Tips on wall-to-wall works of art

By Cathy Lee Posted in: Celebrate StyleImprove

Whether you like over-the-top and believe that more is more, or your style is a bit under stated, wall art can have a high impact on your home. Today I’ve got some advice and inspiration for creating your own wall décor.

I took the eggshell photo at the Phillips Collection studio in Las Vegas. This arrangement is about 7 feet tall, with broken white and gold eggshells arranged above a beautiful, organic wood console.


I took the other photo at a clothing store in San Francisco called All Saints. This is a closeup of their display that is two stories high and made of vintage yarn spools mounted on a peg grid on an earthy, painted brick wall.

I know these arrangements are not something all of you will fall in love with or put on your wall. I’m sharing them to show you that almost anything can be arranged on a wall to create an artistic display.

For your own projects, you can find objects online, at retailers and discount places. You even can source components at craft stores, so cost widely varies.

The key is how you arrange them. Also key, is your wall. It’s easiest to have a blank canvas like a solid-color wall that will allow your décor to pop.

Now, what can you learn from these arrangements? While one is against a solid wall and the other is against a textured one, in both, objects are symmetrically arranged in grid patterns. They are striking, but what gives them tension and interest is that both are paired with organic forms.

The uniformity of the eggshells is juxtaposed with an organic console, with each feature highlighting the other. In the spool photo, what you can’t see is that the industrial uniformity of the spools sets off the soft silhouettes of the clothing in the store. It creates an interesting textural backdrop.

So keep this in mind as you create your own wall art. Do you want to emphasize something organic in form and texture, or something more bold or industrial? Do you want your wall as your background or do you want to create a background, like a flat board mounted on your wall? Or how about an organic background with something more uniform and rigid in front?

Next time, I’ll give you more tips on fun ways to make a statement on your wall.

Cathy Lee is a home style expert, speaker, president and designer of Cathy Lee Style. Her redesigns of residential and business spaces have been featured in local and national publications and on HGTV. For more info and inspiring photos of design projects, visit cathyleestyle.com. And keep up with Cathy’s dream home makeover at her photo blog, Homefront.