Starting last year, I was seeing the use of typography showing up all over the home as accents. The trend is gaining popularity and the use of lettered decor is easier than ever to achieve. Whether you just want a touch of it to show you’re “with it”, or whether you love the look of fonts and letters and use them everywhere, there are lots of options for you. Look at this:
Lettered Decor Here and There
Decoupage, paint, spray paint, wood or foam letters from the craft store all contribute to the variety of typography on these shelves. Too much for you? Just use an initial or a favorite shaped letter for no reason except you like the way it looks.
Whoever thought staircases could be trendy? Well, here you go.
Whether you use all the same letter or a mix, you can introduce variety to your grouping with finish and size. This is an appealing treatment over a bed – wouldn’t it be fun in a child or tween’s room?
Okay, this may not want to be the message you broadcast, but maybe you could spell “dream” over a bed, “create or surprise” in an office, “seasons” in a collage photo display. What message do you want to shout or whisper to the world? How about the one below?
Another interpretation of using letters is to use old signs (or make your own to replicate the look). Old subway signs are showing up quite a bit – is that a look you like? Here’s a tutorial from TaterTotsandJello.blogspot.com to replicate the Pottery Barn look on canvas.
Use letter decor to reinforce your color scheme, to create affordable large scale art, to make a statement or just to have a little fun.
Two ways to use typography in upholstery: go bold and upholster a whole chair or be more subtle and use just a monogramed pillow. (Notice that the trendy lettered pillow is on an equally trendy houndstooth chair by a large scale houndstooth rug? I wrote about houndstooth here.)
Letters on the Wall
I love this wallpaper! Made to look dimensional, it would really be a conversation starter in any room. Perfect for a powder room, guest room, kid’s room, laundry - I like its neutral colorations but it’s still so mesmerizing I find I can’t tear my eyes away. Following are a couple more options for wallcoverings (which are in their own resurrgence).
DIY Letter Projects
I love this idea to add both family photos, craftiness and the trendy letter all in one package. Although I haven’t made this yet, I’ve kept this photo idea around for months and this is how I would do it. I’d start with a large balsa wood letter from your favorite craft store. Other supplies would be a few well chosen family photos that will fit the letter, some scrapbook paper and maybe a ribbon or two. Using decoupage or medium of your choice, coat the wood, add the photo and paper elements, seal it all with another coat or two of decoupage. It would be a touch of whimsy to add to a family photo wall or bookshelf.
Easy art: canvas or wood chunks, letter stencils, ruler (very important) and paint.
Use greeting cards or letters printed in a favorite font from the computer to make your own framed art. This still embraces the whole typography trend, but makes it a little more formal or classic.
Typography for the Home
I’ve shown you lots of ways to use letters and numbers in your home – which one appeals to you? Do you quietly test trends with a little toss pillow or bookshelf accessory or do you jump in with both feet and take the wallpaper route? What do you think of this trend – a keeper or a flash in the pan? Leave us your thoughts in the Comment section below. If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of our upcoming articles. It’s easy – fill in the box at the upper right sidebar and you’ll get new content every weekday.