How to Decorate a Living Room With a 16 Foot Wall

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How to Decorate a Living Room With a 16 Foot Wall
Tall potted plants add a homey touch to a tall wall area. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

It may seem overwhelming to attempt to decorate living room areas with tall walls. These walls are sometimes 16 feet high or taller and often result from vaulted, coffered ceilings or a two-story home. Decorating a tall wall and the surrounding living room area tastefully adds elegance and drama to the room. Using the correct size furniture, plants, lighting and other decor prevents the room from looking like a warehouse or industrial space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wall art
  • Large-scaled furniture
  • Tall potted plants
  • Curtains
  • Wall paint
  • Floor lamp
  • Ceiling fan

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    Hang an even number of framed wall art or pictures at eye level to balance the large space on your 16-foot wall. Tightly group them together -- within 2 inches or less of each other -- to create continuity and make it seem as if it is actually one large statement instead of small separate comments. Alternately, hang a single, oversized painting.

  2. 2

    Arrange large scaled furniture to use in the living room area with the 16-foot wall space. Features such as massive arms and legs, high backs and overstuffed upholstery helps the large space seem less overwhelming.

  3. 3

    Position tall plants, such as an Areca or Kentia palm, next to the furniture or in the corner near the tall wall. These add height to the space surrounding the furniture and helps create unity and life in the space.

  4. 4

    Mount a curtain rod higher than the window if it is a standard size. This helps balance the wall area with the rest of the room. If the window is tall and reaches almost to the ceiling, covering it with draperies softens the room. It also helps absorb sound.

  5. 5

    Paint your ceiling a colour other than white. Using the same paint colour on the ceilings that is on the wall gives the space an inviting, peaceful ambience. Painting the ceiling in a darker shade visually lowers the ceiling height, thus diminishing the expanse of the wall and ceiling areas.

  6. 6

    Add tall floor lamps next to any furnishings or hang wall sconces that are 24 to 26 inches in height to the walls. Proper lighting is essential in the large space to help keep it from looking cavernous.

Tips and warnings

  • Lower the ceiling visually by hanging a low-hanging ceiling fan from an extendable mount. This helps keep air circulating throughout the room while adding a decorative feature.
  • Hang wallpaper with a bold pattern on the tall wall only to help diminish the height.
  • Avoid a grouping of small artwork, as this will seem to vanish in the tall wall space. It is better to use a few larger pieces together than many small ones.

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