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Decorating your living room can be complex. Your main living space is the heart of your home. Wall art can give your home a whole new look. There are several crucial components to selecting the perfect piece of artwork for your living room. We’re going to walk you through our top tips for transforming your living room with the right print.

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The Living Room: A Shared Space

Living Room Wall Art & Décor: Shapes

Large Living Room Wall Décor: Sizes

Simple Living Room Wall Décor Styles

Modern Living Room Color Palette Ideas

Extended Living Room Décor Topics

The Living Room: A Shared Space

Because the living room is meant for entertaining, it’s important to select a piece of art that is both personal and crowd-pleasing. It’s a delicate balance to display your unique, personal style, and create a space that’s meant for everyone to enjoy. While your love for your own space takes top priority, consider leaning into current trends for a space that will wow your guests. Browse our trending artwork and find a print that brings you joy.

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Living Room Wall Art & Décor: Shapes

When it comes to wall art, we offer a wide array of shapes and layouts to choose from. To help you decide which shape will suit your living room best, we’ve broken down our canvases by style:

You Can’t Go Wrong With Classic: The Single-Panel Rectangle or Single-Panel Square*

Traditional but Versatile: The Single-Panel Vertical Canvas or the Single-Panel Panoramic Canvas

Multi-Dimensional but Modern: The Triptych Tri-Panel Canvas or the Symmetrical Five-Panel Canvas

A Striking Statement Piece: The Split Two-Piece Canvas or the Four-Panel “Wave” Canvas

The Fun and Funky Option: The 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas Set

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Living Room Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

Before you hang your canvas print, take a peek at this excerpt from our professional guide to hanging prints the right way:

“Any designer will tell you that the most common mistake homeowners make, is hanging their art too high. Large wall art should be hung at eye level. While it may seem low at first glance, eye-level artwork is a longstanding gallery standard. Guests should not have to crane their necks to look at your prized prints. Your artwork should be in plain view, and blend seamlessly with the rest of your interior. If you’re hanging a piece of art above a sofa, leave no more than 6”-8” in between the top of the couch and the bottom of the print.”

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Large Living Room Wall Décor: Sizes

Before you order your print, take a look at our guide on how to select the perfect dimensions. This will help ensure that you end up with the right size for your space. If you’re ready to start shopping by size, see our bite-sized info below:  

PERFECT ABOVE THE SOFA: 48"X32"

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.

Living Room Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

It’s always better to go too big than too small. Just take a cue from our expert article on how to hang wall art the right way:

“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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Simple Living Room Wall Décor Styles

Now that we’ve covered the technical aspects of choosing artwork, it’s time for the fun part! Selecting a style can be overwhelming, which is why our art director has handpicked her top choices for wall art in 2021.

Tirzah goodman has curated several collections for your contemporary living space. First, consider taking a minimalist approach and making a statement with simplicity. Explore our abstract figure trend, which celebrates line art and the human form. If typography tickles your fancy, give our definition wall art collection a click. This catalog of modern prints uses words as a trendy focal point.

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Modern Living Room Color Palette Ideas

If you’re searching for the ultimate modern living room, explore current color trends. Pantone suggests combining vibrant yellow with true grey for a contemporary look. Dulux has highlighted an earthy, clay brown as the ultimate modern base. Finally, Benjamin Moore says you can’t go wrong with teal for 2021.

Blue Living Room Ideas

Looking for a color that’s hot for 2021? Design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz suggests turquoise as the perfect trend to play with this summer:

Turquoise, a blend of light blue and green, has tropical undertones that bring to mind the cooling properties of the ocean and can instantly transport you to a relaxed day on the beach. It is said that turquoise represents a desire to make your own way in the world, under your very own terms.”

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Extended Living Room Décor Topics

We have an endless catalog of articles on living room décor. Whether your style is classic or contemporary, there are always ways to elevate your space. We strive to make home décor accessible for the modern homeowner, which is why we provide expert advice on affordable interior design. From your living room to your kitchen, visit our inspiration blog for more topics and helpful information.

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