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Hang In There: The Allure of Hanging Décor

by Grace Bonney


Maybe it’s the way they drape or the texture they add to a space, but hanging elements seem to be having a major moment in design right now. Whether it’s the revived 70s-chic look of macrame and woven wall hangings, dramatic hanging plants or artfully conceived backdrops (see below), hanging décor has made its way into almost every home tour we’ve run for the past year. For me, hanging décor provides multiple design solutions at once: it offers texture and color, it can add depth and sound proofing, and it can fill awkward spaces (especially in corners) by being suspended in the air. So today I’m taking a look at 20 incredible examples of hanging décor that have inspired me to rethink my “living with empty walls” mantra for this year. Hopefully these rooms can provide some clever DIY solutions for spring and summer decorating. xo, grace

Image above: Sarah Blasi’s Portland home has a stunning wall hanging above the sofa, thankfully out of reach of her beautiful cat’s claws. 


The Bellocq Tea Room used to be around the corner from our old office in Brooklyn. We so admired the artful canvas wall hangings that used to sound-proof and add coziness to the space. They are just simple drop cloths that were splatter-painted in soft grey-blue paint. The effect was like a beautifully aged painter’s canvas. 


Chicago’s Freehand Hotel showcases the power of bold woven wall hangings. 


How can we talk about hanging design and not include a great hammock or two? This Brooklyn home’s pint-sized hammock is perfect for city living.


A hanging antique Toran from India adds color, texture and special significance to Nicolette’s Brooklyn kitchen.


This Los Angeles home uses textiles to add pattern and warmth to each space, like this dramatic woven hanging above the fireplace.


This Utah home showcases colorful Guatemalan fabrics as beautiful wall decor in the dining room.


Strips of fabric tied to driftwood create a beautiful but subtle statement above this Brooklyn home’s bed.


Sweet yarn pom poms become a charming fireplace decoration in this Fort Greene home.


This Austin home uses a collection of hats and a stunning woven wall hanging to create a focal point above the credenza.


This Portland home uses rainbow woven hangings to add a little extra color and detail to the entryway.


A loose piece of mud cloth is honored above the sofa in this Texas home.


Hanging canopies are a fun way to get the effect of draped fabric without worrying about it getting dusty against the floorboards. You can learn how to make your own DIY canopy right here.


I love when rugs are turned into wall hangings, like in this LA home. It’s a great solution when you have kids or pets that won’t protect your textile investments, but you still want to show them off.


This Philadelphia home has a minimalist vibe, but gets plenty of texture, character and color from a series of beautiful woven wall hangings.


Hanging shells and driftwood, attached to a larger piece of driftwood, create a soft but striking statement above this Pasadena home’s bed.


Sometimes plants are the easiest and most beautiful hanging design statements, like this staghead fern in the home of Brooklyn florist, Nicolette Camille.


Flag hanging can come with tricky etiquette rules, but hanging flags of all types has become increasingly popular these days. David and Rumaan’s dramatic vintage California flag is a great way to fill a narrow space with some home state pride.


Designer Jessica Helgerson used a trio of hanging plants to decorate the space above this Brooklyn home’s dresser without taking up useful tabletop space.


Last but not least, this Guatemalan wall hanging adds color and texture to a modern Brooklyn apartment.

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