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How to break up a large wall in a living room – 9 clever decorating ideas

If you have a large wall in your living room that’s needing… well, a bit of love, you’ve come to the right place. Having a big empty wall is much like a blank canvas. Unless you have a clear idea on the look you’re planning to create, knowing how to break up a large wall in a living room can almost be harder to achieve than decorating in a far smaller space.

A living room, more than any other space in a home, needs to feel warm and inviting. A space to relax and unwind, yet smart enough to entertain and socialise in. Start by researching the best living room wall decor ideas can help you discover the ideal decor solution for your space and then adapt any of the following ideas to suit your style, needs and space.

How to break up a large wall in a living room

An oversized wall shouldn’t be thought of in isolation either. It should be the anchor that ties the room decor together. ‘When I see a room with one strong, dominant wall,’ agrees Bethan Harwood, Partner & Home Design Stylist at John Lewis & Partners, ‘I’m itching to change up the other elements to balance it and bring the room together.’

But what if you have a very large surface to cover? Worry not and just read on – this guide is packed with plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you smarten your supersize wall, making your living room look no less spacious but a lot more welcoming.a green sofa in front of an oversized nature-themed mural with trees and plants

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Living room walls come in all shapes and sizes, and while you’d think that bigger is always better, a very large living room wall can sometimes be a disadvantage when decorating. Just like standard sized walls, there are plenty of ways to decorate the space but how you apply them is what counts on a large wall.

Take paint for instance. Painting a large wall in a living room in all one colour doesn’t do much to make the space look less huge, but using a variety of living room paint ideas in different ways can trick the eye into thinking it’s smaller than it is. The same goes for wallpaper – one repetitive print on a large space can feel a little never ending.

However, if you take a look at our suggestions below, you’re bound to find something that you can try at home and transform your living room wall with.

1. Add drama with an oversized mural

an oversized floral mural in dark dramatic colours in front of a bench and basket

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‘Murals work best in rooms with high ceilings or large spaces, where you can see most of the design,’ explains Bethan Harwood, Partner & Home Design Stylist at John Lewis. And that’s exactly why they’re the ideal solution to how to break up a large wall in a living room.

‘Murals tend to be designed for rooms with high ceilings or large rooms,’ adds Bethan, ‘but as long as you measure the design against your space to make sure the main section isn’t lost, they can be versatile. I particularly love a mural in an open-plan space or family room as they feel homely and can be a great conversation starter,’ she adds.

2. Break up one shade with blocks of different colour

living room wityh a picnk wall and gret sofa with a cluster of boldle coloured artworks on the all

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‘Colour blocking is a great way to divide up a wall, highlighting different corners or to frame the sofa, ‘ says Bethan Harwood, Partner & Home Design Stylist at John Lewis.

If you’re not keen to paint blocks of colour on the wall, you can still add plenty of visual variety via a selection of simple, graphic artworks grouped together in a group. Keep the look symmetrical so it looks balanced – the classic rule of three is a failsafe plan and one that always looks confidently put together, especially when decorating the wall behind a sofa.

3 Introduce a built-in living wall

a contemporary sofa in front of a shelving unit packed with plants

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‘What about a living wall?’ asks Bethan Harwood from John Lewis. ‘I love them in open-plan spaces that lead out to a balcony or garden. You can also work one into a shelving unit, which is slightly easier to upkeep. I’d keep the pots and background monochrome so the plants can be the feature.’

Built-in shelving, like in this living space, can create a wonderful living room feature wall idea. It does require plenty of space to work well, which is why it’s ideal for breaking up a large wall. It provides much needed extra space for storage and display, and looks extra effective especially if used to display a collection of house plants. And, as Bethan suggests, is a far easier take on the living wall.

4. Break up the space with a horizontal gallery wall

a horizontal row of framed pictures on a wall behind a modern shaped sofa

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If you want to know how to break up a large wall in a living room, you can’t go wrong with a gallery wall. Want to take the look a little further? Try a new spin on a the classic gallery wall by lining up your frames along one horizontal line.

Ideal too if you’re looking for ways how to break up a long wall in a living room, this works particularly well in spaces that feature a large piece of furniture, like a sofa or sideboard. Draw a line at least 30-45 centimetres above where the top of the furniture touches the wall and hang your frames upwards from that, ensuring the base of all of the frames sit on the same line.

5. Warm up the wall with a deep paint shade

Dark plum painted living room with a red pink sofa and green accessories

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You may have heard that painting a room in a dark shade makes a space feel smaller, that’s not always the case. It’s true that paint colours do influence how a room feels, much like the amount of natural light that a room gets does too. But as a rule, painting a room in a dark shade makes the space feel cosier, not necessarily smaller.

Choosing a deep, rich shade for the walls therefore might not be such a bad thing for a a room with a large expanse of wall – it may be just the thing to make it feel like a far more welcoming space.

6. Add symmetry with artwork

three canvases covered in a matching print in a triptych style in a living room

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If you’ve fallen for a wallpaper print but aren’t brave enough to paper the walls, you can still have a go at adding pattern to break up a big empty wall, without committing to a wraparound look.

Get three matching canvases and cover each one with a length of your chosen wallpaper (if possible, the print and the colour of the wall should both co-ordinate). The combination of the repetition and symmetry and repetition make this a great way to break up a large space.

7. Cluster a selection of mirrors together

three mirrors of different shapes and sizes clustered on a wallpapered wall behind a classic white sofa and wooden coffee table

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Much like a picture gallery, a cluster of living room mirror ideas hung on a large wall in your living room work just as well to break up a large space. What’s more, any natural light that may flood into the room is reflected out again giving a spacious and airy feeling.

8. Install vertical wood panelling

tiber panelling behind a brown modern sofa and side table

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Instead of classic tongue and groove wall panelling ideas, vertical panelling is an excellent choice for large walls as it adds instant depth, warmth and interest. It’s easy to install, as it comes in wide sections that you just fix to the wall and it provides great acoustic warmth, too. Perfect if you don’t want to disturb the neighbours (or don’t want them to disturb you).

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