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The Ultimate Guide to Wall Art in Interiors

The most popular type of wall décor is wall art in interiors in the form of frames, paintings, photographic prints, etc., enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the room and interior spaces.

Wall art adds an aesthetic essence and rejuvenates the ambience of any space instantly. Each art is unique, distinctive, and enhances the décor.

They are available in various colours, themes, sizes (small, medium, large, oversize), painting types (acrylic, oil, etc.,) orientation(landscape/portrait), material (canvas, wood, etc.,), finish, format (frame, canvas, etc.) with using various techniques and features.

They can be decorated as a gallery wall or on floating shelves. Also, various artworks complement different subjects, styles, and themes.

Types of Wall Art in Interiors

Wall Art Paintings

Paintings are the reproduction of an artist’s creativity and imagination with love for art, feel, and expression; they can be realistic reproductions of nature or the environment surrounding us or can be the imagination of the artist’s creation. The type of paintings can vary depending on the medium used such as acrylic painting, oil painting, and watercolour painting, etc.

Art Prints and Posters

Art prints are the reproduction of original artworks using different methods and types of print such as Graphic print, Giclee, canvas transfer, textural printed, etc.

Photography Wall Art

Photography wall arts are the prints of photos using photographic techniques. Perfect for family photographs to cherish memories of dear ones.

Pencil/Charcoal Drawings

These are the drawings and sketches using pencil or charcoal without adding any colours giving significance to line strokes, shades, curves, etc., in a unique way.

Mixed Media

Mixed media art: use of two or more different types of creative mediums in a single artwork such as mixing watercolours and pastels/ integrating paper and wood in a single artwork.

Exploring different media, materials, and techniques creates a unique and stunning piece of artwork which will accelerate the visual aesthetics of a home or office décor.

Size, Shape, and Orientation

Wall arts can vary from mini, small, medium, large to oversized art sizes, rectangular/square/oval/circular shapes, and landscape/portrait orientation varying according to the type, theme, and material used in art.

The size of artworks depends on the availability of open wall space.

Giant artworks create an impressive focal point in any space. Wall art piece with bold colour and integrated with the design style of the room sets the perfect ambience to your room.

Mini and small artworks works in pairs or arranged in a collage manner to create focal points.

Subject and Theme

There are various subjects and themes. Each theme is unique on its own and complement various design styles with varied colours, textures, and finishes.

Some of the themes are abstract, architecture, animals, astronomy and space, black and white, birds, botanical, cityscapes, characters, coastal, music, design and pattern, fashion, fantasy, sci-fiction, film, food and beverage, landscapes, maps, religious, sports, transport and travel, typography, etc.

Art Material Used for Wall Art in Interiors

Various materials create beautiful wall art in interiors that emphasize colour, texture, brightness, patterns, details, etc.


One of the most widely used is the canvas art and paintings that highlight the texture and details of fine art paintings unlike digital prints of art. Canvas is made from closely woven fabric or cloth commonly by cotton or Lenin; a wooden frame acts as a support to the canvas.

A large and beautiful canvas in the centre of the wall can become the focal point of the room. Whatever the style is modern, contemporary, traditional or rustic canvas art complements with the decor.


Wood adds captivating elegance to your room by adding natural earthy touch to the decor. Wooden wall art is perfect for a rustic or traditional feel to your home. Teak, pine, bamboo, etc.are the different types of wood. One of the remarkable features of wood art is the uniqueness of natural wood grain as each wood is different from others.

There are various ways to create an art piece using wood. Arts are printed/painted on a single piece of wood or few panels attached to form a single piece of wood or wooden plank that can be carved to create a beautiful wall décor that adds visual interest.


Metals crafts art pieces to fine finishes and textures to create stunning designs and patterns. Metal finishes complement modern and contemporary décor. One of the unique features of metals is that it can blend to any shape and design. Placing a wall accent light above metal art further enhances and creates stunning visual effects.


Glossy finishes can be achieved with acrylic materials even though they have an artificial feel. The glossy finish highlights the colour and brings a shining effect. Since it is reflective, adding an accent wall sconce above the art piece brightens up space furthermore. Ideal for art/designs printed on acrylic sheets/material to give a sophisticated and polished look.


Art can be painted or printed on different types of glass such as plain glass, tempered glass, etc. Glass with a metal frame creates a diversified look and enhances the visual aesthetics. It also creates different effects and patterns in the presence of wall accent light above art piece on the wall depending on the design and type of glass used.

Recycled Materials

Recycled materials like recycled wood pieces, chips, straws, recycled newspaper, plastic bags, etc.are used to create art. They are unique and vary depending on the artist’s creation and helps in reducing waste thereby protecting the environment.

Written by Sahithi (Architect and Interior designer)

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