Posted on March 23 2021
Living room is one of the most essential part of the home, the busiest place in the house, it is the room where family members relax, talk and spend time with each other. One key element of designing the interior of your living room is choosing a design that reflects the common taste, personality and likes of the entire family. Installing wallpaper in the living room makes home decorating more fun and easy. Using custom made mural wallpaper allows you to be more creative and personal.
Tackling a large project requires a lot of help and that’s where we come in! In this guide, we’ll lay out some tips and tricks for designing your living room!
Table of Contents
- Designing your living room
- Questions to ask yourself before wallpapering a living room
- Setting the mood with living room wallpaper
- Inspiration for your own living room
Designing your living room
The general definition of a “living room” hasn’t changed much throughout the years – it’s first and foremost a communal area that’s used by people in the household, whether that’s one person or ten. When you invite guests over, chances are you’ll spend time in the living room.
In designing your living room, it’s important to keep this idea of a shared space in mind. It can help determine the type of space you want to create.
Questions to ask yourself before wallpapering a living room
What is the space like?
Before you throw up any wallpaper pattern, consider your space carefully. A living room may be connected to other areas of the home, such as the dining room or a small den. In a small apartment or condo, the living room may also double as a bedroom or work area. So choosing a wallpaper pattern or design that would blend well with the current interior of those rooms is really essential. You wouldn’t want a décor and style that contradicts each other, right? Take a look at the image below for example of mixed space usage.
If your living room is more open or connected to another space, this may dictate the general design elements. For instance, you may want to continue the color palette from the dining room into your living room. These steps will help you with the tips and tricks in making your living room an ultimate destination. Designing your living room is an opportunity for you to tell your stories, passions and interest by incorporating them into the design and décor of your interior, creating a place you’d be happy to call home. Take a look at the peacock wallpaper above, just from a look of it everyone could tell that its home-dwellers are adventurous and nature-lovers, that they love being close to nature.
What is currently in your living room?
When designing the walls of your living room, keep in mind what is already in the space. Some furniture or décor items that your living room might already have include:
- Seating: sofa, armchairs
- Tables: coffee table, side table
- Storage units: drawers, cabinets, baskets
- Media furniture: TV stand, shelves
- Décor: plants, artwork, mirror, carpets, blankets, small pillows
- Lighting: floor lamp, table lamps, ceiling lights
- Built-in items: Furnace, fireplace
Because of its sheer size, the walls are often one of the first noticeable features of a room, especially if they have wallpaper on. Think about how the wall design will interact with the furniture – will they clash? Will it pair well with your key furniture/décor items? Are you willing to switch some furniture items around if it doesn’t go well with your walls? All of these questions are important to consider.
In general, neutral colors work well with many other color schemes. If your intension is to keep your furniture and décor items as is, consider choosing black, white, grey, or beige wallpaper.
Who uses the living room?
Wallpapers come in a variety of different materials, some of which can be slightly more fragile or harder to clean than others. If children as well as adults will use the living room, you’ll want to look for wallpaper that is fully scrubbable and washable. If it’s primarily adults using the living room or you don’t anticipate any large clean-up jobs will be needed, grasscloth and glass beaded wallpaper are perfectly fine.
This category will allow you to choose the right wallpaper that would be aesthetically pleasing yet functional at the same time. Well, finding a piece that could stand the test of time should always be taken into consideration.
This high quality, durable, water-proof and fire-rated Midnight Blue Jungle Prowess Wallpaper will do the trick for you. This classic jungle print design features a repeated pattern of tropical trees, botanical leaves, and leopards. The hand painted and illustrated style paired with elegant texture gives this playful pattern a sophisticated touch, making for an excellent feature wall or living room entryway wallpaper.
Feature wall or all walls?
It’s up to you whether you want to create a feature wall in your living room or wallpaper all four walls. However, some wallpapers lend themselves better to one or the other. For example, wallpaper murals are generally used in small doses, such as Yellow Circular Chinoiserie Wallpaper Mural below. This vintage, floral wallpaper mural takes classic large flower blooms and birds perched on branches and frames it into a brilliant circle. Making a feature wall statement in your living room with this gorgeous nature wallpaper mural. To learn more about how to create a feature wall, check out our past article, What You Need To Know About Wallpapering Feature Walls.
Setting the mood with living room wallpaper
Kitchens, dining rooms, dens, playrooms, and living rooms – these represent communal spaces that are often shared among many people in a household. With that said, certain colors help promote a sense of welcoming and invitation, while other colors can make a room feel more warm and cozy.
Color can dramatically change the mood in a room. Blue offers a sense of relaxation, while red makes the space feel more energetic and emotional. Orange conveys a sense of quirkiness and creativity, whereas green is fresh and organic.
As mentioned above, sometimes your wallpaper color choices will depend on the living room’s current furniture and décor set-up. While it may seem tempting to choose the most dramatic, bold, or vivid color that catches your eye, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a neutral-colored wallpaper, especially if it fits your current living room design theme.
This lively and colorful Gold "A Tropical Soiree" Wallpaper above is full of fun surprises for your living room. Mixed in with the bright and bold tropical leaves and large florals are a variety of animals dressed up for a soiree. Geckos in top hats, tucans in suits, and parrots in crowns all bring this wallpaper to life, making it a playful addition your home interior. It didn’t only bring a sense of tropics to the space but lighten up the mood of its viewers.
In terms of wallpaper patterns, think about your living space. A small space may benefit from wallpaper that feature linear or horizontal patterns since these can create the illusion of taller or wider walls. Large-scale patterns would work best on larger walls as well.
Inspiration for your own living room
After thinking about your living room space, what’s in it, and how it’s being used, let’s move on and get some inspiration! The following wallpaper and wallpaper murals are some of our favorites. Below each image, you’ll find some quick facts about the design:
Mood/character: What kind of mood or character does the wallpaper convey?
Usage: Would this wallpaper be a suitable choice for a feature wall or used for all walls in a room?
Style: The type of wallpaper style that is shown in the example
Mood/character: Rustic, contemporary, tactile, creative
Usage: Feature wall
Style: Stripe Wallpaper
To start off our list, let’s take a look at one of the most popular styles this year: stripe! This isn’t just any regular wallpaper but what makes it extra special is it very easy to install and totally removable. This transitional style Beige Duo Stripe Wallpaper R6550 living room wallpaper takes the classic stripe design and amplifies it using textures and colors. One part of the stripe is matte and textured, while the other is metallic with a smooth, weathered surface. These two styles complement each other for a great modern home wallpaper.
Tonal variations and muted geometric pattern of this Classic Wallpaper are fantastic options for adding visual interest to your living room, without overwhelming the other aspects of the space."
Mood/character: Relaxing, fresh, classy, organic
Usage: All walls
Style: Grasscloth wallpaper
With grasscloth wallpaper, we encourage you to be creative! The very natural and earthy appearance (which definitely reflects the eco-friendly materials the wallpapers are made of) of this Burnt Red Woven Sisal Wallpaper R6886. Known for its less visually chaotic pattern with the contemporary touch from the burnt color, it's the best of both worlds
This luxurious grasscloth wallpaper features tightly woven sisal for a classic, high end look with elegant colors and texture. Use in a powder room or living room to bring a touch of sophistication to your home.
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Mood/character: Playful, engaging, unique, happy
Usage: All walls
Style: Geometric wallpaper
A unique geometric pattern is this Grey Diamond Cottage Wood Wallpaper. The colour is subtle, but extremely versatile – you can pair almost any furniture item with it. In the image above, this wallpaper create a vintage look that is relaxing and inviting. The color scheme is minimalist yet fun and the natural light interacts perfectly with this wallpaper pattern. It's understated enough to allow the neutral color to take center stage, but the faux diamond pattern is assertive enough to make a difference.
Diamond Cottage Wood Wallpaper features panels of wood that are colored to form a diamond pattern. The design is very realistic, and topped with a heavy texture, it feels realistic too! The soft colors compliment the geometric pattern, making this the perfect stylish cozy living room wallpaper.
Mood/character: Modern, artistic, trendy, original
Usage: Feature wall
Style: Tropics wallpaper mural
This Green Tropical Illustration Digital Wallpaper mural featuring Botanical trees tower in the foreground while tropical birds fly in the background to create a diverse jungle landscape gives any room an ultra modern look. The illustrated style and tropical design gives this mural a vintage, artistic look. Putting up a wallpaper mural is like hanging art – it makes a huge statement and your eyes tend to gravitate towards it. What we love most about tropics murals is how iconic it is. It’s an aesthetic that fits any room, regardless of your current furniture/décor set-up. If you’re finding a hard time trying to find a wallpaper color that fits your current living room interior, tropical wallpaper is the way to go!
Vibrant and energizing, yet timeless and relaxing making this one of a kind mural reign the 2021 Interior trend.
Mood/character: Elegant, traditional, classy, regal
Usage: All four walls
Style: Damask wallpaper
For a sophisticated look that will make your living room look absolutely stunning, this elegant and luxurious Teal Stamped Damask Wallpaper is absolutely stunning. Damask is a design that works well in a room with a lot of natural light. The deep green damask pattern contrasts perfectly with the lighter grey background, creating a subtle elegance that flows throughout the room.
Mood/character: Cozy, warm, creative
Usage: All four walls, feature wall
Don’t be afraid to use dark colors in your living room! This metallic wallpaper featuring eye-catching Dark Blue Metallic Tropical Print Wallpaper creates a distinct atmosphere that is much different than any of the previous examples. Here, the mood is much more mysterious and imaginative, but it still works as a living room, particularly if you’re looking to create an upscale aesthetic.
The sleek and contemporary botanical features with palm trees and other lush tropical foliage that have an inked or screen printed effect will create an amazing feels for your living room. The smooth surface of the wallpaper is coated in gorgeous metallics, giving it an elegant shimmer that looks perfect. The entire interior complement the tropical theme and gives off feel of a vacation home.
While planning and decorating a living room can be a lot of work, it should also be fun. Be sure to inject your personality into your design projects so that when it’s all finished, you’re 100% happy with the finished product!