No living room is complete without artwork. However, people have different opinions on what constitutes art. Nevertheless, most people agree that a room is incomplete without wall decorations.

Types of Art

Art doesn’t have to be expensive. While collectors may be willing to spend thousands on a single piece, you can decorate your walls for very little money. Ideas include:

  • Framing children’s artwork
  • Mounting keys, jewelry, silverware, or other mementos in shadow boxes
  • Framing wallpaper or fabric samples
  • Framing pages from old books
  • Creating Washi tape art

Where to Hang

Elevate Your Living Room with These Artwork Ideas

Above the Sofa

When it comes to decorating living rooms, it’s common to hang art over the sofa. However, the most common mistake people make is using a piece that’s too small. Ideally, the piece of art should be about two-thirds the width of the sofa. The same rule generally applies if you’re hanging a group of pieces (unless you’re doing a larger photo wall). Just be sure that the space between each frame is the same – approximately 2″ to 3″. If you’re absolutely determined to use a small piece of art, put it in a large frame so that it’s still in proportion to the sofa.

Over a Mantle

Mantles require special consideration due to their height. It’s best to hang art 4 to 12″ above, depending on the height of the mantel. If the mantel is four feet or taller, then hang 4 to 6″ above. If the artwork is taller than three feet, lean it on the mantel for a more casual effect.

Either Side of a Window

If you have drapes on the windows, make sure you’ve got enough room between the drapes and the walls so the art doesn’t look too crowded. Make sure you’ve got at least 4-6″ on each side.

Wherever you’re hanging art, make sure it isn’t too high. The center point of any piece or grouping should be at eye level. No one should have to crane their neck to look at it.

Now that we’ve covered where to hang your artwork, let’s explore some tips for creating impactful photo walls and grids.

Tips for Photo Walls and Grids

How to Choose and Hang Artwork in Your Living Room

Art always creates an impact when several pieces are hung together. Here are some tips on how to make different types of groupings work:

  • Always plan out a photo wall in advance. Arrange the pieces on the ground in front of the wall until you find a satisfying arrangement. If space doesn’t allow for this, use graph paper.
  • When hanging several pieces together, think of them as one unit. (Again, the center of the entire display should be at eye level.)
  • In a photo wall, it’s important to have a focal point. A large piece in the center of a wall acts as an anchor for any display. Other pieces can be randomly hung around it and it will still look as though it was well thought out.
  • If you’re making a proper grid, it’s vital that pieces be hung at exact distances from one another. It will be noticeable as soon as one is off by even a 1/4″.
  • In a grid, use all the same frames for an organized look, or use frames that are the same size but different colors to mix things up. In a grid, it’s also ideal to use photos and mattes that are all the same size.


When it comes to living room art the ideas are quite literally endless. While the above guidelines are there to help create pleasing displays, there are no hard and fast rules.

Feel free to experiment with different arrangements, styles, and types of artwork to find what works best for your living room. The key is to have fun and let your personality shine through your décor choices.

By incorporating artwork that you love, you’ll create a living space that feels inviting, comfortable, and truly reflective of your unique style.

For more ideas, check out this collection of living room art ideas.

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