7 tips and ideas for a living room wall decor

By Jelena Raicevic
30 October 2018



The interior design of any room, from the living room to the bathroom, from the bedroom to the kitchen, includes every aspect of its design, from the style to the arrangement of the furniture, from the color palette to the lighting (natural and artificial), from the decorations to the accessories, including ceilings, floors and walls.

The walls in particular are capable of giving personality and style to your home, being able to exploit a wide range of solutions to diversify and characterize the environment
(yes, there is more than just nice paintings). Even more so if they concern the living room, that is the room that is considered as the most important one in the house, where you spend your free time and the one that you show off to friends and guests demonstrating your good taste and personality (or at least so it should be).

From this point of view, many people prefer to start from a white base: the walls painted in this manner offer, in fact, a white canvas where to work and add the decorations and furnishings that you deem the most appropriate. Yet living room wall decor can be much more attractive and refined, therefore able to further strengthen and give value to the idea at the base of the whole interior design project, or even to revive it.

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So if the paintings in this sense are the most obvious solution (and still a valid one), there is also space by volume as well as shelves, wallpapers, stone, mirrors, wall stickers and much more: there is really limitless possibilities. On our end, we will propose a series of living room wall decor with the intent of recommending and guiding you towards a decision that is the most useful and appropriate for you.


Living room wall decor: a few options

Whether you start from scratch, that is from a house to be completely furnished or from a renovation for a specific environment (in this case the living room or family room), the first criterion you should follow is always to look at the overall context and therefore the consistency of a chosen style and its consequence.

Secondly, you can let your imagination and preferences run free while you decide how to go about your living room wall decor seeking a result that is harmonious with the rest of the furniture and at the same time special and characteristic. A goal that is not simple from a creative standpoint but that can lead to major results and help you to give value to something that people usually overlook.

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1 - The natural effect of stone walls 

It should certainly be used in a different way depending on the context and it represents a perfect solution for the furnishing of the walls of the living room. Its "natural origin" can be worked and processed to be adapted to the environment without weighing it down, but only to give it character. In fact, it is not uncommon to find entire exposed stone walls or individual sections used to frame perhaps a fireplace or simply to give greater aesthetic value to an area of the living room.

2 - The meaning of living room wall decor

Furnishing can also be in the vertical direction, not just horizontally. And it does not mean simply choosing tall and majestic furniture, but simply developing the interior design project upwards by exploiting those spaces offered by the walls: this means furnishing them.

Moreover, it does not only mean the search for functionality, such as hanging a television on the wall or installing shelves because the bookcase does not have enough space for all your books: you can literally furnish your wall with small furniture, shelves and with the same shelves, obtain different effects, from the most impressive to the most linear and refined.


3 - The new wallpaper trends

The age when wallpaper reminded of the fifties and great-grandmothers are far away: wallpaper is now reborn and has become a highly versatile decorative element that can greatly customize your living room wall decor and it is used by many designers at the international level.

It is better to use it on a single wall or a portion of it: this way it loses the absolute character that it had in the past (and that often tended to spoil the beauty of the environment). Its originality is primarily derived from the vast choice of patterns, capable of renewing the look of the living room with a touch of originality, without dispersing the concept behind the project: a choice that ranges among shades of color, drawings, finishes, textures and even type of paper.

4 - Living room wall decor with reliefs and volumes

A special alternative, in some ways unique and different in the strict sense of the term regarding living room wall decor is given by the possibility of decorating them with volumes, reliefs or niches made directly on the masonry. Solutions capable of enliven the wall and modulating the light like the objects that are placed next to it.  The results can be surprising and useful for any style of design.


5 - A classic choice: a painting

For many people, a white wall is a must, which can only be decorated with artistic paintings designed to elevate the aesthetic level of the living room and perhaps make your guests feel a little envious. The problem in the use of paintings originates mainly from an incorrect perception of the wall space and therefore the excessive addition of elements (as if there were a phobia of having a bare wall) or not very harmonious with the environment and the general furnishing.

Whether they are original paintings or prints, the paintings should always be hung according to a balance that respects the style of the design and that therefore also matches the color themes. However, they must also respect the space available, without creating a feeling of overcrowding. Sometimes, in fact, a single piece of art is capable of giving value to an entire wall, just as the opposite is true: if the piece itself is not capable of "holding" its own then it is better to opt for a system of several elements. As it should always be the case, the goal is to find a balanced and harmonious result. 

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6 - A more modern choice: wall stickers

A very contemporary option, perhaps not very versatile in terms of style (even if something can be done for classic and traditional styles) but with a sure aesthetic impact. Wall stickers obviously vary in size and patterns. They can make a detail of the living room more interesting (let us imagine a tree that wraps around the sides of a wooden bookcase) or even characterize an entire wall. They feature a decorative ability similar to that of a wall paper but at the same time profoundly different.


7 - Playing with light: mirrors

One of the last solutions for living room wall decor is the use of mirrors. A mirror is not simply a filler for that space, but it also represents an element capable of interacting with light and, thus, of making certain corners or sides of the living room brighter, at the same time increasing the perception of volume. A factor to rely on without hesitation and without forgetting a fundamental corollary linked to it (and often a connection with the rest of the room): the frame.

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Jelena Raicevic

As part of the commercial department, Jelena Raicevic loves to discover different cultures and trends, mainly related to the furnishing worlds.