Basement Wall Decor Ideas: Creating an Album Art Wall

Vintage records have really made a comeback in the last few years. Being a huge music fan anyway, the thought of an album wall was a home décor idea I was really excited about. Plus, if you have a huge expanse of basement wall space, it can really liven up the space.

After I looked online on Pinterest and saw several ideas for album art walls, I started making my list of possible albums to include in my wall of fame. There could be a variety of reasons why you choose the albums that you do. Perhaps a song was playing during a memorable moment or milestone in your life. For example, your high school graduation class song, the song playing when you met your spouse, the song that played during your wedding dance. If you’re the sentimental type, then this would create a wall of memories so special and personal. I simply did a mix, allowing for a strong blend of both home styling and nostalgia. Of course, all of the artists my husband and I picked out, but I carefully chose the album covers to match my basement décor, too. 

A record player sitting on top of an end-table, with a vinyl record underneath.
Vintage album covers such as this classic by Otis Redding can serve as beautiful, nostalgic décor in your entertainment areas

After narrowing down the choices (which was pretty hard), I went to Michael’s and found the album cover sized frames. If you wait for a sale, then that may be the time to get them but keep in mind depending on the number of albums you feature on your wall, you will need several frames that match in size and color.

How to Hang Your Album Art on the Wall

Then, my husband and I filled the frames with the album covers. After having them all inserted into the frames (of course without the albums inside), we arranged the frames on the floor until we got the right location in the assortment for each album. To balance color, we swapped several around until we felt it was composed. This is especially important for large wall decor, where the contrast between the album art and the wall color goes a long way to set the tone of the room. We decide to spread across more wall space to only go two rows, but if you have a smaller space or higher ceilings, you could very easily arrange them in a square or rectangle and go more floor-to-ceiling. In smaller home designs, this would probably work best and add a ton of impact to a space.

As with many interior design styles, the key to constructing the perfect album art wall was having a laser level. It was worth the investment because it made the project a lot easier when determining how to space everything correctly and making sure it was uniform on every side with the frame next to it. As far as basement interior design goes, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. My husband hung everything so well – I was very impressed!

A fully furnished basement den with album art on the wall.
Balanced, Contrasting Colors throughout the posted albums provide depth and composition to the space.

Have you ever created a wall with multiple frames? What obstacles do you run into?