longest bedroom wall, which makes that wall the room’s primary focal point. Décor ideas include adding wainscoting, beadboard, or shiplap to this wall only, painting it in a color that contrasts the paint on the other three walls. Hang a wreath over the paneling or line up a series of coordinating prints.
In a child’s bedroom, a colorful themed wall mural is almost always a great idea. For a heartwarming piece of DIY art in your baby’s nursery, frame a beautiful dress or cute shirt that you or your partner wore as a baby and hang it over the changing table. Make a fun night light alternative by using string lights and a canvas to make constellation art that can be plugged in at night for a warmly comforting glow.
Inspirational signs and plaques are popular accents in children’s and adults’ bedrooms alike. If you cannot find your favorite sentiment or quote, create your own on a piece of painted wood or a blank canvas. Hand-letter or stencil the words or order custom made easy-to-apply vinyl transfers online.
Because the modern aesthetic honor simplicity, don’t overdo it when it comes to wall décor ideas. DIY wall art in a modern home can easily be made by using masking tape to make geometric shapes on a canvas. Paint it with colors that match your décor and let the paint dry. Peel off the tape and be impressed by your work of art.
If you love pixel art, you don’t have to be an artist to turn a favorite landscape photo into a modern geometric wall art piece that captures all the mood but none of the details. In this large-scale paint-by-number DIY craft idea, simply use photo editing software to pixelate the image. Use a ruler to draw a grid on paper, canvas, or wood that is equivalent to the number of squares on your pixelated image. Then purchase paint in each color represented and fill in the squares accordingly.
10. Frame Decor
Repurposing thrift store frames is one of the least expensive DIY wall décor ideas. Remove the artwork from behind the glass of a lovely salvaged frame and replace it with a colorful piece of paper or fabric. Hang it in the kitchen for a unique dry-erase menu board or shopping list.
For a coastal home or mermaid-themed child’s room, cut dozens of circles out of posterboard and spray paint them gold or other metallic hues. Overlap them into a fish scale-like pattern and glue them onto a canvas or wood panel sized to fit your salvaged picture frame.
Turn to pom poms for a whimsical DIY wall art idea suitable for a child’s room or a bohemian style home. Simply glue pom poms into a random pattern, wavy stripes, or cloudlike formations inside a picture frame.
11. Shelf Decor
Wall mounted shelves add ambience to a room as well as valuable storage and display space. Having even one or two strategically mounted floating shelves frees up valuable horizontal space. It’s the easiest way to reclaim kitchen counter, bathroom counter, and office desktop space for important tasks.
When storing items on a wall shelf, take care to arrange things in an aesthetic manner. Vary the height of picture frames, vases, candles, plants, and other shelf-top décor. Hang a metal monogram or mandala over the shelf for a creative touch or place a mirror in that space to open up a smaller room.
DIY Wall Décor FAQs
You don’t have to have a creative bone in your body to create impressive wall art. Frame a beautiful scarf or fabric panel within a repainted thrift store frame. Arrange masking tape on a canvas and paint your own piece of modern art.
A plain wall is a blank canvas to showcase anything you love. Hang or paint a wall mural or create a gallery wall with your favorite framed photos. Hang a patterned rug or quilt behind the bed or paint that wall a bright or darker hue. Accent a plain wall with mirrors and see how it helps the room feel light and airy.
Plan the space that will hold your family photo gallery. Decide whether you will add to the display over time or keep it the way it is. Choose one theme for the wall, such as candid pics or outdoor photos. Decide on picture sizes and frames, then arrange them on the floor before you start hammering nails into the wall.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.