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Living Room Wall Decor: Ideas & Design Inspiration for Every Style

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Living room walls are often the first thing guests see –– a blank canvas waiting to be transformed. Living room wall decor isn't just about aesthetics; it sets the tone for the entire space. Imagine walking into a living room adorned with calming nature scenes. This creates a vastly different atmosphere compared to a room plastered with movie posters. So, before you hit "buy" on that neon sign that screams your college spirit, consider the type of atmosphere you want to create.

Choosing the Right Living Room Wall Decor

Before diving into specific options, take a step back and consider your living room's overall design. Modern spaces might favour clean lines and pops of colour, achieved through geometric prints, metallic wall sculptures, or minimalist canvas art. Think monochrome colour palettes, abstract shapes, and materials like glass, marble, or chrome. Traditional rooms could benefit from classic paintings with ornate frames, botanical prints, or antique tapestries. Rich jewel tones, floral patterns, and natural materials like wood and leather create a timeless elegance. Mid-century modern styles can be complemented with geometric prints in bold colours, vintage movie posters, or abstract sculptures. Think pops of orange, mustard yellow, and teal alongside wood finishes and brass accents.

Living Room Wall Murals: A Statement Maker

Wall murals are perfect for those who want a bold statement piece. They come in a variety of pre-made designs or can be custom-created to fit your taste. Imagine a sprawling cityscape taking centre stage behind your couch, or a serene forest scene gracing your fireplace wall. Murals are ideal for large walls behind couches or fireplaces, though keep in mind they can be overwhelming in smaller spaces.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a wall mural:

  • Material: Murals can be made from vinyl, wallpaper, or even hand-painted directly onto the wall. Vinyl is a popular choice for its durability and ease of removal, white wallpaper murals offer a more textured look. Hand-painted murals are a great option for a truly unique piece, but keep in mind the cost and permanence.

  • Installation: Installing a vinyl or wallpaper mural is a DIY project for the handy homeowner, but for intricate designs or hand-painted options, consider hiring a professional.

  • Maintenance: Vinyl murals are easy to clean with a damp cloth, white wallpaper murals might require special cleaning solutions depending on the material.

Grey sofa with forest mural on the wall


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Living Room Wall Canvas and Prints: Classic and Versatile

For a more versatile option, consider living room wall canvas and prints. These come in a vast array of sizes, styles, and materials to suit any taste or budget. Imagine a gallery wall featuring black and white photographs for a classic touch, or a collection of vibrant watercolour paintings for a more playful look. They can be easily swapped out if you decide to change up your decor down the line.

Don’t know where to start? Here's a breakdown of some popular canvas and print options:

  • Canvas Prints: These are high-quality digital reproductions printed onto stretched canvas. They offer a more textured look than traditional prints and come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.

  • Framed Prints: Available in a wide range of styles and materials, framed prints offer a more polished look. Choose from classic black frames for a timeless look, or go for a more contemporary frame with a pop of colour.

  • Metal Prints: For a modern touch, consider metal prints. The image is infused directly onto the aluminium surface, creating a vibrant and durable piece of art.

  • Acrylic Prints: Similar to metal prints, acrylic prints offer a sleek and modern look. The image is printed on the back of a sheet of acrylic, creating a high-gloss finish.

Grey wall with art prints and coffee table


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Living Room Wall Panels: Add Dimension and Texture

Living room wall panels add a touch of dimension and texture to your space. They come in various materials like wood, metal, or even fabric. Imagine a reclaimed wood panel creating a rustic backdrop for a vintage map, or sleek metal panels adding a touch of industrial chic to your space. Use them to create a gallery wall with smaller artwork or as a backdrop for a larger piece.

Here are some popular types of wall panels to consider:

  • Wood Panels: A versatile option, wood panels come in various finishes and styles to complement any decor. They can be painted, stained, or left natural for a rustic look.

  • Metal Panels: Metal panels add a modern and industrial touch to your space. Choose from smooth or textured finishes, and consider copper, brass, or brushed nickel for a unique look.

  • Fabric Panels: Fabric panels offer a softer touch and can add warmth and texture to a room. Linen or velvet panels create a luxurious feel, while woven panels add a touch of boho charm.

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Living Room Shelves: A Functional Decor Piece

Living room shelves offer a practical and stylish way to showcase your personality. Imagine a collection of antique books flanking your fireplace, or curated travel souvenirs displayed on floating shelves. Display books, photographs, sculptures,or even a curated collection of travel souvenirs. Shelves come in a variety of floating and mounted styles, so you can find one that complements your existing furniture.

  • Consider scale and balance: Arrange larger items on the bottom shelves and smaller items on top for a visually balanced look.

  • Play with colour and texture: Mix and match objects of different colours and textures to create a visually interesting display.

  • Incorporate personal items: Don't be afraid to showcase items that reflect your personality and interests. A collection of seashells from your favourite vacation spot or a vintage camera you found at a flea market can add a unique touch.

  • Leave some breathing room: Don't overcrowd your shelves. Leaving some negative space will make your display look more polished.

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Mirrors and Other Living Room Wall Objects

Don't underestimate the power of mirrors and other decorative objects. A strategically placed mirror can make a small living room feel larger and brighter. Imagine a large, ornate mirror reflecting light across your living room, creating an illusion of more space. Hanging clocks, macrame tapestries, or woven baskets can add a touch of personality and conversation starters.

  • Mirrors: Hang a large mirror above your fireplace to create a focal point and open up the space. Consider leaning a smaller, decorative mirror against a wall for a more casual look.

  • Clocks: A statement clock can add a touch of personality and function to your living room wall. Choose from vintage clocks, modern minimalist designs, or even oversized world clocks.

  • Macrame Tapestries: These woven wall hangings add a touch of boho charm and texture to your space. Choose from intricate geometric patterns or simple, minimalist designs.

  • Woven Baskets: Woven baskets add a natural element and can be used to store throws, blankets, or even magazines. Hang a collection of different-sized baskets for a visually interesting display.

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Our Final Thoughts

Living room wall decor is a way to personalise your space and express your unique style. By considering your existing design and exploring the vast options available, you can create a living room that reflects your taste and makes you feel comfortable and inspired. There are endless possibilities, so don't be afraid to get creative and have fun with it. Remember, your living room walls are a canvas waiting to be transformed, so tell your story through the art and objects you choose to display.

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