The living room may be one of the most fun spaces to renovate—it’s often the largest room in any house, and one of the places you tend to gather most—but it can also be the most expensive. Let’s be real, even the more inexpensive sofas are generally still pretty expensive. And while we’re all for investing in quality pieces you’ll have for years to come, we also get that sometimes you just need a quick update for a total room refresh that won’t cost an entire paycheck.
Which is why this paint trick is such a genius idea: All you need is a can of paint and some masking tape and you’re ready to go. Geometric accents are all the rage right now, and incorporating some statement-making shapes in an accent wall is an easy and fun way to get in on the trend. The best news? It’s actually affordable. A quart of paint at The Home Depot averages between $10 to $20, and you may not even need that much.
Here, our favorite geometric accent walls to inspire your own living room makeover, whether you’re looking for something smaller scale or willing to go all out.
This would be a prime example of “willing to go all out.” We love designer Daria Zinovatnaya’s commitment to the primary color scheme and carrying out the geometric aesthetic in this Mondrian-inspired room, but for the sake of simplicity try paring it down with just the walls. A mostly white backdrop accented with unequal black boxes really only needs a few hints of color.
Photography by Enter My Attic
Spruce up an empty nook with a small but punchy mural. The best part of this DIY? Triangles are pretty hard to screw up. Rookie artists, you got this.
Photography by Vintage Revivals
And on the flip side, it doesn’t get much easier than this coral accent wall. The full instructions for the tutorial are available on Vintage Revivals, but it’s a fairly foolproof design to carry out should you want to go rogue and try your hand at this instruction-less. But despite its simplicity, this idea still packs a bold punch.
Photography by Mariel Tyler | Design by Dani Arps
This vibrant reading nook is actually part of a Chelsea office in NYC, but it’s perfect to recreate in your own living room. Two-tone rooms are an instant statement in and of themselves, and taking the diagonal approach to drawing the line is a cool twist.
Photography by Daria Zinovatnaya
For any daring decorators, this saturated look is one to copy. This particular space might take a little more patience (and money) to recreate, but if it ends up looking anything like this gorgeous living room it’ll be well worth it. We love that the geometric pattern extends past just the wall onto the floor and ceiling.
Photography by A Kailo Chic Life
If there was ever a living room that fully embodied summer, this would be it. Between the rattan chair and sherbet-hued wall, it’s a sunny and bright space that instantly cheers you up just by looking at it.
Technically, this is cheating, because you can actually purchase these hexagon decals on Etsy, but if it’s the look you’re after it’s easy to customize in a color palette of your choosing. Just pick out your favorite paints and DIY this at home.
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