How To Choose Wall Art for Your Living Room

    A Guide to Living Room Print Ideas and How To Style Them In Your Living Space

    A set of coastal art prints above a sofa in a living room. Gallery wall art prints in living room

    A gallery wall above a sofa can add impact and allow you to express yourself more than a single art print - Shop our Coastal Collection Here

    Your living room is often the heart of your home, a place to entertain guests, relax, and make memories. It's the place where we spend quality time with your family.

    The art prints you choose for this space, needs to resonate with your personality and set the tone for the entire rooms interior design.

    So, are you looking to create the perfect atmosphere in your living room? 

    A well-chosen piece of living room wall art can be the finishing touch that brings together your decor and adds a personal touch to your living space. But how do you choose the perfect wall art or art prints for your living room? This guide offers tips and living room picture ideas to help you on your journey.

    infographic showing how high you should hang your art above your living room - the bottom of your art print should be 20cm above the sofa

    In general art prints should be about 20cm above the sofa - this helps the art connect with the sofa, in this case and look cohesive.

    1. Identify your living rooms interior focal point.

    When selecting wall decor for your living room, start by identifying the focal point – the first thing that catches your eye when you walk into the room is normally the focal point of the space.

    This could be a large window with a beautiful view, a fireplace, or your TV. 

    The art you choose should enhance this focal point, drawing attention and adding interest to your living room walls. For instance, if your fireplace is the focal point, a large piece of art or a series of smaller pieces above the mantel can create a dramatic effect. 

    If the focal point is your TV, consider styling the TV with art prints around it or to one side. We have blog on how to style your tv here.

    set of two abstract art prints above a sofa. Blue living room art prints above sofa

    The focal point is often above the the sofa, especially if the sofa is facing the door. This a really simple and effective way to create an impact as you walk into your living room

    2 Reflect on the Desired Atmosphere with Art for The Living Room

    Next, think about the atmosphere you want to create in your living room. Do you want a calming space, an energising interior, a welcoming environment or a fun living room design? The art prints you choose can create or enhance this atmosphere. 

    Here are some living room picture ideas to inspire you:

    Serene and Calming Living Room Art

    Choose artwork with soft colours, such as pastels or neutral tones. Seascape or coastal paintings, subtle abstracts, or pieces with a gentle flow can contribute to a soothing mood. Abstract art prints can give your living room decor a lift and give it a more sophisticated look. Abstract and modern art prints are also timeless and don't go out of fashion.

    a set of three vintage flower art prints above a sofa in a light and airy living room

    Botanical art prints are amazing at creating a calm and relaxing feel to your living area. Our vintage flowers add charm and bring the outside in.

    • Energizing and Inspiring Living Room Art

    To create an energising and inspiring mood, choose artwork featuring a vibrant scene, lively colours or strong bold shapes. Typography art prints  with bold colours or contemporary prints can create a more vibrant atmosphere and bolder colour artworks can inspire conversation. Word art can also feature inspiring and motivational sayings.

    Why not be reminded of the sea or your favourite place when you sit in your living room?


    Welcoming and comforting art for your living room.

    If you want a welcoming and comforting space, consider choosing artwork that is warm, inviting and has a relaxing feel. Think about places that make you relaxed and buy prints that have this feeling to them. This could be a beach scene artwork, that reminds you of happy memories on the beach, or artwork featuring warm colours and soothing shades. 

    We love seascape art prints, like the one below, that show waves and water. You can never go wrong with these prints as the colours and feel suit every interior style.

    a blue beach painting above a sofa in a living room

    A traditional seascape painting has a welcoming feel to it and its blues compliment any living room interior style.

    3. Decide on the Size of Your Artwork for Living Room.

    The size of your artwork plays a significant role in its overall impact. Do you want one large piece of art above your sofa or a gallery wall of mixed pieces? Consider your wall space and choose accordingly. You can also mix and match, having a large print above your sofa and a gallery wall on your chimney breast for example.

    A large piece of living room wall art can make a powerful statement, look smart and confident while smaller pieces can add nuanced touches of style and pack personality into your living room design.

    A large living room print

    One large piece of wall art above your sofa can look amazing. It can create a really confident, clean look. Just remember not to try and fit a large piece of art into a space that isn’t big enough. 

    Big art prints look great with a little bit of space around them, so consider your sofa height and your ceiling height.

    If you are going to choose medium size prints, we love using three prints above your sofa and think this really works, the odd number means you have a central art print and one either side. It will give the look balance and impact.

    Pro Tip: Check out our blog on how to create a gallery wall here.

    set of three wall art prints above a sofa. three heron prints above a sofa in living room.

    These three Heron prints are perfect for above a sofa, they create visual interest all along the top of the sofa and add a vintage feel and natural element to them.

    4. Choose the Right Colours for Your Living Room Wall Art

    The colour scheme of your artwork should ideally complement the colour palette of your living room. 

    This doesn’t mean that the colours in the artwork have to match the room exactly – a bit of contrast can create a striking visual impact. But for a harmonious look, consider choosing art with harmonious colours from your existing living room décor. If you have a very neutral palette, like the image below, then consider a pop of colour or a harmonious colour. It will lift the space and create a focal point. The blue art prints below are strong but also work with the neutral feel of the decor.

    colourful art print above sofa. Vitamin sea art print for colourful living room art.

    5. Choose a style of artwork that you love for your family room.

    When deciding on wall decor for your living room, consider the style of the artwork but also choose a style or print you love. 

    From modern to traditional, abstract to realism, the style of your wall art should complement the overall aesthetic of your living room but you wont be happy if you don't love that style. A personalised art print or a print that has a personal meaning to you is also great for a living room.

    Remember, the most important thing is that you love the artwork. It's your living room, and the art should reflect your tastes and interests.

    vintage map prints above a sofa in a white living room.

    Our customers love these personalised map prints, they are our best selling prints on the site and are perfect artworks for a living room. They will remind the whole family of happy days and the places they love.

    We have a whole section of our website dedicated to shopping art prints by rooms in your home - so check out our shop by room page and especially our Living room art page.

    Here are some handy tips for you:

    · Hang your art about 15 - 20cm above your sofa, if possible.

    · When hanging two or more pieces of art, treat the grouping as one and follow the eye level rule for this one, combined art set. Find the centre of the cluster of pictures and work out from there.

    · Don’t place the art too close or far apart from each other. Normally go for 2 – 4 inches apart, depending on the size of the prints. Lay them on the bed or floor if you need to check.

    · If you aren’t hanging your prints above anything, like on a chimney breast, then opt for eye-height hanging. Most galleries go for 57 inches or around 145 cms for the centre of the print. Remember, this is for the centre of the print!

    Check out our Instagram and blogs for more decor ideas and bedroom ideas from our customers. We hope you find the perfect piece of wall decor for your bedroom and please show us any pictures!

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