10 Unconventional and Stylish Wall Ideas for your House

It's important to know how to decorate the walls of your house without overdoing it and at the same time being original. With these ideas you can't go wrong.
10 Unconventional and Stylish Wall Ideas for your House

Last update: 09 October, 2018

Having a stylish wall will give a touch of elegance and personality to the home. There are many ways to decorate the walls of your house.

The best of all is when you can find a style that suits you and then create it yourself.

Walls are like a blank canvas  waiting for an artist to be created

In this article, we will show you 10 ideas so that your walls won’t go unnoticed.

1. Shelving with impossible forms

The first idea is to form shelving with geometric or creative shapes on your walls.

A classic example is of shelving in the shape of branches to form places to store books and decorative objects. It’s an idea that would take up the most part of your wall, and therefore it’s recommended you use the whole wall for it.

Overdecorating the walls with this idea might prove counterproductive.

2. Realistic photo mural

This is a cool idea for a stylish wall and it’s common to use photos of skylines, beaches or forests. Depending on the room and your tastes you could choose a photo accordingly.

If you choose this option, you should make sure you use a very high quality photo because when upscaling the photo for the wall you will need to see the image perfectly. Make sure it’s not blurry or pixelated.

One of the most used cities for this idea is New York. What better city to use than the city with the most stylish and elegant skyline in the world to decorate your wall?

A stylish wall mural of New York is used

Another type of realistic photographic mural is one that features textures or materials. That is to say, there are many murals that use photography of stones or wood, or even of marble or brick.

From far away it can really seem like the wall is made of natural stone or wood. Obviously when getting closer you can see it’s a mural, but it’s a great idea for an empty wall or for covering over an ugly wall.

3. Decorative vinyls

These days, decorative vinyls are very easy to get a hold of, and there is an impressive variety.

You could spend hours and hours on the internet before deciding which one you will buy. It can be very difficult to decide because the range of possibilities is enormous and you can even get adhesive vinyls to stick up.

They are very easy to position and to take down. Vinyls are perfect for children’s bedrooms, although of course there are other themes you could find such as:

  • Abstract
  • Works of art
  • Nature
  • Sports
  • Cars
  • Phrases (find inspiration like this image on Pinterest)

4. Stylish wall effects

An alternative to traditionally colored walls are walls with some painting effect. For example, painting walls with a watercolor effect has recently come into fashion.

Watercolor is a very eye catching, creative and stylish option. Obviously it’s an effect that you would probably need to get a specialist to do.

5. Blackboard wall

Some years ago using blackboard paint for wall decor became fashionable. A blackboard could be a resource that allows you to develop your creativity, as you can draw and redraw art and decorations as much as you desire. It’s ideal for painting a wall with this type of paint in the kitchen or children’s bedroom.

Blackboard paint is used to create a stylish wall

6. Illustrations

If you want to opt for something unique and artistic and are a fanatic of illustrations, this is an idea for you. This option involves contracting an illustrator to draw one of their illustrations directly onto your wall.

An illustration could be a beautiful and personal option, although it might not be appropriate for all types of budgets.

7. Photographs

Decorating walls with photographs is a classic option. Let your imagination fly and create a stylish wall applying different techniques. For example:

  • Collages of different photos forming some figure, for example a heart shape, letters or words.
  • Using a big canvas, you could get a photo printed. Make sure you choose a good high quality photo.

8. Personalized photo frames

Photo frames are also indispensable for decorating walls and here are some options to get away from the conventional:

  • Compositions: this could be with photographs or just with photo frames – it’s a very original option.
  • Combinations: this involves choosing photos that have some characteristic in common.

For example, photos that are black and white, or of some specific theme.

Let your imagination run wild and don’t just use photographic images, you could also use:

  • Postcards
  • Maps of cities you’ve visited
  • Cinema tickets
  • Inspiring phrases
  • Magazine covers

9. Vertical gardens

People who live in big cities have a definite deficiency of nature. This means that we generally have little contact with it on a daily basis.

One of the many ways to overcome this deficiency is to bring nature into the city and into your home.

A good idea to have nature as part of your home and at the same time have a stylish wall is to have a vertical garden. It could take up the whole wall, or just use small boxes.

Make sure you know the type of plants that can best be used indoors and of the care they require.

A stylish wall using a vertical garden

10. Scrabble letters

This idea is very original and consists in choosing two or three words that you identify with and forming them with giant scrabble letters.


Explore new forms and let your personality and style shine through by means of a unique and personalized wall.

You can achieve many of these options yourself, so we encourage you to get creative. Don’t let money impede you from inventing your very own stylish wall.

To have a stylish wall you only need two things: a wall and creativity