How To Decorate A Large Wall In A Living Room

how to decorate a large wall in a living room

Decorating a large living room wall can be very intimidating. You have this large wall and maybe a vision on how you would like for it to look, but you are unsure about a positioning, scale, and how to group artwork on a large wall.

Does that sound like you?

Well, today, I will share with you simple beginner tips on how to decorate a large wall in a living room. You will learn about common mistakes to avoid and a few best practices that will build your confidence to start planning your next weekend project.

Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!

1. Positioning of Artwork

The most common mistake made when hanging a large piece of artwork over a piece of furniture is hanging it too high up on the wall. The rule of thumb is to hang a piece of artwork no more than 6-8 inches up from the top of the furniture. This will create balance and interest to the eye. See below for a before & after.

Artwork placed too high from the furniture.
Artwork that’s placed 6-8 inches from the furniture. Perfection!

2. Figuring Out The Right Size or Scale of Artwork.

Many people love to hang a grouping of three photos above a couch. It’s a great way to fill up a large wall, and it creates visual interest to the eye. However, another common mistake is selecting artwork that is scaled too small!

When selecting artwork that is too small, it can make the wall look even larger. A solution is selecting larger scale pieces and make sure you hang them no more than 2 inches apart. Let’s see another fun before & after.

The artwork is too small and hung too far apart! Yikes!
The scale of this botanical print is perfect!

3. Wall Gallery Placement

Wall galleries have become so popular in home design. They allow the homeowner the opportunity to showcase either their family’s precious moments or maybe a special travel destination they love. A common mistake when creating a wall gallery is hanging the photos too far apart.

Just like the rule you’ve learned above, remember to space your photos 2 inches apart. Also, be sure to start the wall gallery 6-8 inches up from the top of your furniture. In addition to that, try selecting different sized frames to create a fun visual element to the wall. See below for the before and after.

Wall gallery group hung too far apart. Let’s pull it together!
Much better! Photo’s pulled together.

I hope that you’ve found these simple tips helpful, and you feel a bit more confident in beginning your very own wall decor project.

I am curious to know which tip did you find most helpful today? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Until then, thank you for visiting and happy decorating!!

About the Author

Natasha is very down to earth and compassionate person that lives for sharing content as it is relates to making your home life a joyous place to be. She loves sharing home decorating tips & tricks, home decor resources, and yummy recipes to enjoy with your family. Additionally she is very passionate about sharing talented writers that is just as passionate about home life, design and decor and simple living with her audience.

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    • Aly!!

      I love your goal for the new year and feel free to stop by and ask me anything!! I would love to help!
      Xoxo Natasha 🙂

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