What to Hang Above a Sofa

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How to Decorate Above a Sofa

The empty space above a sofa is the main point of the house for a great work of art. In fact, it is only comparable to space above a fireplace.

That being said, it is sometimes difficult to determine what type of art should be hung.

While most people follow the traditional solution of hanging a single painting or photo on a sofa, when it comes to choosing something to display on a sofa, you have many options.

So get creative and choose to present something that you like.

1. Display Bold Artwork

The most commonplace on a sofa is a single piece of art, but if the art is smooth, the impact is likely to be minimal.

If you really want to create an attractive focal point, a sassy piece that practically jumps off the wall is the way to go.

Try something extra-large, in bright colors, or with an attractive design. Ultimately, the term "bold" is open to interpretation, but the idea is that when a person enters the room, his gaze immediately goes to the room because it is so impressive.

2. Create a Gallery Wall

Sometimes a single piece is not enough. This is where gallery walls can really save the day. A photo gallery can allow you to create a truly dramatic impact and save you from choosing just one piece.

Remember, when you hang rooms to create a wall gallery, all the elements act together as one unit. The center of the entire screen should be at eye level.

It is always best to plan for this type of display before you start hanging it.

Place the pieces on the floor in front of the wall and play with the arrangement until you find the one you like the most. If space does not allow it, use graph paper.

3. Display a Macrame Wall Hanging

Macramé, a fabric made of knots, has made a comeback in recent years. Originally popular in the 1970s, macrame resurfaced in the late 1910s in the form of vases, earrings, table runners, and tapestries.

The pieces can be large and complex or simple enough, you can do it yourself.

Anyone with a colorful living room should consider a macrame wall hanging behind the sofa; creating knots will create a beautiful focal point, but your neutral-colored cord will not add contrasting colors to the setting.

Macrame curtains can also add a pop of color if you choose one with colored ombre fringes.

Try using a large one on a sofa for an elegant centerpiece, or display a few smaller ones together for an even stronger impact.

4. Mount Mirrors Above the Sofa

Mirrors are important decorative tools. They reflect light, open spaces, and make rooms nicer and larger overall.

Above a sofa, there may be a great place to hang a large mirror, but remember that whenever possible, mirrors should be hung in front of windows or anything else that is visually appealing.

Don't hang a large mirror above a sofa just because it's an empty space and you have one. Make sure it works with everything else in the room.

With that said, you can definitely hang a series of small mirrors on a sofa to create a gallery atmosphere. As with any photo wall, treat them as one unit when deciding on placement and carefully consider the size, shape, and finish of the frames.

5. Hang Floating Shelves

As houses get smaller, storage becomes more and more important and people start to use all the available space to display their trinkets and treasures.

Shelves placed above a sofa can be a great way to solve a storage problem and display your accessories creatively. Floating shelves are a great option, as are shelves with attractive brackets.

Make sure they are installed correctly (directly on a pole) so they don't fall on anyone sitting on the couch.

When installing the shelves, hang them at eye level or, in the case of grouping, the center of the group should be at eye level.

You can choose to center the shelves on the sofa or try an asymmetrical design. You can also combine shelving with sconces and additional artwork for an eclectic look.

6. Mount a Sculpture Above a Sofa

Hanging sculptures made from interesting materials and shapes can be ideal for creating one-of-a-kind looks. The term sculpture is very broad, but it basically covers everything that is not a traditional work of art (i.e. painting or photography).

Some examples include fake horns, ceramic plates, or perforated metal sculptures. The key here is to look for pieces that are not too deep so that they do not interfere with the space above the sofa.

7. Display Maps

Cards are a great way to add a sense of history to a room. They are also perfect for honoring the places you have visited or dreamed of going to.

When it comes to decorating with cards, you have so many options: colorful, black and white, sepia, new, vintage, urban, country, traffic, nautical ... the list goes on.

You can find maps at home decor stores, antique stores, flea markets, or even extract them from old atlases and other books.

The key is to choose a card that is meaningful to you in one way or another. Cards tend to look better when framed, so if yours doesn't come with one, consider making a custom frame for your room.

When hanging something on a sofa, remember that the biggest mistake people make is hanging something too small. The room, whatever it is, should generally be about two-thirds the width of the sofa (unless you purposely choose something large). If you delete a group of rooms, the same suggestion generally applies. Other than that, the rules are very vague, so be creative and choose something that speaks to you and makes you smile.

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