In the past four years, I’ve lived in three different places, which means three different bedrooms, with the same old bed in each. In the beginning, I took the “more is more” approach seen above, hanging anything and everything in a gallery like display.
In my next bedroom, I refined the artwork a bit. I chose framed drawings and an oil sketch to mimic the muted tones of beige and white sheets.
Now, in my current bedroom, I’ve decided to go a bit modern and have only four pieces hanging, all of which have metal frames with bright white mats. The bigger piece centered above the bed is my husband’s prized possession: a vintage Beach Boys poster from their “Endless Summer” tour. After two rather femininely appointed bedrooms, I thought it only fair to throw him a bone!
Tips for hanging art above your bed:
- If most of your artwork is on the smaller side, take the “more is more” approach. Any grouping of framed items becomes interesting if it’s a large enough group.
- Frame anything and everything. It doesn’t have to be an official piece of art to belong in a frame. Pages from art books, postcards, your child’s artwork, all look great behind glass and hung on a wall.
- Save your favorite pieces for the wall that faces the bed, that way you can actually enjoy your favorite artwork every time you wake up in the morning.
For cheap, reliable frames, check out the metal options at Blick art supplies stores. Also, I always love acrylic frames for a more modern look. If you’re after a vintage or traditional aesthetic, an affordable option is to buy old fashioned artwork from thrift stores for the frame. You can always replace the inevitably cheesy art with something of your own. Check out our thrifting guide for local options.