Bold Living Room Decor Ideas That Are Easier to Pull Off Than You Realize

updated Jul 17, 2020
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No matter what kind of budget you have, what your DIY skill level is or what kind of architecture you’re working with, a boring, blah living room doesn’t have to be anyone’s fate. These bold living room decor ideas don’t just look great, they’re easier to pull off than you realize…

A floor-to-ceiling gallery wall

You don’t have to have an expensive art collection to fill a wall with framed art. If you love the dramatic look of a wall that’s covered from floor-to-ceiling, scour vintage and thrift stores for cheap finds that fit a theme. In Larissa and Jack’s apartment, a wall full of landscape paintings looks expensive, but didn’t cost a lot to acquire or assemble. Together, the framed art creates a bold living room composition.

Learn more about this landscape painting art gallery wall → Larissa & Jack’s Dark & Eclectic Philadelphia Home

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A statement-making wall paint treatment

You can have a patterned and painted wall in your living room, even if you’re not an artist. The easiest way to create a statement-making wall paint treatment in any room is by adding contrasting (or for a still interesting, but less dramatic look, tone-on-tone) stripes. All it takes is some precise taping off and patience. Without complicated patterns or graphics, just about anyone with a weekend and a few cans of paint can pull this bold living room decor idea off.

Learn more about this bold black and white painted wall → Noah’s Industrial Loft with a Vintage Vibe

(Image credit: Claire Bock)

3D Art

Art that jumps off the wall (literally) isn’t out of your reach, even if you don’t have a huge art budget. Adding three-dimensional art to your living room—art that has depth and dimension to it (versus a flat canvas)—adds a sophisticated layer to decor. You can get crafty to DIY 3D art yourself, you can be on the lookout for 3D art purchased from affordable stores or you can get creative to turn just about any found object into wall decor.

Learn where the silver 3D art above was purchased → David & Jeremy’s Cozy & Colorful Style Collaboration

(Image credit: Fabienne Ayina)

A lounge-y, casual seating arrangement

You don’t have to live in Morocco or own your own textile company, like Nina and Mohamed, to pull off a lounge-y look like the above bold living room. Be on the lookout for patterned and textured blankets and other textiles to drape on your existing furniture and supplement the seating arrangement with floor cushions you buy or DIY.

Get the details on the lovely textile layers above → Nina & Mohamed’s Textured, Patterned Paradise in Morocco

(Image credit: David Telford)

NSFW decor

What’s one of the easiest bold living room decor ideas you can incorporate in your living space? Decor that’s a little bit on the naughty side! From a funny phrase to a pinup pillow, there are lots of ways you can prove you don’t take decor too seriously.

Get the details about the “naughty” cross stitch pillows above → Heather’s Eclectic, Little-Bit-Naughty, NYC-Style London Loft