How to best decorate a living room with art

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The living room is the centre of the home, the focal point where you can both relax and entertain guests. Whether you’re looking to unearth a sanctuary for yourself to unwind in, or add an ultra-modern finish to your space, finding the perfect piece of art could bring a new lease of life to your living room. Create the aesthetic you desire while instantly transforming your space with art. 

You can also add a piece of your personality to your room with art. Whether it’s a sophisticated look you want to achieve for alfresco dinner parties at home, or a loud, vivid print to express yourself, art is an incredible way to style your living room and make a statement; even if you do favour neutral decor over the decadent.

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This is why choosing the perfect artwork for a living room or lounge is a key factor when designing the space. If you are planning to decorate and are looking for some beautiful new artworks to hang on your empty walls, you may not know where to start. 

With a vast choice of artwork styles and designs on offer, from abstract art to photography, as well as the different media to choose from, such as framed prints or canvas art, the process can easily leave you feeling a little overwhelmed.

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However, choosing art for a space is the most enjoyable piece of the puzzle. Art may be in the eyes of the beholder, but the very nature of art means that you can easily find a piece that you connect with.

Whether you have a small living room and are looking to create a cosy space, or are dreaming of a more modern, luxe interior, get inspired and find that piece you'll love in your house for decades to come.

Discover our top tips for decorating your living room with art and get ideas to use in your own space.

  • Decide on the space for your art

Whether it's for above the three seater sofa, or to hang as a focal point over a Victorian fireplace or mantle, choosing where the artwork will hang is important as this is the place you will be able to admire the artwork everyday. By choosing the space, you can also determine the size and quantity of artworks your room will accommodate. For example, a large, statement print for above the sofa, or perhaps a set of three framed prints to create a symmetrical view.


  • Choose what you love

If you are looking for one expansive piece, or a number of different artworks to create a gallery wall, decide on a piece you love. Browse our range of art, including abstract art prints and nature prints, to get a sense of your favourite style.

With art, it only takes one look to fall in love with your new favourite picture, and the very best part is you’ll know once you’ve found the perfect piece. Whether it sparks an emotive connection or you simply love staring at the artwork, it's important you enjoy living with the piece as you'll be seeing it everyday.


  • Select a colour scheme

If you're an avid art lover, it can be a challenge to narrow down your favourite choices, and if you don't have the space for it all, why not filter by your favourite colours? For example, blue and grey art prints are popular choices and could be the ideal fit for your living room. Or take tips from the paint experts, Dulux's ‘Brave Ground’ and Pantone's ‘Ultimate Gray’ and ‘Illuminating’ were chosen as this year’s colour of the year. Find our unrivalled collection of art inspired by ‘Brave Ground’ here.


  • Explore a variety of finishes 

If you have your heart set on a large canvas print, or would prefer a framed art print, choose a finish to discover the different ranges of art on offer. A canvas print is a more affordable option that looks closest to an original painting. You can also opt to have it framed with an additional floating frame for a more expensive finish. If a framed print under glass appeals to you more, browse our unique collection to find a style you love.


  • Complete the look with correct lighting

With your artwork unwrapped and hung on your wall, it's now time to start enjoying it in your living room. To achieve the perfect finish, it's important to consider lighting as this can impact the aura of the piece.

Traditional picture lights might suit a country interior with it's cast iron fireplaces, but may look out of place in a modern space with sleek or industrial fixtures. LED lights are a universal choice, fitting many different interior styles and without the added ultra-violet, makes a safe choice to keep your artwork well protected.

Adding art to your living room brings so many benefits. From opening up your imagination to new horizons with abstracts, or rediscovering a much-loved memory with city prints. The purpose of art is to ultimately bring happiness to your space, adding to your productivity and enabling calm in the very room you spend your evenings in to unwind and prepare for the day ahead.

If you are searching for high-quality handmade art and wooden picture frames, you have come to the right place. At Abstract House, every art print and frame is made by us, from the initial cut and join, to the white mount, we proudly produce every piece in our London production studio, so you can be sure you'll receive quality that will last.