Living Room Too Neutral

Ideas for easy wall art and home decorations. Give your neutral living room walls a total make over with these easy decorating ideas. And don’t let a small space stand in your way of your decor.

Some of the ideas in this article are handmade DIY ideas. They are super simple to do and can be made with materials you most likely have at home.  A material list is included for each of the wall art projects.

What To Do If your Living Room Is Too Netural

  1. Add greenery. One super easy way is to add plants to your space like Pothos or English Ivy.
  2. Add a tall pant or tree like a Ficus or Dieffenbachia.
  3. Add texture by using wallpaper. Anaglypta’s have many great patterns and can be painted.
  4. Use mixed art. Different paintings but are all framed in a similar frame giving a flowing appearance.
  5. Add a picture shelf for visual interest. Add your favorite family photos.
  6. Add floating shelves. Shelves can be staggered above your sofa or bed.
  7. Add framed wallpaper. There are hundreds of patterns and styles to choose from.
  8. Make your own motivational framed art. See below for how.

Wall decor ideas for living room

Refresh your space by using one or more of these great wall decor ideas. If you are struggling with how to transform your living room walls by adding more personality instead of just painting then this article is for you.

Photo by Dane Deaner

How to use plants to transform your living room decor

One super easy way to transform your living room area is to add plants and or greenery to your space. There are many types of plants in all different sizes that will fit into living room bookshelves and or on small living room tables. In addition, there are many large plants and trees that do very well indoors.

Photo by Cristofer Jeschke

When picking an indoor plant you will want to pick one that is easy to maintain and one that will not die on you. With indoor plants you get a great looking room decor plus you get the benefit of having an air purifier. Plants help the environment by cleaning the air around them. This makes for a healthier environment in your home.

One of my favorite indoor plants to add interest to a bookshelf is Pothos. It’s a super easy plant to care for and can survive in a variety of lighting conditions.

Photo by Patrick Perkins

Another great plant is Aloe. The Aloe is a great plant for a living room table or side table that gets sunlight. It’s a succulents so make sure not to over water it. It will prefer a dry soil. These plants will give your living room a nice green calming effect. when potting the plant make sure to pick an accent color to match your living room artwork or other color accents. Another option is to pick a neutral color.

Sometimes small plants work well in small spaces. Also, white works well if you have too much accent colors already.

Photo by Silvia Agrasar

So far the plants I mentioned are smaller plants that work great for small living room tables and or living room bookshelves. The next plant I will mention is a little bit bigger. The Spider Plant grows larger and has variegated slender leaves that grows downward. The leaves resembles the legs of a spider. They do well in 65 degree to 75 degree room temperatures. This plant works well on a living room table in a brightly colored pot. Without going into a lot of details there are two more plants that work great in smaller spaces in the living room. There are the Jade plant and English Ivy. They are hard to kill and look great. You simply can’t go wrong with these.

English Ivy plant on a bookshelf add visual interest and a great decor idea.

Photo by Natali Merx

Next I am going to talk about living room plants that are taller. These would be free standing and do not require a bookshelf or table. The first living room plant is a Rubber Tree. I love these because of the dark green leaves and it’s easy to take care of. It likes temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees and takes medium to bright light. This is the perfect plant to fill-in an empty corner or wall space in your living area.

Another favorite of mine is the Dieffenbachia. I love this plant because of the variegated leaves. Adding this plant to your living room makes for an attractive decor. This plant grows to about 6 feet tall. I’ll mention a few more like the Snake Plant and Peace Lily but I am not too fond of these plants. You might be, and they are great plants so be sure to check them out. They are just not my favorites.

The last tall plant I will mention that will look fantastic in your living room is the Ficus. The tree will take full sun or part shade and likes temperatures above 60 degrees but no warmer than 70 or so. I think the Ficus looks great in either in a solid white or brightly colored ceramic pot. It stands tall so it can fill a larger area in your living room. These trees work well to add interest to a large blank wall or can be used next to wall art.

And lastly I’ll mention the Philodendron just because if you water it once in awhile it’s almost impossible to kill. It looks great flowing down a bookcase or fireplace mantel. It prefers indirect sunlight. And does well in indoor temperatures.
So there you have it a run down of some popular and easy to take care of plants for your living room.You can’t go wrong with any one of these plants and they will add the extra visual impact you are looking for at a reasonable price.

Interesting wall decor for a smooth transition between spaces

Adding texture is a great way to add visual impact to your living room. It makes for an very interesting wall decor. When entering your living room your eyes will quickly focus on the texture thereby making it a visual centerpiece. In addition, you can paint your wall to match the textured art piece for a smooth transitions effect. If you do not have a textured wall art decor then you can make one by using regular wallpaper. I go into more detail in my article “Decorating Ideas For White Walls” Wallpaper patterns are endless and in endless colors as well. You should be able to match just about any color in your living room. This is another great wall decor idea for your living room.

If you have an artwork that you are fond of and it’s in your living room you can match wallpaper color to your art. This scheme makes it look like an artist came in your living room and painted the painting or created the artwork just for your personal space.

How to use mixed art for a living room wall

The paintings in this room are framed in a similar style gold frame giving a flowing appearance. All the art all flows together.

Photo by James Kemp

If you are like me you have lots of artwork but in most cases they are all different types of art. For example, some are watercolor, pencil drawings and oil paintings. So if they were all hung on the wall it would look very mismatched. The solution for that is to pick out what you want to hang on the wall and then arrange them so that it suits you. Once you have the arrangement taken care of the next step is to have all your art framed in the same style of frame. Now your art flows together and has the appearance they were all created as one centerpiece for your living room wall. This is a great idea to use some of your existing artwork that maybe just sitting around with no place to go because it’s a mismatched piece. This is also a great way to cover a large portion of your wall. You may have a larger wall that is blank and needs a visual impact.

How to use a picture shelf for wall decor

The paintings in this photo by Annie are all mounted on a thin floating shelf. This this example the paintings are all the same height but that is not necessary.  Add this over your living room sofa for a main focal point giving visual interest to your living room.

Photo by Annie Spratt

A picture shelve is a another great way to turn a large space in your living room into a centerpiece or focal point for art or any other kind of decor. The advantage of using a shelf is that you can put many items on a shelf that otherwise you would be able to actually hang on the wall. There are some items that simply have no way to be mounted on the wall or at least not easily but will fit on a small shelf.

There are many premade shelves that can be bought almost anywhere but there is one style that I personally like much better than the rest. The style I recommend is the shelf that is free floating. In other words they have no supporting structures underneath that are visible. They appear to be floating on the wall. This style to me just looks better, more elegant. Plus they can be painted and blend into the wall which is a big plus. I want the focus and attention on the artwork and not the shelf. By painting the shelf or matching the shelf color to the wall it blends in. The focus is now on the art.

A floating shelve is a great way to decorate space above your living sofa. You can use one long shelf or you can stagger two or more smaller shelves on the wall above your sofa. Art of various sizes can be placed on the shelf. You do not have to use sme size art. Actually it looks better and more interesting if your artwork is at different heights. In addition, depending on the width of your shelves you can place other artwork like ceramics or clay artwork next to framed art make for a huge visual impact.

One of the biggest problems with this technique is that your framed art may not stay on the shelf. It tends to slide off. There are two solutions I can recommend and have used that will solve this problem. the first is to line the top of the shelf with a rubber mat. The rubber mat will grab the framed art and keep it from sliding off the shelf. You can buy rubber mats most anywhere for cheap. Just cut using a pair of scissors and either use double sided tape or hot glue to bond it to the top of the shelf. In some cases the rubber may be sticky enough on its own and will not need to be glued to the shelf.

The second method is to cut a small piece of trim and mount it to the top edge of the shelf. Trim can be found at any hardware store in almost any style. Just cut the trim to length and paint it to match your shelf. Then hot glue it to the top of the shelve. You framed art work can now rest against the trim without sliding off.

Wall Decor Idea Number 1

Wall Art Decor Project 1 Material List
Construction paper
Round dinner plate
Sharp utility knife
Blue painters tape
12 x 12 stretched canvas 
Large black magic marker
Paint, various colors


Trace out a circle on a piece of construction paper. The circle needs to be big enough for you to be able to write in with a magic marker. Make a circle about 12 inches in diameter or roughly the size of a dinner plate. You can trace around the plate using a pencil on your wall art decor canvas.

Cut the circle out using an x-acto knife or a sharp utility knife.

Take the paper with the hole in it and tape it on to a 12 x 12 canvas.

Next take the magic marker and write a positive motivational word on the canvas in the middle of the circle. You can use words like, inspire, motivate, improve, be positive, focus, inspire, love, energy, smile, believe, be strong or be creative.

Then put the round paper you cut out back in the hole on the canvas and take off the paper you taped on the canvas. You should have your canvas with the round paper covering your motivational word.

Take a one inch wide paint brush and put some black paint on it. Lightly paint the canvas on the edge of the circle. Use strokes going out from the center of the circle. Using a black paint go around the circle in at least 3 or 4 spots.

Take green paint and do the same as with the back paint. You can use any colors you want. Try to pick colors that will match the room where you will be hanging your artwork. Layer the different colors. I used Black, Green Red, Pink, and Yellow.

The end result, your DIY wall art should look something like this. By using different colors you can create different effects. You can overlap paint creating a layered effect. You do not have to use a paint brush. You can also use a sponge. Water colors also works well to create a transparent effect.

Wall Decor Idea Number 2

Wall Art Decor Project 2 Material List
Blue painters tape
12 x 12 stretched canvas Large black magic marker
Paint, various colors
Stick on vinyl letters
Sponge. A natural sea sponge works great.


Paint the center of a 12 x12 canvas. Use a light color that you can cover easily with another color. I used yellow because if covers fairly easily using most any other color. Paint about 4 inches by 6 to 8 inches wide on your wall art decor project canvas.

After the paint dries use painters tape to make a straight line across the center of the 12 x 12 canvas. This will be your guide.

Take your sticky vinyl letters and spell out motivational words. Sick the vinyl letters on the 12 x 12 canvas. You can make more than one line of words. Feel free to arrange the letters in any way you see fit.

Next take a sponge and dip it in paint and start to cover the vinyl letters. Continue to paint till all the letters are completely covered in paint.

For a more artistic look you can take another color of paint and continue layering. Feel free to use multiple colors. You also use a paper towel to blot up any excess paint. If you do not have a sea sponge you can take a plastic grocery bag and wad it up into a tight ball. Dip the plastic into the paint and use it just like you would the sea sponge. Use a paper towel to blot up any excess paint.

After the paint dries carefully remove the vinyl letters. When removing the letters be careful not to peal up any paint. The end result is a clean looking letter in the yellow paint. To get the vinyl letter started you can use a large sewing needle or an x-acto knife.

The end result, your wall decor, should look something like this. By using different colors you can create different effects. You can overlap paint creating a layered effect. Water colors also works well to create a transparent effect.

Wall Decor Idea Number 3

Wall Art Decor Project 3 material list
Blue painters tape
12 x 12 stretched canvas
Paint, various colors
Stick on vinyl letters 
Paint brush 2 to 4 inch


Take the painters tape and mark off a straight line across the canvas. This will be you guide for the lettering on your wall art decor project.

Next take the vinyl letters and spell out a motivational word or words. I used the words “Be Creative”. Then when done remove the blue painters tape.

Take a 12 x 12 canvas and place painters tape diagonally across the entire canvas. Paint one side of the canvas. I t does not have to be exact. You can have more one side than the other. There is no right or wrong.

After the paint dries remove the painters tape. Using the painters tape again cover the pained side of the canvas. Go diagonally and just cover the edge of the painted side. You want to cover the paint so when you paint the other side no paint gets on the already painted side.

Use another color of paint and paint the other side of the canvas.

After the paint is dry remove the painters tape and carefully remove the vinyl lettering. You may nee to use a large sewing needle or an x-acto knife to help you remove the vinyl letters.

When you are done your wall art should look something like this.


I hope you had fun with these very simple DIY wall decor ideas. They were super simple wall art projects that did not cost much to make. In addition, it did not take much of your time. The end result is you get to have some fun by being creative and making your very own wall art décor.

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