Interior wall decor has evolved through the decades, from basic prints and framed photos to bold pieces that express personal styles and artistic preferences. The signs that may once have highlighted famous quotes have been replaced with meaningful messages that reflect sustainability and advances in technology.
This article explores the wide selection of wall hangings that people invest in to stylise or redesign their interiors and personalise their homes. Whether it’s a monochrome digitised image for a modern office, a recycled work of art with the wow factor, or a dusty map to add character to a reading room, here are some inspiring ideas for wall art to take into 2024.
Popularity of monochrome prints
Black and white prints have adorned statement walls over the last few years and their popularity shows no signs of ending as we enter 2024. There are many reasons why the monochrome look remains visually appealing when it comes to wall decor. Transforming your individual photo collection into striking black and white wall art is easy once you know the techniques to use. Personalising an interior wall with your favourite image will give any room in your home that instant personal creative touch.
In addition, the monochrome effect has a timeless visual impact. Being devoid of colour is appealing and the graphic nature of black and white prints make them both contemporary and eye-catching. While dark colours and dramatic backdrops are currently in trend, monochrome wall hangings can create high-contrast backdrops that allow other details and colours to stand out. Looking ahead, monochrome will also suit the restorative colours predicted for 2024 that reflect a personal need for stability, wellbeing and escapism.
Monochrome prints are also extremely versatile when it comes to style and subject matter. Photographs translated to black and white introduce gripping drama and new depth. Typographic prints containing inspirational quotes or witty puns make use of bold fonts that command attention. Even line drawings and abstract graphic prints have a certain panache when executed in greyscale.
Homeowners embracing the monochrome wall art trend have an endless variety to choose from. For the wanderlust-plagued, black and white city prints connect back to travel memories. Whatever image speaks to you, black and white artwork anchor statement walls with huge interior inspiration. The monochrome trend, therefore, shows no signs of slowing.
Vintage styles back in vogue
Vintage is back in vogue when it comes to statement wall decor. It’s great to use antique signs, old advertisements, maps and prints to inject spaces with a nostalgic, well-travelled aesthetic. Yellowed pages, retro colour palettes and distressed edges all add to that sense of times past and future journeys to be taken.
Interior designers are well versed at seeking out authentic vintage finds and if you want to, head to an online marketplace for vintage wall art or rummage around charity shops, antique markets and antique shops to buy statement pieces that will make impressive wall art. Old metal travel signs from museum collections, advertisements and retro travel posters never seem to go out of style. If you can’t find it, use tech resources and generative AI to create your own high-quality reproductions of antique art at an affordable price.
Sustainable art and recycled pieces
The sustainability movement has also peaked undeniable interest in decorating interiors and walls that embody eco-conscious values. Sustainability has become a guiding principle in interior design, influencing the growth of eco-friendly statement art made from recycled and upcycled materials. If you have a personal preference to be eco-conscious, look for reclaimed wood, metal, plastic and recycled paper to reduce waste while creating one-of-a-kind wall hangings.
When you are designing your interiors, consider materials that might otherwise have been binned to reduce your environmental impact. In addition, choosing recycled wall art brings visually intriguing textures and unexpected contrasts to statement walls. Salvaged wooden pallets that you have arranged in geometric patterns, or colourful discarded plastic pieces fused together are unique and inventive.
If you are not naturally artistic, you can look for local artists or ‘Artivists’ known for using recycled materials and commission a customised design for your home. As demand continues alongside increasing environmental awareness, expect to see many more sustainable materials used to create wall installations in 2024. Discarded bottle tops, glass ware, old tiles and mosaics are all untapped creative resources that can be transferred into upcycled masterpieces and future focal points in your home.
Bespoke hobby maps and meaningful landmarks
For explorers who want to showcase their love of travel on their walls, bespoke maps make for great wall installations. If you have travelled somewhere and want to highlight all the famous places you have visited in the UK or your, souvenirs bought in places you have travelled to can carry special significance.
In recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of customised maps for keen walkers, for surfers, or designs outlining outdoor swimming spots or favourite fishing trips can be found on many walls across the UK. Food maps in your kitchen might also appeal to the foodies in your home and are practical for pinpointing any farmers’ markets you like. The options for bespoke maps are endless and can help to create statement wall art that displays your hobbies and shared interest, as well as preserve memories.
Metallics and industrial designs
When it comes to wall hanging, the industrial trend remains influential. Metal art hangings, wire baskets and other affordable items can totally create that utilitarian style. Mass-produced iron wall sculptures, galvanised steel buckets arranged in patterns and wall-mounted wire will add to that industrial aesthetic that were popularised in warehouse conversions.
Beyond metal art prints, emphasising exposed architectural elements can work well in urban loft conversions. If you have a building that lends itself to that urbanised look, accentuate pipes rather than conceal them across your walls and use them to frame wall art accessories.
Summing up the trends ahead
As we approach 2024, statement monochrome or black and white prints, vintage signage, recycled/sustainable materials and customised maps that highlight travel and experiences are all set to continue. The main trend is keeping with and creating personalised interiors that embrace individual taste, personality and uniqueness.
With climate activism remaining topical, you can expect vintage and sustainable pieces to speak to the eco-consciousness. Similarly, the emergence and widespread adoption of AI’s application in creative art/interior design will continue. Online printing has simplified access to digital methods and statement walls are likely to advance with more bespoke, AI-generated designs. Homeowners may turn to the experimental wall hangings to curate personal spaces with mixed digital prints, mapped artwork, impactful photos, clever textures and sustainable materials.1