Best Wall Painting Ideas for Living Rooms

Are your living room walls looking a little bare? We’re here to help! ElephantStock has teamed up with a handpicked selection of design experts to bring you the trendiest wall art ideas. Your living room is arguably the most important room in your home. It’s the space where you gather with your friends and family, which is now valued more than ever. Your living room is also the area where you wind down and end each day. You want to create an equal balance between cozy and chic, without sacrificing style. Bare walls can look cold and uninviting, which is all the more reason to add paintings and prints. Wall art can give your living room a stylish boost without detracting from the comfy, welcoming atmosphere. If you’re in search of the top wall painting ideas for living rooms, you’ve come to the right place!

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Room for Growth

A Living Space with Style

Contemporary Colors

Living Room Wall Painting Sizes

Living Room Wall Painting Shapes

Essential Interior Design Topics

Room for Growth

When it comes to interior design, you’re never really “finished” decorating your space. As trends come and go, it’s natural to be constantly inspired to change up your décor. Trends are there to fuel your fire, and introduce a revamped idea to your space. Wall art is an excellent way to take advantage of contemporary concepts. Take your living room to the next level with modern canvas prints.

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Pro Tips: Living Room Wall Art

Our design expert, Yoko Chow (of Yoko Chow LLC), is a huge fan of accessorizing your living space with artwork.  With a low cost and minimal effort, a vibrant print can take your living room to another level. Chow is an enthusiastic advocate for hanging a well-positioned canvas.

“Instead of working on an entire surface, you can simply look for a piece of wall art in the right size and color palette. If you want to [focus] on wall art, it may be fun to install something large and impactful. If you feel one wall is [lacking something special], a medium-sized print (or a few small ones) will work effectively. Please be mindful to pick a color palette that complements the rest of the space.”

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A Living Space with Style

While your décor ultimately comes down to personal preference, trends exist for a reason. Hopping on the latest interior obsession is a way to show off your design knowledge and penchant for modernism. If you’re looking for a way to accentuate your wall art, check out our trendy tips below!

Pro Tips: Beyond Wall Art

ElephantStock’s resident designer, Elimar Lobo Sáenz, shares her top tips for summer 2021.

“Popular living room ideas include the concept of ‘live-able luxury.’ [ie combining practicality with panache.) Indoor plants are also a modern trend, as well as statement light fixtures. All of these trends work towards the same goal – expressing a message of strength and hopefulness, and creating a synergy between coziness, functionality and the sense of comfort.”

Pro Tips: Living Room Wall Art

Steal some style inspo from our art director, Tirzah Goodman, and delve into the figure art trend for an effortlessly chic space. 

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Contemporary Colors

Creating a calming living space doesn’t have to be boring! Go beyond neutrals and explore unexpected hues.

Purple and Green Living Room Ideas

Lavender is huge in 2021, and it pairs beautifully with a soft shade. This chic combination of purple and green is proof that color can be sophisticated.

Grey and Yellow Living Room Ideas

You can’t go wrong with Pantone’s Colors of the year – Illuminating yellow and Ultimate Gray.

Pro Tips: Living Room Wall Art

Yoko Chow expands on Pantone’s picks:

"Understandably, 2021’s colors are a reflection of the on-going phenomenon - fortitude facing the pandemic. The combination of Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray may give you a very contemporary impression, but it [can be traditional as well.] You can certainly design concrete flooring with a modern yellow leather sofa, but you can also pair an existing light gray sofa with a piece of wall art which includes the Illuminating shade."

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Living Room Wall Painting Sizes

When it comes to canvas size and placement in your living room, refer to this excerpt from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:


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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Living Room Wall Painting Shapes

Browse our selection of canvas shapes below:

Classic: 1-Piece Canvas

Contemporary: 2-Piece Split Canvas

Creative: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas

Cool: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas

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Essential Interior Design Topics

For more professional décor tips, check out our article on expert living room design. If you still need convincing on why trendy wall art is essential for your living space, read out article on why your living room needs artwork. Give your home a modern touch today. Happy browsing!

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