Have a blank wall that needs to be filled?  Looking for simple and easy artwork ideas for your home?  Here are seven wall ideas for the living room including a raised panel wall, oversized artwork, a plate wall and many more.

Please tell me your walls give you attitude.

You know.

There’s a wall that’s blank and then you find some art and try to put it on the wall and then it’s too small or too colorful or not colorful enough or just isn’t right and you shake your head and sigh and search Pinterest for ideas but you keep coming up short.  And then?  Every time you walk by the wall?  It gives you sass.

Kind of like it thinks it’s still in high school.

If this has ever happened to you, please come sit by me.

I get it.

I understand.

I’m the one who decorated the big blank walls in the living room FOUR times until I got it right.

For all the sassy rooms on the planet, I have some suggestions.

Here are seven wall ideas for the living room.

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coral raised panel wall with blue lamps and gold accessories

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Wall idea one:  Raised panel wall

I created this wall for the gatehouse years ago and it’s still one of my favorites EVER and painted this with SW Coral Reef.

You can see the room here.

And the DIY on how to create this wall here.

You could also create the same look with picture frames or even a group of different kinds of picture frames that weren’t all square.  The key to making this look work is painting the frames and the wall the same color.

Wall Idea two:  ship lap wall with shelving

This wall started out as just a blank wall in the beach house.

It’s been my room every summer since I wore pigtails in my hair.

We created this ship lap wall and added shelving.

It really is easier than it looks.

You can see the entire project here.

And how to build the wall here.

white plates on wall with bird decals and milk glass and pink flowers

living room wall idea created from bird plates with bird decals on them

Wall idea three:  graphic plate wall

Those other ideas?  They will probably take you a weekend.

This living room wall idea?

It will take you a hot minute.

All you need are plates and one of those wall graphics from the craft store.

See the entire DIY here.

Wall idea four:  quote wall with picture ledges

I know I just posted this, but it is seriously SO CUTE and so versatile that I thought I’d add it to this collection.

You can create this look with simple wood picture frame ledges that you make yourself (see the DIY here).

Or you can just buy picture frame ledges from Target and create your own.

The thing I love about this project is that IT FILLS UP THE WALL.

And it makes you look extra philosophical, too.

Wall idea five:  Add cabinet doors to the wall

This is the wall that I talked about at the beginning of the post.

This is the wall I decorated four times.

First, I created this grid of book pages.

Then, I pressed flowers from the yard and hung them up in a grid.

Next, I created a giant piece of artwork from different pieces of the art framed.

And then?

I found this idea.


It’s my favorite.

See the entire room here.

Wall idea six:  Chalkboard wall and bicycle wheel clock

I painted this wall with chalkboard paint.

And then?

We made this bicycle wheel clock.

If you are looking for a conversation piece, this clock is your friend.

You can see the entire DIY here.

Wall idea seven:  Create “patent” art

These are my typewriter patents that line the walls of the staircase.

I designed them from vintage patents and had a sign shop recreate them for me.

I chose a typewriter because I write books.

It’s a nod to all the authors and writers who have gone before.

You can see the entire wall here.


I hope you found an idea you can use.

I hope you decorate your walls with joy.

But most of all?  I hope your walls don’t give you any more sass.

I wouldn’t want them to be grounded.

PS  Do you have any fun wall decorating ideas you’ve used?





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  1. Image for Jeanie Jeanie

    In my sewing room, I framed McCalls and Simplicity patterns from the 1950's. I grouped 10 of them together to make a gallery wall. Framed them all in simple black wood frames. Instant hit! I was also able to find 2 magazine advertisements for McCalls' patterns from the 1940's. You know, the super large magazines. I framed them myself in matching frames and have them hung above my cutting table. Boom! My sewing room is buzzing with charm.


    Love all of your ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I change up framed vintage prints for the seasons, which is why I like to keep the furniture neutral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I have 3 long collage frames. In the top one I have photos of my grandparents and their siblings, as well as my parents and their siblings. The second one is of me and my brothers, my daughter and her & my wedding pictures. The third is of my granddaughters at different stages in their life. Above the three frames I have a sign that says “All Because Two People Fell In Love”. I enjoy looking at it daily.

  4. Image for Janet Janet

    I just hung gallery wall of framed black and white family photos, all old, some are snapshots and others are posed portraits. They came from my grandmother, my mother and mother-in-law. All three women are gone now and I am the keeper of these treasures, so I hung them back up. And I love it!

  5. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    You were ahead of your time with that coral wall, weren't you, Ms. Pantone Color-of-the-YEAR! ;) My living room wall is giving me MAJOR sass. I just got new furniture. I went from the Gold-Green-Red color scheme to the Gold-Blue-Green with just a TINY bit of red in the blue oriental rug. Much more understated. My Tuscan villa image that I bought at Welcome Home in Eddyville ten or fifteen years ago just isn't cutting it, and I've looked at every online oversized art website (my eyes are crossed) and every furniture store, Kirklands, Hobby Lobby, At Home, and Trees 'n Trends in a three-state area. Pray for me. ;) LOVE your current LR wall! Maybe I should just take my china cabinet apart . . .

  6. Image for Carolyn Anderson Carolyn Anderson

    In looking back at your coral wall I must ask what the beautiful fabric is on the pillows! I see that others asked when you first published the article but I didn’t see your response! Please share this information! You certainly bring us joy with your posts!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Carolyn, Yes! This was the color of the year for SW in 2015. I did this wall for them then with this amazing coral, SW Coral Reef. The fabric on the pillows came from Hobby Lobby. It was years ago, so I'm not sure if they still have it? Thanks so much friend! karianne

  7. Image for Dee Dee

    Creativity out the wazoo!!! 😄 My favorite is how you have it now! Love it!!! I have 15 vintage and antique etched frameless mirrors on my wall, and I want to add a few more! I love reading your posts because you are as real as the Velveteen rabbit, and I'm sure you know that's the realist of reals!!!

  8. Image for Yvette Yvette

    Love all you do!! You’re living room wall as it is now is my favorite, too! I also love your typewriter wall. Happy weekend!! 🥰

  9. Image for Jenn Jenn

    So fun! I love the patent art and the bicycle wheel and the Blessed cabinet doors the best...I can like three things the best...right?

  10. Image for Debra Debra

    Hi Kari Ann! I vote for the raised panel wall such as in your entryway stairway. It add such class and can lend itself to just about any decorating style, while shiplap and the others appears self limiting. Just my lonely vote. Love your blog! Best wishes.

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