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Living room wall ideas – 10 inspirational design tips for the blank walls in your lounge

by Monika Bürger
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Our selection of the very best living room wall ideas include statement accent wall ideas and beautiful paint ideas to suit every home’s style – and we have included a ton of added-value design advice, too.

So whether your living room layout is long, open-plan, or on the smaller side, there are looks to suit. Plus, of course, we have catered to a wide variety of styles, color preferences, and budgets, and, as ever, there are living room wall ideas you can adopt quickly – no entire renovation needed.

LIVING ROOM WALL IDEAS – INTRODUCE STATEMENT WALL DECOR TO THE MAIN ROOM 

These are our favorite living room ideas for walls – we’ve added in-depth advice from well-known designers and our own team of experts, too, so that you know how to design a living room wall that you will love for years to come.

1. CREATE AN ACCENT WALL WITH ART

Dark living room with green paint and gallery wall
(Image credit: Future )

Looking for accent wall ideas to give your living room focus? If you are considering a display of pictures and paintings in a living room, one way to really make it sing out is by painting the wall behind it a bold shade that’s a total contrast to the colors within the artwork. 

This series of abstract prints set against a dark green living room wall offers a contemporary take on the gallery wall ideas of yesteryear. Sparse accessories and the clean lines of the furniture add to the modern flavor of the room.

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2. ADD DEFINITION TO A PLAIN ROOM WITH A MURAL

Living room wall ideas with mural
(Image credit: Jon Day / Future)

Intriguing and bold, this architectural mural adds a decorative touch to this modern living room scheme.

According to Scarlett Blakey, founder of Ophelia Blake Interior Design, ‘the bespoke nature of a mural‘ is a favorite among designers who have the ability to ‘make a space feature relevant, whether it’s lifestyle or customer-focused.’

You’re also able to produce one-off pieces – providing complete individuality and exclusivity,’ she adds. ‘This can be preferential if you’re wanting to create a high-pact space that is also memorable.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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3. INTRODUCE DEPTH AND DIMENSION WITH A TEXTURAL WALLPAPER

Living room with textural wallpaper
(Image credit: Davide Lovatti / Future)

Using texture in interior design is an integral part of a successful living room scheme – and textural wallpapers are a great way to add a three-dimensional element to modern interiors. 

Knockback the contemporary overload by creating a sympathetic backdrop for an eclectic furniture or styling mix. Grass paper, available in a wide range of natural and vivid shades, is a perfect way to inject some mid-century style into an interior.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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4. ADD COLOR WITH A PAINT JOB 

A living room mirror idea with green-blue walls and a bowed shaped mirror above fireplace
(Image credit: Chris Everard)

Painting your living room walls is an easy way to transform a room and when you inevitably get bored with your chosen color in years to come, it is an easy refresh job.

Gathering together lots of paint cards is a good place to start and, as many cards and brochures now feature ‘complementary’ shades, they’ll also help you to find accent and toning colors, too. If in doubt, look to the color wheel for advice and inspiration. From bold, dramatic palettes to soothing tonal combinations, using a color wheel is a fail-safe way to guarantee decorating success.

Invite the sun inside on your terms. Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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5. BRING WARMTH WITH WALL PANELLING

Mid-century modern room with wall panelling
(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

From intricate fretwork and simple rustic boards to traditional panels and stately solid wood, decorative wall panelling offers its own distinctive style.

Panelling is a useful way of introducing warmth and character to a living room – there is something undeniably cozy about being surrounded by wood. In a contemporary environment, panelling is an excellent way of framing large, flat surfaces, while also depth and dimension to a lifeless room.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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neutral living room with antique furniture and art
(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

Investing in cherished art is the simple part, but creating a display you can be proud to show off, can be somewhat perplexing.

Take the confusion out of displaying art by starting with a neutral living room scheme. Play around with the layout of your frames before hanging; try out evenly spaced rows and columns, or experiment with asymmetrical formations for something a little different. Opt for a tonal color palette for a cohesive look that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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7. INSTALL A WOW FACTOR FEATURE WALLPAPER

Living room wall ideas with abstract wallpaper
(Image credit: Future )

Is the feature wall a thing of the past? Of course not, it’s just a case of re-defining it by finding new ways to create a lasting statement.

A larger-than-life wallpaper will breathe personality into the home as well as help to zone a large or open-plan space. Live with the sample for a while to make sure you’re happy before you commit. 

For bold, colorful prints, pairing it with white or neutral paint on the other walls will allow it to shine, or tone it down by choosing a paint color that features in the design.

With our Wall Murals, you can cover an entire wall with a rad design – just line up the panels and stick them on. They’re easy to peel off too, leaving no sticky residue behind. With crisp, vibrant colors and images, this stunning wall decor lets you create an amazing permanent or temporary space. Available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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8. INVEST IN BEAUTIFUL BOOK STORAGE 

Living room wall ideas with book storage
(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

Books can bring culture to any room; as Cicero once said, ‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.‘ Not only that, but a beautiful and organized display is often very revealing of the character of the owner, so display your ever-growing collection with pride. 

Creating your very own library in a living room with a built-in wall-to-wall design works in both classic and contemporary homes alike. If you are at a loss for where to store your treasured collection, alcoves are an obvious place to add floor-to-ceiling storage. Even if your room is on the small side, a bespoke solution can utilize the full height of the space.

A true statement maker. Our versatile mid-century modern inspired credenzas are great for use as TV stands, armoires, bar carts, office cabinets or the perfect complement to your bedroom set. The vibrant art printed on the doors will make your piece pop in any setting. Available in a warm, natural birch or a premium walnut finish.

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9. ENHANCE YOUR SPACE WITH A WALL OF MIRRORS 

Living room with wall of mirrors
(Image credit: Future)

By reflecting natural light back into the living room, a mirrored wall is a wonderful way to create the illusion of extra space and help make your room feel both bigger and brighter.

Although introducing a mirror or two is ideal for opening up small living rooms, an oversized mirror– or mirrored feature wall – is also a must-have addition for larger rooms looking to achieve statement style and grandeur with ease. 

As a result, mirrors are a superpower style secret that should be celebrated throughout the home, from the walls of your living room to luxe lounge spaces, and even the entrance to your home.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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10. GET CREATIVE WITH COLOR CHOICES

Living room wall ideas with blue and red color scheme
(Image credit: Jon Day / Future)

Getting living room color schemes just right is vital because this is the room where we spend most of our time.

Choosing which colors to decorate your living room walls with can be daunting – partly because there are so many options available. For a living room full of energy, create a scheme that hinges on the decorating with primary colors – but bear in mind that even in small doses, such as in the neutral scheme above, they can have a real impact. 

Feeling braver? Bold blue walls instantly add a cosseting effect to a space, making the room feel more inviting yet spacious.

Park it in style on this incredibly versatile bench, upholstered with vegan leather featuring all the designs you love. The perfect indoor bench, it will give any space an instant upgrade. Dress it with plush blankets or throw pillows to keep it elegant, but super cush.

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