When it comes to things to hang on the wall, most people automatically think of framed prints, posters, and photos. But the reality is that so many other fabulous wall decor ideas go beyond the usual two-dimensional options. Sports fans might display signed sports gear or memorabilia, or if you have a breezy, eclectic style, consider items like hats, wreaths, plants, or baskets.
Take a look at these 27 wall decor ideas if you’re looking to add a few extra things that you can hang on your walls. Honor a favorite hobby, place, or outfit—and hang it.
27 Accents Things to Hang on the Wall
To hang unusual objects on the wall, use wire, picture hanger kits, and sheetrock screws just as you would for paintings and other framed art. Command strips are an excellent option for those who need to hang things on painted walls; they don’t leave behind marks. Read the packaging for weight limits and weigh the wall-hanging item.
Light a Neon Sign
With so many companies offering customizable word art, you can easily recreate the hip vibe of that ultra-Instagrammable restaurant downtown in your own home. Whether you showcase a quote that uplifts you, a funny saying, or spell out your name (it is your home, after all!), neon lighting will add plenty of pep to your walls.
String Up Raquets
Celebrate your love for sports by hanging a fave piece of equipment on the walls—or make a DIY version, as seen here with these tennis racquets. Sporting gear will add a playful touch to any space and promote a laid-back feel.
A leaf-shaped wall accent is a great way to add a touch of nature to your space—no pruning or watering is required. Bonus points if you pair it with actual plant friends to keep the theme going.
Hang Street Signs
Honor a favorite place with a street sign that will bring instant character to your space. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you could even go the vintage route and hunt down an antique street sign from a city you love.
Woven wall hangings are called tapestries, and if this look gives you major dorm room throwbacks (and not in a good way), craft one of your own. Consider using a leftover piece of fabric or throw. Pick a pretty pattern and drape the fabric over a dowel for an instant, one-of-a-kind wall hanging idea.
Choose Objects Around a Theme
If you hang a gallery wall that centers around a specific theme, think outside the box a bit as to how you can fully celebrate the place or hobby on which you’re focusing. Here, a vintage ship ball makes for the perfect out-of-the-box touch.
Mix Accessories for a Hobby
Hang a mix of accessories—wreaths, baskets, and hats all look lovely in the above gallery wall, to name a few. Note that wreaths can be styled year-round and add instant color and texture to any wall. Pair faux leafy pieces with those made from branches to keep the setup interesting, as seen here.
Sculptural objects, especially when hung in varying sizes and scattered throughout the length of a wall, will make your home feel like it’s part of a museum installation. Simple gold sunburst designs take center stage in this space.
Turn your home into a museum-like space by hanging plaster or ceramics on the wall. You don’t need to travel far when you can make your own house into a storied spot.
Put Up Hats
If you have loads of hats in your closet, why not let them sit pretty on the wall instead? It’s a win-win: You’ll free up valuable storage space and can showcase your love of fashion to all who stop by your home.
Display a Collection
If you have a favorite collection of 3D objects that are petite enough to hang on the wall, take them out of their storage boxes and get to work making them wall hangings. Here, a fish collection swims in an artful pattern on this dining room wall.
How cool is this collection of skates that doubles as decor? If you have a lot of pairs of colorful shoes, consider going this route, too—talk about an amazing conversation starter.
Put Up a Basket
Take a beloved basket in your cupboard out of its hiding spot, and hang it above your oven for some intrigue. Given how much time we spend standing in the kitchen prepping meals, the space deserves a little extra oomph.
An oversized sculpture deserves to stand in the spotlight. Place it somewhere prominent, such as over the fireplace, as we see above. Its material juxtaposes wonderfully with the stone backdrop.
Put One Piece at the Center
Earlier, we saw how nicely miniature sunburst sculptures looked when scattered across a wall, but a larger version of this type of piece can stand on its own. Again, oversized artwork looks best above a mantel or in another central spot.
Mirrors can make for artful decor when grouped—a trio is always a solid wall hanging idea. Look for pieces that feature eye-catching details that make those walking by want to pause.
Frame a Dress
Framing a dress or another piece of well-loved clothing from childhood is an excellent way to honor the past and preserve memories. Other clothing items that look wonderful framed as wall hangings include athletic gear (such as team jerseys) and pocket squares.
Replicate Hotel Vibes
Hotels give excellent wall decor ideas for things to hang on walls in bedrooms. If you visit a hotel and absolutely fall in love with the decor, replicate it at home. Here, skate decks featuring patterns from The this hotel add character and dimension to this otherwise traditional bedroom.
Place Some Plants
Plants make for affordable, vibrant, and peaceful things to hang on walls. Install hanging planters in the bathroom to bring that spa-like feel home. If you don’t have any natural light in your loo or don’t want to remember to care for any more plants, go for faux.
Embrace your inner child by giving a few favorite action figures a well-deserved place as wall hangings. Adhering lucite boxes to the wall ensures that your favorite figurines are safe from fingerprints and scratches but still get to be appreciated daily.
Highlight a Sport
An outdoor entryway is a great place to show off your sporty side. Here, colorful paddles make for festive (and functional) things that hang on walls.
Hang Some Flotation Devices
If you’re craving a relaxing or memory-filled vibe? Here, floatation devices used as wall hangings can remind you of joyful summer beach days.
Beautiful dishes are popular for wall decor, especially in traditional homes. Whether you have a coordinating set that you love or have worked to collect an eclectic mix of pieces over the years, dishware of all kinds looks fabulous as wall decor.
Show Off a Silk
Whether designer or purely sentimental, a beloved scarf looks perfectly preserved in a unique frame as a wall hanging idea. Lucite is a popular choice, as the material allows colorful silk to pop.
Hang a Message
3D word art doesn’t need to be a cheesy thing that you hang on the wall. When used sparingly, it can be pretty sweet. A nursery is perfect for incorporating a thoughtful phrase like this one.
Put Up Oyster Plates
Oyster plates are a popular collector’s item, and while they have a culinary purpose, they certainly don’t need to be hung in a kitchen. They add plenty of personality and pep as wall decor in a powder room.
Show Off Beautiful Baubles
Show off a stunning assortment of jewels by placing baubles into protective lucite frames for a unique thing to hang on the wall. Not only will you have a full inventory of your pieces readily available, but you can also simultaneously add instant color to your bedroom or dressing area.