When you’re thinking about living room design, you’re likely thinking about all the furniture and accent pieces you’re going to need to buy. Maybe you’re thinking about a smart area rug to tie the space together, or maybe you’re thinking about the look for a perfect sectional couch. However, before you get that far in the design of your living room, you should take a look at something more basic – namely, your walls.
The walls in a living room, perhaps more so than any other element, serve to define the space, guiding the eye to the things that the designer wants one to see. If you select the right colors and materials for your living room walls, you’ll be able to create a space that’s exceptionally beautiful and that can be fully completely by complementary furniture and décor items.
To give you some great ideas for picking the right walls in your living room, we’ve collected 24 stunning examples. In the living rooms that follow, you’ll be able to see firsthand how the right walls can totally define the space, yielding a design that’s both comfortable and luxurious. Let’s take a look!
1. All Glass
While your HVAC system might need to work overdrive, there’s nothing more awesome than having a living room filled with window walls.
When you want a living room that feels light and airy, you definitely want to go for a bright color like a golden yellow.
3. Stone Accent
The right wall materials can really add a sense of luxuriousness to a space. Check out the stone accent wall used in this example!
4. Exposed Wood
Exposed wood walls aren’t just appropriate for rustic living room designs; they can also be used in contemporary designs!
Tying your walls together with different design elements in your living room is important. See how the accent wall ties to the ceiling here, as well as how the wall at the right corresponds to the area rugs.
Using different shades of the same color on the walls of your living room can help to add a sense of dimension to the space.
7. Reclaimed Wood
If you’re designing a living room to fit a rustic style, then you really can’t do any better than reclaimed wood walls like this.
8. The Built-In
When you’ve got a living room featuring white walls, you should strongly consider going with dark wood built-ins. It’s always a luxurious choice!
Although, here’s the truth: When it comes to a luxurious look, accept no substitute for stone walls in your living room.
Fans of contemporary style will find a lot to love about the way the ceiling continues onto the walls in this living room.
11. Popping Out
In an open-concept living room space, you may wish to include floating shelves to add visual interest to the look.
Check out the beachy vibe that the wainscoting on the walls of this living room adds to the space.
13. Two-Tone Stone
The two colors of stone used to create the fireplace in this living room design are a deft touch on the designer’s part.
14. Focal Point
Often, the choices you make around the fireplace in your living room design will become the focal point of the space. Check out the marble wall used here.
15. Rustically Royal
We love the way that the distressed wood paneled walls in this living room create a vibe that’s at once rustic and royal.
16. Chill Out
The all-white living room can be a bit bright and hard to design for! Consider using a light blue accent wall like this to chill out the space.
While not as popular as it once was, wallpaper can still work exceptionally well for certain living room designs!
If you really want to make a statement in your living room design, do something truly unique with your walls. We love this world map.
Here’s another living room with personality in its walls; here it’s created by interesting patterns made with wood planks.
In an open-concept space, you should consider using a different wall color in your living space to differentiate it.
21. Full Built-In
Not only does filling multiple walls in your living room with built-ins add storage options, it also makes the space look damn cool!
22. Mirror, Mirror
We’re certain that we don’t need to tell you that a mirrored living room wall can really increase the sense of space… Or do we?
23. A Lot to See
This living room design is an excellent example of how different wall materials can yield stunning results.
24. Exposed Brick
If you really want a warm feeling in your living room that also looks luxurious, then we strongly recommend exposed brick for one or several walls.