How to Choose the Right Wall Hangings for Your Home

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How to Choose the Right Wall Hangings for Your Home

Wall hangings in the home are as important as choosing the colour of paint for the walls. The right size, colour, and style can add the perfect finishing touch to a room, so choosing the ideal wall hanging is a decision not to be taken lightly. Unlike many other types of home decoration, they are easily removable and replaceable.

Choosing the Right Wall Hanging for Your Home

The difficulty is knowing exactly what suits the desired space – how tall, how wide, how many, how they should be arranged, and what colour would suit the rest of the room. By following the guide below and doing plenty of research on eBay before making a purchase, making the right decision should be simple.

Dimensions of a Wall Hanging

This can be tricky as there is no such ‘perfect’ size. Individual tastes, desired style, and the size of the room itself will all have a bearing on the ideal wall hanging. However, the traditional view is that the ‘golden rectangle’ of wall hanging proportion makes the most pleasing look to the eye. This perfect ratio is where the length is about 1.6 times the width of the hanging, which will suit either a vertical or horizontal mount. In contrast, long and narrow hangings are reminiscent of scrolls and may suit some Middle Eastern room schemes. Square wall hangings are more modern in style. Oval wall hangings can be Victorian in style, particularly in elaborate frames. Use the existing decor in a room, such as doors, windows, and furniture to give a good guideline for scale in comparison. Something on the wall that is much larger than the rest of the decor can be oversized and overbearing, while hangings that are less than half the width of doors and windows may seem too small and not have enough impact.

Where to Place Wall Hangings

For visual appeal, wall hangings should not be positioned too close to the edges of walls, doors, window frames or any other feature, ideally as least a hand’s breadth away. More space again is needed between the ceiling and the wall hanging, particularly if the ceiling is unusually tall. To avoid too much uniformity, a wall hanging should not be in line with the tops or bottoms of doors or windows, but ideally either above or below. If wall hangings are grouped together, they can be reasonably close to give a seamless effect. Think practically – the edges of wall hangings that are in line with shoulder level, especially on corridors, are much more likely to be knocked and damaged. For those with an artistic eye, small wall hangings can be arranged ‘saloon style’, which is where a variety of sizes are grouped at different heights, side by side, on top of each other, or randomly – but in such a way that an overall balanced effect is achieved. In order to achieve this, the intended arrangement must be carefully constructed or the effect will be lost. The easiest way to achieve this is to cut out pieces of paper that match the size of the intended wall hangings, and experiment until satisfied with the result.

Numbers of Wall Hangings

Obviously the size of the room will have an impact of the amount of wall hangings that will be able to be placed there, as will the style of the decor and the size of the wall hanging itself. It is important to remember that more is not necessarily ideal. Wall hangings can have a greater visual impact if there is nothing competing with it decoratively on the adjacent walls. A useful rule of thumb is that when standing 8 feet away from a decorative piece, and directly in front of it, competing decorations should barely be visible in peripheral vision, if at all.

Colour and Style

Primarily the ideal wall hanging will complement the decor and colour scheme of a room, and there are almost limitless options when it comes to choice. One option is to use wall hangings that are similar to the colour scheme in the room, or to pick out one colour that is already present and use more of it in the wall hanging. The other option is to do the exact opposite, and use a wall hanging in a colour that comes from the opposite end of the colour wheel to the main colours in the room; for example, using a yellow wall hanging in a blue room. This should be used with great care, as the wrong shade can make the overall look clash and unappealing. In terms of style, wall hangings can be used to exaggerate a theme in a room. One example of this is to use Victoriana pictures in a room or house that has Victoriana furniture or features. Alternatively, or for the stylish, using contrasting styles, for example renaissance tapestries in a contemporary room can be eclectic and draw attention to the wall hangings. Finding wall hangings that suit the overall theme can be more difficult that it seems at first. It is always worth avoiding such a look that makes the home appear like a novelty hotel. Before making any purchase, sufficient and careful research should be carried out on eBay into the kind of wall hanging required, the size, the colour, the material and all elements of the product.

Wall Hangings for Every Room

Wall hangings are available in styles suitable to every room in the house. A few examples are listed below.

The Living Room

Wall hangings in this space can usually be on the larger size, as the living room is often one of the largest rooms in the house. As it is also the room where most entertaining is done and the most time is spent, a wall hanging here should be interesting and, of course, match the rest of the decor, particularly the furniture, in the room. A living room is the ideal place in which to display family wall hangings such as canvases of wedding or baby photographs. For walk-through living spaces, there should be a correlation between the wall hangings on show in the living area and that in the dining area of the rooms. Using different colour schemes or pieces of art that do not suit each other will clash.

The Dining Room

Similar to the living room, a dining room is usually more formal and used for entertaining. Artwork in this space can be more formalised, or if there is no strong theme in this room, it is an ideal space in which to hang artwork related to food and eating, since primarily this is the design of a living room.

The Bedroom

Wall hangings can afford to be more personal in a bedroom (especially a master bedroom), as usually only the owners will be using it. Children’s bedrooms are, of course, best suited to the display of bright and colourful artwork, and pictures of favourite TV or film characters. Guest bedrooms should usually have neutral and impersonal artwork on display, since these rooms are used to house visitors.

The Kitchen or Bathroom

A certain degree of care needs to be shown when displaying wall hangings in either the kitchen or the bathroom, since both rooms are liable to condensation and smell. The right hanging (usually contained in a frame to prevent damage) can be thoughtful and a change from kitsch items or the space simply being purely functional. These rooms deserve a bit of decor too.

The Hall

The type of wall hanging suitable for the hallway will vary massively according to the size and shape. Long narrow hallways are ideal for large rectangular pieces of art, as long and narrow artwork will only exaggerate the shape of the space. Larger hallways can use several small pieces of art together in a saloon style almost as an art gallery.

How to Purchase a Wall Hanging from eBay

To purchase art from eBay, first go to the eBay homepage. From the list of categories on the left hand side of the page, click firstly on Home & Garden and then Home & Garden again from the drop down options. This will now take you to the Home & Garden page of eBay. From there, on the left hand side of the page again, click on Furniture & Living and Home Decor. This will then display the results in the home decor category. To narrow down the options, the category for Wall Hangings is towards the bottom of the list.


More than any other type of household decoration, wall hangings can be a low-risk way to experiment with colour and design in a room. Using a computer program or creating a template with colours can be a useful way to test ideas before making a purchase and hanging an item. Hanging a miniature version of the desired item for a short period in the place it is intended to be hung is a useful method of making a decision.

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