How to choose living room wall art

Pick a city theme to match your passions

Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki
Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki

The living room is where we relax at the end of a hard day. Sometimes it's where we veg out on  our days or nights off work or school. It's where we entertain friends and family, where we listen to music, watch movies or the latest HBO/Netflix offerings. And many of us even have a little corner dedicated to our online life as well.

A really good way to choose the city-themed living room art that's right for you is to go with what you're interested in.

For example, if you're into Jazz music, why not go with some nice photos or paintings of New Orleans or Chicago?

The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki
The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki

Don't go with the obvious

The great thing about this is that you don't have to show close-ups of chubby old guys with puffed-out cheeks blowing through shiny brass things to capture 'the quintessential New Orleans'. You can be more subtle. There are many gorgeous city scenes out there that show other, lesser-known areas of just about any city you can think of. And they make excellent conversation pieces.

Mixing city images is okay

Don't be selfish! If you live with other people, whether it's as part of a family or with fellow students or colleagues, get them involved with decorating the living room with their interests as well! As long as the colours don't clash dramatically (with the décor, or with each other), you can mix & match themes all you want.

Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom
Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom

For example, you might be into Jazz, and one of your housemates might be into movies.

Take Manhattan!

How about New York? Lots of the best movies ever were filmed in The Big Apple, and the Jazz scene is apparently alive and kicking.

Woody Allen, one of the world's greatest film directors, is also a kick-ass clarinet player, and he's definitely a New York icon. There! There's a good two-in-one deal for you. New York can easily cover Cinema and Jazz music. You're welcome.

The point is that involving other members of your household will make them feel good. They can say "That's my city picture, and I chose it because...". Wouldn't that be nice?

Travel much?

Vilnius - by Mark Base
Vilnius, Lithuania - by Mark Base

Maybe you can't be bothered to think of a specific overall theme for your city scenes. How about just going for images of places you've visited? Or maybe places that you'd like to visit? Maybe seeing these on your living room wall will give you the incentive to book that flight (or start saving up). You never know.

And you don't have to travel to Lithuania, you know. Maybe Montreal would make a nice travel treat for you. There appears to be a lot of Montrealers who do some fantastic stuff. Our friend Bob does some great paintings of different city scenes, and you'll find loads of photos on Etsy as well. Can you imagine watching The Montreal Jazz Festival from the comfort of your own sofa? Magic. Your imagination is your only limit (a decent sound system would help, of course).

Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux
Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux

Whatever your passion, hanging some gorgeous city wall art in your living room will add that extra bit of vibrant energy to your environment. It'll be something nice to look at, ponder over, daydream about, or talk to visitors about. Just go for it!

What would you choose for your living room, and why? Feel free to let us know in the comments below...

2 thoughts on “How to choose living room wall art

  1. Making a living room live is an art. To make it live, living room walls is one foundation fact, We can decorate with apt pictures which give us happy with inspiration. What you have suggested city themes to match our passions is highly suggestive. I think, I can also suggest that living rooms can also be painted with light pleasing colors like light blue or light green and with artistic photo frames.
    Thanks for your ideas.47

    1. Post author

      Thanks, Thirunavukkarasu!

      Very nice of you to stop by and comment. You're right, choosing the right images - and colours - for your living room can be an art-form in itself.

      Light colours can indeed be pleasing, but some people are more inspired by highly contrasting colours, like black and white, or different vivid solid colours or patterns. It really depends on the person or group. 🙂


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