Wall art can give your interior a brand-new look in the blink of an eye. If your space is looking a little dull, try a piece of trendy artwork to liven up your room. There are tons of versatile style options to fit every unique aesthetic. We’ve consulted with the top art directors and design experts to bring you the most popular trending décor. From minimalism to mandalas, there are tons of striking options to elevate your home. Follow these tips on how to accentuate a piece of wall art and make the most of current trends.
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Trendy Wall Décor: Getting Ahead
It’s only the beginning of 2022, which means you still have time to get ahead of the yearly trends! Look forward into the future, and start prepping your home for upcoming popular styles. Wow your guests with your knowledge of interior design. 2022 is still inclusive of vibrant, bold décor, with a natural twist. Go for eye-catching floral patterns that take grandmillenial to knew, Gen Z-inspired heights. Think more retro (70s, 80s) than older vintage. Hang a multi-panel print that blends bold modernism and older floral patterns for a truly 2022 look. While we’ll get into the top color palettes later on, don’t forget to challenge the idea of “neutrals” and use unexpected color combinations with both warm and cool tones. Keep this in mind as you browse for trendy painting ideas and wall décor.
Trendy Painting Ideas: Combining Trends
2022 is also focused on combining trends. Why stick to a single look when you can create a chic combination of both? We’re going to outline our favorite trends and how to add them to your space in an unexpected way. However, you don’t have to choose just one! Take florals and typography, for example. As we mentioned, classic-meets-contemporary trends are hot this year. Hang a piece of wall art with brightly-colored botanicals and a cheeky phrase. For an extra-trendy touch, go with a multi-panel style. This eye-catching print works anywhere from your bedroom to your main living space. Remember, trendy art prints are the perfect way to instantly switch up your space without breaking your budget!
Trendy Wall Art Styles
If you’re always ahead of the game when it comes to fashion and design trends, we have several suggestions for up-to-date décor. The last thing you want is for your home to look dated, so it’s important to stay informed on what’s current. 2021 has been all about daring décor, and as we move into 2022, this outlook hasn’t wavered. However, 2022 predictions include adding sophisticated elements to balance the bold choices. For instance, if you opt for bright colors in your space, stick with sleek finishes and modern textiles like quartz, velvet, and brushed nickel.
Mandala Wall Art
One of our top trending collections is the “Beautiful Mandala” catalog. These canvas prints celebrate spirituality and positive energy. An Eastern symbol of guidance and internal growth, these pieces are vibrant and freeing.
Bedroom Wall Art Ideas
Don’t overlook your bedroom when it comes to décor. Amateur designers too often leave their bedroom as a last priority. This room is where you start and end each day, so it’s important to pay special attention to this sacred space. You want to choose a piece of wall art that feels personal to you, but that doesn’t overwhelm your interior.
If you’re not sure what kind of print will go best in your sleeping space, consider an “Abstract Brushstroke” print. Curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman, these prints are ultra-modern and ideal for a cool and contemporary space. Plus, they radiate a relaxed energy which makes them perfect for the bedroom.
Trending Blue Wall Art
Blue is practically a neutral at this point. This color has been used so liberally throughout history; it may as well be considered an industry standard. However, the undying popularity of blue doesn’t mean it can’t be trendy! There are so many shades to explore, and you can be sure that a blue-toned space will always look modern. Choose a piece of wall art with shades like blue, periwinkle, and dusty rose for a contemporary appearance that still adds color.
Color Scheme: Pro Tips
ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her insight into adding blue to your color scheme:
“Interior designers marked bright blue as one of the most popular interior design trends of 2022. Using rich blue décor or incorporating light and bright blue textiles will give to your space a stunning “Santorini” vibe. If you’re a minimalist through and through, pops of solid, true blue can look understated and eye-catching at the same time. Incorporate this incomparable color into your home as a constant reminder of clear skies above.”
If you’re looking for the perfect style of wall art to go with any color scheme, our “Minimalist Architecture” collection is right up your alley. This catalog of prints combines a bohemian energy with geometric details.
Trendy Wall Prints: Sizes
Once you’ve decided on a trendy design, you need to determine the dimensions of your chosen artwork. Follow these tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:
“Your wall art should take up around 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space. This refers to the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall first and foremost. After you have your measurements, multiply each by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the ideal range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.
Artwork that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed, or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's total width. To measure the perfect wall art size for above your furniture, use this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. Therefore, you need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.”
For a style that looks good in any size, consider a minimalist line drawing. Line art is both simple and a statement piece. It will match any décor, and add a contemporary energy to your space.
Trendy Framed Wall Art Shapes
Finally, decide whether you want to opt for framed or unframed artwork. While a multi-panel canvas can take your breath away, there are also benefits to the classic frame. If you’re curious about the benefits of a framed print, check out this excerpt from our guide to framed vs unframed art:
“A framed canvas is similar to a single panel canvas, but this gallery-ready artwork features a third layer: a wooden frame that creates the illusion of floating art. A framed canvas lends a refined touch to your space and impacts the viewer’s impression. A solid black border frame keeps the focus on the artwork.”
Definition Wall Art
One of our latest selections, “Definition Wall Art,” looks stunning framed of unframed. Put together by our expert art director, this modern take on typography is our most versatile collection yet.
More Trendy Art Topics
For in-depth articles on the artwork trends mentioned above, check out our inspiration blog. We have an entire article on “Minimalist Architecture” and “Definition Wall Art.” Artwork can take your interior from blah to bold with very little cost or commitment. Add a trendy piece of wall art and watch your space transform before your very eyes!