How to Perfectly Style the Blank Wall Behind Your Sofa

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

Coming up with ideas for decor above your couch isn’t always easy.

But, today we’re going to break it all down!

how to perfectly style the blank wall behind your sofa example with grid art hung above sofaSkirted sofa here is custom by Lee Industries.Wall color is Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud.



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 sofaConsole table behind couch with large mirror above via HomeBNC

Adding a console table, if you have the room is a great idea.

This helps to ground the whole area and also offers a surface for drinks and or decor or lighting.

2. Create a Gallery Wall.

beautiful gallery wall on blank wall behind sofaGold and black and white frames on wall behind settee 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 home decor ideas and 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.


statement art on wall behind couchphoto via Martha Stewart

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

One big beautiful piece of art can be so impactful as well as open up a space.


5. Hang artful objects or decorative items like baskets or wall sculptures.

baskets hanging on large blank wall behind a couchBaskets above couch decor in family room via Soleshade.

Love this idea, can be such a statement piece in your living room.

Woven baskets can also add a nice bit of natural texture to your room.

Many companies offer pre grouped basket selections for your wall.

This set is by far my favorite.


6. Install gallery shelves behind your couch.



gallery ledge displaying art behind a sofaGreat example of abstract art gallery on a ledge behind couch 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.

One of the many reasons these are so popular in the interior design world.

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

Love this idea if you are lucky enough to have a couch or sofa in a home office.




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

It’s always best to hang all decor above the couch 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.

Regardless of the height of your wall space, you always want to draw the eye up.

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.

Lastly, to help you even further with your home projects, download my FREE DESIGN CHEAT SHEET!

It’s loaded with all sorts of quick tips and handy measurements.

Click here to grab that, it’ll be super helpful!


PS: How to style throw pillows on your couch.





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