Wall art is an easy way to modernize your interior. Give your home a contemporary facelift with a piece of trendy artwork. If you’re bored with your current décor but you can’t afford to make major changes, wall art is a low-cost, low-commitment upgrade. From abstract art to modern minimalism, we offer a wide range of prints to fit your unique aesthetic. Whether you want to elevate your living room or add a splash of style to your cooking space, there are tons of striking options to choose from. Follow our expert advice on how to make the most out of your modern wall art.

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Modern Wall Décor Styles

Modern Wall Art for Living Rooms

Modern Wall Art Color Schemes

Oversized Modern Wall Art

Modern Wall Art Shape Ideas

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Modern Wall Décor Styles

Modern wall art encompasses a wide variety of styles. If your décor is already busy, choose a minimalistic print like typography or “definition wall art.” For adding a statement piece to your space, go with a vibrant piece of artwork. If you’re still building your interior, select a print from our trending “abstract brushstroke” collection, curated by Tirzah Goodman. These versatile prints are eye-catching, but their simplicity ensures that they won’t overwhelm your home.

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Modern Wall Art: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for keeping your interior looking modern:

"There are many tips on what to do to achieve a "modern" look, but we are rarely told what not to do. When creating a contemporary space, make sure to avoid:

-Pieces that are impractical and solely for looks

-Pushing furniture too close to the wall

-Making your television the focal point of the room

-Excessive use of neutral tones

-Trying to incorporate too many trends at once

-Sacrificing your personality for style"

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Modern Wall Art for Living Rooms

Your living room is the most central space in your home. This essential room is meant for relaxing and gathering with friends and family. Adding a piece of wall art to your living area can make a huge difference visually. Make your space look instantly more welcoming with an ultra-modern print. Abstract art is an excellent choice for this communal space due to its versatility. It represents your individualism while still appealing to a broad audience. You want something that’s striking but not so specific that it isolates certain tastes.

Modern Wall Art: Pro Tips

Our resident décor pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz expands on why modern abstract art is a foolproof choice for your living space:

“Nothing adds to a room quite like a striking piece of modern art. Modern or abstract artwork is all about celebrating freedom and individuality. This playful style of wall art can add a trendy touch without overwhelming your interior. Decide whether you gravitate towards neutral prints, or a canvas full of vibrant colors. Remember, your artwork must be large enough to capture the attention of onlookers. Don’t be afraid of bold, unexpected themes and designs.”

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Modern Wall Art Color Schemes

2021 has brought a ton of trendy tones to light. Take a chance on unexpected shades like bright primary colors. While neutral colors will never go out of style, a pop of color will add a dynamic look. You can also experiment with pairing complementary colors together for optimal contrast and a contemporary color-blocking style.

Blue and Red Modern Wall Art

Blue and red are two colors that scream “modern.” These two unmistakable shades are timeless and trendy at the same time. You can combine both colors for a Bauhaus revival-inspired look, or you can use them individually for a foolproof hint of vibrancy.

Our resident décor pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz emphasizes red as a color trend:

“With a strong focus on light and bright minimalism this year, red may seem like an unexpected shade for 2021. However, there are tons of red shades to choose from. You can add red into your color scheme without going overboard. A simple splash of red wall art represents spontaneity, ambition, and drive.”

Modern Black and White Wall Art

If you can’t decide on a color to suit your space, you can’t go wrong with black and white! You don’t need color to make a design statement, and modern art is proof. There are tons of stunning contemporary prints without any color at all.

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Oversized Modern Wall Art

Don’t be afraid to go big with your modern art. Follow these tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide to select the best size for your décor goals:

 “If you’re leaning towards an oversized canvas, go with these dimensions: 66"X33" This is an excellent option for starting a striking gallery wall. Add a statement piece to any room that has a large, empty wall. You should measure the height and width of your walls prior to installing your canvas, as this size can look overwhelming in a smaller space.

If you want something even MORE dramatic for a gigantic empty wall, go with 68"X45"! Choose a huge, oversized canvas that measures 68 inches by 45 inches in height and width for a major focal point. If you want to cover the entire wall above your couch, bed, or a large credenza, this is the right selection for your space. It will make your space look dramatic and appealing while adding a luxurious touch.”

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Modern Wall Art Shape Ideas

Select the shape of your print based on what you want your space to convey. Match your unique style to our canvas layout guide below:

The classic canvas: 1-Piece Canvas

The trendy pick: 2-Piece Split Canvas

A modern moment: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas  

A daring option: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas

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Explore All Modern Art Topics

For more guidance contemporary décor, view our post on modern wall décor ideas you’ll love. You can also check out our post on the perfect abstract paintings for any space. If you want to explore different décor styles all together, visit our inspiration blog. At the end of the day, your home should represent you!

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