How to fill the blank space over your sofa

One of the questions our Design Solutions’ team gets all the time is, “How do I fill the blank space on my wall?” Sometimes it’s the top of a stair landing, sometimes it’s the wall of a bedroom, and many, many times, it’s the wall space over the sofa! Considering all the questions, we figured we’d tackle this question on How to Decorate! Here are 10 ways you can fill that big expanse of wall over your sofa to create an impactful focal point.

How to fill the blank space over your sofa? A large oversized mirror

1. A Large, Oversized Mirror

We’ve discussed on the blog how important it is create a focal point and infuse drama into every room, and a large mirror is the perfect way to do that. The wall space over your sofa can be an intimidating space because it’s so expansive, but we actually like to think of it as an opportunity! Take the space and do something dramatic with it! In this living room, we grouped together several of our Sacha mirrors to create a glamorous feature wall that really wows you!

A grid of framed prints over the sofa creates order and symmetry

2. A Grid of Four or More Prints

Symmetry is another important thing to consider when decorating your room because it gives a sense of order to the space. It’s also a great tool if you love a serene, polished look — a symmetrical room is often more calm because your eye doesn’t jump around the space so much. A grid of prints over the back of your sofa is a great way to fill space, but also create a symmetrical focal point.

A grouping of prints of different sizes but a similar theme

3. A Grouping of Prints in Different Sizes

A gallery wall can be very intimidating, but if you like the look, consider doing a grouping of art all in the same vein like we did here. All of these prints are from the same artist but in different sizes, and the arrangement of the prints is much more simplified than the big web you usually see in a gallery wall.

Hang one large painting over the sofa instead of lots of smaller ones

4. One Large Painting

Instead of lots of little pieces, consider hanging one large painting on the wall over your sofa. This has a few benefits — it’s a bit like putting on a dress in that you only need one piece and you’re done. No coordinating, no matching pants to a top. Voilà. Another great thing about one large piece, it feels simpler, more polished, less busy. If that’s the look you’re going for, then considering finding one piece of art you really love and sticking to that!

Hang a set of mirrors over your sofa

5. A Set of Mirrors

If your room is dark and you want to bring more light into your space, considering hanging several mirrors over your sofa. They’ll bounce light around the room, they look chic and simple, and they’ll go with any color palette you chose!

A Pair of Matching prints or a diptych works beautifully over a sofa

6. A Pair of Prints or Mirrors

There are so many benefits to buying home decor items in pairs, and a pair of prints is no exception! One reason we love them? You can always keep them together, or you can split them up in different rooms. A pair is much more versatile than a single, just like a pair of lamps is easier to place than a single.

Hang a large bulletin board over your sofa and rotate your art in and out

7. A Bulletin Board with Rotating Art

We love the idea of having a large bulletin board over your sofa so you can rotate art in and out. This would be a great way to showcase children’s art in a family room or playroom! We hung a large Burlap Message Board and added a grid of 8 botanical prints.

Hang a gallery wall over a sofa to fill blank space

8. Go For a Gallery Wall

We know a gallery wall can feel intimidating, but there’s really no exact science! Just go for it. Of course, it always helps to arrange prints on the ground before putting a nail in the wall, but we also love the idea of constantly adding to a grouping as you acquire new favorite pieces.

Hang a mirror and a pair of prints over your sofa

9. A Mirror + A Pair

Mix wall decor together! There’s no need to choose between a mirror or art prints. Use them both together to create a unique grouping that has personality and movement.

How to fill the blank wall space behind your sofa

10. Nothing

Still stumped with what to hang behind your sofa? Place your sofa in front of a window and you don’t need a thing — except maybe a pair of pretty drapery panels!

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