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Sun, Dec 20, 09 at 21:17
|I need ideas for a picture to place over my sofa. It is a neutral color with neutral walls so any color will work. I like any decor except country/folk art style. Can you show me your favorites pics?|
|I've always been happy with my colorful oil painting over my sofa. It still makes me happy. It's an original oil but it's unsigned - I got it at one of those "starving artists" sales. |
|Personally I like a grouping of prints over a sofa rather than one large picture. Over a sofa is a large space and a grouping can be easier and more interesting than only one picture to fill the area. You want the whole sofa area involved, not just the center of the sofa. I have 4 large framed prints framed indentically of different Willamsburg taverns- 2 on top, 2 on bottom- that fill the entire space. (Don't know how to post pictures) You can do 3 prints across, botanicals work very nicely, as long as they are from a series of matching prints. |
However, art is very personal. There are many online sites of art prints including reproductions of famous artists you might like. Google and then you can look at hundreds of prints and see what appeals to you- landscapes, historical scenes, modern contemporary, botanicals, buildings, portraits, impressionists, etc.
|Above the sofa in the one-and-only living room here -- an old portrait and four matching 18-century prints in sepia tones: |
And in the guest room/home office -- a small collection of Ouija boards with an old advertising poster of a famous psychic from the 1930s:
Jan at rosemary Cottage
|Here's the picture we usually have over our sofa in the family room. Sorry it is down, we just painted. |
|I don't have a picture, but we have 3 same-size reproduction vintage travel posters over our living room sofa. I got them at art.com and had them framed (all same frame). I like them, but we may be relocating them to our playroom and hanging an oversized map, instead. I just need to find the right one. I have a reproduction antique Paris map that I may have enlarged and framed. We have a lot of art in our house, all in a similar size range, so I'm feeling the need for one big thing over the sofa. I just think it's usually harder to find the "one big thing" and can be much easier to group 3 smaller prints.|
|Thanks ladies, does anybody have more contemporary or modern artwork above their sofa?|
|www.art.com is a great site as someone above said. The modern Vincent Van Gogh's might interest you and 2 or 3 Georgia O'Keeffe's would be striking. That site subdivides by categories so you can find lots of modern/contemporary prints and it gives dimensions (without framing).|
|Kitty, I love your vintage print. Where did you get it, and do you know who did it/what it's called? |
|This pic is from last Christmas (we've since added a throw on the couch): |
Our wall hanging is pretty contemporary bixa525.
|Here's the category for abstract art at art.com -- might be something there! |
Here is a link that might be useful: art.com -- abstract category
|Our LR ceiling is high and we have hung a very large oil over the sofa. This sort of continues a gallery concept from our entry. |
|I went to a warehouse yesterday, filled with art, lamps etc that decorators had used to stage model homes and were now selling the inventory so the warehouse could be rented to a new tenant. Some of these pieces are "large". I checked on art.com....too large to ship. Any of these would be nice above a sofa. Maybe my pics will give you ideas.... |
|Hi Red, |
I love this one too! I bought it from a designer about 12 yrs ago & still enjoy it. It is by Brent Heighton & called Summer Shadows. Mine is canvas, not a print. Believe you can buy both, not sure. Have a place for it?
|Paintings above my sofa in great room: |
|I have a rug over my sofa. Sometimes I swap it for a Navajo one. |
|mimi 2006, I really like your painting, very nice.|
|I am not good at committing to a specific picture, so I did architectural plaques instead: |
|One of the photos on this thread made me rethink how I place pictures above a sofa. I always treat only the sofa itself as the 'space' to fill and center or align my pictures (if there are more than 1 which would be center over the center of the sofa) between the outer edges of the sofa only, disregarding any tables or lamps on either side of the sofa. |
However, I notice in susieq07's photo it appears the 2 paintings are spaced evenly between the 2 lamps on the end tables on both sides of the sofa with the outer edges of each painting therefore extending beyond the edges of the sofa. Is there a right or wrong way of filling this type of sofa wall space, how do most people calculate their spacing, or is it just a matter of what looks 'right' to each individual? (Yes, I am a Type A when it comes to measuring and will move a picture if it looks even 1/8" higher or lower than a matching print next to it.)
|IMO, I dont think there is any right or wrong way, it depends on what or how many items you are going to hang above the sofa. If it is only a large picture, it should be centered above the sofa but if it is a bunch of pictures, I would include the whole space between the sofa and the end tables. One of my pet peeves is if the picture or wall decor is not the correct size for the area and if the art is hung too high.|
|Here's mine. |
|picture over my sofa in my home office. Sorry about the dark color but it is a dreadfully dreary day here today. |
|This was over the sofa in my old house. Now my sofa floats in the living room so there isn't anything immediately behind it. |
|Here's my sitting room. The print is of an Amish family near the water. Sorry for the poor picture quality. |
|well, I can't help you at all because it seems that all my houses I have lived have had my couch in the middle of the room. However, since I may be soon becoming the height hanging police, I will take a risk and recommend that whatever you decide to hang above you couch, hang it LOW. I know that some people's thought is to hang pictures at eye level when you are standing, but, consider this: are you in an art gallery in your home or a 'family room' or living room' ? So my thought is to hang low. It instantly warms up a room to see a picture low, which means you hang at a comfy viewing height when you are sitting, no standing. I know I will hear other opinions, but IMVHO I say hang it low. Kudos to low-hanging-poster-homersmom.|
|oopsie, I think that the general rule is that the center of the art work should be about 50" off the floor (or eye level when standing). Considering that most sofas backs are at least 30" tall if you place a 36" tall painting just 6" above the sofa it should end up with its center at about 50". So it totally follows the "rule". |
I do like the height that homersmom hung the other art in the room. It makes the whole seating area feel very cozy and grounded.
|Here's mine. SuisieQ07, what a nice bright open space you have. |
|Susieq, I would have never thought to hang two pictures like that, but they are perfect for that area above your sofa and below the ledge. Just gorgeous. |
And I love those pictures too. My favorite landscapes!
My "rule" is, if it looks good, then it's okay. :)
Sjt, I want your sofas!
|This picture is now hanging over my sofa. I searched for quite a while before I found it. For me, the only thing that could make it perfect, is if there was raindrops falling in the street. :) |
|I plucked this pic from our local MLS. |
I'll call it a what not to do.
When I looked at the video tour, there wasn't a thing on the other side, either.
Unfortunately, in our house, we have so many blasted windows that there's no room for art over any sofa.
|Idie2live, love your painting, may I ask where you got it?|
|Thanks Roseabbey. I got it from Kirkland's a few month's ago. It's measures 45"x57". Reasonably priced too. HTH |
|Here is mine - recently put up I still need to increase the spacing between the photos a bit plus the shadowing makes it look worse. |
The art is from an estate sale (first one I had been too)and the two side pictures are actually completely made of molded iron which is kinda cool...imo!
Roseabbey - I have the exact same twisted iron work you have...it is very beautiful above your photo.
|homersmom, I love your chairs.|
|Thanks Haley, I bought the iron topper at HomeSense, love that store, you must have one near you as well?|
|Thank you kindly, idie2live!|
|Here is mine. I have read (and it usually works out) that you measure from the floor to the centre of the picture (or mirror) and it should be about 63 inches. In the diningroom or kitchen you can hang a wee bit lower as you don't want to be looking up at the artwork when you are seated. Over a sofa I think the space should take up 3/4 of the sofa area. I guess that theory blows this out of the water then! Ooops! Newbie posting pics on this forum! |
Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket
|door, I love the dramatic statement !! welcome !!|
|door.....That's Cool! WOW effect plus!|
|Lots of great ideas here! |
I inherited this old Audubon print & placed it above the sofa. I put old war sepias around that and added the 2 square things. Plans are to add different artwork to replace the square thingies as I find it. My thinking was I needed something substantial over that big honking sofa.
|Roseabbey - Yes HomeSense it was - my all time fav store! Where in Canada are you located?...as I don't believe HomeSense is in the US. |
I live in Quebec but right on the border to Ottawa.
|I'm an artist so I like going a bit bold. |
|Haley, yes I live in Gananoque, just east of Kingston, Ontario. HomeSense and Bombay are my fav stores.|
|oo Door I love that! |
I need a MASSIVE piece for above my couch and I have no idea where in the world to look for one. :( Even a massive piece would probably still require a grouping of things around it to fill the wall. I have a HUGE wall behind my couch with a vaulted ceiling. The wall next to it is even worse. Bah.
|Homersmom, I love your room -- very pretty!|
|I used a grouping: |
|So many nice art grouping!!|
|Door1, I love your picture!! |
Which pic do you like between these 2
|Bixa, don't know if you were asking everyone for opinions on the two pics or just door, but I like the first one (trees and hills).|
|I can't see the pictures, Bixa!|
|I agree - my pet peeve too is mis-scaled art hung too high. |
living rooms are meant for sitting and visiting so art should be lower as mentioned to give a warm embracing feeling.
homersmom, your room is devine, scale -color- amount of art and furniture.
door1- lovely as well!!
haley - LOVE your christmas tree and warm cottage ambiance
lorretta - love your art
jodi- as a daring artist, have you considered colored walls to warm your space?
thanks to all for sharing photos, it certainly shows many tastes and styles!
|Crazyone, there is still much to do in our living room (new carpet, lamps, end table, etc.) and I'm hoping to bring some color to the walls some day. |
There is an "Inglenook" (i.e., step down conversation pit) and fireplace just behind where I am standing to take my picture. It has colored walls and built in seating that I absolutely love. I just need to find another color for the sofa area that will compliment it.
The wall opposite the sofa has a large, espresso color entertainment unit and a vaulted ceiling that needs some serious attention as well. So much to do, so little time. :-)
|I know this is an old thread, but I had to say Teacats, I love the Ouija boards! What a neat thing to show off. I have a couple of them around here and never once thought of hanging them up!|
|Leafy02: Thanks! I just adore the history, colors and graphics of all of the "talking" or "spirit" boards! Lots of fun! Do consider hanging your boards too! :) |
Jan at Rosemary Cottage
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