Living room wall decorating ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

The living room may be the most important room in the home when it comes to decorating. If this is where you entertain guests and relax with your family, making it reflect your style and personality is vital to your home's reflection of who you are. The options for decorating living room walls are limited only by your imagination.


Hang display shelves on living room walls to personalise the space. This opens up decorating options to objects that cannot be hung directly on walls and it provides homeowners with a way to open conversations about treasured heirlooms and fun vacation finds. Group objects together rather than scattering them one by one on the shelves. Grouping adds a sense of cleanliness and organisation.


Eye-catching wall art may be more readily available than ever. Purchase prints that fit your design sense on the Internet, in department stores, discount stores and even some pharmacies. Choose art that reflects you and your sense of style, but be aware of the rest of the colours in your living room and draw them out with the right art piece. Choose pieces that compliment the colour of your furniture and mimic colours of other decorative accent pieces. Use large art pieces as focal points or group smaller pieces together in odd numbers.


Soften the look and feel of the living room by decorating walls with fabric. Fabric can add visual appeal as well as texture. Fabric on the walls may soften the look of a living room with hard lines or hard floors of wood or tile. Hang floor-to-ceiling-length curtains along an entire wall to create an accent wall. Avoid loud or busy patterns in rooms that are already filled with visual interest.


Use regular wall paint to create the illusion of depth by painting large squares or rectangles on your living room wall in a shade slightly lighter or darker than the original wall colour. You can also create contrast and a focal point by painting an "accent wall." Accent walls are a lone wall painted a drastically different colour than the rest of the room. Try using a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel from the rest of the walls for dramatic impact.


If you rent your home, check with your landlord before painting or attaching anything directly on your walls.

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Kay Abbot began writing professionally in 2004. She has written articles for Garden Guides, eHow Home & Garden and Answerbag. Kay has a degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix.