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Large Living Room Ideas: How to Design a Big Living Room

Decorating a large room comes with its own set of challenges. From filling the space with the right furniture to making it all look intentional and cohesive in style, designing a large space can sometimes feel more daunting than a small one.

With large living rooms, the most common dilemma is finding furnishings that will play up a sense of comfort in a big space. But it’s not just about bringing in large living room furniture pieces. How furnishings are arranged and optimized to create a large living room layout that’s visually balanced as well as functional is equally key. With that, you’ll need to take into account your home’s interior architecture—do you have high or sloped ceilings? Is there a wall of built-ins or is the room surrounded by big windows?

From there, other factors for consideration include whether you’re opting for a large living room design that’s tailored to multipurpose use, such as an open dining area or a playspace for children. Similarly, you’ll want to think through what will be the main focus in your large living room—will it be your fireplace, the TV wall, or neither?

If you’re feeling daunted, don’t worry. We’re here to help with your large living room design. Below, we’ve rounded up our top large living room ideas to guide you through all the key elements to consider. Scroll down to find out more.

Just starting to plan out your large living room design? Check out our guide on Living Room Furniture, then find the best setup for your large room with our tips on Living Room Layouts.

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Start With Large-Scale Furniture

A large room requires furniture the appear proportional within the space. Opt for large living room furniture pieces, such as an oversize sofa with deep seats, wide armchairs, and a generously sized coffee table. They’re tried-and-true foundational pieces for large living rooms, and they’ll help ground your main seating area with a comfy and cozy look.

In addition to providing a sumptuous look, bulky furniture pieces will also help visually fill out your large living room. Once you’ve landed on your anchor pieces, round them out with accent furnishings that lend a similar sense of height, scale, and wide proportions—think a wide side table, a large woven pouf for a footstool, a towering floor lamp, and a large mirror that fills an entire wall. They’ll help add an overall balanced and welcoming look.

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Layer Lighting At Every Level

A big living room means there’s a lot more space where light needs to reach. If your large living room comes with an oversized ceiling light, such as a huge chandelier or pendant, it’s a good start. You’ll still need smaller light fixtures throughout the room for a well-lit space.

Layering is key when it comes to lighting in a large living room. That means making sure there’s a mix of different lights at every eye level—from overhead lights to wall sconces to floor and table lamps. By having lighting at varying levels, it will fill your room with the right amount of light as needed, and it will also allow you to control the ambiance if you want to have certain ones off. Another lighting tip for large living rooms? Spread out candles—they’ll make for beautiful glimmers of light that are easy to move as needed.

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Pile On The Cozy Accents

Large living rooms can feel cold and cavernous even with furniture and lighting. What warms up a large space is a good mix of soft textures and cozy touches.

Bring in accents that provide a deeply inviting look and feel, such as natural woven fibers, sheepskin rugs and faux furs, soft neutral pillows and cowhide ones, and touches of grainy natural woods. The key is to cover as many surfaces with these plush and sumptuous details, whether it’s a sofa topped with a mix of pillows or a floor with layered rugs. It all adds up to an array of plush and sumptuous textures that will instantly cozy up any large room for lounging, relaxing, and resting.

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Divide Up Your Large Living Room

Large living rooms can seem hard to fill, but keep in mind that they can easily serve numerous functions. Whether it’s an office corner in a corner or a bar along a wall, dividing up your large room into different zones will help make it feel more welcoming and accessible.

One of the best ways to incorporate a workspace within your large living room design is to make use of any nooks and recesses that can be outfitted with a built-in desk along with shelves for a compact office. An alternative is to pull up a desk along a long empty wall and decorate the surrounding space with office decor and accents. Just be sure to keep your office furniture style in line with the rest of your furnishings so that your final room looks like one cohesive yet multifunctional space.

Don’t forget to check out our tips on Awkward Living Room Solutions for other ideas to make the most of uniquely shaped spaces.

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Go For Layered Rugs

While you might be able to get away without a rug in normal-sized spaces, it’s an absolute essential in large living rooms. A rug that runs the length and width of the floor is the best way to warm up any large room with big doses of color, pattern, and texture.

Our designers’ favorite approach with rugs in large living rooms is to layer two on top of each other, which adds double the coziness and softness underfoot. They’re also a great way to visually unite different kinds of furniture into one space, such as modern armchairs with a more traditional sofa. And the great thing about rug shopping for a large room is that you’ll have no problem finding designs specifically made for expansive spaces. From oversized natural fibers to large traditional and Moroccan rugs, there’s no shortage of style to choose from.

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Float Your Furniture

Furniture pushed up against the wall can often feel awkward in a large living room since it leaves too much empty space. For the perfect solution, floating furniture in the middle of your space is one of our designers’ top-recommended large living room ideas.

By floating your furniture—or placing designs away from the walls—you’re able to easily create different areas and zones for seating, conversation, and even reading without the room appearing empty in the way that pushing pieces against a wall would. It will also naturally create seamless walkways and passages all around the room. A great way to anchor floating furniture is with an extra-large rug (or two) that connects all your pieces, such as your sofa, accent chairs, and side tables.

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Keep Styles Cohsive

While you can mix different pieces united by color or a rug, the easiest way to create a cohesive look in a large living room is to be consistent with your furniture styles. This is key if you’re working with a large room that has multiple functions. Keeping your design style streamlined and focused in your large space will help all your different zones and spaces come together more seamlessly. Consider arranging the seating area with a set of matching sofas, poufs, and side tables which will help bring balance, symmetry, and cohesion.

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Opt For Statement Lighting

In large living rooms, especially ones with high ceilings, a captivating light fixture not only draws immediate focus but also helps infuse a feeling of coziness and warmth to your space. And there’s no such thing as too bold of a statement light fixture. In fact, the more eye-catching, sculptural, and oversize in scale your light fixture, the more it’ll help fill out your large room as a stunning focal point. Try opting for a uniquely designed chandelier or a contemporary pendant that shows off your style aesthetic and personality—which will make for an extra intimate touch.

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Create A Focal Point On A Wall

When outfitting a large room, be sure to also outfit your walls. Empty walls in a large living room will make it feel more cavernous and spare, so be sure to have one or several focal points that provide some visual warmth to your space.

Focal points in large living rooms can be anything from a large mirror or artwork that spans across an entire wall to something more practical, like a flatscreen TV. It all depends on how you’re choosing to use your living space. If you’re going with a large living room design that’s a cross between a sitting and family room, consider turning one wall into an entertainment center with a wall-mounted TV and media cabinet. Frame your TV with sconces on either side to balance out the visual focus. By centering the focus in your room around your TV, it helps create a more intentional look in an expansive living room.

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Zone Your Large Room With Rugs

We touched on layering rugs in a large space, but another way to add visual interest from the ground up is to use them to zone out different areas.

With a large living room design where there are various seating and entertaining spaces, placing a rug under each area will help distinguish it from the others. For instance, a hide rug under an armchair can mark it as a cozy reading corner, while a durable wool rug under a sofa delineates it as the main sitting space in the room. You can use a smaller rug to set apart a smaller area and let it overlap with a larger space, as in the cowhide rug in this large living room.

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Lean Into A Bold Color

For those ready to commit to a bolder look, painting an expansive accent wall in a dark, captivating color is a surefire way to warm up a large room. It lends instant coziness as well as an intimate look, and you can easily decorate on top of the painted wall to make it even more eye-catching.

The trick to accent walls is to make sure it’s painted in a high-contrast color, which brings focus to the color as well as the furnishings within the room. Opt for a bold or moody neutral, such as charcoal, smokey grey, or even a deep indigo blue to instantly transform the look and feel of your room.

Also, don’t forget to see our tips for decorating large living room walls.

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Carve Out A Play Area

For families with children, a large living room with enough space for the kids to have a corner to call their own can be a gamechanger. It can be a great alternative to designing a completely separate playroom in addition to your kids’ bedrooms.

You can easily dedicate a corner area in a large space to the little ones by simply adding mini tables and chairs for them to craft and play with their toys. If your kids love spreading out their toys, add a chest or cabinet for storing all their games and trinkets—you can choose one in a style that goes with the rest of your space so that it looks seamlessly with the rest of your living room when it’s shut.

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Keep Symmetry In Mind

There are no hard and fast decorating rules when it comes to a large living room. Although keeping to a symmetrical layout comes close. It’s an always stylish formula for furniture arrangement in a large room and it’s especially great for creating a balanced look in an expansive living room.

This can mean simply aligning two sofas to face each other with matching side tables and chairs placed in mirroring positions. It all adds up to a look that’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy on the eyes while still providing major comfort and function. If you can’t create a symmetrical layout with furniture, try doing it with smaller decor pieces and artwork on the walls for visual balance.

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How to Create a Gallery Wall: Step-by-Step Instructions to Help You Curate Your Perfect Gallery Wall

We love a good gallery wall. It’s the perfect way to show off your art collection all at once—and give a room a big dose of personality. But putting together a wall gallery? Talk about intimidating. In fact, the logistics involved in figuring out how to make a gallery wall has stopped many-a-person before they even began.

If you need to fill a large, blank wall and want to do it with a gallery wall, we’ve got you covered. Through our own team’s trial and error with our own gallery walls, we’ve compiled some step-by-step instructions on how to make a gallery wall so that you can have the visual wow-factor you’ve been dreaming of.

Read on for our step-by-step guide, along with a few other considerations to make before nailing any holes in the wall!

Initial Considerations for Gallery Walls

Before you pull out your toolbox, there are a few things you should consider prior to starting your gallery wall installation. Ask yourself the following questions.

Modsy designer, Katherine’s dining room gallery wall

Modsy designer, Katherine’s dining room gallery wall

Where will you hang your gallery wall?

Start by deciding on where in your home you want your gallery wall. Almost any space can be used—from a living room gallery wall, to gallery walls up a stairwell, in an entryway or kitchen breakfast nook, in your guest room, or down a hallway.

As you land on the location, think through the size and shape of the space where the gallery will be installed. You’ll want to consider both the size of the wall itself, as well as the size of the overall room it’s in. This can help dictate how large of a gallery to create and how many pieces to include. With this, you’ll want to make sure the gallery wall is in the right space within the wall, vertically. Unless you’re doing a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall, you won’t want pieces going all the way up to the ceiling. And you also don’t want pieces hung too low. So, make sure the wall space you choose has enough space to keep your gallery wall centered and at average eye level.

Don’t have a ton of vertical space or feeling stressed about putting a bunch of nail holes in the wall? Hang a picture-ledge shelf and layer framed pieces onto the shelf. (This is also a great option for those who like to switch out their artwork on a regular basis!)

Check out our round-up of different types of gallery walls to get some ideas for your own space!

Modsy writer, Amy’s “shelfie” gallery wall

Modsy writer, Amy’s “shelfie” gallery wall

How many pieces do you want in your gallery wall?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question—unless the answer is less than 3, because then it’s not a gallery wall at all! You can make your gallery wall as large or small as you’d like. Four pieces? Great! 20? Go big or go home! Start by deciding what pieces of wall art you definitely want in your gallery wall arrangement and how big of a visual impact you want to make.

Some general rules to follow? If you’re installing a gallery wall in a large room, you’ll need more pieces and you can include some larger anchor pieces within the gallery. If you have a small wall or room, stick with fewer pieces that are smaller in size. Also: the more pieces you include, the larger the visual impact.

Modsy designer, Madeline’s bedroom gallery wall

Modsy designer, Madeline’s bedroom gallery wall

What frame styles do you want to use?

Some people prefer the uniformity of a collection of matching frames. But you definitely don’t have to stick with the same frame style or color! Feel free to switch up the style, finish, thickness, and size of the frames themselves.

However, the general rule is: the larger the gallery wall collection (AKA, the more pieces you have on display), the greater variety of frame styles you can have. If you want to keep yourself from getting too overwhelmed—or going totally overboard—limit yourself to no more than three different frame styles.

And remember—not everything needs to be framed! In eclectic gallery walls, it’s ok to mix framed art together with pieces in poster hangers or stretched canvas prints. You could even include some fiber art pieces!

Modsy’s Step-by-step Guide to Create a Gallery Wall

Step 1: Curate the Pieces

Curating your collection is the most fun part of the process. It’s where you get to decide what to include and how you want it to look and feel.

Do you want a gallery wall that feels super cohesive or do you prefer one that leans more eclectic? Generally, for a more curated and cohesive look, you’ll want to keep all the pieces within a similar color palette. So, choose pieces with a similar feel, especially in color vibrancy and intensity. Or, for grid gallery walls, you’ll want pieces that are all the same size and in the same frames. However, you can also choose art that you’ve collected over time for an eclectic and collected gallery wall that feels more personal. With either approach, don’t be afraid to mix in personal pieces—like your family artwork, photographs, and travel mementos. Not sure what you want? Check out our gallery wall ideas and our guide on how to choose art for some inspiration.

Feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of curating a collection? You can actually buy a gallery wall set, filled with a curated collection of themed pieces that are already put together for you. (A Modsy designer could also help you pull together a custom collection when you start a design project!)

Step 2: Lay Out Your Pieces and Decide on Your Gallery Wall Configuration

This is the step where you’ll figure out which piece goes where and create the overall arrangement for your gallery wall. To do this, we like clearing a tabletop or floor space that’s roughly the same size as the wall where you’re going to hang the art. That way, you can visualize what it will look like all together and move things around easily before committing to a layout. If possible, roll out a length of butcher paper the size of the wall space you’re planning to use. This will come in handy for the next step.

As a starting point, use the largest piece of art in your collection. This will be the anchoring piece that you’ll want to keep very close to the center of the gallery wall. Keeping larger pieces toward the middle and bottom of the gallery makes the overall composition feel balanced!

From there, start puzzle-piecing in the smaller pieces around the large one, creating a visual balance between medium, large, and small pieces. You’ll also want to mix and match your vertical and horizontal art. To keep balance in artwork shapes, don’t group all like shapes/orientations all together but rather mix them throughout the arrangement.

Designer Tip: Keep the space consistent between each piece of art, throughout the whole gallery wall arrangement. You don’t want too much negative space in between prints but you don’t want them to look squished either! (A good rule of thumb is placing 2-4” of space in between frames.)

Don’t be afraid to move pieces around until the layout feels right. If you start feeling overwhelmed or your arrangement just starts to look odd, step away! Take a break for a few hours, or even a day, and come back to it. What visually isn’t working will jump out at you once you give your mind a break! Once you land on an arrangement you love, snap a photo for visual reference as you hang the art.

Step 3: Mark Where the Art Will Go on Your Wall

There are a couple of different ways you can go about actually hanging your gallery wall. The method you choose depends on your personality, patience level, and tolerance for imperfection!

If you’re patient, create paper templates of each piece. (This is the method akin to: “Measure twice, cut once.”) Using the roll of butcher paper we mentioned earlier, trace each piece of art, then mark on the piece of paper where the hanger is on the frame. Then, you can use painter’s tape to hang up the whole piece of paper onto the wall where you’ll hang everything. You can drive your nail directly into the wall, over the paper, then pull the piece of paper off the wall afterward.

Alternatively, you could just wing it, using the photo of your arrangement as reference, and measuring heights and distances as you go. (Or just eye-balling it!) This method is for the more risk-tolerant, as you’re more prone to making slight measurement errors along the way!

Step 4: Hang Your Gallery Wall

Now the intimidating part: putting nails into the wall to actually create a gallery wall. Just make sure you plan ahead and have the right nails and hooks you need for the weight and size of your artwork (and wall type) so you have minimal damage. Consider getting picture hanging wire for heavier pieces. Or, if some of your pieces are very light art and you’re in a rental, you could even use Command Strips on the frames or opt for Command Hooks instead of nails! It also helps to have a second set of hands (and eyes!) when hanging art.

But back to putting those holes in the walls. It can be daunting at first, but getting the largest piece of art up first will help take the stress away and it will be super satisfying once it’s up. From there, work your way out on either side. Your gallery will be up before you know it!

Designer Tip: Make sure you use a level on each piece of art as you hang it to make sure it’s level. This is important, because if one piece is off and you use it as a reference for the rest of the art, the whole gallery wall could be tilted! (This is especially important if you’re winging it rather than using a paper template!)

It’s worth remembering that when you’re hanging art, the actual hanger is usually ½-2” lower than the top of the frame. If you want to be super precise, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hanger. Then, hold the frame up to the wall, use a pencil to lightly mark the top of the frame, then measure the distance down to where the hanger on that frame is. That’s where the nail will go!  (There’s a surprising amount of math involved in hanging gallery walls—but fortunately it doesn’t need to be exact.)

Want a little more guidance? Check out our designer tips on how to hang art.

Modsy designer, Madeline shows off her finished gallery wall!

Modsy designer, Madeline shows off her finished gallery wall!

Step 5: Enjoy!

You did it! We’re sure your gallery wall looks amazing. Now that you’ve done so much hard work, stand back and enjoy it! And just remember, if you ever want to swap things out, you can! Simply swap out frames of the same size, or just replace the art within an existing frame when you want something fresh. (Changing seasons are a great time to switch up your look!)

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23 Things You Can Hang on the Wall Above Your Bed

Coming up with bedroom design ideas is one of our favorite ways to spruce up a living space—especially when we are spending more time than usual at home! One of the easiest and most impactful ways to revamp your bedroom is to make use of the empty wall above your bed. You can have tons of fun with bedroom wall decor by making use of the space above your bed—it is valuable real estate! You can put art there, come up with a gallery wall design, or find other creative ways to fill blank walls! To help you get inspired, here are 24 decor ideas for the wall space above your bed!

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Great lighting is one of the most important bedroom essentials. You can use the wall above bed to hang lighting and create a focal point for the room. It’s also great for both direct reading light and ambient lighting. It’s one of our favorite small bedroom design tips because it doesn’t take up any floor space and leaves the nightstands open for decor, etc. It’s a good look for almost all design styles—you can use sconces or lighting fixtures depending on the style of the space!

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Tapestry

We’re based in San Francisco—an earthquake-prone area, so like all good San Francsico interior designers we’re sensitive about hanging heavy objects above the bed! If you have similar concerns in your location, consider hanging a woven tapestry over the bed. They are lightweight and soft, so there’s no worries about them falling. They also add color and texture and come in plenty of different styles, including rustic, boho, eclectic, and mid-century modern.

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Hanging Plant

If you love a jungle feel or earthy-inspired interiors, hang a plant above the bed! It can be a singular hanging plant or several plants bunched together. You can balance them with art as well, like above, and they can be real or faux plants depending on what you like! This look is perfect for boho and coastal style bedrooms.

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Picture Ledge

Hang a picture ledge over the bed where you can display leaning art, photos, plants and decor!

dds depth, ability to change up decor. This creates a focal point and you can also switch out items on the ledge. It’s a great look for eclectic, boho, modern and contemporary styles.

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Basket Wall

Woven basket decor on wall is a great way to create a gallery wall effect. You can hang it off center for a unique look. It’s also lighter than framed art and good for safety zones. Vary the sizes and patterns of the baskets for a cool look that’s perfect for eclectic, coastal and boho styles.

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String lights and Unframed Art

String lights make a good alternative to traditional lamps and light and also feel casual and youthful. You can add a fun touch, and they are lightweight, inexpensive and easy to add and remove as needed. Unframed poster art is inexpensive and great for earthquake zones. We also love this idea if you’re wondering what to hang above bed in teenagers’ bedroom designs!

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Tall Plant

Another option is to have nothing above the bed, but place a tall plant behind the headboard.  This adds texture, color and decor and is great for angled beds with space behind them. It also adds privacy in open studio space and purifies the air, too! This look works well with eclectic, boho and minimalist bedroom styles.

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Decorative Headboard

A carved wood headboard that’s tall enough to feel like art makes a beautiful decorative touch and almost doubles as accent wall design! Tall headboards add visual texture above the bed and are great for tall ceilings and minimalist styling.

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Mirror Grouping

Two mirrors grouped together above the bed create an awesome visual impact! This look works with a low headboard so the mirrors feel like center stage over bed. It opens up space visually and is great for chic and glam spaces. It’s also good for small rooms because the mirrors help them feel much larger!

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Storage Shelving

Another great way to make use of above-the-bed-wall space is to hang several storage shelving options. Open cubby shelving can display decor, books, nightstand items and is both practical and decorative! It’s great for small spaces that need extra storage and works well with modern style.

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Shiplap Wall Texture

This shiplap wall texture is one of our most favorite accent wall designs! It covers the whole wall and adds subtle texture behind and above bed, but remains neutral so it doesn’t overpower the room. It’s great for spaces where you want a  less-is-more approach to wall decor as it has plenty of texture and visual interest. This bedroom is a blend of rustic and mid-century modern, but this look works for a variety of styles!

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Wallpaper

For a stunning and dramatic look, add wallpaper on wall behind the bed. This acts as a large art piece/mural and is great for large spaces—or bedrooms where you can hang anything over bed for safety. It’s a good look for minimalist and eclectic bedroom designs. You can use any variety of wallpaper depending on your tastes and the overall decor style of the room!

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Sculptural Shelving

Shelving that is more sculptural than practical can make an awesome splash above your bed. This can be great for small items like candles, trinkets, plants and more. The shelves themselves act as art and it’s a good look for casual bedrooms, modern styles, and even kids’ rooms.

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Single Art piece

For a simple but impactful look, hang a single piece of art over the bed. This works great for symmetrical and formal spaces—and is also a beautiful touch in bedrooms with a minimalist look.

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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall of art over bed is perfect for showcasing style! It works for both casual and formal spaces, depending on the grid of gallery wall and content of art. You can vary sixes and colors and it adds lots of personality and color to space. However—don’t use this look if safety is a concern—it’s not the best for kids rooms or earthquake zones. But if your location allows, this design looks great in midcentury modern, eclectic, rustic and glam styles.

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Sculptural Piece/Mirror

A single sculptural mirror, like a piece of art, is great for adding dimensional and shape w/o being too style-specific.It works with both formal and symmetrical bedrooms and is good for glam, modern and midcentury modern spaces.

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Curtains

If your bed is under a window, you can hang curtains that create a pattern behind the bed when closed. It’s great for a soft look, and the material can be solid or patterned fabric. This look is super striking and works in any style of space!

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Woodwork

Another of our favorite bedroom decor ideas is wood paneling behind the bed. Varying tones of wood create a dimensional look, and it’s great for adding warmth. This wall doesn’t need art hung on it or added decor—it’s all good on its own. It’s an awesome look for rustic style!

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Diptych Art

A diptych is a pair of paintings meant to be hung together like this hanging this above the bed! It’s great for a simple and symmetrical look or also as a statement piece. You can even pair different styles together—just keep in mind they are usually small in size.

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Garland

A simple idea that’s great for kids’ rooms and nurseries as well as adult rooms is to hang garland above bed! Swag the garland for a casual look that’s super fun and eclectic. It’s also super easy to change out and use in rentals.

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Room divider/folding screen

For a funky headboard idea, try using a folding screen behind the bed. It’s a great idea for open spaces like a loft or studio and it immediately adds dimension and color to a space. It’s super easy to move so you can easily rearrange the room anytime you like. And it feels casual, laid-back and artsy—the perfect addition to a variety of bedroom styles.

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Canopy

We love the look of a canopy over and behind the bed! A canopy can be part of the bed or hanging independently. It adds a soft look that’s very feminine and airy and is great for formal spaces. It’s a gorgeous look for kids’ spaces and adult space alike!

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Sculpture

For a dramatic look that works great in a small space, try something like this metal sculptural plate over the bed! It adds a bold effect that is unique and totally unexpected. This is a large plate with carving and is a heavy addition—so make sure it’s securely attached to the wall.

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Wall Decor Ideas: 16 Unique and Creative Ways to Fill Blank Walls

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.

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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!

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2. Tapestries

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!)

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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!

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4. Mirrors

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!

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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!

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6. Wallpaper

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Oversized Wall Art Trend

Usually the phrase “go big or go home” isn’t one of our go-to design philosophies. But 2018 seems to have other plans. Large wall art is the new trend we’ll be hanging on our walls this year. Pinterest even gave the look a shout-out on their Top 100 Trends of 2018 report.

If you’re not quite ready to say “buh-bye” to your gallery wall infatuation, don’t worry. We are confident that gallery walls will be back (they never really left). Or, maybe you’re worried that large wall art will come with an even larger price tag. Fret not, because we’ve got you covered with our best budget-friendly tips to get the look.

Warm up to the large wall art trend with these five rooms that to do it right.

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Go Wide With Eye-Catching Art

Usually our rule of thumb for hanging art is that it should be less than ⅔ the width of whatever it’s hanging above. The large wall art trend invites us to break through this rules, and embrace proportions in a new way.

Create a focal point above your sofa by hanging an oversized art piece that’s of equal width. If you’re feeling extra bold, try a piece that’s even wider than your sofa. This is a sure way to make a statement in any space.

Designer Tip: For a budget-friendly alternative to original artworks, which can fetch a hefty price tag, opt for framed prints instead.

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Keep It Seismically Safe With a Quilt

You can display so much more than just framed drawings or paintings on your walls. For a show-stopping alternative, try hanging a handcrafted quilt instead. This geometric number makes a bold statement in a modern conversation corner.

Live in an earthquake zone? Hanging a quilt is a safer alternative to heavy, framed art that doesn’t sacrifice on style.

Designer Tip: If your family has an heirloom quilt that’s been stashed away, try seeing if it works in your space. Try quilt hangers for a low-cost alternative to custom framing.

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Break the Moulding

If your walls have intricate moulding details, finding the best way to hang art can be a challenge. And while you might think the large wall art trend won’t work in your space, it can actually be the perfect cure to inside-the-lines thinking.

Try breaking the mold (see what we did there?) by hanging a piece of large wall art so that it spills out over the moulding. This not only creates some unique visual interest, it brings the effortless, modern Parisian chic vibe (which is a really good thing).

Designer Tip: If a large-scale painting is out of your budget, consider a set of two or three smaller pieces, for a more affordable alternative.

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Lean It or Prop It

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall. Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Choose a piece in black and white to add high-contrast drama in a space.

Designer Tip: While homes with young kids and dogs might not fare well, this is a great option for renters who don’t want to deal with patching up nail holes in their walls.

Pin Up a Paper Wall Mural

Sitting at the crossroads between wallpaper and wall art, a large-scale paper mural can be the trendy sweet spot you’ve been looking for.

They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Try the large wall art trend in your space!

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