Are you feeling intimated by the large, blank wall space in your living room? We hear you! Whether it’s large artwork, statement décor, or bold colors, finding the perfect focal piece to bring the room together can be challenging. Today, we want to help you feel inspired to embrace your creative freedom. Learn more about the things to consider when designing your living room wall space and check out our 12 living room wall ideas below!
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR WALL DESIGN
CONSIDER YOUR ROOM'S STYLE Bring any room in your house to life by choosing art pieces and frames that reflect your family’s taste. Design experts suggest striking a balance between maintaining consistency and breaking up uniformity. To do this, find frames that are similar hues to create a cohesive look, then toss in items like painted wooden letters or a mirror to shake things up. Incorporate your natural surroundings by displaying pictures or objects collected from your nature walks.
BEGIN WITH SOMETHING YOU LOVE Sounds pretty obvious, but the point here is to give yourself some kind of starting point. Perhaps it’s a color (that you plan to paint the wall) or a throw pillow that you love. Maybe it’s a theme or guiding vibe you’re going for. Whatever it is, begin there and let your mind wander. That anchor—color, theme, or other—can establish the tie that binds your wall and other décor and really brings the room together from a visual standpoint.
CONSIDER THE ROOM AS A WHOLE How many walls are available for décor in the room? What else are you competing with on other walls (e.g., windows? A fireplace?) The answers to these questions might give you some guidance in terms of the size and “boldness” of the wall décor you choose. In a family room with a flat-screen television and built-in shelving on one wall and a fireplace and mantel on another, perhaps you don’t want the one open wall to dominate with its décor. A collection of framed family photos clustered together might fit the space better than a huge piece of artwork
PLAN AHEAD Before you begin adorning your brand-new walls, loosely arrange your art according to your vision in order to decide which configuration works best. Whether you choose frames of various sizes or of identical dimensions, follow a ratio that gives equal attention to extra-large and petite pieces. Remember to leave space between each frame to effortlessly attract the eye to each of your components without creating a messy look. By laying everything out ahead of time, you’ll be able to make revisions prior to committing to an arrangement.
12 DESIGN IDEAS TO SPARK INSPIRATION
1. Large Art Piece
Want to avoid drilling tons of nails into your walls or simply looking for a quick way to cover a large surface area? Consider buying one giant art piece that can serve as the centerpiece of the room. You can either invest in fine art for your home or go a more affordable route with large scale engineer prints.
2. Grid Gallery Wall
If you can’t decide on just one large art piece for your living room, consider creating a wall of art with some smaller frames or canvases. The great thing about a gallery art wall is that you have the ability to personalize all the pieces to create something unique to your style. Maybe you want to display family photos? Perhaps an assortment of paintings is more your style? Either way, it makes for a terrific way to create an eye-catching living room wall.
3. Tall Leaning Mirror or Circular Mirror
Want to make your living room look bigger and brighter? Mirrors are the perfect décor multitasker! Not only do they boost the sense of space in your room, but they are also the perfect way to add some flair to your home. If you want to hang your mirror on the wall, a fun circular mirror could be a great option. However, if you prefer to leave the tools in the box, consider opting for a tall standing mirror you can lean against the wall.
4. Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are a chic and stylish way to liven up any wall in your home. Whether you choose to showcase framed photos, fun canvas paintings, or potted plants, shelving is a great option for bringing your blank wall to life.
Yes, you read that right! Wallpaper is making a big comeback in our homes and gives you the opportunity to flood the room with patterns, prints, textures, and colors. When choosing wallpaper, take a moment to analyze your furniture colors, rug patterns, and décor pieces prior to best find the print that will match the style of your living room.
6. Minimalist Console Table
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-blown wall makeover, a minimalist console table could be just the start you’re looking for. Organize small objects, decorative boxes, colorful books, or sculptures on the console table positioned in front of them wall so that it helps fill the space.
Parting with a beloved book can be hard. Instead of feeling like your old books are just collecting dust under you bed, put them on display. With some simple wall-mounted shelving, you can create an inspiring bookshelf that lets your walls do the talking.
8. Woven Baskets
Woven baskets are the perfect wall décor for anyone looking to bring boho vibes into their home. Play around with colors, patterns, size, and textures to create a living room wall that’s interesting and draws the attention of guests.
9. Greenery Wall
Give your home a boost of oxygen by incorporating some plants to your living room. You can mount potted plants or go bold with an entire greenery wall to make a statement in your home. However, do keep in mind that some plants can be extremely toxic for pets. If you have dogs or cats, consider keeping in mind these pet-proofing tips, including plants that could be harmful to our four-legged family members.
10. Bold Paint Colors
It's a loud choice, but playful and bold paint colors can pack a visual punch in your living room. The challenge is to make sure the paint colors don’t go from vibrant to garish! Before picking up the brush, get to know these paint color combinations that can help you decide which tones might be the best fit for your living room.
11. Music Showcase
Decorate to the beat of your own drum! If you’re a musician or simply love collecting records, an out of the box idea would be to use the blank wall space to showcase your passion. Consider mounting your instruments or old records to create a fun, interactive space in your living room.
12. Statement Wall Decor
If paintings or photography isn’t bold enough for your taste, consider large-scale 3-D wall décor that will be sure to grab the attention of everyone in the room. A great tip for shopping for statement wall décor is to visit your local art shops or browse small businesses online where you can find unique pieces for your home.
Designing and decorating a home can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience. That’s why we created the Shea Homes Design studio - to make our homeowner’s visions come to life! Learn more about designing a home with Shea, by visiting sheahomes.com!