Scarf art is the new way to liven up your walls

It’s time to get creative with your wall art – meet the scarves and throws so good, you’ll want to frame them.

There’s been a lot more time to stare at blank walls in the home this year, this may be why so many people have been making collages with art prints to create feature picture walls. We’ve already rounded up the best abstract wall prints, along with feminist styles and fun slogan artwork that’ll instantly make a statement. It’s safe to say decorating has come a long way from just adding a splash of paint – enter the new trend taking over Instagram: scarf and throw art. 

We first spotted the trend when sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand Arkitaip joined forced with artist Hôtel Magique to create a collection of amazing linen scarves. Not only are these styles perfect to wear around your neck, bag and belt loop holes, the creatives also framed them to use as textile art. One word: wow. The shell scarf (above) has already been so popular it sold out and has since been restocked – get it before the inevitable happens again. 

How to frame a scarf

  1. Find the perfect scarf by opting for a square style instead of a typical long winter wooly – a luxe fabric such a silk or linen will work best. 
  2. Use a steamer to get rid of the creases or an iron at a very low heat with a cloth in between. 
  3. Cut a piece of cardboard roughly 1cm smaller all the way around in the same shape as your scarf.
  4. Place the scarf (front facing) onto the cardboard and wrap the edges behind as you pull it taut. Use double-sided tape or even body tape for clothes to secure at the back. 
  5. Now your scarf is secure, add a picture mount on top and place into your chosen frame – voilà.

It’s not just scarves you can hang on your walls, throws can make the perfect backdrop in the lounge, bedroom or dining room. Luxury lifestyle brand Atelier Yuchi (above) has hung its tiger woven blanket on the wall behind the sofa and it’s the statement-making addition we’re taking note of. Of course a throw is a bigger piece of material so you’ll need to hang them slightly differently to a scarf.

If your blanket is fairly lightweight then you should be able to use clear push pins along the edges to fix into the wall but you may be able to see these slightly. Instead, you can get Command picture hanging strips for just £3 at Amazon to use similar to double sided tape. This is the look achieved by Atelier Yuchi but if you want it to be more like a canvas then there’s another way to do it. 

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Author and writer Katherine Ormerod has recently tried out the throw hanging technique in her new home. Instead of hanging directly onto the wall, Katherine mounted the Slowdown Studio throw onto a piece of ply wood cut to size. The material was pulled taut and stapled onto the wood at the back. This can cause some damage to the edges of the blanket but if you want to use it as wall art the whole time then it’s a secure way to do it. Once staples, you can then add a wall hanging fixture and place in your chosen room. 

Now you know the techniques to try out scarf and throw art yourself, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best styles to decorate your walls. 

Best scarves and throws to use as wall art

  • Arkitaip x Hôtel Magique swirl scarf

    Arkitaip x Hôtel Magique scarf

    With a focus on sustainable linen, Arkitaip has joined forced with artist and interiors brand Hôtel Magique to create incredible scarves you can wear or frame. 

    Shop Arkitaip x Hôtel Magique swirl scarf at Arkitaip, £145


  • Le scarf silk scarf

    Le Scarf silk rose scarf

    Swedish scarf brand Le Scarf is of course a go-to for, you guessed it: scarves. Made from 100% silk, you can get each style in three different sizes so you get the style to suit your space. 

    Shop No. 45 silk scarf at Le Scarf, £81


  • Liberty London Love & Liberty scarf

    Liberty London scarf

    Hand painted at home by Liberty’s design director, this is one of four exclusive designs to show hope and love within communities during lockdown. There’s only 100 of each design so if you get one you’ll want to show it off by mounting it on the wall.

    Shop All You Need Is Love & Liberty scarf at Liberty London, £75


  • Shaku pocket square

    Shaku pocket square

    Designed in London and made from non-toxic dyes and chemicals, try adding this silky scarf to a chunky frame and it’ll brighten up any room. 

    Shop basket weave pocket square at Shaku, £110


  • WhilsaStudio palm print scarf

    WhilsaStudio palm print scarf

    If you’re a fan of unique or vintage prints then Etsy is a great place to start your search. This palm leaf print scarf is handmade and will liven up any wall in the house. 

    Shop WhilsaStudio palm leaf print scarf at Etsy, £7.99


  • Atelier Yuchi Marseille blanket

    Atelier Yuchi Marseille blanket

    Transport yourself to warmer climates with this throw inspired by the French coastal town of Marseille. Made from 70% recycled cotton, London-based brand Atelier Yuchi is full of wall art inspiration on Instagram.

    Shop Atelier Yuchi Marseille woven blanket, £180


  • Slowdown Studio Perry throw

    Slowdown Studio throw

    Designed by Melbourne-based textile designer Claire Ritchie, this vibrant throw will be the perfect addition to sofas, beds or walls. We guarantee it’ll make you smile every time you look at it. 

    Shop Slowdown Studio Perry throw at An Artful Life, £240


  • Tekla pure new wool blanket

    Tekla pure wool blanket

    Copenhagen-based brand Tekla is a go-to for nightwear, beddings and blankets. If you like a Scandi vibe to your home them one of the striped blankets will be the perfect backdrop in your lounge or bedroom. 

    Shop pure new wool blanket at Tekla, £175


  • Maja Faber Textiles fruit blanket

    Maja Faber Textiles blanket

    Feeling fruits? Get your five a day in a whole new way with this punchy throw. Fy has a whole host of colourful throws that are bound to suit most interior styles. 

    Shop Maja Faber Textiles fruits woven throw at Fy, £119


  • Crowchezjoey crochet blanket

    Crowchezjoey blanket

    If you have a boho feel to your home then a crochet blanket hung on the wall will fit in perfectly with rattan, prints and plants. It’s also a feel-good buy knowing it’s lovingly made by a small business. 

    Shop Crowchezjoey handmade crochet throw at Etsy, £74


Opening image: Milou Neelen for Hôtel Magique x Arkitaip collaboration

All other images: courtesy of brands

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