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 décor in a 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 décor ideas. Inspiration awaits.
Get inspired by the objects around you and proudly display personal effects by strategically leaning them against a blank wall in the living room. "I like using items that are unique and a little unorthodox when it comes to decorating a wall," says Bikoff. Here, surfboards make for a casual wall decoration that's also functional if you're an avid surfer. If your sporting equipment doesn't feel as chic as these boards, try leaning a large artwork or mirror instead.
Instead of a traditional painting or print, opt for something more dynamic, like this sculptural object placed above the fireplace. Although a coveted spot in the living room, the space above the mantel often goes underutilized. Rethink mounting a television above the fireplace and go for something more artistic and interesting to fill the blank space.
Hang a painting on an empty wall in your living room to give the space a striking visual element. The bigger the piece, the more profound the statement. Here, a tall painting fits perfectly on a narrow wall near a doorway. Beyond the hall hangs yet another framed artwork, giving the living room depth and contrast. While Bikoff believes anyone can hang a lightweight painting, a massive painting like this might call for a professional.
Organized Gallery Wall
If you aren't comfortable with a cluster of artwork on one wall but like the idea of hanging multiple works, create an organized gallery by hanging framed art in perfect alignment. "A modern way to do a gallery wall is to use the same size frame and place them one right under and right next to each other, creating a perfectly symmetrical appearance," explains Bikoff. Be sure to take exact measurements so there is an equal space between each frame.
Hang paintings, prints, or photographs on two intersecting walls to get this tasteful look. Go bold with two completely different works of art or create a cohesive look by hanging work by the same artist, medium, or color scheme. Although the wall décor in this room varies in medium, the similar framework and black accents connect the space.
"Wallpaper—especially textured wallpaper—is another fun way to bring an artistic approach to wall décor," says Bikoff. Go bold with a decorative patterned wallpaper layered with a painting. It's a loud choice, but a statement-making print works in this eclectic space. Play with colors, patterns, and materials to create wall décor that's interesting and draws the attention of guests.
Utilize original objects like this iridescent mirror. It's colorful and creates depth in the space, but it feels cohesive due to the wooden rim of the mirror and the wooden fireplace and accents throughout the room. A traditional mirror is also a lovely way to invite light into the living room and make a small space feel larger.
A bookcase built into the wall is the perfect way to display small objects and knickknacks that are aesthetically pleasing. Organize small objects, decorative boxes, colorful books, and sculptures on the shelves of a bookcase to enhance the décor of a living room. This also works well in a space that already has art and additional décor on the walls.
Hang two works side by side or in a line with each other to create a diptych. Like you would with a gallery wall, take measurements and be precise. "An easy mistake to make when dealing with all art is misplacement," says Bikoff. Avoid this common wall décor pitfall by taking into account the size of the art, the wall, and the flow of the rest of the room.
Utilizing a bookshelf for design purposes is one unique living room wall décor idea. Whether the shelves are filled with books, objects, antique glassware, or vases, a wall-to-wall bookshelf is one way to make a statement and display the objects you care about in your home.
Perhaps the most obvious choice for living room wall décor, one statement painting hung carefully above the couch is a timeless look that can be easily tailored to your personal tastes. One thing to keep in mind when selecting a piece like this is the flow between the floor, walls, and ceiling, according to Bikoff. "Making sure there is a sense of fluidity and balance is paramount," she explains.
These three black-and-white photos remain unframed, hanging on the wall by metal clips. This creates a perfectly unfinished look that lacks the formality of traditional artwork. Think of this as the elevated version of your youthful decorating attempts, which likely included hanging posters on the wall with only strips of tape.
In addition to paintings, photographs, and sculptures, there are also drawings. These hand-drawn sketches are unrefined and raw, yet their place in this structured gallery wall transforms them into sophisticated wall décor.
Upgrade your parents' wall of family photographs with some intriguing black-and-white or vintage pictures framed and placed in a sprawling gallery wall. Bikoff likes to find unique pieces while traveling. "I am a big fan of antiques and vintage art. … Every city has a charming, hidden-away antique shop that sells one-of-a-kind art," she says. Do some digging at thrift shops, galleries, and outposts to find original art you can proudly display at home.
Prints are a far less expensive way to bring gorgeous artistic elements into your home. Most websites that sell art online offer original paintings as well as more affordable prints of the same works. "Don't necessarily look to buy the most famous work of art from well-known artists as you are mostly paying for the name or the signature at the bottom of the work," advises Bikoff. Check out Tappan, Twyla, 1stdibs, and Poster Child Prints for a vast selection of prints and work by under-the-radar artists.