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What Do I Do With This Huge Bare Wall In My Living Room?
stjjm5
January 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Its been almost 3 years that I have lived with this bare wall only because I don't know how to decorate it. I think I want trim design with a new paint color but am open to any contemporary/transitional ideas.
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Tracy
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Can you post 3 more pictures showing all directions of this area?
January 30, 2013 at 1:29PM     
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lirva
Why not take a look round some art shops and purchase a HUGE multi coloured abstract painting ..... or buy a large canvass and paint your own abstract.Or fill the wall with various size photos and paintings and turn it into your very own personal art gallery Lirva
January 30, 2013 at 1:33PM     
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MirrorWindows.com
Lots of elevation needed. I like the idea of an abstract painting. How about separating the vertical space with trim and hanging some mirror windows above and the painting below?
January 30, 2013 at 6:09PM     
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Tammy Sprinkle
I love your idea of using molding to break up the space. There are so many design options with that. You can frame art, sculptures, sconces, mirrors, etc. Another idea would be to wall decals. An example is in one of the photos I attached. Another idea would be to use artwork and photos mixed with architectural pieces, etc. I also have see a wall divided into 2/3 color on bottom and 1/3 different color on top and a piece of molding at the division sort of like a picture rail.
January 30, 2013 at 6:38PM     
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Bonnie
Do you mean trim work... like picture molding? I have pasted some photos for ideas. I think some picture molding would help to give it a little definition, warm it up, and you could pull off either contemporary or traditional depending on your choice of paint, wallpaper etc...

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Gorgeous Living Room in Hollywood Regency Style - Robert Naik photography
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Traditional Living Room
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Family Room
January 30, 2013 at 6:42PM     
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Alexei Rebrov Art
Huge wall is any artist dream. How do you like these aluminum prints? They can be either frameless of framed. http://alexeirebrov.com/collections/wall-design/products/living-room-wall-design-11?hzz
January 30, 2013 at 9:53PM     
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Keena Paul
Commonly frames are for walls. Right? That's the essence of walls to be decorated by something that you can stick to it. Wall lights will do, just match it with your style or DIY wall decors just like. Hanged tiny shells in a tiny string.. Just be creative!
January 30, 2013 at 9:59PM   
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centaurita
Love the ideas from Alexei. Especially the last one in the white frame.
January 30, 2013 at 10:23PM     
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designideas4me
Well I think the couch should not be up against the wall for one thing. I also dont like the big art idea on that wall unless you LOVE it cuz you will be stuck having to decorate around that piece. A large rug and new coffee table with decor will help focus attention on the couch and rug than on the wall alone. Bring it more into the room not against the wall.
January 30, 2013 at 10:36PM   
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designideas4me
Hey I have the same ikea lamp..

But its not the right scale for that space.
January 30, 2013 at 10:37PM   
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Charlie Vanderwilt
I would suggest a VERY large piece (or pieces) of art with some bold colour and/or a Very large rectangular mirror hung horizontally
January 30, 2013 at 10:56PM   
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loroca
I think the easiest and cheapest way to deal with it would be to get maybe 3 or 4 large canvas paintings/prints and evenly space them across the wall. If carefully measured, you might even be able to cover those speakers. Maybe even get some picture lamps, and you can have your own gallery.
February 1, 2013 at 8:24AM   
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designgrl01
Break it up with a paint effect or grouping mirrors and other objects in a non-symmetrical look.
February 1, 2013 at 8:41AM   
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Barbara Griffith Designs
You should not decorate one wall if you cannot see the rest of the room.
February 1, 2013 at 8:43AM     
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designgrl01
As the picture leads me to believe that the left wall has windows - taller based on the light pattern they emit and the right side of the room appears to be a stair wall just off the entry. A cluster of artwork over the sofa will define the wall area that is living room space verses the right side of the wall that is the foyer - it appears. More pictures would help, but based on what I see and read into the picture - this my best limited input for you---best of luck in your projects.
February 1, 2013 at 10:06AM   
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Mark Hogan Architect
Having some large framed black and white photography on that wall might be easier to coordinate with furnishings than a large and colorful painting. You could do three large framed photos and then add color elsewhere. I would also do something with those speakers - either covers for them that blend into the wall better or move them entirely.
February 1, 2013 at 11:04AM   
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Phase Five Interiors
You can paint the wall a darker color as an accent wall to give the illusion that it is smaller. Also molding a great way to break up the wall, as many mentioned.

Have a grouping of artwork in one area to draw the eye.

Good luck!
May 15, 2014 at 12:12PM   
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Construction Guaranteed
Please. You must tell us what those dark rectangles are on the wall of the original picture?
May 15, 2014 at 12:17PM   
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flair lighting
they are built in speakers Con. Guaranteed..
May 15, 2014 at 12:21PM     
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flair lighting
are you painting?... here is another thought. all the large dark lighting is making your eye go up. I would if you can consider some different fixtures. DO you use the fan?....The entry fixture is very heavy against the mint wall. and is large, at least from this angle. My eye goes strait to all the dark spots.
May 15, 2014 at 12:24PM   
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flair lighting
your furniture is more contemporary a brushed finish would be nice. floating shelves, would help blend the speaker boxes away. what about white banisters...
May 15, 2014 at 12:39PM   
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Lindsay Cowles Fine Art
I've got lots of great abstract art ideas...from originals to prints. Check out my Houzz page if you like the images you see. And visit http://lindsaycowlesfineart.bigcartel.com/category/prints to view many of the print availabilities in different sizes.
May 15, 2014 at 5:47PM   
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Lindsay Cowles Fine Art
Sorry, here are some more photos...3 didn't upload last time.
May 15, 2014 at 5:49PM   
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Rebecca Mitchell Interiors & Boutique
I think repainting and getting rid of the green walls is the first (and necessary) step in making this space work. A beige like Natural Linen or a grey like Revere Pewter would both work nicely in this space. I'm enclosing photos of rooms I've done in both. Remember that the less contrast between the wall colour and the furniture, more spacious everything feels. That's why your sofa looks so tiny against this green wall - it's dwarfed by the colour. I would hesitate to add colourful abstract art as well. It will dominate the wall and still make the sofa look tiny. You can fill the wall with art but it will just make the furniture below look even smaller. Instead, get a bolder area rug to ground the sofa and create an interesting seating area. Then you can do some artwork above the sofa without feeling like you have to fill the space. Good luck from Montreal!
May 15, 2014 at 5:57PM     
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May 15, 2014 at 6:21PM   
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