Anthony Hopkins' perfect gallery wall has simultaneously bold and calming effects in his living room

The actor's space is a masterclass in decorating to the beat of your own drummer – and it's all down to his unconventional art wall

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There is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach to interior design. Though trends, rules, and inspirational images can be an excellent jumping-off point, at the end of the day design needs to reflect the homeowner's tastes. Sir Anthony Hopkins' unique art wall perfectly shows how relying on individual likes pays off.

The Academy Award-winning actor took to Instagram with a touching video about the meaning of life, but we couldn't help but get distracted by the beautiful gallery wall behind him. 

In Hopkins's living room/studio space, acrylic paintings center against warm white walls. His wall features one extra large painting surrounded by several smaller paintings. All of the art is unframed, and mounted at irregular intervals.

Those who know Hopkins for his performances in films such as Thor and Silence of the Lambs may be surprised to learn that the paintings are actually a Do-It-Yourself. In addition to his prolific acting career, Anthony Hopkins is an increasingly established painter. Rather than following a formal style, Hopkins paints freely based on inspiration that comes to him, to the delight of his large following on TikTok and Instagram.

'Painting is something I really enjoy, like playing the piano. I have a lot of fun with it. I just paint for the sheer enjoyment of it,' Hopkins told ArtNet in 2020. This creative, free-flowing love of painting is exactly what makes Anthony Hopkins' paintings the perfect living room wall decor for his home. It's an interior scheme guided by passion and creativity, rather than rotely following a trend.

White living room with modern furniture and gallery wall

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Following a passion is a proven way to create a timeless interior design scheme that will never date. Jennifer Ebert, trends expert and digital editor at Homes & Gardens states: 'When someone designs a space with their heart, you can always feel that in the room. Even if it has less broad appeal, this passion goes a long way to making a space look classic. In Anthony Hopkins' living room, the uniqueness and individuality shines through for a calming, bold, and polished feel.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

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If you can't paint yourself, there are thousands of interesting original works from artists all over the world on resale sites like 1stDibs and Chairish. You can choose to frame these works or arrange them in an informal manner inspired by Anthony Hopkins.

Interior design is not a prescriptive process. Instead, it must be guided by an individual's personal tastes, style, and inspirations. Hopkins's living room exemplifies this idea, which will hopefully become a growing trend in coming years.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.