Have you been staring at blank walls for too long? Spending your time googling “wall decor ideas for a living room?” Not sure where to start when it comes to wall decor or how to make everything come together? Well, first, let us just say you aren’t alone. It’s all too common to settle for living with a big blank wall because you either don’t know what wall decor ideas to hang, can’t decide on an arrangement, or are simply afraid to commit to putting nails in the wall. Or maybe you just got busy! Whatever the reason that you haven’t decorated your walls, we’re here to help you take the first step. Honestly, with all the extra time at home right now, it’s the perfect time to finally tackle that blank wall and put some art on the walls!
But here’s the really fun part: you don’t have to stick with just framed art or photos for your design. You don’t even have to try to figure out how to put together one of those trendy, eclectic gallery wall designs! In fact, today we’re sharing a few of our favorite wall decor ideas that go beyond the expected traditional art hung on the wall.
So, keep reading for our best tips to help you decorate large blank walls! You can even mix and match these wall art ideas in your home for walls that are as unique as you are! It’s time to get creative with wall decor ideas—let’s dive in.
1. Hanging Plants
One of our favorite non-art wall decor ideas? Hanging plants. They add texture and depth to a room—not to mention a beautiful pop of natural green! You can layer several in tiers, or just opt for one against the wall. And the planter and type of hanger you choose can show off your personality and design style!
We recommend hanging plants not on the wall but in front of it—adding an almost 3D art effect to your space. (This can be achieved either through hanging it from a ceiling hook several inches from the wall, or by using a wall-mounted lantern hook, which comes further away from the wall than a typical wall hook.) Not great at keeping plants alive? No problem. There are plenty of beautiful faux plants out there! Real or faux, they both add a lively feel to your space.
Stylist Tip: Hanging plants are great decor ideas for a small space, where you want to include plants but don’t have the floor space to spare! So it’s a win-win—you get your plants and you eliminate that blank wall!
Tapestries and woven wall hangings add beautiful warmth and texture to a space. They’re also quite versatile. A larger wall hanging can be hung on its own as a statement piece and focal point in a room—or you can opt for a slightly smaller one and mix it in with other wall art for a dynamic look! You can find tapestries in many different shapes, patterns, and color schemes.
Tapestries are great for nursery designs too! They can help buffer noise because of cloth material and give your baby something textural to look at. (And it’s something you won’t have to worry about them knocking off the wall and breaking as they get older!)
3. Leaning Floor Art
Want to take a non-traditional approach to framed art? Think outside the “art on walls” box by leaning a large piece against the wall on the floor rather than hanging it up. While an unexpected approach, it ends up having a high-end “gallery” feel. This approach is great for one statement piece of large wall decor or for several pieces of varying sizes, arranged in layers. It has a sophisticated look and adds a dramatic feel to any space.
This isn’t the best approach for households with small kids, since art at floor-level seems to attract little hands! However, it’s a great option for renters who can’t put nail holes in their walls or for those who just want an easy way to display art without the hassle of assembling a gallery wall!
Mirrors are a great, simple wall decor idea for your living room—or really, for any type of room. A larger mirror can be a visual anchor over furniture like a console or sofa, creating a focal point in your living room. And a smaller statement mirror could even hang as a piece in a gallery wall. Mirrors can also happily hang solo on a wall, without furniture beneath. Want to take up a larger chunk of wall space? Try leaning an oversized floor mirror against the wall.
But their versatility and statement-making style isn’t the only thing we love about using mirrors as wall decor! They also can help a small space appear larger by reflecting light. And they’re also very practical. They’re one of our favorite wall decor ideas for bedroom designs since they can fill that blank wall and help you pick out the perfect outfit. Having a mirror above the console in your entryway also creates another perfect opportunity for last-minute makeup touch-ups before heading out the door!
5. Mixed Media Gallery Wall
Have a collection of wall art but want to create a more fun and interesting look in your space? Consider a mixed media gallery wall. This approach mixes framed art, mirrors, and sculptures and turns it into an eclectic gallery art wall! When you choose pieces in the same color scheme (like the neutrals and pastels, pictured above) it actually takes on a cohesive look.
This is a great approach if you have a variety of mixed media art and want to combine it all in one place. But it does require a bit more planning. You’ll have to play around with the layout a bit to avoid an overly crowded or busy look. And you’ll also want to mix pieces of different shapes and sizes. Striking visual balance is an absolute necessity with mixed media gallery walls. But it’s worth the work, because in the end you’ll have created a unique arrangement of art, resulting in a very striking display!
We’re wild about the design statement you can make with wallpaper. It adds a bold pop of personality to any room in your home, whether you wallpaper all four walls or just an accent wall. Plus, it gives a custom look to your space—and with highly patterned wallpaper like the one pictured above, you don’t need additional wall decor. It makes its own statement and is good on its own.
Of course, wallpaper is more work and investment—and certainly more permanent—than regular wall art. But it also has a larger impact and can transform a whole space. And there’s always the peel-and-stick wallpaper option if you love the idea but don’t want to fully commit. It can be easily removed or switched out, and there are so many great options out there today. Either way, wallpaper is a super fun and high-impact wall decor idea that we especially love in bedrooms and bathrooms.
7. Sculptural Pendant Light
Another idea we love as a way to make a decor statement without wall art? Hanging sculptural pendant lights. This is a great option for spaces with overhead light, like a dining room, living room, or bedroom, as it adds drama to the whole space. (Though, of course, it’s an option better for homeowners than renters.) It’s also a great way to tie together colors or materials found in the rest of the space—like the way the pendant light ties in with the chairs in the design above. Sure, a sculptural light is more work to install than wall art. But it tends to have a bigger impact.
8. Basket Wall
Looking for an alternative to regular old art for walls? Add texture and dimension to your wall decor with woven baskets! We love the colors and patterns baskets can add to your space—they make such visually interesting wall hangings. To achieve this look, you’ll need to find visual balance with three or more baskets in various sizes but in a cohesive color scheme.
This is a great option for eclectic, rustic and boho spaces—but it can truly be used in all room types as wall decor, adding a casual but global-inspired feel to your space. We particularly like using baskets as bedroom art, since they’re lightweight pieces that are perfect to hang over your bed!
9. Grid Gallery Wall
Have a collection of wall art in similar styles or from the same artist? Consider a grid gallery wall. This is a popular style of gallery wall design and is easy to achieve. Going for the grid look is more formal, making it an especially great option for traditional and transitional styles.
This is a simple way to add an art wall without having to think too hard, and you can use frames or canvas art to form the grid. If you’re using canvas art, just make sure each piece is the same size, and if you’re using frames, make sure you get a set of frames that are all the same size, color, and material. And if you love this approach but don’t have a set of art prints or photos to use, you can buy art in sets, like the set of bird prints seen in this gallery wall grid!
Stylist Tip: Not confident in your ability to create a perfectly measured grid? Check out our guide on how to hang art.
10. Accent Wall
Similar to a wallpapered wall, an accent wall can add the pop of visual interest you need to a blank wall. Accent wall designs are the perfect alternative to wallpaper for those who want to make a statement but don’t want a busy pattern in their space. All you have to do is pick a statement color and paint an accent wall to help ground that wall as the focal point of the space. Then, of course, you can always layer a statement piece of art over the paint—or just let the color speak for itself and use furniture pieces as contrast.
11. Floating Shelf
We love hanging a floating shelf on a blank wall as a way to layer in both art and decor. This can work in any room—but we especially love it in dining rooms, above sofas, and in wide hallways.
To create this look, hang a long floating shelf, then layer framed art, sculptural vases, and decorative trinkets to help create definition and visual interest. It’s a great place to bring in small decorative objects and textural pieces, creating a very unique and layered look!
12. Photo Wall
If you like the look of framed wall art but want something a bit more personal and unique, fill your wall with a collection of curated photos! Print and frame photos of loved ones, favorite vacations, pets, or memorable moments. However, to keep the look more cohesive, we recommend using the same frame for all the photos, even if they’re different sizes. We also love the idea of printing all the photos in black and white to make them all feel like they’re part of the same collection.
13. Wall Texture + Patterns
Give your wall some texture and visual interest by hanging shiplap! Crisp white boards create a classic look that don’t require additional artwork. You can also take it one step further by creating a DIY geometric pattern using the shiplap. This does, however, require a bit of planning so that all your pieces are measured correctly. But it creates a high-impact look that’s worth the work if you’re willing to put in the time! Instead of hanging all your boards horizontally, you can install some at an angle for a textured, geometric look. You can paint a few boards a contrasting color for an even higher-impact look, like we did above.
You can also get a similar look without shiplap, using just paint and tape. Create a geometric pattern using painter’s tape, then let that guide where you paint. When you peel back the tape, you’ll have a visually stunning pattern painted on your wall!
14. Focal Sconce Above A Formal Grid
Take a formal grid up a notch by hanging a sconce above the collection of artwork. Adding a light source to your grid gallery wall will help give the area more focus and structure. And an added bonus? The light will help define the space—giving the art more command of the wall when the lights are turned on. The result is very similar to how art is lit in a museum or gallery!
15. Layered Art + Decor on a Console
A similar idea to a floating shelf, we also love the look of layering lighting, wall art, and decor on a taller storage piece, like a console table. This can be a standalone piece in an entryway, or you can create additional visual layers in your space by placing the storage piece behind your sofa. Then, layer decorative objects of varying heights on the surface to create a diverse and interesting focal point for the room. This option also eliminates the need to hang anything, making it a great solution with tons of visual interest for renters.
16. Room Screen
Create a multidimensional element to your space by adding a room screen to a big blank wall. Not only will it fill the space, but it will also offer a sculptural quality to the room. And, in the case of the room above, it adds some contrast and texture as well! An added bonus? Room screens are super easy to move and can be tucked away when you need more space!
Stylist Tip: Not sure what to do with the wall above your bed? Swap out your headboard for a room screen. With they’re height, they serve as both a headboard and wall art—giving you two functions in one!