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The Final Touches of Wall Decor

by Marcus Pickett

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Wall décor can be almost anything—framed art, a shelf with knick knacks, sculptures, trompe l'oeil, but it's also a near mandatory element of home decorating. Bare walls don't fit with many homeowners' idea of their dream home. Find the right wall decorations can be more difficult than it sounds, and with the number of ideas and options out there, you can easily find yourself overwhelmed with indecision. Here are a few more ideas to consider that might help you finally find the one that's right for your home.

Wrought Iron Wall Décor
When talking about wall décor, you simply can't go wrong with wrought iron. Wrought iron wall décor is the ultimate wall decoration for class and elegance. It combines the contemporary trend for natural simplicity with a reliably classic look—and for a reasonable price. Shelves, racks, candles sconces, and wall vases are all popular wrought iron wall decoration.

Wrought iron may not be the cheapest wall decoration out there, but after you've just spend $10,000 remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, it doesn't make much sense to fail to spend a couple hundred extra dollars for those final touches that will truly bring out the best in your new home remodel. This is one of the reasons why it's critical to plan for wall décor in your remodeling budget and stick to that budget throughout the project.

Wall Sculptures
You may think of your walls as flat surfaces, but that doesn't necessarily mean your wall décor has to be. Wall sculptures can provide more than just the illusion of texture on your walls; the only way to truly make your walls jump out is through three-dimensional sculpture. Naturally, these sculptures still tend to play it close to the vest. You probably don't a bronze sculpture that protrudes more than a foot from the wall, but sculptures that are designed to be hung on walls give a natural feel of belonging while still jazzing things up quite a bit more than flat wall hangings. Glass and metal sculptures are the most common materials and can customized to fit any decorating theme.

Wall Clocks and Mirrors: Functional Wall Decoration
Wall clocks and wall mirrors can add a decorative touch to any wall and bring a functional element to your wall décor. Most people know that mirrors will make a room look larger, creating the illusion of added space. Naturally, the most popular place for a wall mirror is the bathroom, where your grooming takes place. Entryways are also a good place, but there's no reason a wall mirror in your living room or dining room wouldn't also add a nice touch. Wall clocks are even more universal as there's hardly a room in the house where you don't need to occasionally know what time it is. Wall clocks also provide an endless number of choices, both in the clock frame and clock face.

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Wall Lighting
Don't forget to take a fair amount of time to consider your home lighting design. Walls are especially important when discussing lighting because they frequently hold lighting fixtures and need to be illuminated themselves. How you light your room will have a tremendous impact on the final result of your home decorating scheme. Deciding how to manage both general lighting to illuminate and task lighting for specific activities and decorative purposes can be a tricky process, and you may to think about talking to an interior designer or lighting contractor to make sure you get the best results.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.