This past October we moved into our beautiful 2,100 square foot home. Me being the interiors guru of the family, I was energized by the opportunity of a clean slate. It was like staring at a blank canvas and I wanted to splash some fine oil paints on it! So what was the problem? Compared to our 600 square foot apartment, it felt like the canvas was the size of a football field and my brush smaller than a needle point. Okay, so that’s a little dramatic. But, the walls of our 20’ x 58’ living room presented walls with an especially wild design challenge. I think we overcame it. I’ll let you judge for yourselves! Below are a few tips for how to decorate a large wall that we used in our home.
Accentuate with Dramatic Lighting
One of the best decisions we made was installing a dramatic West Elm chandelier above our dining table. In addition to adding the lighting fixture, we painted the walls a bright color. Staring at the chandelier head on, the unique lines pop against the golden background of the walls. (Glidden’s Fool’s Gold). It’s a great way to say, “I know that wall is blank. I did it on purpose. This chandelier is bomb.”.
Tip: Choose a chandelier with bold, sprawling and unique lines. Painting the background wall isn’t necessary but can further exaggerate the lighting fixture you choose.
Go Big with Your Artwork
After we settled on a floating sectional layout in our living, we reached the dilemma of a bland beige wall behind it. I was super unsure about how to treat that space but knew that it needed something beautiful but the opposite of busy. Fun story – around that same time, a coworker of mine told me that he painted on the side. What did he paint? Beautiful abstract wall art on massive canvases. I immediately scooped up two of them (well, actually four) for the living room and stuck them side-by-side on the wall behind our sectional.
Tip: Over scale artwork is a great way to decorate a large wall without making the space seem too busy. Blurred-line abstract art is also also a great way for keeping it dramatic and subtle. Don’t be afraid to place two or more side-by-side if you need the extra length.
Add Busy with a Touch of Uniformity
While large artwork worked super well for our living room walls, there was another area of our home that needed a little more pizazz. Our entryway was too minimalistic for our taste and so we decided to go with a gallery wall. The important thing here was to add a lot of frames but with a unifying trait. I scooped up some great wooden frames from Homegoods with the common theme being their Indian-inspired design.
Tip: Gallery arrangements are a super fun and trendy way to decorate a large wall. Maintaining one trait or theme between all of the frames helps give a wall flow and uniformity.
Add a Touch of Greenery
Another great way to accent a large wall is with greenery. Tall, wide plants such as a Fiddle Leaf Fig are great ways to fill a large wall or an empty corner. We have two Fiddle Leaf Figs in our home that offer a fun and organic pop of color, making the walls transition more fluidly, especially in the corners.
Tip: Ask your local nursery which plants might work best for the space you are wanting to accent. There are a number of low-light options available if you are looking for a plant to put in the middle of your room.
There are a million and five ways to decorate a large wall. A lot of them depend on the function you are seeking, the look you are going for and how bold you are feeling with your design. There’s always the option of a crazy wallpaper to make a real design statement. I haven’t gotten there yet but it could be next!