A tapestry is a simple way to cover up boring white walls in any room of your home. They also express your personality and add texture to areas that tend to be bland. Tapestries come in all different colors and sceneries to match your décor. So just how do you hang these tapestries? There are a few easy steps to follow so you can spruce up your walls in no time.
Hanging Tapestries 101
There are many ways to present your tapestries. Some are more attractive than others, but any of these methods will surely do the job.
Rail-based Installation System
Arguably the simplest way to hang a tapestry is with a rail-based system. Piecemeal picture hanging systems allow you to hang tapestries of any size and weight on any wall in just a few minutes. The lightweight, aluminum rail sits close to the ceiling, or however high or low you position it on the wall. The clip system can be adjusted to where you want the tapestry to hang horizontally on the wall. It is easy to flatten out the tapestry against the wall or achieve a loose hanging look with this system because you can adjust the clips to be as tight or as slack as you want.
Rods and Finials
Another easy way to hang a tapestry is with a rod and finials. This only works if your tapestry has a rod pocket, which not all of them do. The rod is similar to a curtain rod and will need brackets for hanging – similar to hanging a window curtain. The tapestry will not be flush to the wall with this method, but it will be flat on the rod.
A baseboard is a good way to hang a tapestry if you want the tapestry flush against the wall. The baseboard should be slightly shorter than the width of the tapestry and needs to fit in the rod pocket. Drill two holes in the baseboard that match up to where you want the tapestry to hang on the wall. If the tapestry is heavy, make sure to use anchors to ensure it stays securely in place. Put the baseboard in the tapestry and screw the baseboard onto the wall.
To create a unique look, you can use a rope to hang the tapestry. This will involve some cutting and a little DIY. Use a thick rope that will securely hold the tapestry – this will also add texture to the tapestry. Cut slits in the tapestry about five inches or eight inches apart, depending how large your tapestry is. Once the slits are cut, thread the rope through the tapestry. Place two screws where the rope ends to hang your tapestry.
Shower Curtain Rod and Hangers
If you do not have rope and your tapestry does not have a rod pocket, you can use the above method with a shower curtain rod and curtain hangers. Cut the slits the same way as stated above and then place curtain hangers in each slot. Place curtain rod brackets where you want the tapestry hung so they are ready to go when the tapestry is set up. After the hangers are in each slot, attach them to the curtain rod and place the setup on the bracket. Flatten out and adjust the tapestry to your liking.
Inspiration for Hanging Tapestries
Now that you know how to hang tapestries, it is time for some inspiration. There are all types of tapestries available, from modern to vintage to medieval style. Tapestries can be put in any room of your home to add a unique element and accent piece. Take a look at these pieces to inspire the décor in your home.
Cozy Bedroom – The tapestry is used to enhance the cozy nook in this bedroom. The piece is surrounded by a sheer white canopy with accent lighting, which can be easily done with Christmas lights. The different textures play off each other to create a breezy atmosphere when you want to take a break from the day or winding down for the night.
Hallway Piece – This hallway statement piece is perfect for a near entryway leading into a living room or sitting area. The tapestry has a vintage feel and adds to the Western style décor surrounding it. The dark wood complements the dark colors of scene on the tapestry. The intricate detail and surrounding pieces will add a talking point as well as your guests filter into the home.
Living Room Accent – Tapestries make great pieces in the living room because they take up a lot of bare space that would otherwise be boring or empty. This medieval themed tapestry adds texture to a contemporary style living room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match décor styles as that is what makes the décor uniquely you. The combination in this example creates an inviting space with visual interest. (from classictapestries.com)
Hanging from the Ceiling – Hanging a tapestry from the ceiling would look great in a child’s room or a young teen’s bedroom. This example creates an inviting space while adding texture to the area. The tapestry complements the bright dresser as do the colorful accents in the area. This can be made to look eclectic or to collect your child’s favorite nick knacks.
Loft Bed – If you live in a dorm room – or have a loft bed – adding a tapestry to the lower portion creates a nice private area. The tapestry can be pulled back or kept in place while in the sitting area. Not only does this add a unique element to the room, but is also adds personality as well.
Entryway Color – Entryways tend to be boring with just a coatrack or a table, but these can be easily brightened up by adding a tapestry. This example pulls colors from the tapestry and adds them to accents on the table. The mirrored design of the table is a neutral color but still reflects the colors of the tapestry, making for an interesting piece. The purple lamps, gold statue, and white stools make the entry area complete.
Statement Piece – There is nothing better than a large tapestry to make a statement piece, such as in this example. The tall ceilings and open living room call for something large to complement the area. A small tapestry would be lost in the surroundings, but this large piece adds a style element that says elegance. The tapestry can be seen from all areas, such as the top loft area as well as the downstairs sitting area.
Create a Theme – Do you have pieces around your home but don’t really have a theme? A tapestry can add a theme, such as a Southwest theme as shown above. The throw pulls the bright color out of the tapestry and the plant adds to the theme. The light color wood is reminiscent of sand from the desert. Without the tapestry, the theme would be lost.
An Inspiration Corner – An inspiration corner is a great place to add books, pictures, and a large, colorful tapestry. It can be in any room of the home to add a spark of creativity. The white colors of the bureau, pot, and shelves allow the tapestry to pop off the wall. Add your favorite creative accents to make this corner complete. Top it off with a comfortable sitting chair or chaise to relax and write the next great novel.
Living Room Décor – A tapestry can really pull a living room together, especially when pulling off a vintage Italian theme. The picture of the villa on the tapestry makes you feel like you are in the countryside of Italy. Complete the area with vintage pillows and curtains to complete the feel. Of course, you need fresh Italian wine to enjoy this cozy space.
Pulling it All Together
Tapestries come in many different sizes, styles, and colors. Whether you set up with rods or rails, tapestries are simple to hang. Rail systems, in particular, can handle any weight or size tapestry and comes in a variety of styles. Order your system to hang your favorite tapestry to add personality to your room today!