Taking wall art to new heights

By Cathy Lee Posted in: Celebrate StyleImprove
September 15, 2015

In my last column, I showed you photos of wall art that you might not want on your wall, but were amazing sources of inspiration for your own outside-the-box ideas. Today, I’m continuing that train of thought with more tips for creating wall art.

I took this first photo in a décor studio that sells flowers, vases and accessories. It’s a perfect illustration of layering. You see rolls of blue and green tissue paper intertwined with each other. But they haven’t just layered color. Look closely and you’ll see the heights of the spools are different.


The spools are organically arranged to allow the colors to play with one another in an interesting display. You’re probably not going to want to put tissue paper on your wall, although it’s pretty cool, so what else can you layer for depth and color? How about different picture frames? Boxes? Vases? Pottery holding different objects?

All of these — in different colors, sizes and depths — can be arranged for interesting wall décor that’s also affordable.

The second photo is of a display by Gold Leaf Design Group, which specializes in beautiful, mini wall sculptures. Each fish only measures a couple of inches. You may have seen their Gold Koi Wall Play, perhaps in a Japanese restaurant. I have, and it really makes a statement when you see hundreds of koi swimming on a wall.

That leads to my second concept for your wall art: Volume. Especially when you have something as small as this, the impact comes not from an individual fish or bowl or frame, but in arranging them in a large group display.

How can you apply this to your own walls? Do you have a collection of small things that can be arranged in bunches, maybe not just on one wall, but reaching around to another? You can utilize items that you already have, or buy collections of items. Gold Leaf even puts these mini sculptures on trees, picture frames and mirrors to add even more interest to wall décor.

I hope this two-part series has given you some ideas for our own unique wall art. Have fun with your ideas!

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 information and inspiring photos of design projects, visit cathyleestyle.com. And keep up with Cathy’s dream home makeover at her photo blog, Homefront.