Are you feeling stuck when trying to figure out how to decorate those large walls in your living room? Trust me; you are not alone as this is probably one of those areas most people struggle with; especially if they are trying to stick to a tight budget. It’s especially challenging if you have a large wall with a TV, yikes!
Whether you’re working with a tight budget or not, your aim is to make the wall design blend in with your existing décor. After all, who wants a focal point that screams, I don’t belong here?
Okay, I’m going to walk you through a few steps you can follow to ensure your design will be cohesive in your overall home style.
We’ll begin by finding a theme to occupy the real estate on your wall. Next, we will review some ideas so you could figure out which would work best for your personal taste, style, and budget.
Express Your Personality As You Decorate Your Walls
One tip that will help you choose what kind of artwork to display on your walls is to keep in mind that this is your opportunity to express your personality and be a little bit of a showoff. Therefore, you can highlight something you are particularly fond of, such as an animal, flowers, abstract colors, or a hobby.
This will be your theme for your large living wall.
Once you narrow down what you would like to express, aka your theme, it’s a matter of finding that expression in the right style that fits your décor.
Examples Of How To Display Wall Themes
For example, a musician could choose to communicate his love of music. That could be expressed by a minimalistic drawing of musical notes, an oil painting of his favorite musician, or it could be a more complex design as displayed below by displaying his favorite instruments.
Recently I discovered Canvas Vows, which is a company that uses software to turn your vocal sound waves into meaningful custom art. Their creativity won me over as anyone can create something extraordinary yet simplistic.
The possibilities are endless since you can create split sound wave art where two people’s messages are displayed as pictured in the abstract black and white art, music, and my personal favorite – your baby’s heartbeat – just to name a few examples.
Not only will you create your own masterpiece, but it will also serve as a great conversation starter when guest arrive.
Imagine having your wedding song or sound waves of your spouse saying I love you on display in the form of art. That’s pretty creative, to say the least!
Hopefully, you have begun thinking of some ideas for what theme you would want to display. If you’re still stuck, just keep an open mind as you continue reading, and by the end of this post, you’ll have a clear direction.
After reading this post, if you still need help, drop me a comment as I love connecting with my audience. Don’t be surprised if in my reply I request you to send me a photo of your room before I give my suggestion. I’m not one to give my opinion blindly and still enjoy working with clients.
Ideas To Decorate A Large Living Room Wall Like A Pro
Go for the big one! So, you’re probably thinking going this route will be your most expensive option. However, it’s usually less costly for several reasons.
First, it’s a one and done type of scenario; one large piece can take up the entire empty wall space. You can probably leave the rest of the wall as is, and you may even get away with decorating less overall. The extra-large art creates a dramatic focal point.
Second, there are several ways you can create your own large scale art to decorate a large living room wall, which is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t require too much skill.
So, you’re probably thinking… ‘name at least one.’ Ahhhh, I can name a few ways you can accomplish this!
Blow Up a Photograph
If you do not have any high-resolution photos or rather not use personal photography to decorate your large living wall, as shown below, no worries.
Here’s your solution – purchase a high-resolution digital file of your choice.
Most digital files can be purchased for $8-15 dollars and printed on the substrate of your choice. We have begun to upload digital photos to our shop, which could be seen here.
Once you source a digital photo of your choice, you would then proceed to download the file to your computer and then find a vendor to print the file. It can be printed on paper then framed or just printed on canvas as a less expensive alternative.
Create a Series
One of my responsibilities when working on commercial projects was trying to figure out wall décor for large wall spaces. Some of the hallways went on forever 15, 25, and 45 feet.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot the commercial developers usually wanted the designs to “go together” even when the building had multiple floors. Yes, it was stressful, but the more complex the project, the happier I was to be a part of it.
It was upon this time that I learned that creating a series would be the only way to accomplish this. Now, in residential projects, I view this trick as a way to save serious dough. Plus, if you own a digital file, you can split or crop the file.
Turn The Entire Wall Into Art
How about this…nope, it’s not wallpaper! These murals will take your large uninteresting living room wall to a piece of art. Minted has teamed up with independent artists to feature their work on removable wall murals. Yep, removable!
These murals are printed on panels of premium matte woven material and come in varies sizes. They are easy to install and remove, which makes them an excellent choice for renters. No wallpaper installation experience is required.
Cost Saving Ways To Decorate A Large Living Room Wall
#1 Group Mirrors Together
When a room already has too many patterns, and overall you feel that the room is well-decorated mirrors are my go-to. By applying a little creativity, you can design your own wall by grouping the same mirror together.
If you plan to use many identical mirrors, my advice would be to avoid fancy frames as this could detract from its simplistic beauty. Further, if you feel you need to elevate the design a bit, you could consider antiquing the mirrors.
#2 Iron Fencing
The image below is just an example of how something ordinary can become artistic when appropriately used. The principle would apply to an antique door or another piece of furniture that would be considered for a different use.
#3 Using Wallpaper Or Fabric
You can hang tapestry, but REALLY, we could do better than that – a lot better! The image below gives you an idea of what can be accomplished by applying wallpaper or fabric to a large surface.
To accomplish affordability, I would recommend using MDF board purchased at your local Home Depot. Fabric can be applied with adhesive spray. For extra security, you can use a staple gun to secure the fabric in the back of the board.
# 4 Wall Molding
If you have an enormous wall and would like to decrease the empty space that you intend to display art, consider using molding as shown. This also helps draw the eyes to the focal point of the room.
#5 Create A Display Of Frames
There are some DIY projects that have little room for error and I believe this DIY home project definitely qualifies as such.
#6 Display Gallery Photos On A Ledge
Super simple and very chic. The art light added above adds a little complexity to the design. If you would like more information on family gallery walls and see possible layouts, you can review How To Create a Family Gallery Wall.
#7 Designs, Maps or Large Posters
The possibilities are endless so I’ll just post one photo for inspire you.
Should You Decorate Your Large Living Room Wall If Your TV Lives There?
Now, let’s be realistic some times our floor plans are against us. Unfortunately, historic homes don’t provide us with many options and they also challenge interior designers to show off their skills when trying to incorporate function.
However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t decorate the only large living room wall because we intend to hang our TV there. I wanted to provide a little inspiration if this is your struggle.
Hopefully, by now, you have some clear direction on how to decorate your large living room wall. Below is a recap of the process you should follow in order to achieve a show-stopping design.
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Figure out what theme you would like to display.
Measure out the wall space you need to work within.
Review ideas within your budget.
As mentioned before, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by leaving a comment or emailing me personally if you are completely stuck – I dare you!
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