How to Make Your Family Room Wall Decor Unique

I see you over there. You've got a pretty nice gallery wall going. You rotate out your family photos and the kids' art regularly. Perhaps you've even got a photo ledge! All these things that make displaying mementos easy.....but you wonder what else is out there. You think to yourself, "Hmmmm. What's missing? How can I make my family room wall decor actually unique?". I get it! And for you, I've got some different and fun wall decor that will take your look beyond the boring old frame.

Family Room Wall Decor Ideas: Shallow Baskets

Oh, there are so many things to love about baskets. Lovely, handmade baskets from small business owners, right? They're definitely out there! And most of all, they add instant texture and dimension to your wall. And THAT is never a bad idea.

One of my favorite, organic basket displays belongs to Alicia Baskel of The Dancing Tapestry. On the right she's got a great balance between size, shape, depth. It looks effortless! She's also got more than baskets on the brain! Keep reading!

Family Room Wall Decor Ideas: Weavings and Macrame

Like needlepoint, macrame is no longer a craft of the past. It's very now and is so homey. Speaking of craft, there are some really really lovely weavings I'm seeing. Color, texture, pattern. Yes! Bonus points for weaving your own.

Here's where Alicia really hits her stride: beautiful, colorful, handmade tapestries perfect for the living room (seen here). Or kids room. Or.....Hop on over to see more of her craft.

Family Room Wall Decor Ideas: Needlepoint

This is not your grandmother's needlepoint work. Although that could be really cool and representative of your family. BUT! If you do not have this, you can still have handcrafted, beautiful, often funny/smart artwork on your walls. Needlepoint is having a comeback and here are some of my favorite artists: Sarah K. Benning, (at left) and Mother Fern.

Family Room Wall Decor Ideas: Wallpaper/Wrapping Paper Framed.

Wallpaper in itself is not new. But it's certainly making a comeback in a big way. And when I say "big" I mean bigger, bolder, look-at-me prints. And that can be a lot to commit to! An easy way to still incorporate the fantabulous prints out there is to get a swatch of your favorite and frame it.

Granted, the bigger the print, the larger your frame will have to be. Ginormous peonies in a puny frame is a no-go. But it can be a great look!

Psst....also try this with wrapping papers you love. I have! Go-to-resources: Hygge and West , Rifle Paper Co (at right, their “Party Animals” print).

Family Room Wall Decor Ideas: Personalized Family Mementos

There are some really clever twists that aren't the group family "let's all wear denim button downs" photo.

  • Initials/Names. There are many versions of names and initials out there. You've got the marquee light ones. And the tin ones. But the best ones of all? Are eco-friendly (hello, keep those VOCs out of here!) and lightweight. Because even though my home is of course a haven of tranquility, things fall off the walls unexpectedly. And if they do, I want no one bludgeoned (especially if those babies are hung over a crib).

  • Nancy, from House of Crazi has you covered on all fronts. Eco-friendly and light-weight customized letters. She has a great story about how her artwork was inspired and evolved. Head on over and let her explain!

  • Silhouettes. Silhouettes, of course, are not new. They've been around for ages. And that, my friend, is for a reason. They're classic. And graphic. And capture a moment in time where a kiddo was (theoretically) sitting still and behaving themselves. And THAT is worth celebrating, no? There are places, like Minted, where you can send in a picture and they will personalize a silhouette just for you.

  • Out of this world family art. On the topic of personalized art this is just insane. You send in a picture of your family and Brittani Rose sends you back a handcrafted, three-dimensional representation. I'm just dying to get one of these. Again, providing my entire family can sit still for a photo. But you have to see the examples of her work. She's. A. Genius.

Well, I don't know about you but I'm ready to tackle that wall in my living room with renewed vigor. And fresh ideas. And I can't wait to peruse some of the shops listed above; I ALWAYS find something great. It's just a matter of narrowing those things down...

Hey, if you liked these ideas and vendors, I've got a lot more where these came from. I have a list of my favorite indie shops, specifically for kids' rooms and I want to share them! Excited? I thought you might be. Grab a copy of your series here: