15 Ingenious Ideas for Wall Art with Frames

15 Ingenious Ideas for Wall Art with Frames

While frameless prints have a certain charm, wall art with frames looks neat, structured, and can really anchor your room. Inundate your blank walls with colour and personality with these creative wall art ideas.

Framed wall art is unique in that it can tie together different pieces of wall art. You can use wall art with frames to create a series. Or, you can make a single print stand out that much more. This is especially so when you’re trying to make a print with a light background pop against a similar-coloured wall.

Ideas for Wall Art with Frames

We’ve got endless ideas for you to bring your walls to life. The best part? Wall art doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are plenty of affordable ways to get creative and build cost-effective displays featuring wall art with frames. Here they are:

1. Create a Shelf with Framed Wall Art

A floating shelf with a collection of wall art with frames is the perfect way to create an interesting feature display, but it also keeps your wall art all in one place. The best part about a shelf is that you don’t need to start hammering nails into the walls! Once your shelf is in place, you can purchase different pieces of wall art and mix it up as your collection grows, changing and re-styling your shelf as you go. Try to use a cohesive colour theme to tie together all your prints, or use a particular frame. For instance, you could use only black and white framed floating prints.

Start browsing our collection of wall art here.

Our tip: Layer your prints to create a dynamic look. Layer larger prints behind smaller ones at the front.

wall art with frames on shelf

2. Create a Wall Art Series

Why not try a black-and-white photo series, or use street photography in sepia tones? The wall art could be anything, such as:

  • Family photographs
  • Portraits
  • Street photography
  • Cityscapes
  • A series of line drawings

Our tip: Use the same sized wall art and tie it all together by using the same frame, such as our black Floating Frame Print. This will allow you to create a cohesive series.

grid display framed wall art

3. Framed Wall Art Quotes

Not all wall art has to be stunning images, paintings or photographs. Why not try framing a quote that relates to you, your family or just to suit a particular room? Quotes are usually shown on a white or light-toned-background, so they look fabulous with a frame and this usually enhances their impact.

Our tip: Want an original design? Customise an inspirational quote and create your ideal design in Canva. That way, it’s very unlikely that anyone else will have your exact design!

wall art with frames quotes

4. Large-Scale Wall Art

Ever heard the phrase “go big or go home”? This is the perfect time to apply that advice! Large-scale framed wall art can make a big impression in the home, and can even anchor all of your other homewares together.

We have several large framed wall art styles that would look fabulously extra in your home, such as our 50 x 100cm panoramic wall art, or our 80 x 100cm rectangle wall art.

Our tip: Choose wall art that works with the other colours in your home. For instance, if your colour theme is blue, white and grey, you could use these colours or even introduce new tones like yellow or pink.

wall art with frames

5. Vintage Framed Wall Art

Not all wall art has to be modern. Sometimes a nod to the past with a piece of vintage wall art can be the perfect addition to your living room, study, bar, or dining room, but it can add class and sophistication to any space.

Our tip: Our favourite vintage wall art ideas are wall art of vintage cars, vintage posters, and a huge range of retro wall art.

retro wall art

6. Create a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is the perfect way to showcase your styling abilities as well as the diversity of your chosen wall art. But creating a gallery wall art does take time and energy to perfect.

To create a gallery wall, start from the centre with your larger wall art pieces, then work your way outwards with smaller pieces.

Our tip: Place all the wall art pieces on the floor in your chosen arrangement so you can see what it looks like before you start hammering nails into the walls!

gallery wall with frames

7. White Art on Dark Walls

Make a statement with white wall art with frames against a dark wall. This can look great with black or woodgrain frames.

Our tip: Use a white frame with white or white-based prints for a really high-impact look.

dark walls and wall art

8. Creative Corners

Wall art doesn’t necessarily need to be on a large, blank wall! You can add wall art with frames in any corner of the room, such as in your kids’ rooms, in a study or in your home office.

You can even add wall art with frames in the most unlikely of places, such as your bathroom, or at the end of your corridor.

Our tip: Make sure that the size of your wall art with frames is proportionate to the size of the wall. You don’t want it to be too big or too small for your space.

wall art with frames

9. Decorate with Wall Art Up High

If you think you’ve got no space for your wall art, think again! Sometimes the best place to decorate is up high, above eye level. Try adding a series of wall art with frames of the same size, such as square frames, all along the upper part of your room.

Our favourite ideas are:

Our tip: If your prints are too small or have too much fine detail, you won’t be able to see them if they’re up high, so ensure they are big enough.

wall art with frames

10. Add Colourful Wall Art

When in doubt, add colour! Colourful wall art with frames can really breathe life into your spaces. Simply choose one colour that’s already in your room and use that as the basis for your wall art.

Our tip: If you’re not sure which style to choose, why not try abstract wall art? It’s the perfect all-purpose wall art style that can suit any style of room, from classic to modern to anywhere in between.

wall art with frames

11. Bring Wildlife into Your Living Room

Wildlife is a great way to brighten up your living room, especially with framed wall art. Whether it’s an exotic print, a wild African animal, or beautiful butterflies, wildlife is the perfect subject.

Our tip: If you’d prefer to take your own wildlife photos to use on framed wall prints, get our top wildlife photography tips here and nature photography tips here.

wildlife wall art

12. Create a Travel Shrine with Framed Wall Art

Remind yourself of a better time when you could travel worry-free all over the world! Or, dream about the places you could travel to with beautiful framed canvas prints.

Whether your dream is to travel back to the beaches of Italy, the wild Australian outback or just a tropical island, embrace that escapism with wall art!

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13. Add Minimal Wall Art

If you don’t want to make a statement, minimal wall art can be a great way to add refined, toned-down art to your home without changing the mood of your rooms too drastically. Minimalistic art prints are trending, and there are so many styles to choose from, from line drawings to simple abstract art prints in pastel colours like blush or terracotta.

Our tip: Create minimal wall art with a chic black frame to make your art look classy and sophisticated.

wall art with frames

14. Wall Art as Inspiration

Decorate your home with your favourite historical figures, or work from your favourite artists. Get inspired and get those creative juices flowing with framed wall art in your home office, bedroom, or living areas.

Our tip: Add a large piece of wall art with frames in your dining room as a conversation piece.

wall art portrait

15. Pay Homage to Your Favourite Animal

What’s your favourite animal? Whether it’s a cheetah, a dog, a butterfly or even a mythical creature like a unicorn, embrace that love with framed wall art! Why not go wild with multiple prints of the same animal? Mix things up with large and small prints, and unframed wall art print and framed wall art.

wall art wiht frames

When it comes to wall art with frames, it’s important to choose what speaks to you and your own personal style. If you don’t have any images you have taken yourself, we have plenty to choose from! We have over 20 million images to choose from! What you end up choosing is a highly personal decision. To start browsing for a design, click here.


Megan is Canvas Factory's resident Social & Content Manager, and has worked with countless other homewares and interior design businesses over the years. It goes without saying that she also has a passion for decorating her own home!

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