Best Living Room Wall Décor Ideas

Looking for living room wall décor ideas? We’ve got you covered! There are several important considerations when selecting wall décor for your living room. We’re going to take you through the most important decisions you have to make when choosing the best piece of wall art for your space. Depending on the size and layout of your space, there are endless combinations of canvas options. Our expert guide will make it super easy to ensure you pick the right piece.

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Living Room Decorating Tips

Living Room Wall Décor Sizes

Guide to Canvas Shapes and Layouts

Trending Living Room Styles

Daring Color Palette Concepts

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Living Room Decorating Tips

The living room is a space meant for cozying up after a long day. Because this space is highly visible, it should look warm and welcoming and represent your unique style. Wall art can refresh your living space and give it a touch of personality. Don’t be afraid to select a piece that’s big and bold!

View this passage from our guide on How to “Hang Wall Art the Right Way”:

Living Room Wall Décor: Pro Tips

“Sometimes bigger really is better, and that rings true when it comes to large wall art! While you may not want a print to overwhelm your space, homeowners tend to pick pieces that are too small. For example, if you’re hanging a piece of art above a credenza, the canvas should be almost as wide as the piece of furniture itself! A print that is too small can look awkward and misplaced. Whereas a well-proportioned piece of large wall art can transform your space in seconds.”

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Living Room Wall Décor Sizes

When selecting the ideal canvas size for your living room, read through these tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:

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ABOVE FURNITURE

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.

PERFECT ABOVE THE SOFA: 48"X32"

A canvas size that measures 48 inches by 32 inches in height and width looks awesome above a 78 inches sofa in the living room.
Also, pay attention to the height at which you hang the art. Generally, for a pleasing aesthetic, you should place the center of the canvas at eye-level. Hang it between 6 and 12 inches above the couch to give it some room to breathe.

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Guide to Canvas Shapes and Layouts

Take a peek at our comprehensive list of canvas shapes and layouts. Select the shape that best matches your current living room aesthetic:

Truly traditional: The Single-Panel Rectangle or Single-Panel Square*

Classic with a hint of contemporary: The Single-Panel Vertical Canvas or the Single-Panel Panoramic Canvas

Multi-dimensional and modern: The Triptych Tri-Panel Canvas or the Symmetrical Five-Panel Canvas

Trendy and eye-catching: The Split Two-Piece Canvas or the Four-Panel “Wave” Canvas

Unique and eclectic: The 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas Set

Living Room Wall Décor: Pro Tips

If you’ve selected a multi-panel canvas set, reference this excerpt from our guide on How to Hang Multi-Panel Prints:

You're probably wondering how far apart you should hang the panels of your canvas!

* Width: for all layouts, we recommend leaving 1" space between each panel when hung, for the best airy but tied-together look! If the gap is too big or too small, you'd lose the effect of the split canvas. 

* Height: the height of the rest of the panels depends on the layout you selected. Some layouts are symmetrical, and some layouts resemble a wave and feature different heights. In general, be consistent! For example, if you hung the left panel 3" lower than the middle panel, be sure to hang the right panel in the same proportion. Use your ruler and pencil to measure the right height!

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Trending Living Room Styles

If you love following the latest trends, consider a vibrant vintage-inspired floral print curated by our expert art director, Tirzah Goodman. This vivid collection combines classic prints with a contemporary color palette, giving you the best of both worlds.

Living Room Wall Décor: Pro Tips

For emphasis on the importance of living room décor, read this quote from our resident design professional, Yoko Chow:

“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 put effort into improvements."

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Daring Color Palette Concepts

Be bold with your color palette. 2021 is all about taking chances and living life to the fullest. Reflect this positive outlook in your home with décor that doesn’t shy away from bright hues. Consider trending colors like fuchsia, teal, and yellow.  

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Now that you have a grasp on your living room wall décor, it’s time to perfect the rest of your home! Check out our design inspiration blog, and find an article tailored towards wall art for every room. Happy designing!

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