The walls are the most exposed surfaces of our houses, and the way we decorate them can say a lot about our taste, personal choice, lifestyle, etc., besides affecting our mood, and adding to the overall ambiance of the room. They are surely pleasing to the eyes.
So if your walls are bare, and in need of some tender lovin' care, here are a few wall art ideas for your living room, that may inspire you to change the look of your room, by giving your wall some character and personality! Go ahead and explore, and then set free your imagination and creativity, which will breathe life into your drab and lifeless walls.
Metal Wall Hangings and Murals
Murals are a beautiful way to decorate walls. There are designs, colors, and you can personalize them to suit your taste. You can make murals of people or of objects or even get a mural of a family picture. That would be an absolute delight for your eyes!
They can be small or big. Pick a few big as well as small ones, and see what patterns you can make out of them. They require no maintenance, unlike the vases that are mentioned next, and can look quite ostentatious, if that's what you like. Regular weekly dusting, and you're done. No chance of breaking if they fall either. It cannot get easier than this.
Vases on Walls
Vases on the walls are an amazing way to bring some greenery inside your house, without cluttering your floor.
Vases on walls look great, and you can try putting in different flowers like button roses, which come in many vibrant colors. Mix and match the shades to either go with your wall paint or contrast with it. Like, maybe if you have a wall that is yellow, you can have red button roses to create a nice contrast - red against yellow - or the exact opposite.
There are no restrictions to your creativity here, and you can try clay pots, or glass or plastic pots, in a holder, hung individually, or in a small group, with real flowering plants or plastic ones, or simply put up stark white vases in a group against some darkly painted background.
Although traditionally used on outdoor walls, they look great against a textured living room wall. Try new things, and you may end up with an unexpected but beautiful result!
Unique Plate Hangings
Got plates, old china that you don't want to use anymore? Here is an idea that will take care of all your old plates. Just put them up on your walls. Easy and quite useful. You don't need to have matching plates. Gather all the plates that are left from old sets that you either don't use, or if only one plate is left after all the rest have broken.
In fact, this is one place where mixing and matching will probably yield the best results! A great idea to liven up a dull wall with variety and color. Try light colored plates against a dark background and vice-versa, and enjoy the effects...
Photographs, instant shots, frames, etc., are a great way to add some color and spruce up your wall. If you put up pictures of your family, kids, spouse, parents, etc., it will add that extra personal touch and warmth to the wall. You can use any sort of frames, as almost all of them will look nice.
Try some unique frames like the ones made with stones or pebbles. Looks very pretty and is really easy to do. Just find colored stones and fix them on your walls with a suitable adhesive, and voila, you have a really pretty stone frame ready!
Just make sure that your frame matches the rest of your home decor, and doesn't break the uniformity of your style. The frames in the picture will go well with contemporary furniture and decor.
While the some frames will be better suited for traditional / rustic / vintage home decor. The stone frame will go well with an exposed brick wall with a small patch, painted brightly at the center of the wall, for the frame.
Abstracts/ Appliques/ Canvas
Appliques, although in more suitable designs and pictures, are a great way to give your wall a little something. Having part of the wall painted with abstract designs, or landscapes with a mirror on the opposite wall, work really well in making your wall stand out.
Canvas paintings have always added warmth to a drab and monotonous wall, and if you get a big canvas with warm colors, it will immediately affect the entire room, and make it warm and cheerful. This is a perfect way to change the feel of a room, without making any major changes.
Abstract wall art will gel really well with contemporary and minimalist styles of home decor, while warm canvasses will gel well with the country style home decor, especially if you have a nice fireplace in your living room. There are many canvas wall art ideas, as well as some unusual paper mache, and metal wall art ideas that you can explore.
Contemporary Wall Art
Contemporary wall art encompasses the contemporary, unique styles of decorating your walls. A little deviant from the normal styles, these are for the experimenters, and can really make a wall stand out if done tastefully. The statue shown in the picture is just an example, but that is not really suitable for a living room wall.
This picture will give you an idea about wall sculptures. Try out different sculptures, maybe a little along the lines of modern art, to give your wall a little something. Add a wood window frame if your wall is looking small, and then add a canvas of some pleasing scenery to get the effect of staring out of the window, when actually there is none!
It's a great way to make your wall look bigger, and to make your room look more spacious, much like a mirror would do. Another brilliant idea is to make a colorful pebble collage. This will make your wall look really beautiful without burning a hole in your pocket. Try it yourself using different themes. A pretty unique way of decorating your wall.
Alternately, you could put up small figurines/ statues on your walls like dancing ballerinas to enhance the look. Use these ideas to break the monotony of the walls in your living room. These are just a few ideas. You can come up with many other unique ideas, and try them out on your walls. And give your walls the much-needed makeover!