Sometimes it’s difficult to decide how to hang artwork on a bare wall above a couch. Before you start randomly hammering nails into a wall, contemplate the quantity, type and arrangement of wall hangings you’d like to display. Several factors, such as a sofa’s size, available wall space, ceiling height and personal preference, can have a significant effect on how to arrange and hang wall art above a sofa.
Recommended height and spacing guidelines for hanging wall art above a sofa are simply suggested reference points. They’re not meant to be hard-and-fast rules for hanging every piece of wall art. Typically, the bottom of a single art piece or grouping should hang about 8 to 10 inches above the back of a sofa. You can tweak the measurements a few inches to allow more room for placing your arm on the back of a sofa or to accommodate a very high wall. Avoid raising the artwork more than a few inches above the recommended height. Artwork placed too high on a wall can dissolve the unified look between a sofa and the wall hangings, making the art pieces appear to be floating alone on a wall.
A sofa and the wall hangings above it should complement each other to create a cohesive, balanced look. Hanging wall art that’s at least two-thirds the length of a sofa displays visually pleasing balance between a sofa and the wall hangings above it. In addition, avoid hanging wall art that extends beyond the length of a sofa, as the art can appear to overpower a sofa, creating a top-heavy appearance. Whether you choose one large piece of artwork or an arrangement of several pieces, adhering to recommended scale guidelines helps to create aesthetically pleasing balance.
Horizontal and Gallery
Create a horizontal or gallery arrangement on the wall above your sofa by first laying the desired grouping on the floor face down. Leave about 2 to 5 inches between each picture in the arrangement. Stand back and view the grouping from afar to get a better overall visual of the arrangement. Tweak the grouping as desired. Lay sheets of wax paper over the picture arrangement and use a marker to outline each picture, making a dot on each outline where the picture hanger is located. Tape the wax paper picture arrangement to the wall with blue painter’s tape and hammer a nail through the wax paper on each “picture hanger dot.” Remove the tape and wax paper, and you’re ready to hang your pictures.
Several helpful tools can assist you in hanging wall art above a sofa. A metal measuring tape helps you pinpoint exact locations on a wall to position wall hangings, while a level can ensure they’re even. Acquiring a friend to hold a single piece of artwork against a wall can give you a good visual of how it will look when it’s actually hanging above a sofa. Special tools can make hanging wall art an easier task. For example, a stud finder can help you locate wall studs to support heavy pieces of hanging artwork. A small, lightweight hammer is easier for driving nails than a large, heavy one. Picture hangers in assorted sizes are designed to hold a variety of weights to accommodate almost any wall hanging.
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