How to Choose the Right Art and Decor for Your Living Room

Art is the beautiful icing on the cake in any home. It’s a perfect way to add extra personality and really make the space feel true. So it makes sense to spend some time considering which pieces you want to display. There’s no single list of rules set in stone for how to choose art for a living room, so you have plenty of options at your fingertips. Looking for some inspiration?

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What’s the overall effect you’re going for in you living room? How do you want it to feel? Would you like to see neat rows of similar works, or do you want to arrange eclectic gallery walls that showcase a variety of works? Either approach can work with any style of art and decor – you can create a breathtaking gallery wall with antique paintings or choose a refined collection of modern art prints to display in a clean grid.


Do you have a painting, print or photograph that you absolutely love? If you have some treasured pieces in hand, you’re already off to a great start. If not, find something that speaks to you, something that encapsulates how you want the rest of the room to feel, or even something that brings a smile to your face. Whatever you choose, this piece can be the anchor point that you can use as the foundation for your new collection. You can coordinate any new art and decor you pick out with your existing artwork. Whether you want to make an eclectic or a cohesive display, an anchor piece ensures a cohesive end result that speaks to your unique personal style.

If you need a little guidance to create a cohesive group of works, just pick an element from your anchor piece and look for artwork that carry that through. Another great way to tie your pieces together is to frame them in the same materials. A cluster of geometric lithographs feels more united when framed in uniform stainless steel frames, for example.  


You can also make a big impact in your living room by choosing one large statement piece to display in a prominent area. From the space above your sofa to the wall immediately facing the entrance to the room, there are lots of great places to put a single, large work of art. Whether it’s a photograph, painting or wall sculpture, the large piece you choose can also be one that reflects your design priorities in terms of color, presentation and style. Consider leaving the other walls bare and bring in plenty of textured decorative objects to display on shelves and tables to maximize your statement piece’s impact.


Sometimes, the best living room art ideas balance form and function to create stylish, comfortable spaces that make the most of each room. For example, if your living room is a little bit dark because it doesn’t get as much natural light, you can use mirrors and sculptural lamps to add both decor and brightness to the room. If your living room is on the smaller side, you might focus on picking out small, impactful pieces that add a lot of decoration and still look great scaled into the space. No matter what you’re working with, staying practical can make the finished artwork layout fit seamlessly.


Ultimately, it’s your happiness that matters most. However you choose to go about selecting wall art for your living room, focus on the decorative objects and artwork that bring you joy. If you love the look of a simple black and white photograph, use that as a jumping-off point to find a collection of gorgeous pictures for your walls. If you want to create a fun, vibrant feel in a living room that you intend to use for parties and cozy gatherings of friends, you might want to pick out some colorful prints with a sense of humor. It’s all about what you want – feel free to follow your heart!

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