When it comes to making a statement in the living room, wallpaper is your best friend. Nothing sets the scene quite like a bold and graphic or colorful and pattern-packed backdrop. Whether you want to get inspired by a subtle and soothing grasscloth or a splashy and whimsical mural, these living room wallpaper ideas will do the trick.
Grasscloth is the perfect wallpaper for added texture that doesn't drown out other statements throughout a room. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard brought this living room to life with luxe throw pillows, bold patterns, and colorful upholstery.
Dog lovers, this one goes out to you. Focusing on texture and hand-drawn elements, this wallpaper from the designers behind 2LG Studio is as almost as loveable as an actual dog. Paired with a modern and metallic white accent chair, it's both sophisticated and playful. A black and white wallpaper in a light-hearted print is a great way to have a little fun without relying on over-the-top colors, too.
Who needs books when you can have book-printed wallpaper? One hundred percent kidding, we definitely prefer real books. But a fun metafictional wallpaper like this in a study will enhance the theme with a sense of humor and style, as in the sitting room designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
This modern self portrait by Chuck Close is a bold contrast with the chinoiserie wallpaper (Iksel's Eastern Eden) behind it in this Miles Redd-designed home. The contrast doesn't stop there: Redd continued to venture beyond design convention by incorporating contrasting jewel tones and mixing modern furniture styles with antique pieces. Oh—and believe it or not, the lime green chair is from Ikea! Proof even the best designers love a good deal.
This Parisian apartment by Studio Razavi is a lesson in monochromatic decorating with soul. The beautiful mural wallpaper sticks to the traditional style of the Victorian architectural elements while still feeling edgy in black and white. In contrast, the white linen slip-covered sofa feels more casual and while the ceramic decor adds some intrigue with geometric shapes.
From the dreamy pastel pinks and purples to the Art Deco-inspired pattern, this wallpaper in a 2LG Studio-designed living room is as lovely as it gets. We love how the inky black painted fireplace speaks to the moody framed artwork, both of which contrast with the sweet wallpaper and even sweeter and romantic floral arrangement on the mantel.
When done right, mixing a larger print with a tighter one will add the perfect amount of visual intrigue. In this living room designed by Redmond Aldrich, it works particularly well when the two prints live within the same color family. We also love how she offset the intricate wallpaper with an large-scale and color-contrasting art.
This mantel vignette in a Rhode Island oceanfront Victorian home designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard proves that it's all in the details. We love how the marble-effect wallpaper mimics oscillating waves, which makes the seashells pop even more. A texture-rich wallpaper is an easy way to add personality without taking up any precious surface space. The swirls of marble bring depth, color, perceived texture, and interactions with light.
The romantic House of Hackney wallpaper ties everything together in English fashion designer and style icon Pearl Lowe's home. The Curiosity Cupboard by deVOL Kitchens plays up the pinks and blacks (inspired by old museum display cabinets, the cupboard opens by a lock and key) while the retro accents and layered rugs have a distinctly nostalgic feel.
Designed by Benjamin Dhong, this living room feels cozy and formal, modern and timeless, put-together and laid-back all at once. "I had a leftover piece of cloudy Fornasetti wallpaper, which I backed with a jig-sawed piece of plywood and hung over the fireplace. Besides drama, this piece gave the room a modern, graphic, unique sense to it," Dhong explains.
Joseph Frank's iconic 1940s Paradiset wallpaper from Svenskt Tenn emboldens the living room of this Victorian home designed and owned by Catherine Bailey. Considering Bailey is one of the owners of beloved Heath Ceramics, it's no surprise that this room masters such rich layering of material and color.
Why only wallpaper your walls when you can take it to the ceilings? Sharon Lee dresses up her home with her signature Krane Home wallpapers and fabrics, which feature patterns inspired by her Korean heritage. The vintage Spanish bungalow in Santa Monica.
Rather than covering the entire living room in wallpaper, interior designer Leanne Ford decided to cut out pieces from a wallpaper panel to create a custom pattern. The unique placement makes the room look like it's coming into bloom.
"The room doesn't get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun," says celebrity chef Alex Hitz. He lined his study with books from floor to ceiling and then hung a portrait of his friend Nan Kempner by Peter Rogers. Across from the armchairs is a statement wall upholstered Gastón y Daniela's Tree of Life fabric.
Designer John Fondas packs fun pattern into every single room in this Palm Beach getaway. Taj, a large-scale wallpaper by Home Couture from Quadrille delivers a burst of energy. "Take a chance with a big gesture really does work!" says Fondas. The vintage table and bamboo side table fit the tropical theme and laidback feel of a vacation home.
If you want to make a living room feel family-friendly, choose a wallpaper that features whimsical pattern, like this Fornasetti print for Cole & Sons in a media room designed by Regan Baker. Keep in mind that a dark wallpaper will absorb light, which can either make a space feel larger or small depending on how much natural light it gets.
Designed by Ellen Kavanaugh, this 1920s Palm Beach abode is elegant without taking itself too seriously. The colors are soothing and cheerful and the patterns are lighthearted, sweet, and full of energy. The fanciful wallpaper in the den is from Pierre Frey plays up the other patterns and colors throughout the space.
This Andrew Flesher-designed living room is having so much fun, it's hard not to smile when you see it. The lively and bright wallpaper, Birds & Butterflies by Schumacher, energizes the eclectic living room. Flesher divided the living room into a few different seating groups to make it feel more intimate and to encourage conversation. From the shearling womb chair in the corner to the houndstooth rug, and Pucci-esque blue chairs, the fabrics in this room are simply delightful.
More traditional wallpaper patterns look incredible when paired with offbeat and unexpected architecturally modern furniture and decor pieces. Designed this way, "even a classic like de Gournay doesn't take itself too seriously," says designer Danielle Colding. The House of Hackney pink wallpaper in this living room designed by Black Lacquer is brimming with fun and style.