December 28, 2021

How to Decorate a Large Wall

How to Decorate a Large Wall

If you have a large empty wall at home and are looking for wall decor ideas, tips and inspiration, look no further!  

At the gallery, we often got folks looking for ideas to cover a large wall in their living room. We have put together a list of four types of large wall art ideas and art arrangements that can make a statement and instantly add life to that bare wall. 


Large Wall Decor Ideas & Wall Art Hanging Tips:

Let's start with some considerations when deciding on an interior design strategy. Often, large blank walls in the home need a large piece of art or art sets such as triptychs to fill the entire space or most of the space. Gallery walls have also become popular choices and worthy contenders to large wall art pieces in recent years. A bonus is that they are adaptable and can grow to whatever scale is needed for the space.

 

ART HANGING TIPS WITH NO FURNITURE:  

The artwork should hang at eye level.  Check out our blog "How to Hang Canvas Art" for a step-by-step guide to hanging artwork including the eye level calculation.

 

Artwork at Eye Level in Hallway

 

ART HANGING TIPS OVER FURNITURE:

  • The artwork should be roughly ⅔ the length of the furniture beneath it
  • The lowest piece of artwork should be 5-8” over the furniture

 

How to hang art over a sofa



Large Wall Art Ideas: 

 

1. TRIPTYCHS

If you need to cover some serious surface area, triptychs definitely fit the bill and are versatile enough for above the sofa, the top of the stairs, over the bed or even a blank wall with no furniture.  One of our photographers, Dave Ness, offers many of his gallery wrapped canvas pieces as triptychs spanning up to 90 inches across. 

  

Abstract ocean triptych art in modern living room

Ocean Mood Triptych by Dave Ness

 

Beach Art Triptych in living room over sofa

Tower 13 Triptych by Roy Kerckhoffs

 

Large Sunset Art over sofa

The Lone Photographer Triptych by Evgeny Yorobe

 

2. PANORAMA WALL HANGINGS

Another wall decor idea for a large blank wall is by selecting a panorama. A panorama is a piece of art that has a wider view than normal making them a great option for decorating large walls. Abstract art and fine art photography both lend themselves well to panorama formats.  It’s easy to get completely transported by a vivid panorama of a faraway place, as if you are actually enjoying the view.


Wine Photo Art Print panorama in dining room

Vino Fila by John Scanlan

 

Landscape Photography of mountains in living room

Montana Road by Pete Scheu

 

Abstract Wall art in modern home

North Jetty by Manuela Durson

 

 

Large Wall Decor Ideas & Inspiration:

3. GALLERY WALLS

If you follow MK Envision Galleries, by now you may have caught on to how much we adore gallery walls.  If you are like us and it is too hard to pick a favorite, gallery walls are the perfect solution!  Go eclectic and mix and match, building a personalized collection of art, or pick a theme and have fun finding complementary pieces.  Either way, a big statement is bound to happen, completely transforming your space.


Beach Themed Gallery Wall

Shop the look: Roy Kerckhoffs, Dave Ness & Pixel on Wood 

 

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Shop the look: First Mate & Bacino Rosso by John Scanlan

 

Gallery wall in office with quotes and pictures

 Shop the look: Cherry Blossoms Fine Art Print

 

Ready to get started designing your own gallery wall? 

For more detailed step-by-step instructions and more practical tips for hanging a staircase gallery wall, check out our complete Gallery Wall Guide

Gallery Wall Guide

 

4. PICTURE SHELVES / PICTURE LEDGES

Picture shelves or picture ledges are another fun way to add a lot of interest to a large wall, with the added bonus of being extremely flexible.  We love gallery walls because each one is unique and personalized.  The beauty of picture shelves is you get that same unique element plus the added ability to easily switch out a couple prints seasonally (or whenever you feel like it!).  You can refresh or completely transform the look of the room.


Leather sofa with picture shelf

 Shop the look: Maryanne McGuire Matted Prints

 

Living room with art on shelf above sofa

 Shop the look: Calle de Blanco & Road to Brunello by John Scanlan

  

 

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