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Living room wallpaper ideas – 10 ways to invite color, pattern, and personality into your home

by Monika Bürger
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Choosing living room wallpaper ideas is a real pleasure as there are so many inspiring designs to choose from, allowing you to really stamp your personal style on a space. As well as being easy to apply, wallpaper is a brilliant way to bring color, pattern, and character to a living room; elements that can instantly change the look and feel of the space.

While they offer a canvas for channeling your unique interior style, living rooms are also practical, multi-functional spaces – they provide a place to relax, entertain and even work in, too, so before you decide on wallpaper for your space it is first important to understand exactly how your room will be used and the atmosphere you wish to create.

When it comes to living room ideas the looks are endless, so to help you get started we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite wallpaper ideas for living rooms.

LIVING ROOM WALLPAPER IDEAS

With so many living room wallpaper ideas to choose from, there’s guaranteed to be a design to suit your space, the key to selecting the perfect print is to first examine how you plan to use the space and what look you want to create to help narrow down the selection. 

If you want to make a statement consider a show-stopping landscape mural, large-scale geometric design, or bold botanicals, which are all popular wallpaper trends. Alternatively, if having a space to unwind and relax is your priority, consider small-scale, repeat prints, textural neutrals, and nature-inspired designs. 

It’s also important to consider architecture as well as what already exists in your space, as Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.

When beginning a project, first consider all the elements in the room that you’re not going to change. This might include living room furniture, flooring, curtains, architectural details, and living room lighting ideas. These need to feature on your mood board – and everything new you bring to the scheme needs to work with these elements.’

If you live in a period property you may want to think about choosing a wallpaper that complements the era of your property, too, adds Ruth Mottershead.

Pattern choices are very much a matter of personal taste, but as well as considering which designs you are drawn to, consider your architecture. For period properties, you may wish to choose a design that is in keeping with the original style of your house.’

1. BRING TIMELESS CALM WITH A SERENE LANDSCAPE MURAL 

Bandipur Grasscloth wallpaper panel mural by Designers Guild
(Image credit: Future / Simon Bevan )

Imbued with the nourishing properties of nature, landscape murals have the power to turn our living room into restful restorative spaces that soothe the soul. 

Depicting a hand-painted Indian landscape of delicate trees, meandering rivers, and soft clouds printed onto textural grasscloth, this show-stopping Bandipur wall mural idea from Designers Guild brings soft color and texture to a living room. 

To keep the look fresh and contemporary complement the mural with streamlined furniture in luxurious materials such as velvet and marble.

Make a big statement. Wall murals are the ideal way to turn a blank wall into a showcase for your unique style. Simply line up the panels, peel, and stick to reveal your stunning design. Plus, they’re removable and leave no sticky residue behind. Wall murals are available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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2. CREATE A PARED-BACK LOOK WITH A LINEAR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Nordiska Museet wallpaper by Sandberg
(Image credit: Future)

For a lighter decorative touch consider teaming a subtle architectural mural such as the Nordiska Museet wallpaper by Sandberg with neutral muted furnishings that let the design take center stage. 

Featuring strong horizontal lines the wallpaper makes a brilliant backdrop for hanging a wooden ledge for displaying ornaments. To soften the strong lines pair the wallpaper with furniture and accessories in textural fabrics such as a relaxed linen sofa, chunky woven cushions, and rugs.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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3. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN WITH A LEAFY BOTANICAL WALLPAPER

Paper & Paint Library Tropicane Chelsea green II
(Image credit: Paper & Paint Library Tropicana Chelsea green II )

Full of zest and life, ever-popular exotic leafy prints in verdant shades are guaranteed to make a living space feel uplifting and energizing. 

Vivid, lively greens work well in rooms that are made for entertaining, such as kitchens and living rooms, but you don’t have to commit to all four walls,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director of Little Greene on decorating with green

To tone down busy prints, consider papering above a dade and painting the wall below in a timeless botanical green.

Our peel and stick wallpaper are easy to apply and take off, leaving no adhesive residue. Featuring sharp, vibrant images, Wallpaper patterns are ideal for accent walls, flat surfaces and temporary installations. Available in three-panel sizes.

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4. CELEBRATE GLOBAL CULTURES 

Mural statement piece in living room or hallway
(Image credit: Future/Jon Day)

Global influences continue to be a strong wallpaper trend within interior design with the traditional textures, patterns, and colors of cultures from across the world providing designers with an endless source of inspiration for new wallpapers. 

Depicting a Frida Kahlo character with large palms, and printed with a wicker-inspired textural effect, this La Passion de Diego wall mural from Élitis at Abbott & Boyd would really make a statement in a living room. To balance the striking design oft for upholstery and window treatments in bold shades such as a cheery sunshine-yellow. 

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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5. INTRODUCE BOLD WALLPAPER PANELS 

Blue living room decorating with wallpaper panel
(Image credit: Future)

If you love bold prints but prefer a scheme that is a little easier to live with then consider adding wallpaper panels. Placing a panel of your favorite wallpaper over a sofa can create a beautiful focal point in a living room without overpowering the space.

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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6. CHANNEL AN EXOTIC FEEL WITH PERSIAN-INSPIRED DESIGN

Totty Lowther Interiors’ Pomegranate wallpaper in Persian Pink
(Image credit: Future)

As well as spaces to relax, living rooms are also where we entertain visitors, this makes them good spaces to showcase vibrant, head-turning designs. If you’re forever dreaming of distant lands consider bringing summer warmth whatever the weather with a hot pink wallpaper inspired by prints from the silk road – a historic trade route where merchants carried cloth from East to West. This Totty Lowther Interiors large-scale Pomegranate wallpaper in Persian Pink is guaranteed to lift spirits and transport guests to exotic climes.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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7. MAKE A STATEMENT USING LARGE-SCALE GEOMETRICS

Black Edition Zafaro wallpaper
(Image credit: Black Edition Zafaro wallpaper)

If you have a living room with high ceilings why not use the ample wall space to showcase a statement design wall-to-wall? Large rooms look particularly effective papered in oversized prints, as they allow space for the designs to really shine.

For larger areas of wallcovering use feature designs such as large scale florals, geometrics, or damasks in order to create a statement whereas, for small living room ideas, more subtle all-over designs are ideal,’ advises Emily Mould, design director at The Romo Group.

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. 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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8. CELEBRATE BRITISH HERITAGE WITH AN ARTS & CRAFTS DESIGN

Living room papered in Morris & Co wallpaper
(Image credit: Morris & Co Simply Severn wallpaper in Woad )

If you’re looking for traditional living room ideas then try papering the walls in a refreshed archive print – there’s a huge array available that are guaranteed to bring classic elegance to a living space. 

During the latter half of the 19th-century William Morris’ company Morris & Co created a wealth of stylized flora and fauna prints for fabrics and wallpapers designed to celebrate the beauty of nature and British craftsmanship, and many of these wallpapers are still available today. 

An ornate damask design of scrolling acanthus leaves, this Simply Severn wallpaper has been recently refreshed in a tranquil blue and white colorway making it into a perfect backdrop for a soothing 21st-century living room.

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 candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options. A double panel features the same design on both panels. The bottom edge of the curtain includes a 2″ pocket that can be used as a hanging pocket, but beware that the artwork will be upside down for any non-patterned designs.

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9. CO-ORDINATE WALLPAPERS WITH PAINTED WOODWORK

Little Greene Brodsworth Empress wallpaper
(Image credit: Little Greene Brodsworth Empress wallpaper )

When choosing wallpaper for a living room it’s important to also consider the treatment of the woodwork, too as this can really change the look and feel of the room. Painting the skirting and door frames in a similar shade to the wallpaper will help the paper blend with the woodwork and make rooms feel larger. Alternatively, you could try painting woodwork in a contrasting shade which will frame the paper and create a playful twist.

Consider your woodwork color carefully – rather than opting for traditional white, consider pairing with coordinating or contrasting colors to deliver a considered and inspiring interior,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene. 

We are seeing people embracing bolder, more colorful designs and pairing these with both coordinating highlight colors on walls and woodwork.’

A true statement maker. Our versatile mid-century modern inspired credenzas are great for use as TV stands, armoires, bars, 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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10. INJECT COUNTRY CHARM WITH CLASSIC FLORALS

Colefax and Fowler floral wallpaper
(Image credit: Colefax & Fowler)

Brimming with English country charm, traditional floral wallpapers in pink and green are a brilliant choice for rural homes and cottage living rooms. Celebrated for its timeless, elegant designs, Colefax & Fowler has a huge selection to choose from. 

From pretty and romantic to classic or contemporary, floral designs vary as much as the blooms themselves, but all have an evocative charm,’ says Daniel Slowik, associate design director, Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler.

Traditional florals imbue a room with a country-house feel, which has an associated romantic appeal. Balance them with simply styled furnishings to prevent the look from becoming overpowering. For example, a bold print on walls or as curtains could be offset by antique painted furniture so the room retains a calm air, or key colors in the pattern can be picked out and combined with other items in the room to create a harmonious, ordered feel.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

<< More Floor Pillow Style >>

CAN YOU PUT WALLPAPER IN THE LIVING ROOM?

Wallpaper is a brilliant way to decorate a living room as it allows you to inject color and pattern to your space which will bring instant life and personality.

Living rooms are a wonderful space to embrace a pattern, wallpapering all four walls is one of the simplest ways to create a dramatic and impactful design change in space. Wallpaper is simple to apply and can be easily updated, particularly our non-woven designs which can be removed from the wall in large pieces,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.

HOW DO I CHOOSE LIVING ROOM WALLPAPER?

To choose the right wallpaper for your living room you must first think about how the room is going to be used and how you want it to make you feel. Today our living rooms are multifunctional spaces, serving as areas to relax, entertain, work, create, and even exercise – consider how you use yours carefully and choose a design that will be conducive to that purpose.

How our interiors are decorated can have a huge impact on how we think and feel, so factor this in when selecting a design, explains Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene. 

‘It’s key to consider how you use the space, how do you want your home to make you feel; calm and cocooned or cheerful and vibrant? Wallpapers are a fantastic way to inject atmosphere into your home, be it a whimsical charming touch such as ‘Burges Snail’ or a dramatic and elegant feel with a large-scale mural such as ‘Mandalay’. 

It’s also useful to consider the existing elements in a room to ensure the wallpaper you choose will work with the interior features and architecture. Similarly, don’t forget to pay attention to the decor in adjoining rooms, as this too will play a part in how your home feels as a whole.

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