How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!) How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!)
How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!) How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!)

How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!) How to style art above the bed (and deal with that blank wall space!)

September 27, 2017 // decor

Okay, so, I actually really kind of hate Taylor Swift’s music, but it was such a good post title, right??

Anyway, I moved into a new apartment with a friend at the end of August, and we are still very much in the settling in/decorating/organizing phase. Especially my bedroom. It’s all unpacked, sure, but I’ve got a few odds and ends to organize…and completely blank walls everywhere. Including above the bed.

I’m using two IKEA Billy Bookcases as nightstands, so styling the blank space between them has been extra-tricky. I don’t want to do a gallery wall — I think it’d be too much, and I’m planning to do one above my dresser and around the TV in my room, anyway. I love the idea of a statement art piece, but I’m far too indecisive to settle on one (#classiclibra). Not to mention, large art can be expensive!

So of course, I turned to my favorite interior designers, design blogs and Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration for styling art above the bed. Here are six ways to try it:

One large art print takes center stage in this bedroom by Amber Interiors.

While an all-out gallery wall might be too busy and energetic for a sleeping area, three coordinating pieces of art above the bed work beautifully in this monochrome bedroom as seen on MyDomaine.

YouTuber Aspyn Ovard has gone the diptych route (not to be confused with Diptyque), displaying two coordinating prints above her bed.

Of course, you don’t have to stick strictly to art prints. A wall hanging adds warmth and texture to this bedroom from Domino.

Picture rails are a fantastic way to display multiple pieces of art above the bed while giving you the flexibility and freedom to swap them out when the mood strikes. Here’s an example from My Scandinavian Home.

Here’s another picture rail example from blogger Lust Living’s bedroom. I shared this one on Instagram and a friend thought it was MY updated bedroom and freaked out! 🙂

Since I’ve got bookcases flanking my bed, I’m leaning toward the picture rail option. It seems like a good way to display a few coordinating pieces of art without committing to one statement piece or even a full gallery wall.

What do you think? Do you like bedrooms with decor and art above the bed, or do you prefer the simplicity of a blank wall?

Images: Amber Interiors, MyDomaine, Aspyn Ovard, Domino, My Scandinavian Home, Lust Living