Help! How Should I Decorate My Living Room Wall?

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2012

Now that our kitchen / dining room is finished (the butcher block counters are supposed to arrive later next week, and then I can show you some after pictures!) I’ve decided to FINALLY finish our living room… since we’ve been living here for almost 2 years now.

And by “finish”, I really just need to figure out what to do on the wall above our couch.

We have 9′ tall ceilings, which make the room seem nice and open, but they also make it harder for me to decide what to do above the couch. There’s just so much space to fill.

Plus we have plaster walls so I don’t want to put too many nail holes in (at least until I’m positive the nails will stay there for a while).

As you can see by the rest of the room, everything is very neutral (carpet, trim, walls, couch) and then I have accents of green, red, mustard, navy, brown, and black — so pretty much any color works in my house :)

I should mention that the two mustard-colored swivel rocking chairs will eventually get slip-covered, we’re just “testing them out for size” right now before I spend the money.

But aren’t they cute? $35 for the pair on Craigslist! 

 Anyway, back to the living room…

Here’s a bird’s-eye view of our living room — pretty much “to-scale”. You can click on the photo to enlarge. 

UPDATE: After reading a few of the comments, I should mention that we are not interested in changing the layout of the living room. For the past two years we’ve been arranging, rearranging, and moving furniture — trying every option we can thing of — but we ALWAYS come back to the couch in this position. It makes our living room feel much larger, it gives Nora lots more room to move around, and it flows better with the rest of our house. Just trust me! Plus, Dave might shoot me if I ask him to move that couch one more time :)

All the other walls are decorated, it’s just the wall above the couch that need something… a big something :)

 Here’s a closer look at the color pallet I really like…

Also, now that we knocked down the walls between our living room, kitchen, and dining room, I’d like all the rooms to “flow” color wise. So here’s a picture of our dining room — hopefully I don’t spoil too much of our kitchen “reveal”!

So lots of “warm colors”.

I’ve already thought about doing a picture collage… but I feel like I would need SO many pictures.

I’ve thought about hanging old windows or an old door… but not sure how that would look either.

I’ve looked through Pinterest and I’ve flipped through magazines… but still nothing.

And now it’s been TWO years of living with a huge bare wall above our couch!

Thoughts, suggestions, ideas?

Anyone want to come do this for me? I’ll pay you in baked goods!

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97 comments

  1. Tara

    10/29/2012

    Depends how formal you’re looking to make it. I accidentally made a new large wall hanging for our living room. I was throwing a baby shower for a little boy who’s parents are big country people. In leau of other fluffy decor, I decorated by hanging tiny flannel shirts and overalls etc. on a long piece of twine hanging between two nails and used clothespins to hang the clothes. It was adorable.

    When the shower was over and the clothes went home with the mama-to-be, my husband started clipping artwork he and my two-year-old daughter had made together on it with the clothespins. Paper snowflakes made from sparkly/fancy scrapbook paper, handprint artwork, finger paintings, crayon illustrations with stories she’s dictated to one of us, crafts for the current season (right now there are fall leaf crafts on it), some of our favorite recent snapshots, etc.

    Well, baby girl is nearly four years old now. Everyone who comes to our house loves to see what our daughter has been doing and she loves to show them. It’s not fancy, but it’s very heartwarming and it’s surprisingly aesthetically appealing in an informal way when I carefully arrange everything on it. Very colorful and cheerful and interactive. We hang birthday banners and decor on it too. It’s easy to customize for any celebration.

    On a wall that big you could hang up two lines and purposefully hang some more adult artwork up there too or maybe hang large mod podged letters of your last name or come country stars or something more sophisticated among the kiddo artwork. Similar to this: http://hometolife.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Kids-Art-Display-Banner_product_main.jpg
    Just a thought. :o)

    I never planned to integrate kid crafts into my decor so much, but it really pleases my daughter and in turn pleases me. A more formal way to do it could be this: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/drapes-artwork.png

    Even if you don’t use it for this big wall, it’s a really fun idea for any little wall you’d like to dedicate to displaying Nora’s art instead of cluttering up the fridge (because we all know your fridge is clutter free). ;o)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Love this idea!
    And my fridge is clutter free — but that’s because it’s stainless steel so it’s not magnetic :)

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  2. Jenny

    10/30/2012

    Why not just a large framed mirror? It will make the space seem even bigger plus it will look nice.

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  3. Beth

    10/30/2012

    Hi! I have never left a comment before and am not sure if this is the right way, but I have enjoyed something on our wall and it was very reasonable price wise. We have a large wall, so, lots of space to fill. We hung a black curtain rod with decorative ends. On the rod are three grapevine wreaths hung with wide decorative ribbon – just simple loops to attach the wreaths. I hope this helps get the creative juices flowing. Thank you for your blog!!

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  4. Barb

    10/30/2012

    Why not do some sort of paintings(free hand) like a scenic one, trees, a special design, etc.? There are alot of cute and wonderful “sticker” designs also out there. You have such a cute home, it looks so inviting and cozy!!

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  5. Sue

    10/31/2012

    In our old apartment we had large white walls that seem to go on forever… and I did not want to spend a lot on something that might now fit in the future house we wanted to buy so I got a quilt hanger and hung a beautiful quilt on the wall.. it kept it nice from being used on our bed and gave some color to the room..

    Also since the apt was not well insulated. it keep the room a bit warmer!

    Sue in NJ

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  6. Debbie

    11/07/2012

    Your original idea of picture frames is good. Using 3 large picture frames with large white matting should fill up that wall quickly and you’ll only need 3 good family pictures instead of so many. Add two wall sconces on the sides of the two outside frames.

    I also want to add this, and hope I don’t sound like I’m criticizing. Using the wall to put your flat screen TV would work too. It just seems that where it’s located now is too far from the seating area. There’s a lot of dead space in the middle. The sofa can be arranged so part of it can face that wall for viewing. The two swivel chairs can be arranged closer to each other and adding an end table between them for a cozy conversational corner.

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  7. Mac

    11/07/2012

    This might be difficult to describe but have you thought about moving your TV to the current wall above the couch? Then moving your couch 180 degrees so it is facing the window (I think) and when you walk in the front door the room is open to you. This would do a couple of things besides solve your dilemma about what to hang over the couch. 1) you could watch TV from the kitchen which might be nice if you have game parties, etc. 2) it opens up the room so when guests arrive (assuming they use the front door) they have space to come in. 3) It makes the window a more focal point in the room (I can’t tell what it looks like but it brings in a lot of light). Just a thought…

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  8. Connie

    11/18/2012

    Andrea, why not try those big stick on wall art- I’ve seen them in Hobby Lobby, also on the internet. They go up and come off the walls without ruining the surface. You can start small and add it you want. Like peel&stick but they have beautiful designs. I am getting a huge tree to put together for my craft room wall.
    Also a large mirror that you can scratch the back off and insert family pictures in would be another idea.

    “Walking thru Life Hand in Hand”

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  9. KalynBrooke | Creative Savings

    11/21/2012

    I agree with Connie. Vinyl wall art is really fun and there so many family oriented designs that would go there perfectly. In full disclosure, I am a consultant with a vinyl company, but I love the product so much that I just have to sell it. :)

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  10. Jessica

    12/03/2012

    What about the big city pictures at Ikea? I have the Paris one in my living room and it looks fabulous!

    https://www.google.com.tr/search?q=ikea+paris&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=rqa9UOzuEI_R4QTJ-4DwCg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=672

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