I like to make gifts if possible because it means more, provided it’s in good taste of course. 🙂 The wall above my girlfriend’s (now wife) couch was sparse. Her theme was red and black, so I did what was perhaps the most artsy thing I’ve ever done, and I had fun doing it.
These are 1×2’s on edge (stick out 2″) covered in red and black cloth. They are lightweight and hung with wire brads. Here they are in our house 3 years later. Total cost is about $30 and 2 hour’s time.
You can of course make them yourself, and I will give you all the details if you want. I will make some for you if you’d rather.