It’s a time for change and new beginnings. If your living room is feeling a little dull and stagnant, this summer is the perfect opportunity to give it a vibrant makeover. Breathe new life into your living room with décor that stands out. Focus on the details and learn how to make a major impact with minor changes. If you’re looking for a way to give your living room a brand-new look without committing to a full remodel, wall art is the way to go. Wall art can instantly provide a boost of creativity to your living space. Get inspired by eye-catching prints that make you excited to come home each day. If last year has taught us anything, it’s that our home should be regarded as our sanctuary. As thrilling as it is that the world is opening back up, there’s nothing more important than feeling joy every time you walk in your front door. Fall in love with these living room wall picture ideas, and give your main living space a dazzling upgrade. We’ve teamed up with a group of design experts to walk you through this transformative process.
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Your Unique Living Room
Discovering your ideal living room décor is simple. All you have to do is reflect on a single question: What brings you happiness? Make your joy a top priority when redecorating your home. While your living room is intended as a space to host visitors and guests, it can still feel true to you. Other people can sense authenticity from a mile away, and onlookers tend to appreciate a home that reflects the personality of the homeowner. Wall art can bring a touch of personality to your space without overwhelming it. Canvas prints create the perfect balance between style and individuality. Whether it is your favorite color or a personal painting, add to your living space with a piece of art that represents who you are and what excites you.
Steal Style Inspiration
If you’re not sure where to start on your wall art search, we have tons of stylish ideas to get you started. Search for wall art by room, and browse prints intended specifically for your living space. These pieces are meant to wow your guests and tie together your main living area. Our curated collection is broken down into style categories to help you discover your unique design vision. For the modern designer who is curious about the hottest trends for 2021, we have your back! Our interior experts have easily applicable advice for all of your décor needs:
Pro Tip: Living Room Wall Pictures
While a picture may be worth 1000 words, the combination of images and text yields stunning results. ElephantStock art director, Tirzah Goodman predicts a personalized trend to take over living room décor this summer. Use “definition wall art” for a truly individual look. This trendy take on typography is ideal for setting the scene in your unique space. Pick a word or phrase that means a lot to you, and display it for all to see.
Pro Tip: Beyond Living Room Artwork
If you’re looking to elevate your living room beyond the addition of wall art, ElephantStock's interior design pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her expert tips:
“[Pair you wall art] with natural materials like different types of wood and sustainable fabrics. More 2021 trends include indoor plants and organic accessories that radiate comfort and positive energy.”
You can’t go wrong with nature!
Brighten Your Space with Color
You don’t need to stick to a monochromatic theme. In fact, combining bright colors with chic, modern hues is all the rage for 2021. Play around with vibrant shades in your living room. Create a neutral base to allow yourself more freedom with pops of color. A great way to balance your space is to use warm neutrals with cool colors, or alternately, cool neutrals with warm colors. A few stylish color combos include: grey with orange, sage with purple, and slate with rust red.
Color Tip: Blue Living Room Wall Pictures
Blue is a timeless tone that works in almost every interior. For a calming color that still packs a punch, blue is guaranteed to never go out of style. Experiment with blue-toned wall art for a contemporary look that works with your décor rather than against it.
Pro Tip: Living Room Color Ideas
Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares another color-specific design tip:
If you’re stumped on color… “Consider incorporating Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray for an uplifting, modern look.”
Living Room Artwork Ideas: Sizes
After you select your perfect print, the next step is choosing your canvas size. Lucky for you, we have an entire guide for just that! A foolproof technique is to hang a large canvas over your couch to create a striking centerpiece. Check out this excerpt from our guide detailing how to choose the correct size to hang above your 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.
Living Room Artwork Ideas: Shapes
In addition to sizes, our wall art comes in a wide variety of unique shapes. Select a layout that matches the goal of your living room:
Try a 1-Piece Canvas for a classic, understated look.
Go with a 2-Piece Split Canvas for a trendy, unexpected look.
Choose a 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas for an eye-catching, modern look.
Select a 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas for a quirky statement piece.
More Creative Design Topics
For more living room ideas from our design experts, check out our comprehensive compilation of Living Room Décor Pro Tips. This professional guide will take you through the top décor trends, and help you finalize your living space. View an excerpt from this all-inclusive guide below:
Pro Tip: Living Room Art Ideas
Designer Yoko Chow of Yoko Chow LLC shares her expertise.
“Instead of [conquering the entire room at once,] simply look for a piece of wall art in the right size and color palette. If you [choose to focus on] wall art instead, it might 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 up a color palette to [complement] the rest of the space.”