To finish our look back at 2015, we’re taking another look at 8 ideas to solve a common decorating dilemma: What to hang on the big, bare wall behind the sofa? We’ve covered everything from traditional artworks to African baskets. Be inspired!

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

Image – Derek Swalwell. Crisp St apartment by Mim Design

A statement artwork can really change the mood of a room. This high impact contemporary piece in an apartment by Mim Design adds a jolt of fresh colour to an otherwise neutral room, along with a combination of dynamic angles and softer, watercolour effects. In this case, the artwork is perfectly in proportion with the size of the sofa, and the height of the ceiling.

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

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If you’re not ready to commit to a large piece, try a pair (or more) of matching or complementary artworks. Hung as a pair or set, they provide pleasing symmetry and an ordered feel. Here, the colour and pattern in the cushions, rug and throw means the restrained, monochromatic prints are right for the space. Extra points for on-trend typography.

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

Image – Robert Caruso via chateleine.com

Be a clever home stylist and create a gallery wall made up of smaller art pieces, posters or photographs. Try to keep an element of consistency across subject matter, colour or frame size or colour. Adding a 3D element (like this mini animal head) adds depth and a sense of fun. If you want some tips on hanging a gallery wall, check out our video.

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

Image – Prue Ruscoe for Belle February/March 2012

A mirror is a decorative element in its own right, and also works to reflect light and add depth to the room. Just as with art, choose a frame and style to suit your space, from a plain black iron box frame to a vintage carved timber style with slightly foxed glass. Position a lamp near the mirror to double the warm glow.

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

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Hanging textiles add a hand-made element to your room, and soften hard surfaces. (They’ll also help deaden sound if you’re suffering from clacky floors.) This Moroccan wedding blanket (handira) is beautiful in this all white space, adding texture and sparkle. You could also consider small rugs, woven wall hangings, or embroidered textiles like suzanis.

7 ways to decorate the space above your sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

OK, this solution requires a little construction work. But a wall of books adds unrivalled personality to a room, and offers many styling opportunities as well as a storage solution. Will you organise your books by colour of spine, or arrange them sparsely with baskets, ceramics and travel finds filling the spaces?

baskets

Image – Simon Kenny via Interiors magazine June/July 2009

Get creative with your collections. These African baskets make for a striking feature, and you could create a similar look with a mixture of different basket styles and textures. It’s a little bit boho, a little bit beachy, and we love the organic feel when combined with the weathered timber daybed and block printed cushions.

8 ideas for the wall behind the sofa - Temple & Webster Journal

And finally, feathers! One or more Bamileke juju hats tick the box on texture and colour. They fit in with the bohemian mixed-pattern vibe here, but a single white juju hat against a charcoal wall can also fit perfectly into a more formal scheme. Whatever you do, don’t forget a pineapple!

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