One of our favorite ways to add personality and style to blank walls is through interior design, and that often means wall decor. Wall art ideas can be intricate and detailed or simple and sweet. It’s up to you to determine what you want to make the focal point of your bare walls.
How you approach living room design is entirely up to you, but we hope we can provide some inspiration for living room wall art and decor that leaves you motivated to amp up your living space.
10 Home Decor Ideas for Your Living Room Walls
Create a Gallery Wall
One of the most eye-catching trends for a living room or dining room right now is the gallery wall. You can create a gallery wall out of any of your personal treasures, but the most popular wall hangings are family photos, abstract art prints, anything in picture frames, and wall mirrors, all following a consistent color scheme.
Once you learn the basics of getting started, you can start curating the perfect pieces for your gallery wall, or you can hire professionals to help craft your wall for you.
Incorporate other unusual features into your gallery wall for an eye-catching mixture of functional design elements, such as light fixtures or ledges turned into shelving.
We’re big fans of floating wall shelves. This not only adds even more of a 3D element but allows you to decorate your wall with other items that aren’t typically wall decor, like plants, textiles, books, and candles.
You can also add hanging elements to your gallery wall. Macrame wall art is a highly popular type of wall hanging, but it’s not the only way you can incorporate wall hangings into your gallery wall. You can also look into tapestries of any material as well as plant hangers.
Our Spice Market can help you find unique pieces for your gallery wall to curate a collection that is entirely custom to you.
Use Custom Wallpaper To Bring the Room to Life
Custom wallpaper is an effortless way to add color to a room and brighten a space. It’s also an excellent way to personalize your home. Being able to customize your walls will ensure you have a space that is entirely unique to you.
You can dive straight into decorating all of your walls with custom wallpaper. You also could use custom wallpaper to create a statement wall that stands out from the rest. You can even have opposite matching walls as well. Custom wallpaper looks fabulous behind a gallery wall or bookshelves.
If you’re more of a maximalist, you could even experiment with mixing wallpapers in the same space. Much like how you can mix patterns in your attire, you can take that same concept to your walls. If you’re more of a minimalist, we recommend keeping things simple with one wallpapered accent wall.
Our Wallpaper Calculator can help you purchase the perfect amount of wallpaper to cover your space while keeping the pattern seamless. Grab a few wallpaper swatches, and have fun seeing how different designs work in your space.
Match Your Wallpaper With Custom Curtains
Window treatments are a vital element of wall decor. While they’re highly functional, they’re also a large space to cover. This is why creating custom curtains to match your wallpaper (and all of your living room decor) is highly recommended.
Custom curtains are also a great way to add a texture element to the design of your walls. We love a bold velvet curtain on a lightly-colored wall or a linen curtain in an airy space. You can go for an even more dramatic effect by ordering custom curtains that puddle on the floor. Our Curtain Calculator can help you figure out how to achieve the perfect length for your space, while our installment guide can help you put up your curtains with ease.
Custom curtains, much like custom wallpaper, are a fantastic way to distinguish your home. You can choose every aspect of the design process; your curtain's colors, patterns, construction style, and length.
You can also always reach out for our complimentary design assistance. Our in-house experts are there to help you, whether it’s for simple curtain assistance or for an entire home makeover project.
Balance Out the Custom Wallpaper With an Eye-Catching Accent Wall
We’ve mentioned accent walls a bit, but let's delve more into the benefits of an accent wall and why you should have one.
An accent wall is an excellent and fairly easy way to add a large design element to any room. You can have three walls with light and simple wallpaper and add a bold accent wall through a dark solid wall. You can also do the opposite, using wallpaper for your accent wall.
If you’re interested in an accent wall but not sure how to approach it, we’ve got you covered! Our Wallpaper Paint Guide does half the work for you! We’ve paired different complementary paint shades with our different custom wallpapers. Whether you want to go with something bold or something simple, you’ll find any of those and more in our guide.
Decorate the Walls With Greenery
One of our favorite ways to spruce up the living room walls is through the greenery. Not only are plants a great way to spruce up your decor, but they’ve also actually got quite a few health benefits!
If you’ve got a bookshelf in your living room, we suggest adding some plants to the mix. You can place a long vining plant at the top and allow it to hang down the side, or try using bookends to add extra space to your shelving and pop a potted plant straight onto the shelf. We love this look because it breaks up the monotony of a bookshelf and adds a contrasting element.
Another fun way to add greenery to your living room walls is through floating shelves. Floating shelves are easy to install and a great way to add unusual features to your living room walls. They also look fabulous with a vining plant hanging from them.
With the rise in popularity of macrame plant hangers, we can’t forget to mention them. This is an easy way to add greenery and art to your wall at the same time.
Use Custom Throw Pillows To Add Texture
As unusual as it might sound, throw pillows are actually an excellent way to add texture to your wall decor. You can toss a throw pillow onto a bookshelf, much like with greenery. You can also use them to decorate other types of shelving or even pop them into any unique nooks or crannies you have in your wall space.
Pepper Home offers custom pillows in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and fabrics so they can fit any home. Like our custom curtains, our pillows ship in just seven days so that you can see your designs come to life as soon as possible.
Our Pillow Size Guide will make it easier than ever to pick pillows for any beloved furniture piece, from armchairs to king beds and everything in between.
Add Ambient Lighting With Wall Sconces
Lighting is another fantastic way to enhance your living room wall. Natural lighting is great for any space, but help from artificial light is necessary for any home.
Wall sconces are an excellent method to add decor to a wall while also throwing in some functionality. Wall lights are great placed near sitting spaces where people may need extra light, like reading nooks and workspaces. We’ve also curated a guide to some of our favorite wall lights and sconces. Take a peek and discover which scones are your favorites.
Use Bookshelves as Wall Decor
Bookshelves are a fantastic way to decorate your wall and increase your functional storage. You can even make a statement wall out of bookshelves, something that’s been trending lately with the rise in light and dark academia aesthetics.
If minimalism is more your style, then you can use a bookshelf for both book storage and small pieces of decor here and there, like plants or sculptures.
Invest in an Original Piece of Art
One of the best ways to make a space your own is to cultivate unique pieces of decor. An original piece of art is such a simple and easy way to do this. Not only is this a great way to support small artists, but it’s also a great way to ensure that the piece of art you receive is exactly up your alley.
When you’re buying a piece of original art, it’s important to consider how much of a feature you want it to be in your home. Large pieces of custom art serve as a fantastic statement piece for any living room. You can also go small with little pieces to add to your shelves. This is another way our Spice Market can help you spruce up any space.
Get an Instant Makeover With a New Paint Color
Just like with wallpaper, paint is a great way to spruce up your living room walls and add a pop of color. The beautiful thing about home decorating is that nothing has to be permanent. If you’re ready for some change in your space, go for it! Add some new paint to your walls to shake things up.
Don’t forget to check out our wallpaper and fabric paint guides to perfectly pair your new paint color with your custom wallpaper, curtains, pillows, and more.
Make Your Living Room Feel Like You
When you’re decorating your living room, you want a home that reflects your unique styles and quirks. Your living room walls are the perfect way to do this.
Whether it’s through wallpaper, shelving, framed art, or even greenery, there are so many interesting elements you can bring to your home through the walls. No matter what room you’re decorating, the best time to start is today.
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