One of the first things I notice when I visit a friend's house is the state of the walls. I personally dislike plain white walls (I don't live in a prison cell, after all), and am interested in how people choose to decorate theirs. I sometimes come away with a new idea for my own house, which I then try to incorporate as soon as possible. Here are a few of the better home wall decor ideas I've picked up over the years.
First, you can't go wrong with family pictures. While this is a staple of home wall decor, there are still a bunch of different twists you can put on this classic. For instance, one of my favorite trends these days is transferring photos to canvas. You simply send your favorite photograph to a company that provides this service, and in a short while you'll get back a stunning canvas copy of the photo. Put the canvas in a good frame, and suddenly you have a very nice piece of art to showcase prominently in your living room or family room.
Speaking of art, that's another way to dress up your walls. Even if you can't afford a Picasso or Van Gogh just yet, you can still bring the beauty of their work into your house by buying and framing nice reprints. There are many different types of reproductions available, from cheap posters to more expensive copies by working artists, so it really comes down to how much you're willing to spend on home wall decor. Alternatively, you can visit a few local galleries to see if any up-and-coming artists catch your eye. Usually a piece from a relatively unknown artist can be had for a very reasonable fee, which is good for your budget. Plus, it's always fun to be able to say that you own an original work!
If your finances are really tight, you can go for some cheap home wall decor options such as posters and magazine covers. Believe it or not, posters can actually look pretty good on your walls -- especially if you get a specific theme going (such as sports or movies). Frames make all the difference, though, so make sure you spend a few extra bucks on a frame instead of going for the dorm room method of using double-sided tape or thumbtacks! The same goes for magazine covers. So long as you stick to a particular theme (such as all Rolling Stone covers or all Sports Illustrated covers, then the effect can be amazing.
These are just a few basic home wall decor ideas that can be incorporated in any house on practically any kind of budget. All you have to do is decide what you wouldn't mind looking at every single day, and then start shopping for specific pieces that will fit the bill. Have fun decorating!