How to Perfectly Style the Blank Wall Behind Your Sofa

What should I hang on the blank wall behind the sofa?


how to perfectly style the blank wall behind your sofa example with grid art hung above sofa

How to Perfectly Style the Blank Wall Behind The Sofa


“The blank wall behind my couch” is the subject line of so many emails.

Whether the question is “what should I hang” or “how high do we hang it” today we’re going to address it all.

The wall behind the sofa is a major focal point in most rooms.

Because of this, many people find searching for the right piece or pieces to hang above the sofa, somewhat intimidating.

“I’m afraid of making an expensive mistake,” is what I hear the most.

This doesn’t have to be a tough design decision.

In fact, if you follow these suggestions below, I’m sure you’ll not only find something great, but you’ll enjoy the process as well.



Here are a few great looking ideas for things you can hang above your sofa.

1. Hang a large mirror behind the sofa.

large mirror hung on the large blank wall behind the sofaphoto via HomeBNC


2. Create a Gallery Wall.

beautiful gallery wall on blank wall behind sofaphoto via Ballard Design


If you’re interested in incorporating several elements into your wall decor, a gallery wall is the perfect solution.

You can include multiple frame sizes, picture types, and wall decor.

To do this you’ll want to follow these steps:

1.Make sure the pictures, posters, or other elements you want to incorporate are large enough that they will make an impact.

2.Start by laying your elements out on the floor in the pattern you’re thinking you want it arranged in.

3.Have one consistent element that you’re working off of, such as a central piece or a single line all the frames are lined up with.

4.Measure and space carefully.

This post on has a lot more relevant information and details on how to style a gallery wall.


3. Fill up the blank space with a large art grid or hang two medium complimentary pieces.

art on wall hung behind sofaphoto and art via Studio McGee

See also the grid of wall art we hung above our love seat sofa in the top image.

You can invest in a pre-made grid of art or create your own with motifs like Intaglios, maps or florals, which lend themselves perfectly to a grid style.


4. Hang one large piece of art on the blank wall behind the sofa.


photo via Martha Stewart

Be sure to check out this post on where to buy the best art online.


5. Hang artful objects like baskets or wall sculptures.

photo via Soleshade

Many companies offer pre grouped basket selections for your wall.

This set is by far my favorite.


6. Install gallery shelves behind your couch.



photo via BHG


Gallery ledge style shelves are such a great idea if you like to move things around a lot.

This option is still so chic and yet also very functional.

You get a lot of flexibility and immediate gratification without adding a zillion new nail holes in your wall.



As you can see, there are plenty of different ways you can decorate the wall above your couch!

It’s always best to hang all art at eye level.

Usually this is about 60 inches from the center of the pieces to the floor.

Art hung over a sofa or couch should be 4-6 inches above the back of the piece.

As for width, the art should be 2/3 the width of the furniture- look at multiple pieces as if they are one large piece.

Play around with different ideas until you achieve the one which speaks the most to your style.

PS: See also this posts on how to decorate a large blank wall   and also this one on how to style a staircase wall for even more inspiring ideas.

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