Your living room is arguably the most important room in your home. Now that we are able to start hosting small gatherings, there’s no time like the present to spruce up your communal space. The living room is the centerpiece of every home, which means you should take extra care when decorating this highly-visible area. First and foremost, your living room should feel true to your personal style! Wall art is an excellent way to showcase your taste without breaking the bank. Plus, we’ve added some clever tips for selecting the right shape, size, and placement! This is your comprehensive list of everything you need to know about living room canvas prints. Not only is it important to fill your walls with beautiful artwork, but shopping for art is also super fun! Decorating your interior is an exciting process that is meant to be celebrated. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get your living room ready for a post-pandemic party!
We have teamed up with our expert interior designers to create the ultimate guide to living room canvas prints.
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The Importance of Artwork in the Living Room
Wall art can set the tone for your entire space. If you’re stumped on where to start when it comes to your interior makeover, artwork is a foolproof foundation. While any room in your home can benefit from wall art, it is essential to avoid bare walls in the living room. A living room should feel cozy and welcoming rather than cold and sparse. If one (or more) of your walls is looking a little empty, a striking piece of artwork can make a huge difference. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold, eye-catching piece. Pick a print that will match a wide variety of furniture and décor to allow yourself more freedom when decorating the rest of your space. There’s nothing quite like a large canvas print smack-dab in the center of your room. Dare to be bold and take risks. Jump into summer with a home that promotes a social atmosphere. Wow your guests with stunning artwork and gorgeous canvases. Wall art can take your living room from blah to awe in the blink of an eye.
Living Room Wall Art: Trending Styles
2022 is all about hope and looking towards a brighter future. This collective optimism is reflected in design trends all over the world. Warm shades are popping up left and right, and designers are daring to take chances with décor. Get a little funky with your interior style, and capitalize on the feeling of “fun.” Quirky elements like abstract prints and mixed metals are all the rage this year. On top of showcasing an adventurous spirit, comfort is a trend that reigns supreme. Pair your dazzling print with cozy furniture for your guests to lounge in your living room. Make sure you have plenty of seating for your friends and family, and choose ultra-plush fabrics and textiles for a snug finishing touch. You can also add hints of your personality by experimenting with patterns and textures. From minimalism to maximalism, the only rule is to be fearless and create a space that feels like you. Give your guests something to talk about as soon as they leave your home.
Beyond living room canvas wall art: Pro Tips
Complement your artwork with the right décor. ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz lists a few of her favorite trends for 2022:
-The "Livable Luxury" style
-Indoor plants & greenery
-Light fixtures & accessories with character
All of these trends have something in common. 2022 is all about creating safe spaces that are loaded with brightness and positive energy.
For a finishing touch, Elimar recommends using natural and sustainable materials, as well as different types of wood and handmade fabrics.
This nature-based concept is reflected in our "summer greenery" trend, curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman. Palm leafs and tropical prints are all the rage for summer 2022!
The Ideal Living Room Color Palette
Don’t let your space look monochromatic; give it some visual dimension instead. Mix unexpected colors to create a completely unique appearance. Focus on standing out rather than blending in, and use both neutral and vivid shades in tandem. Curate a dynamic environment where you can make memories for years to come. Your living room should be a visual feast, and your wall art should set the mood for the rest of your space. Whichever colors you choose to use in your living room, make sure they are reflected in your artwork. Wall art is the perfect way to tie together a complex color palette. To sum it up, a contemporary space is achieved by applying popular color trends, and then putting your own personal touch!
Beyond living room canvas prints: Pro Tips
2022 is all about committing to color – in a big way! Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz references Pantone’s Colors of the Year as a major trend. These stunning shades include a vibrant, sunny yellow and a sleek, cool grey. This striking contrast is a recurring trend in designer homes. It’s all about creating a delicate balance while using bold tones.
Living Room Canvas Sizes
Your living room is a huge opportunity to go big. Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, but your living room deserves something worth noticing. Grab your guests’ attention with a large canvas hung over a piece of furniture. Our wall art comes in a variety of canvas sizes, which makes it super easy to choose the best size for your space. You can choose a single or multi-panel piece depending on whether you prefer a traditional or trendy look. The possibilities are endless! If you’re not sure which size will work best for your unique project, try marking the measurements on the wall so you can better visualize the size. If you’re looking for a print to place above your couch, it’s always better to order a size bigger than your initial estimate. A major design faux-pas is choosing a canvas that is too small for an expansive wall. Voila! A flawless interior starts with perfectly placed wall art.
View an excerpt from our technical art-hanging guide here:
"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.
Beyond living room canvas wall art: Pro Tip
Hang your print no higher than eye-level; you don’t want your guests to have to crane their necks to see your beautiful art! Avoid this mistake by imagining your home as an art gallery. Your pieces should be hung no higher than they would If you were perusing a glamorous museum.
Living Room Canvas Shapes
After choosing your print and determining the ideal size, the next step is to select your ideal shape. It may seem like a simple task, but there are a few crucial considerations. While there’s nothing wrong with the standard rectangular canvas, there are several unconventional options for the daring designer. Consider everything from a trendy, symmetrical double-canvas, to a funky 5-piece set. You can also opt for an unexpected shape like a multi-panel hexagon. Decide whether you want to create a classic or contemporary space. For those who want a traditional take, go for wall art in a square or rectangular cut. Craving something wholly unique? Take a leap into uncharted territory with an ultra-modern layout. With an array of limitless possibilities, it’s up to you to pick your perfect piece. Tap through our product photos and experiment with contrasting shapes and sizes. The living room is the most important space to decorate, and wall art will only help to accentuate your interior. No matter what shape you choose, any art will elevate your living room.
Explore More Living Room Topics
Looking for more living room décor inspiration? We have a wide range of topics to help you curate your communal space. If you need more convincing when it comes to wall art being a living room necessity, check out our article on why wall art is essential. Seeking more advice from the pros? We have a whole page of advice from our in-house interior designers. Check it out! Feeling floral for summer? Peruse our post about fabulous floral living room décor. Living room canvas prints are vital for a vivacious interior. Make your home “the place” where everyone flocks for gatherings. If you’re ready to shop for wall art, click on our living room landing page for a curated selection of prints. Scroll away to your heart’s content, and save your top picks by adding them to your favorite’s page. Easy-peasy. Narrow down your dream prints and order away!
Final Pro Tip
Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz provides a closing statement summarizing this year's trending decor:
"This year’s aim is to express a message of strength and hopefulness to create a synergy between coziness, functionality and the sense of comfort."