How Would you Decorate a Giant Wall?

Alright my internet friends, I have a question for you.  In the house that we are building, we have a wall in our living room that is 24 feet long and the ceiling height is 14 feet tall.  So… A BIG giant wall! Normally, one would put a fireplace on that wall but the fireplace is going on the other side of the room. See diagram below.
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So our wall with the 3 French doors would look something like below… 3 French doors, with room for a sconce in between and then there will be windows above the doors too.  The windows will help prevent the odd 5 feet of empty space between the top of the door and ceiling.

French Provincial

Photo by Lee Construction 

Our fireplace inspiration is Patina Farm… stoned fireplace that is see through, except our fireplace will be a gas one as an open wood burning fireplace just like below is not allowed in our county.

source-patina farm

So, now we turn to the wall. THE BIG wall.  I am trying to solve how to decorate this wall before it’s built in case someone has a great suggestion that I would need to prepare for before the walls go up (like wiring for sconces or something).
Now, we will have a tv on that wall (unfortunately… why are TVs so ugly??)
It will look exactly like the picture below as it is the exact console table we have. iI is 100″ wide, 24″ deep and 32″ high.

This thing piece will be centered on the wall.  So what do we do around it?

Now, I know that the ideas below won’t be accomplished in one night. It would take me a long time to put together a gallery wall completely BUT so long as I have a plan then that’s fine.

Gallery Wall…
We could do a big gallery wall.  I have always envisioned having a gallery wall somewhere. This could look interesting. Of course I would want to fill it with antique oils… I also happen to be friends with some antique painting dealers who I’m sure would be happy to sell me a whole house full! 

source simple everyday glamour

Here is a more modern gallery wall… I could accomplish this in a day but I would like antique oils instead (but my checkbook doesn’t!)

Oh, when I think of gallery walls by the way, I always think of this super cool room that was in Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was so cool! 

Or I could find some giant paintings!

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We could put some wood panels on the wall.   But I wouldn’t want to panel the rest of the room, so it would just be the one wall.   

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 These panels are a little simpler. We could make some faux panels essentially… just put some wood trim on the wall and paint it. 

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Panels like below, although I know those are doors but we could just do the panels and pretend like they are doors. 

We could also just do panels on the lower half of the wall like below. Although then would we need to do that on the wall with the French doors? Remember there are really only 2 walls in the living room.


 We could just wallpaper the one wall and put two paintings on it. 

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We could frame some wallpaper like below and hang some paintings. 


Do I put one or two giant mirrors on the wall?

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Built-In Cabinets

Do we build built in cabinets, like the picture below (except where the painting is put the tv console?)

source Suzanna Kasler

See, my husband could have his ladder he has wanted like below!


Let’s be honest, I would really love a large antique tapestry. But finding one in my price range at this size would be an impossible feat.  Hey, a girl can dream!

 Also, you will have probably noted that my source pictures are all very fancy.  Well, it was hard finding pictures of large walls and the only places I could think of that have large walls are in the Chateaus in France and Palaces of Europe. So, of course, my house wouldn’t nearly be as fancy!

So, how would YOU decorate such a large wall??  Please let me know, I am eager to hear as we’re going to have to finalize our plans soon and if there is a change like (make sure you put lights on the wall) then let me know.

Also, I have considered a window, but the windows that would be at eye level would be ugly because it looks at something ugly on the other side. We *could* consider clerestory windows, would have to talk to structural engineer about roof lines and such.

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  1. August 24, 2016 / 3:59 am

    I think I would start with a blank slate. Consider using one mirror in the center or two flanking mirrors with consoles. Depending on what you find that you like, finish the wall with art. Yes of course the tapestry would be perfect!

  2. August 24, 2016 / 2:39 pm


    I'm excited just looking at this plan, and it's not even my house! First of all, what you've talked about so far is absolutely gorgeous. But since you are asking, I would probably not do a console table and I would do built ins along the whole wall with bookshelves and space for a TV in the middle. My wall in my FR is 18' feet and that's what we did there and it made a huge difference. If you don't like that, then something with trims like you mentioned above would break it up. I like the idea of wainscoting too, that at least breaks the wall in half and it's always so pretty!

    I know whatever you do will be wonderful! And I can't WAIT to see it all finished!


    • August 24, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      oh, the whole built in look would look really nice. I have the console table *for now* but I always figured it would move somewhere else. I will strongly consider built-ins!! I can't wait 'til it is all finished too… so far all of it is on paper and boring things like pipes underground and electricity and stuff.

  3. August 24, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I think a gallery wall will work best with your t.v. and console. The tapestries are beautiful, but I can't imagine them on the t.v. wall. I love built in shelves, but again, I can't visualize them on each side of a t.v. console. How lucky you are to get to pick every beautiful thing for your new home!

    • August 24, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      haha if I got a tapestry I would certainly get rid of the tv! Perhaps I will do like Sheila suggested above, built ins but get rid of the console!

  4. August 26, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Hide the tv behind some kind of doors.

  5. August 31, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    I have a very large wall in my living room and we put two vintage Hawaii travel posters on it. They are vintage poster art and they look great. Big art in a focal point grouping worked for me. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!