Wall Art for My Formal Living Room and Dining Room.

Updated on June 27, 2012
D.N. asks from Chicago, IL
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I have looked at stores like Pier 1, Home goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Crate and Barrel and a few others. Haven't found anything I like so far. Which other stores am I missing? My decor style is transitional.

If I do 4 or 5 12"x12" square mirrors with cutwork in it through which the wall behind can show through, what decor style would that fall in? Here's a link to the pier 1 website for that mirror: http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/HomeAccentsD%C3%A9cor/tabid/...


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answers from Houston on

The mirrors have an almost Morrocon design element to them. But that doesn't mean you can't use that. Modern eclectic design can fit into any home, no need to stick with themes so long as it creates a flow that you like and that meshes well.

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answers from Iowa City on

Have you tried any local galleries? Art.com has prints and hand painted items. I have found wonderful vintage prints on ebay.

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answers from Columbus on

As an artist, I beg you to find local artists and support them! Mass produced art at the places you mentioned are okay, but you'll find something very unique and help your community if you look to local art festivals, galleries, and even etsy! If you find an artist you like but perhaps not a piece you like, many artists will work with you to accommodate sizes and colors you like. Good luck!

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answers from Burlington on

IKEA! Love their range of artwork. :) check em out.


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answers from Seattle on

I sometimes find really cool art work at thrift stores like Goodwill.

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answers from San Francisco on

If you're looking for cheaper art (vs. original art suggested by some other posters), have you tried Ross or Marshalls? (Do they have them in your state?) How about Cost Plus World Market? They have some good art. Do you have a Z Gallerie? Lots of art there.

I don't know what to call that style exactly, but your home should not all follow the same "style" or it will have no personality.

p.s. If you put a cut out mirror on the wall, make sure there is a nice wall color behind it or it will look pretty drab.

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answers from St. Louis on

yes, this mirror would fill the "transitional" genre. Normally, you should group items in odd #s, but I think with the symmetry of this mirror ....a square of 4 would work best.

Here's my concern: when filling walls, you don't want a small grouping or print/piece of art on a large wall. So if you're planning on grouping 4 of these mirrors, then the wall should be no more than 8' in length.....allowing just enough visual clarity on each side. If the wall is longer....& most rooms are, then the piece needs to better represent that space. In other words, an oversized mirror would function better for you.

Look through the other posters' comments. Lots of great ideas, some very good links. With you living in Chicago.....WOW!....you have immediate access to some wonderful galleries & funky little shops! Start hitting them regularly, & I truly believe your thoughts will come together.

For me, I do not have a single thing hanging in my home from any of the stores you've listed. Each piece I own is either an antique, folk art, or "found" art. For example, hanging on my living room beam is an antique gigging fork....all 16' of it! Stops guests in their tracks! There's a huge hornet's nest hanging on my fireplace wall....along with about 30 antique prints - all ranging from Art Deco to western, all different sizes & framing. The common theme is coloration. & my style is "early flea market/traditional"...which I'm morphing into funk. I love thinking outside of the box!

& a few more thoughts: in order to further help you, knowing the color of the rooms + the style of furnishings + what grabs your eye....would really help us! Do you like prints? Do you like canvas art? Have you ever hung textural items on the wall? What about hanging textiles....art tapestry or old quilts? Have you ever considered hanging floating shelves + personal photos in this space? Lots of great ideas....& a ton more on houzz.com....my go-to website! Well, & then there's Pinterest & Etsy!

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answers from Dallas on

Does "transitional" mean a mixture of tradition and modern design? (Many people would define it differently, just wondering what it means to you.) I think that mirror is a light art deco style. You could make it work, though.

Give World Market a try.

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answers from Washington DC on

My husband and I like Kirklands and their prices are great.

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answers from Washington DC on

Have you tried ebay? I like that mirror style and I think it would complement a Nagel print or something like that. I don't know the coloring in your rooms either...Nagel's are basic - fine lines and color.

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answers from St. Cloud on

If you can't find exactly what you want then make it. There are tons of ideas on pinterest and it'll probably be much cheaper to make your own.

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answers from New York on

You could try art.com.


answers from Los Angeles on

did you look at z gallery as well? What about going to a local art fair?



answers from Dallas on

That looks celtic to me, but I cannot tell you what a gold mine local art shows are for finding unique, good, personal works of art.

It sometimes costs a little more, but so worth it! Right now we are only patroning my nephew (an artist) but always keep our eyes open at local fairs and ask him about his friend's work, etc.

Good luck!



answers from New York on

Have you tried craft stores like AC Moore or Michaels. They have tons of raw materials you can turn into just what you are looking for.

Or you could give your local glass store a try.

Poor Richard's Restorations in Montclair, NJ is a great resource for taking something old and making it like new again or repurposing it.



answers from Houston on

I agree with Christy, that design is Celtic themed. Being Celtic myself (Welsh) It is reminiscent of Celtic crosses you see on the side of the road, and of Celtic knot work.



answers from Chicago on

try craigslist to check our original art by artists



answers from Denver on

Since you are in a major city, I suggest you check out your "underground" art scene - art co-ops, locally owned galleries, cafes and salons that have art shows, etc.

You can find the perfect piece - completely original - by a local artists for as little (or less) than you'd pay for something mass-produced.

Here are a 2 art co-ops I found on Google:

If you go to one co-op, it will have info on others. Have fun!



answers from Atlanta on

Local art shows and fairs can be a great source. There's also 20x200.com, which offers really inexpensive prints.

If you can't find anything you like, I agree with others, buy some canvases and paint at a crafts center and get creative. You could also frame and hang a grid of magazine pages, vintage postcards, old menus...whatever you like. Or frame your kids' art. In a formal space, and with the right framing, kids' art can take on a wonderful abstract quality.



answers from Huntington on

That mirror is the bomb! That's right in line with my taste. I don't know what that style is called, but the design looks Celtic (although Pier1 describes it as Asian themed). :) Target, Kohls and Gordman's may have things to go with that. Target especially. Best wishes.
P.s. Please update with your progress. I love decorating. :)



answers from Eugene on

In the summer, we have lots of art fairs with work available in all price ranges. Shopping is the fun part. And you will see art in all styles and can often talk to the artist at the booth. Some of the artists are long time professionals, other fairs are more like flea markets with less expensive art that is still often creative, and well-done. You will get a one-of-a kind piece with a story. Perhaps you can find a fair or market place like this in your area.



answers from Seattle on

I'm not a fan of mirrors in dining rooms. I don't want to see myself, or family, or guest, looking at themselves during dinner or picking their teeth from afar thinking no one will notice.

I ditto Veronica...with summer time here so are the local art fairs, etc. Please consider supporting a local artist. And in Chicago, wow, lots of opportunities for that fun outing!!




answers from Chicago on

I got some really nice wall art at Kohl's that I get complimented on all the time.

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