Interior typography: 5 ways to introduce letters into your interiors

Interior typography

When we first think of interior typography we get troubling thoughts of motivational quotes in an awful, unreadable script fonts on a wall.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to introduce letters into your interior tastefully.

Introducing typography doesn’t have to be tacky.

Things to consider before you start introducing interior typography

  • Existing interior styling: as with all new interior design projects it’s important to make sure you take into consideration the overall scheme when you’re looking at introducing new elements.

    Before you start throwing letters into the mix, make sure it fits with your theme. If you’re going for mid century look it’s probably not best to put a bright pink neon Cocktail bar style sign on your wall.

  • Space: a lot of people make the mistake of forgetting about the space they’re working with when they start an interior redesign. Take into consideration the style of your property, the lighting and the existing features in the room before you even start thinking about where to put lettering.

    Again, the space will help you decide which sort of typography or letters will fit with your interior.  

  • When is too many letters too much? as the home of typography art and gifts you’d think we’d be the first to put letters pretty much everywhere. But even we know that too many letters can sometimes be too much. Keeping things simple with a couple of letters as accessories and styling pieces can add a touch of class to a room. 

    If you’re going for a shabby chic look, then you can get away with going a bit wild with your typography. Using a collection of old signage letters in different styles will work well in this sort of interior.  

How can you introduce typography to your interior?

  • Typography posters: this one’s pretty self explanatory, a quick search on Pinterest throws up thousands of typography poster ideas and products. From brush scripts to serif definition prints, you’re spoilt for choice.

    Typography posters look great on gallery walls or picture shelves in a simple black frame and white mount.

  • Bus blinds: going local with your typography is one way to make your scheme more personal. These Manchester vintage bus blinds for example feature some well known destinations and have bags of history behind them.

    One off typography pieces are a good talking point for dinner parties and on Instagram too.
  • Chalkboards: fancy yourself as a bit of an artist? A good way to introduce letters into your space is with hand drawn type on a simple black chalkboard. You can get chalkboards in lots of different formats, from wall hanging to free standing A boards, or even simply painting a section of wall with blackboard paint. Choose one that fits with your scheme.

    Keep it fresh by changing up your quotes or messages with the changes in seasons.

letter prints

  • Letter prints: maybe our favourite way to get some letters into your space is with letter prints. Available in different sizes they’re versatile and easy to fit into an existing interior scheme.

    Having a letter print for each of your family members is a cute way to make your space more personal and give each of your children their own identity/space in your home.

  • Accessories / mugs / coasters: if you’re not quite ready to go full on letter geek just yet a good way to test the water is with accessories. Letter mugs are everywhere from Paperchase to B&M (yes really!).

    Letter coasters are a good way to refresh and personalise your coffee table too. You’ll not forget who’s brew is who’s too.

Experiment with type

Typography in interiors is nothing new but it might be new to you. If it is, start small. Experiment with some of the ideas above, maybe with a letter print or typography poster.

If you’re anything like us, once you’ve bought on bit of typography you’ll fall in love with the personalisation letters can bring to your home.