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Crafting a contemporary home? No chic interior is complete without modern art. Wall art is a great way to give your space a current look without committing to a complete renovation. Upgrade your interior with an ultra-trendy print. We’ve put together the top tips and tricks for how to choose the best piece of wall art for your unique home. Follow our expert guide for a surefire way to instantly elevate your décor.

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Modern Wall Décor Styles

Modern Wall Art: Shapes and Layouts

Large Modern Wall Art Sizes

Modern Wall Décor Ideas by Room

Modern Colorful Wall Art

More Designer Tips and Topics

Modern Wall Décor Styles

Consider our “Abstract Brushstroke” collection, curated by art director, Tirzah Goodman. This catalog of wall art is full of minimalist prints that pack a punch. If your style is sleek with an artistic touch, this is undoubtedly the style for you. If you’re not a fan of abstract art, our “Definition Wall Art” collection is ideal. Also curated by our art director, this selection of wall art is all about combining typography with a modern look.

Modern Abstract Wall Art

When it comes to modern art, ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz is a big fan of the abstract. Here’s why:

“Nothing elevates the look of a room in the same way that abstract art does. Abstract wall art represents pure freedom. Not to mention, it complements a wide range of interior styles and aesthetic visions. This creative style of wall art will add a trendy touch without taking over your living space. It’s up to you to choose between a neutral print, or a vibrant print with bold colors. Make sure your wall art is big enough to grab onlookers’ attention, and don’t be afraid to play with zany, conceptual décor ideas.”

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Modern Wall Art: Shapes and Layouts

Choose the shape of your print based on what you are trying to achieve with your interior. Follow our guide to the top canvas shapes and layouts below:

The tried-and-true classic option: 1-Piece Canvas

For the rule-breaker and trendsetter: 2-Piece Split Canvas

It doesn’t get more modern than this: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas  

Make a major statement with our funkiest option: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas

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Modern Framed Wall Art

Beyond the shape of your modern artwork, you’ll also need to decide whether you want a canvas or a framed print:

 “An unframed canvas is a piece of artwork that is not set in any frame. Because of the frameless borders, this type of artwork can adapt to any interior style. Unframed canvas prints are loved for their marvelously modern look. Their minimalist appearance blends well with contemporary furniture.

Framed artwork looks sleek and polished. Because of the small gap between the canvas and the frame, the print looks as if it was floating. This will give your artwork a truly luxurious look. One of the top benefits of framed artwork is that it looks very light and airy, which ultimately results in a cleaner appearance.”

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Large Modern Wall Art Sizes

Choose the right size canvas for your contemporary home with help from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide. Remember, you can’t go wrong with selecting a statement piece. In fact, the most common design mistake homeowners make it not choosing artwork that’s big enough! Try one of these three sizes for the ultimate oversized look:

“If you’re inclined to create a gallery wall above your sofa, bed, or another large piece of furniture, the best size is 52 inches by 32 inches. Hang a series of asymmetrical canvases, and then arrange them symmetrically create a dynamic look on your wall.

Is your ultimate goal to create a focal point? Go with the following dimensions: 66"X33" This is the ideal option if you want a truly oversized gallery wall. This size will create an eye-catching look in any room that has a large, empty wall. Make sure to measure the space before installing your canvas, as this size has the potential to look overwhelming in a room with smaller walls.

Looking for something REALLY dramatic for a large empty wall? Go with a massive, oversized canvas that measures 68 inches by 45 inches in height and width. If you want to cover almost the entire wall, you can’t go wrong with these striking dimensions. This option will make your space look dramatic while creating a luxurious look.”

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Modern Wall Décor Ideas by Room

If you’re adding modern art to your sleeping space, consider a piece that feels more personal. You have more freedom in less-trafficked areas to pick something that is meant for only you to enjoy. For your living space or dining area, choose a modern print that is more welcoming. Don’t overwhelm your guests with a piece that’s too loud, but rather, choose a print that makes your space feel warm and cozy.

Modern Kitchen Wall Décor

For your kitchen, go with a vibrant print that contrasts your neutral finishes. A modern kitchen is all about the sleek hardware and appliances, so you want to choose a piece of wall art that pops against the classy backdrop. This will take your space from cold to playful and contemporary.

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Modern Colorful Wall Art

Modern doesn’t mean boring. In fact, vibrant colors are super in for 2021. Take a chance with vivid shades like sunny yellow and cherry red.

Black and White Wall Art

If bright colors aren’t your vibe, don’t fret! You can easily create a modern space with a greyscale print. Check out this excerpt from our expert guide to black and white wall décor:

 “Consider pairing a black and white print with other neutral shades for a truly chic look. However, this doesn’t mean your space has to be completely devoid of color. Add modern shades like slate blue, sage green, and mustard yellow. These muted versions of classic accent colors will contrast the black and white without looking overbearing.”

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More Designer Tips and Topics

For more tips and tricks on how to transform your home with wall art, visit our inspiration blog. Our blog is full of articles all about the current design trends. Keep up with a contemporary aesthetic, and create the modern home you’ve always dreamed of.

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