Decorating walls can be so much more than a mere matter of the colour of paint you apply or the school of art you subscribe to, beneath it all is a landscape of subtle considerations in terms of theme, material, and arrangement of elements. If you have the wall space to spare, consider these five ways of decorating your dining room walls to achieve effects ranging from eccentric to elegant.
1. Transposed Landscapes
Evoking high-street galleries and art collectives of post-industrial environements, an unframed canvas introduces a contained burst of colour over a briskly white washed cement wall that serves as the background. The rectangular dimensions of the canvas are repeated in the simplistic black frame of a nearby shelving unit, while the bright display lighting and mirrored back panel contribute to the gallery ambiance.
2. Eclectic Ensemble
An arrangement blending imagery evocative of England and times past: a replica of the London Underground’s roundel occupies a prominent position on the nearby wall, the field framed in warm white down-lights while a bench invitingly dotted with throw pillows underscores the arrangement. The adjacent walls host arrays of same-sized, framed motivational prints in the style of vintage advertorial flyers to add a layer of retro vibes to the eccentric décor.
3. Material Contrast
The dining furniture sit at a convergence of contrasting themes: one wall bears framed images of river pebbles in their natural environment, the meditative photo prints seemingly suspended on vinyl cut-outs of birch trees. The characteristically long horizontal lines of birch bark are echoed in with reflective metallic accents lining the adjacent wall of peach-coloured stone.
4. Cohesive Display
A wide field of brown on the adjacent wall adds a dimension to the monochromatic palette of the dining furniture, visually expanding the space by bridging the gap between the dark upholstery and the pale architectural finishes. An unframed abstract painting occupies the central position on the wall, its dimensions sitting neatly within the frame of the banquette arrangement.
5. Layered Presentation
The glistening and colour-rich décor of this dining room is contrasted by a white wall, marked by grids with wide borders, serving as the backdrop for a monochromatic product of an ink roller and stencil. The abstract rendering and its simplistic background draw the naïve eye with the contradiction of black and white amidst a burst of colour.