I’ve mentioned this before, but our living room is a bit of an odd shape. It’s almost octagonal but it’s not quite, as it only has seven walls and it opens to our entrance and to our dining room. It also has a corner fireplace, which is old and gorgeous, but tricky for arranging furniture. The room also has two very long walls opposite the fireplace, one of which we have a massive couch against (like over 90″ massive because my husband insisted and for some god forsaken reason I gave in). Although I’m a fan of floating furniture, for this particular room, putting the couch against the wall makes sense and helps to create a nice seating area that faces the fireplace. As I said, we chose a very large couch both for comfort and seating and to fill the wall (and because my husband convinced me), but it means there is a lot — and I mean a LOT — of open wall space above the couch that we now need to fill. We’ve tried several different options from a mirror that didn’t quite work to a large painting we have, and we just haven’t figured out the right answer for what to hang on the wall over your sofa.
I know I can’t be alone in this dilemma. It looks so effortless in well designed spaces, but if you don’t have an amazing art collection already, it can be tricky to find the right pieces. I have been doing a lot of research on what to hang on the wall over your sofa, and I’ve found there are several answers that really depend on your space, style and budget:
- Large Mirror
- Large Photograph
- Large Print or Painting
- Gallery Wall of Assorted Art
- Medium Sized Mirror or Art Flanked by Smaller Art
- Matching Print Set
- Set of intaglios
I find it’s easiest to start with what kind of arrangement you want to go with over the wall and then look for pieces that fit. I find that art and wall decor takes time to collect, so it’s nice to have an idea of what you want the finished product to look for so as you see pieces you love, you have a better idea if they’ll work with what you’re trying to achieve for the space. As always, I like to start my design process by gathering images of rooms I love and then trying to hone in on what I love about them and let that guide my design and search. Here are some ideas and inspiration I love for what to hang on the wall over your sofa.