Some lucky pilots have won the aviator lifestyle jackpot and are living in a hangar home. If this is you, and your private plane is parked mere steps from your living room, congratulations. Your love of piloting is clear from the moment your guests pull up in the driveway. Just add in a splash of coordinating hangar home décor and you’re all set.
The rest of us living in standard, traditional homes don’t have it quite so easy. We need a little extra help to bring the aviation feel to the forefront.
But thankfully there are a plethora of stunning, aviation-themed interior design pieces that showcase the joy of flight. You, your family, and your guests can partake in the fun hangar home feel even if you still must put on more than just a pair of slippers to go check on your plane.
Ready to give your home an aviation themed refresh? Keep reading for inspiration and ideas as we share our top pilot home décor pieces.
Metal and Wood Aviation Signs
Set the casual, relaxing vibe in your home pilot bar with a group of retro wood or metal aviation signs. The replica vintage style signs bring the past to life and are perfect for starting conversations or generating a good laugh (depending on your guests’ sense of humor).
Looking for something unique for your front door or entryway? Order a personalized wood flight services “promotional” sign that features a bi-plane and reads “[your name] Flight Services. Arrive on time and in style!”
Need to name your home bar? You’ll love the personalized “Flying Aces Loop the Loop Pub” sign that declares your bar to be “Your Home Away From the Heavens.”
Aviation Artwork and Prints
Some rooms call for elevated décor with a polished tone. In this case, it’s time to turn to luxe aviation artwork originals and high-quality prints. Decorate your walls with classy pilot artwork to set a sophisticated first-class mood and draw guests into a welcoming aviation-inspired upscale environment.
Step back in time with a mixed-media collection of four colorful metal biplanes. The metal planes are overlaid on solid pine boards printed with a sepia-tone early map of the Americas. These pieces work well individually in a smaller space like a guest room. You could also pick up all four and hang them throughout your home or create a striking grouping in a living area or game room. Your historic biplanes are available in red, white, green, and blue.
Perhaps you are more of an aviation painting fan. In that case, don’t miss the Lyons Studio print collection. Artist Sam Lyons explores a full range of aircraft, capturing everything from Bob Hoover’s fighting Spitfire in action to a cherry yellow Piper Cub with floats touching down on a mountain lake for a weekend fishing trip.
From the historic to the relatable everyday moments, Sam encapsulates memories in prints that will anchor your aviation-themed interior design.
Contemporary Abstract Pilot Art
When your space demands fine art with a more nuanced aviation theme, Frank Martin is the clear choice. His paintings explore aviation through a more abstract impressionist lens. The results are stunning, colorful, complex masterpieces with a level of sophistication making them worthy of prominent display in your great room, foyer, master bedroom, or dining room.
Pro Tip: Use Martin’s prints as inspirational, visual focal points, tying together your room’s color palette. These pieces have the artistic visual complexity to delight all viewers whether they are aviation aficionados or not.
Tabletop, Display Shelf, and Desk Aircraft Sculptures
Keep your accent pieces personal and meaningful when you invest in quality scale replicas of aircraft that are significant to you. Maybe you have fond memories of training in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk or of sliding into the cockpit of a Piper PA-28 Cherokee.
Are you a current or retired commercial pilot? We have Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and other popular models in liveries to match your airline Pro Tip: These models also make excellent retirement or new-hire gifts.
Maybe you’ve always been a military history buff or a Skunkworks spy plane fanatic. Great, we’ve got you covered. Our High Flying Models collection includes storied military fighters like the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the McDonnell Douglass F/A-18 (flown by Maverick himself in the “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun Maverick.” You can even score replicas of legendary individual aircraft like the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” or the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle.”
Keep time in style with stunning wall and desktop clocks in all sorts of creative, and eye-catching pilot-themed designs. Several of the wall clocks mimic the faces of infamous pilot watches. You can hang up a vibrant Blue Angels Promaster Citizen indoor/outdoor clock or the classic silver-tone-hygrometer-thermometer Citizen wall clock.
Going for something a bit more casual, retro, and fun in your pilot bar or den? How about a retro pin-up-girl focused design like this one featuring the infamous Memphis Belle?
If you love the rich blue tone of the Blue Angels Citizen, you don’t need to stop with the wall clock. You can coordinate and place the tabletop version of the Blue Angels Citizen clock on your desk or bedside table.
Other fun tabletop designs are built in the form of a plane with the clockface on the nose. High wing, low-wing, biplane, helicopter – we have it all. Or, if you’re cultivating a classic golden-days-of-aviation feel, select an instrument design altimeter table clock in traditional black or glamorous white and gold.
Unexpectedly Delightful Little Aviation Details
When we think of aviation-themed home décor, most of us understandably jump right to the big, statement pieces like artwork and model aircraft.
But once those key pieces have been nailed, let the aviation influence permeate your entire home right down to tiny details that no one would anticipate.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Here are some home accent piece ideas:
- Cast iron airplane hooks for guests to hang their coats on
- A bowl of airplane shaped paper clips or jet airplane paper clips on your desk
- An airplane ceiling fan pull in the kids’ play room
- An arrivals / departures door mat
- Vintage biplane bookends in the study
- An airplane decanter set atop the bar and accompanied by an airplane bartools set.
It’s Your Turn
You’ve heard our favorite ideas, now what about yours? How does your home reflect your passion for flight? We’d love to see how you make your love of aviation part of your home décor and style. Share your best pilot décor photos with us on Instagram (@pilotmall) or on Facebook.
If you’re still in the process of making your dream pilot home a reality, share those vision boards and in the comments below tell us which pieces of pilot décor are on top of your “must-have” list.