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Your living room is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather with family and friends, and it’s where you entertain. The look of your living room says a lot about who you are as a person, and it’s essential that your living room reflects your personality. Here are some ideas for adding style to your living room:
You’ve got a great living room, but it’s missing something. It’s time to give your walls some personality! If you don’t have much blank wall space, consider hanging items around the room on the floor or ceiling instead. In this post, we’ll show you 10 ideas for decorating your living room walls — all of them easy enough for even beginners to try!
1. Paint your walls
- Paint your walls a bright color. If you’re going to choose one of the neutral colors, such as white or beige, you might as well go all out with a bold (and potentially colorful) wall color.
- Use a more neutral color. A light pastel shade would make an ideal accent in this room space and could help unify the space without being jarring or overwhelming.
- Use a darker color for contrast and dimensionality, especially if you have light-colored furniture pieces that might otherwise seem washed out against the walls.*
2. Hang a gallery wall
A gallery wall is a great way to display your favorite photos and artwork in one space. Because the frames are usually very similar, it’s a good idea to stick with a color scheme for the wall itself. If you have an eclectic mix of frames, try matching them in style or material (wood or metal). If you want your gallery wall to be more uniform, choose one or two frames that match most of the others and then use different types of art within those frames—for example, several small prints could fit into one large frame. In contrast, another set of prints could be displayed alongside some larger framed photos.
3. Hang a large piece of art
- Hang a large piece of art. The first thing you’ll want to do when decorating your living room hangs a large piece of art. Large pieces of art draw attention to themselves, making them ideal for drawing focus toward the focal point of the room (the fireplace or television). They also help make any space look larger by filling in empty wall space, and they can add extra visual interest to an otherwise boring space.
- Choose artwork that makes you feel cozy or elegant. You may not have time for professional decorators during this busy holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for half-hearted attempts at interior design! Choose a piece of artwork that makes your heart flutter from its elegant beauty or puts you in mind of warm hearths and homey feelings—or both if possible!
4. Group matching mirrors
Grouping identical mirrors on the wall is a great way to create visual interest and make a room feel larger. Mirrors can also be used to reflect light, which is especially helpful if your space doesn’t get much natural sunlight. Try grouping them in sets of three or five—or even use one large mirror in an unexpected place like above your fireplace or above a console table. One easy trick for making an artistic statement with mirrors is hanging them vertically rather than horizontally: this will give the illusion that more than one piece of artwork is hanging on the wall!
5. Hang tapestry
Hang tapestry on the wall.
- To hang a tapestry, use a curtain rod and hang it on any wall that you like. You can make your own curtain rod out of wood or metal by hammering some nails into one end and hanging it up on the wall with the other end.
6. Hang a floating shelf with pictures on it
First, determine the best place to hang your shelf.
You can install floating shelves anywhere in your home and they work well for displaying photos, books, or other decorative items. Decorating with a floating shelf doesn’t require any special skills—you just need to make sure that you’re hanging it properly. The key is to find a stud in the wall that you can use as a support beam (called drywall) when attaching the brackets to your shelf. If there are no studs where you want to put your floating shelf, consider using toggle bolts instead of molly bolts because these hold more weight than mollies do without putting holes in walls or ruining plasterboard surfaces by drilling into them. (To learn more about installing mollies specifically refer here.)
Once you know where you’ll be mounting it and how much weight it needs to hold securely while still being movable along certain axes then all that’s left is deciding what kind of components go inside!
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7. Put some paintings on the floor against the wall.
A simple way to break up the space, and create a focal point is by placing paintings on the floor directly against your living room wall. For example, if you have a large canvas painting like this one, place it on its side against the wall and it will instantly draw attention.
If you want an organic feel for your home decorating idea, consider using small pictures hung in pairs in a geometric pattern that fits well with modern furniture pieces.
8. Your living room walls are an opportunity to show off your personal style.
Your living room walls are an opportunity to show off your personal style. You can use them to express yourself, display your personality, and show off your interests. Your living room walls are a blank canvas—literally! So why not make the most of it?
- Let’s start with furniture placement. The first step in decorating your living room is deciding where all the furniture should go. Furniture arrangement affects how much space each piece takes up, which will influence how many pieces of furniture can fit in the space (and whether or not they’ll look comfortable). It also affects visual flow and balance by creating different focal points throughout the room.
Decorating your living room walls is an opportunity to show off your personal style. You can choose a theme or just mix and match different things that make you happy. We’re sure there are many more ideas out there!