Living Room Wall Décor Ideas so You Can Finally Fill That Blank Space

Updated 10/24/19
Sara Tramp ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson ; STYLING: Brady Tolbert

If your home is full of blank walls just waiting to be filled with unique artwork, wall hangings, and décor, the time to curate your space is now. Just remember to only buy what appeals to you, rather than buying a piece because it matches a room in your home. Before you pick up a hammer and nails, take a look at some of these living room wall décor ideas. Inspiration awaits.

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Sporting Equipment

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Space Exploration

Get inspired by the objects around you and proudly display personal effects by strategically leaning them against a blank wall in the living room. 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 large artwork or a mirror instead.

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Alternative Art

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Studio DB

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.

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Large-Scale Paintings

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Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch

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.

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Organized Gallery Wall

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BHDM

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. Be sure to take exact measurements so there is an equal space between each frame.

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Cornered Art

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Liljencrantz Design

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. The similar framework and black accents of these pieces connect the space.

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Wallpaper

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Katherine Carter

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.

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Iridescent Mirrors

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Jessica Helgerson

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, 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.

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Small Objects

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Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch

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.

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Diptychs

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Studio DB

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. Make sure you take into account the size of the art, the wall, and the flow of the rest of the room.

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Bookcases

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Jessica Helgerson

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.

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Statement Paintings

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BHDM

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.

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Alternative Framework

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Kristofer Johnsson; DESIGN: Pella Hedeby

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.

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Framed Drawings

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Alyssa Rosenheck

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.

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Photographs

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Ashe + Leandro

Upgrade your parents' wall of family photographs with some intriguing black-and-white or vintage pictures framed and placed in a sprawling gallery wall. Do some digging at thrift shops, galleries, and outposts to find original art you can proudly display at home.

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Prints

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Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch

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. Check out TappanTwyla1stdibs, and Poster Child Prints for a vast selection of prints and work by under-the-radar artists.

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Large Objects

Simple Living Room Ideas

Courtesy of Jeremiah Brent 

Similarly to sporting equipment, you can use other large objects as wall décor, like the pieces of wood in this neutral, but super chic, living room. Whether you mount objects, lean them against the wall, or place them on top of a console table, if they're high enough, they'll function as wall décor that's unique and unexpected.

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Leaning Artwork

Easy Living Room Décor Ideas

Courtesy of Space Exploration 

You don't have to hang artwork to make it impactful (which is especially helpful if you're a renter). You can lean artwork up against the wall for a relaxed, undone feel. Opt for one large piece, like in this photo, or add in a few different smaller pieces of varying sizes.

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Statement Mirror

Edited living room is stylish yet clutter-free

Sarah Sherman Samuel 

A mirror is always a good bet when you need something for a wall, but you've exhausted all your art options. Instead of choosing one that's purely functional, opt for a more statement-making mirror, like this sunburst mirror. It'll also help make a small space feel larger.

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Illuminated Artwork

Picture light above a framed artwork in living room

Stoffer Photography Interiors; DESIGN: Danielle Moss and Conor Scanlon 

If you want your artwork to really stand out, or if you want your living room to feel more sophisticated, place a light over a work of art to illuminate it. It's another layer of décor, but it also serves a purpose.

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Stacked Books

A large-scale print hangs on wall

 Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch

This one is a bit more unconventional, but the result is seriously chic. Ditch the bookshelves and stack your collection of books so that they go high enough to make an impact. The result? A perfectly imperfect cozy space.

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