Wall Prints | 4 Types of Modern Vintage Art

With a huge rise in trends of vintage art, you may be seeing all kinds of old art prints on influencers’ walls. If you’re looking to add a cool vintage touch to your space, but keep a more modern feeling and colour platte, here are some recommendations:

Botanical Artworks

Botanical prints have been a popular choice of artwork for centuries. If you’re looking for a more traditional choice, choose a vintage botanical drawing or painting, but add a modern thin black frame to keep a more updated look. These pieces are great in sets or gallery walls.

Famous Art Prints and Posters

Whether you like colourful Matisse prints, or Van Gogh posters, these are a great way to bring a classic look to your walls. You can find either full painting posters, or posters of old exhibitions. These pieces are perfect with a simple wood frame in a larger size. They’re also a great addition to a vintage style gallery wall.

Landscapes

For these wall art pieces, I would go for either a large single piece or a small neutral piece for a gallery wall. If you’re looking for a more modern and minimalist style, use an abstract landscape such as a Dan Hobday piece. For landscapes, I recommend sticking to a more simple neutral colour palette, making them perfect for living rooms either over the couch or mantel.

Classical Inspired Prints

These are a great modern take on classical artwork. With modern colour palettes and interesting imagery, these fun and more playful pieces are a perfect way to add a vintage feeling. You can find interesting prints with classical paintings and sculptures that have been altered or edited to bring them into the 21st century such as Desirée Feldmann's work. I would recommend a medium sized print in a white or black wood frame to keep it simple since these prints tend to be detailed and colourful.

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Ink Brush Still Life

There has been a real uprising in ink brush style art, making it a great choice for a modern living room. These pieces look perfect with a thin black wood frame hung over a console table or in a modern gallery wall.

Art Shelf

This is a great solution for if you have a few prints in different sizes, but don't want to hang a traditional gallery wall. Style this shelf with several framed prints in different sizes along with some smaller decor elements such as candle sticks, books or a small vase.

Oversized Landscape

Modern abstract landscapes are an elegant spin on traditional art found in living rooms. Hang a large or oversized landscape above your couch, filling up that big empty space. Add some throw pillows onto the couch with colours from the framed landscape to bring the space together.

Neutral Abstract

For a more minimal addition to your space, add a neutral abstract. Frame this piece with a neutral, black or white wood frame for that classic modern flare. 
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Colour Theory

Adding a contrasting pop of colour is a fun way to brighten up any space. When putting an art print in a contrasting colour in a room, try to remember colour theory. Blues and purples look great with yellows or oranges, they're at opposite sides of a colour wheel, making them "complimentary colours".

Decor Elements

Another way to incorporate dramatically different colours into a space is through small decor elements. Try placing some decor pieces such as books, vases and candles in the same colours as the art into the room, making it seem like the art print's colour contrast was intentional rather than clashing.

Frame

If your art is boldly contrasting the space, it's a good idea to add a simple modern frame. This puts the focus on the art, rather than the frame. Thin black wood frames are a classic choice, suiting any modern space.
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Over Furniture

If you have a large empty spot above a bed or couch, hanging a framed oversized print is a perfect choice. A good rule of thumb is to keep the framed art prints around 2/3 the size of the furniture you're hanging it above.

Art Shelf

For a modern spin on a gallery wall, hang an art shelf. These wide shelves are a lovely way to display contemporary art prints. Layer several on a shelf in varying sizes to create some visual interest. Just remember to properly anchor the shelf into the wall as large framed artwork can be quite heavy.

Console Table

Another idea for styling larger artwork is to place them on a console table beside some smaller decor pieces such as candles, books and vases. When styling these pieces try to place objects of differing heights next to the art.
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Sage

This colour is everywhere at the moment. If you want a pop of colour, but want to keep a more muted colour palette in your space, sage is a great choice. These artworks look amazing on light cream walls with thin natural wood frames.

Black and Cream

Contemporary abstracts in black and cream have really been trending. Dramatic ink brush strokes on cream or pale neutral backgrounds stand out in gallery walls and framed art pairs or sets.

Pastels

Bright colourful prints are making a comeback, especially in the danish pastel aesthetic. These art prints come in a variety of styles from modern still lives to framed Matisse prints.

Blue

Always a classic, blue is a great option for bedrooms or bathrooms. Blue artworks are great to bring out other small decor elements in a space such as pillows, vases or throw blankets.

Neutrals

The Scandinavian and minimalist styles are still in, and neutral art suits them perfectly. These elegant framed abstracts prints feature shape and texture based abstracts and line art leaning into the simplicity of the decor style.
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Black and White Ink

If you want to add a pop to your gallery wall or fireplace mantle, black and white ink prints are all the rage right now. These modern pieces feature bold black ink strokes on white or neutral backgrounds, creating a sleek minimalist look perfect for any contemporary home.

Neutral Abstracts

Scandinavian and minimalists alike are still flocking to neutral abstracts. These calm pieces add some texture and visual interest to your wall, but still fit into a neutral room.

Colourful Classical Prints

The bright framed Matisse and Picasso prints trend is continuing through this spring and summer. These cheerful prints look great in a gallery wall with white or neutral wood frames.

Abstract Figures

Figurative prints can vary in style between line art, abstract paintings and altered photography. No matter which style you choose, these modern spins on classic portraits are an ideal addition to modern living rooms and bedrooms. 
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Large Abstract

If you looking to create a modern or minimalist style bedroom, a single large framed abstract is a perfect choice. Frame with a simple thin black or white wood frame to compliment the contemporary style.

Gallery Wall

When creating a gallery wall, make sure to hang an odd number of prints as they tend to look the best. Try to stagger the print sizes, with a few smaller prints, a couple medium and maybe one large piece.

Print Set

For a simple classic art look, hang a set of two medium sized framed prints over your bed. For a modern style, hang several photography, line art or shape based abstracts.

Landscape

A great modern spin on traditional bedroom art is an abstract landscape. These neutral artworks are a calm addition to any bedroom.

Art Shelf

If you have a set of framed prints that are odd sizes, use an art shelf to display these prints. Add some smaller decor items such as candles or a small potted plant to the shelf to create a fun modern wall art focal point.

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