If your home is full of blank walls just waiting to be filled with unique artworks, wall hangings, and décor, the time to curate your space is now. “It is never too soon to invest in a major piece of art,” says New York-based designer Sasha Bikoff, a master in decorating unique, personality-packed rooms. “Unlike furniture, wallpaper, rugs, or any other decor in space, art is forever.
It is important to buy only what appeals to you rather than buying a piece because it matches a room in your home,” she says. Before you pick up a hammer and nails, take a look at some of these living room wall decor ideas. Inspiration awaits.
1. Go for Large-Scale Art
An oversize painting or photograph will command attention and set the tone in a small space. Try a black-and-white photo in a minimalist space or add color with a vibrant abstract piece.
2. Create a Gallery Wall
Nothing adds personality and color quite like a gallery wall. Display a collection of art, photographs, or add wall hangings and other ephemera. Opt for simple, cohesive frames or bring in an array of ornate variations to mix things up!
3. Showcase Fabric
A tapestry or wall hanging can add color and pattern, as well as a sense of softness to space. Consider framing vintage scarves or other pretty textiles. Bonus: It’s a lot easier to move than framed paintings when it comes time to head to your next home.
4. Hang Mirrors
Mirrors reflect light, helping a small space to feel bigger and brighter. Try hanging an oversize mirror, or display several smaller pieces salon-style.
5. Paint a Mural
Let your walls transport you to another place by adding a mural. Whether you hand-paint it or choose a wall covering, the motif will make a big impact.
6. Install Shelves
If you’ve run out of floor space for bookshelves, take your collection to the wall. Install floating shelves and display hardcovers, small sculptures, and other odds and ends.
7. Hang Plates
Why hide your fine china in the cabinet when you can show it off? Use wire plate hangers to display your favorite dishes and serving platters.
8. Add Sculptural Sconces
Sconces add an extra source of light without taking up space on the floor or a side table. Choose an eye-catching design that doubles as a wall sculpture to bring in light and style.
9. Bring In Plants
Plants don’t just have to sit on the windowsill. Try hanging or wall-mounted planters to add a bit of nature to your space and life to your walls.
10. Add Texture with a Weaving
Those ’70s macramé wall hangings have come back in a big way. The weavings add texture and warm up stark walls. Shop for them on Etsy, or try your hand at making your own!
11. Use It as Storage
Short on closet space? Why not show off your finery and create a striking and practical display? Install hooks or a pegboard and hang hats in a cluster.