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Wall accents way better than a boring picture frame

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Deck the walls

Instead of decorating your walls with the usual framed photos, try something unexpected. Faux taxidermy, jumbo letters, display shelves and vertical planters are a few fun options.

Faux taxidermy

Like the whimsical look of wildlife but not so keen on hanging a dead animal on your wall? Choose from a veritable kingdom of faux taxidermy and bag some game in the most humane way.

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures (West Elm, $99 - $199)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Painted poly resin elephant head (Etsy, $55)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Snow white faux deer head (Etsy, $98)

Letters and numbers

Always wanted to see your name in lights? Go for it. Metal, marquee and map-covered letters are a few of our favorite ways to get wordy on the walls. For the more numerically inclined, deck the walls with your favorite digits.

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Large 3-D map letter of anywhere in the world (Etsy, $60)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Galvanized Wall Letter (Pottery Barn Kids, $14)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Vintage Marquee Lighted Numbers (Iron Accents, $185)

Display shelves

Liberate your favorite trinkets from their dusty hiding places, and showcase them in style. Display shelves come in just about any shape or color to suit your decor, and they're a great way to add personality to your walls without framing yet another family photo.

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Timber Pigeon Hole Wall Hanging (Down that Little Lane, $185)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Cosmos Wall Cube Display Shelf (Amazon.com, $49)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Honeycomb Wall Shelf (Land of Nod, $59)

Peel-and-stick accent walls

Designate an accent wall and go for the full wall treatment. Paint it a solid bold color, or go with one of these peel-and-stick options. Peelable, paintable wallpaper, peel-and-stick wood or chalkboard decals are all easy ways to add interest and personality to a room.

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Summer Paintable White Wallpaper (Home Depot, $30)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Stikwood Wall Covering (Anthropologie, $300)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Peel-and-Stick Chalkboard (Amazon.com, $11)

Wall planters

Add some life to your walls with vertical wall planters. A little splash of green adds visual interest, helps clean the air and may even boost your mood.

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Shane Powers Ceramic Wall Planters (West Elm, $19 - $69)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Green Wall (Gardener's Supply Company, $46)

 Accent your walls with something other than picture frames

Modern White Metal Succulent Wall Decor & Planter (Etsy, $145)

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