best living room wall art ideas

2022 was been full of ups and downs, but 2023 is finally bringing a sense of joyful anticipation. Reflect this positive shift in your interior! Welcome your friends and family into a living space that looks refreshed and ready for company. Use wall art to elevate your living room and give it a gorgeous new look. We’ve teamed up with design experts to bring you the top art trends for 2023. There’s no better feeling than curating a home that feels cozy and contemporary. Create a radiant space with our guide to living room wall art ideas.

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2023 is all about mixing trends to create a unique, contemporary look. Make your home feel effortlessly chic with a bohemian-inspired style. Boho decor incorporates nature-inspired details with bold patterns and textiles. The 2023 take on the classic boho trend adds bold colors to the traditionally organic theme. Mixing in Art Deco and Mid-century-inspired furniture can give your space a retro touch that still feels trendy. Consider combining warm and cool tones for a hot 2023 look. Major design experts like Sherwin-Williams have predicted a chic combos or warm and cool colors as one of the top trends for this year. Explore daring dark green accent wall ideas, and add pops of peach and beige.

Contemporary Living Room Wall Decor

Add bohemian wall decor with a minimalist twist. Use your artwork to tie together the warm and cool colors throughout your space. Pick a print with nature-inspired details and a minimal appearance. Modern but timeless is the name of the game. Hang your wall art over a large piece of furniture like a sofa or loveseat for maximum impact. Your living room should feel warm, cozy, and welcoming. A communal space should be a combination of your personal taste and current trends. Don’t be afraid to explore vivid patterns, as long as you are selective about your decor and make sure to avoid clutter overall.

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Defining the Living Room

While the living room has always held a special significance, this critical space of comfort is valued higher than ever. Our design expert Yoko Chow, of Yoko Chow LLC, details the growing impact of a stylish living space.

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Living Room Design: Pro Tips

“The importance of the living room during the pandemic has increased since it is a space dedicated to relaxing and gathering with family members. Many homeowners have refined their approach toward [decorating] this space, and [took to] researching how to enhance the level of comfort. Since the stay-at-home order was placed, the [ambience of our home] has become increasingly significant in our lives. Post-this unprecedented time, it is understandable that the living room has become a critical space for us. With longer hours to spend in this central room, it is a natural reaction to review its functionality and spend efforts on improvements."

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Exploring Styles & Trends

We could fill a book with all of the striking decor trends that have popped up over the last year, but we have to narrow it down to our top picks. (Jump to our paragraph on more trends for a comprehensive look at living room topics.)

The saying goes, “A picture is worth 1000 words,” but there’s nothing better than combining the two! Our resident art director, Tirzah Goodman, has curated a trend titled “Definition Wall Art” specifically for this purpose. This modern interpretation of typography is undoubtedly going to take the design world by storm. Read this tip from our design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz on why you should hop on this trend ASAP.

Living Room Design: Pro Tips

“Typography is a subtle way to improve our mindset and cheer ourselves up. Art is meant to uplift our souls, which is even more crucial considering our current worldwide situation. We need to be surrounded by positivity now more than ever. Pair typography with an inspiring image. Motivational quotes are a subtle way to create a cheerful, positive environment. Boost your energy ever day with quote-themed artwork.”

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Color Concepts to Consider

When it comes to color, dare to combine dramatic shades with uplifting hues. It’s all about balance. Consider pairing bright tones with vibrant accent colors. You don’t have to choose just one! Rather than matching everything in your space, embrace a variety of different tones. Design expert Yoko Chow elaborates:

Living Room Design: Pro Tips

“The combination of bright colors and neutrals are represented by a few popular styles today including Boho and modern Mid-century. Neutral background colors should assist in prioritizing the color you desire to stand out or make it appear as you planned.”

Black Wall Art for Living Rooms

If you choose to furnish with brighter shades, consider going in a darker director direction with your wall art. Black-toned wall art can give your space a modern look with minimal effort.

Red Wall Art for Living Rooms

Another contemporary color is red! Contrast this fiery shade with cool neutrals for optimal balance.

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Living Room Wall Art: Sizes

For a complete guide to canvas sizes, check out our article on selecting a wall art size. View a handy excerpt below, tailored towards living rooms:

Living Room Canvas Wall Art: Sizing Excerpt

“Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

For instance, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Do the same for your wall's 5 feet width. The ideal height of the canvas would be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.

Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's width. To measure the ideal art size above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.”

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Living Room Wall Art: Shapes

Once you’ve selected your perfect size, the next step is to consider the shape of your prospective canvas. There are a few critical elements to consider when it comes to shape and layout. It all comes down to your personal style and what you want to achieve with your living room. The first option is the classic, single-panel canvas. If you want to create a more contemporary look, go with a trendy two-panel canvas print. For a more multi-faceted modern take, choose a 3, 4, and 5-panel piece. Finally, for the ultra-daring designer, opt for a 7-piece hexagon.

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Summary & Similar Topics

From abstract art, to modern decor, to a farmhouse feel, interior design is all about finding your voice. Marry your personal taste with current trends to create the ideal living space.

Read more about why your living room needs wall art here, and see our complete collection of living room pro tips here.

For our final living room decor quote, designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz presents a closing statement:

Living Room Design: Pro Tips

“All these respond to the same: creating safe spaces, loaded with brightness and positive energy. The aim of this 2023 is to express a message of strength and hopefulness also to create a synergy between coziness, functionality and the sense of comfort. 

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