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10 Favorite Living Rooms: Decorating Above the Sofa

painting above the sofa in living room by Marie Flanigan
Marie Flanigan

 

Happy Monday, friends! Y’all know how much we love getting your questions–and how much we hope we can help you answer them. 

 

painting above the sofa in living room by Carrier and Co
Carrier and Co via Dering Hall

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We recently received a question about our favorite ways to decorate above the sofa–and we jumped at the chance to find some fabulous examples of ways to do just that. 

 

chinoiserie screen above the sofa in living room by Phoebe Howard
Phoebe Howard

 

This stunning screen is a bit unexpected over the sofa, a tiny bit three-dimensional, which we love, and fills the space beautifully!

 

painting above the sofa in living room by Brooks and Falotico
Brooks & Falotico via New England Home Magazine

 

We love this monochromatic look, the way this painting blends with the wallpaper behind it creating a subtle statement that draws the eye again and again.

 

painting above the sofa in living room by J.K. Kling
J.K. Kling

 

Then again… a bolder statement works so well. And, in this case, bigger isn’t necessarily better. With the balance of the lamps, the proportions work perfectly. 

 

map above the sofa in living room by Studio McGee
Studio McGee

 

One of my favorite pieces in my house is a framed map from our honeymoon to the British Virgin Islands, complete with notes and pen marks. This map gives a similar vibe–and anything that evokes a happy memory is a bonus. 

 

triptych painting above the sofa in living room by Alessandra Branch
Alessandra Branca

 

This triptych is a great alternative to one large painting, 

 

bird watercolors above the sofa in living room by Sarah Bartholomew
Sarah Bartholomew

 

While a gallery wall that incorporates the sofa but doesn’t depend on it creates a unique look.

 

Baskets above the sofa by Chango & Co
Chango and Co

 

As we’ve said before, 3-d art–like these baskets–is organic and eye-catching,

 

triptych above the sofa by Alessandra Branca
Alessandra Branca

 

And embracing a theme–like this chic coastal style–is always welcome. With so many options, it’s hard to choose how to decorate over a sofa! What’s your favorite look?

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We love seeing you here! And don’t hesitate to send us your burning design questions at [email protected]

 





I had the best week in New York doing the final meetings for my next book, Feels Like Falling and then at the Savannah Book Fest! And I got to make my NYC TV debut at NY Live–and feature some of my favorite products. It was so much fun!

 

Choosing the Perfect Sofa

living room sofa
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific week. We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end here in North Carolina and, as usual, the start of the school year has us thinking about new projects we want to undertake in our homes. 

living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

Undeniably one of the most important parts of the living rooms in our homes is the sofa. So, so many things come into play when choosing the right sofa that it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of our tips for choosing the perfect one! 

sectional sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. Think about the purpose of your new couch. Is it more decorative? Do you want to be able to stretch out on it and take a nap? Do you want to be able to curl up and watch a movie with your sweetheart? If so, styles that are at least 40 inches deep (when the cushions are out) and 72 inches long are a must! 
living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

2. What does the rest of the furniture in your room look like? We love sofas with legs, but in a room with all leggy furniture, it can be a little bit too much! Skirted sofas are perfect for rooms where there is already plenty of wood. Using a dark fabric is a great idea for a skirted sofa, as it makes dust, dirt and shoe marks much less visible.

sofa for living room
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

3. Do you want your couch to blend in or stand out? Because of its size in comparison to the rest of the pieces in the room, the sofa makes a statement. We love neutral couches whose pillows can be changed frequently to tell a new story. But choosing a big, bold pattern or a fun color can totally transform a room.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

4. Does your couch need to be kid-friendly? Everyone thought I was crazy when I bought a pair of white leather tufted sofas for the playroom, but it was the best purchase I ever made! Everything wipes right off, and there’s even a handy correction pen for covering up travesties like permanent market. (Thank goodness we haven’t had to use that one!) Sunbrella or other outdoor fabrics are also great choices for kid-friendly couches.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. What is your ceiling height? For room with ceilings eight feet tall or less, lower-backed sofas are a must! They make the room seem much larger than an oversized piece would. Conversely, if you have extremely tall ceilings, make sure the back is tall enough to command a presence. 

sofa in entrance foyer
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Are you a fluffer? For a low-maintenance look, tufted backs are wonderful and are easier to maintain than couches where both the back and seat pillows must be constantly fluffed. 

sofa in dining room
One Kings Lane

 

7. What kind of arm is right for you? Just remember that arms take up lots of visual space and can look clunky. You can never go wrong with an English roll arm!

living room sofa
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

There is no doubt that the right sofa is critically important to a space. What do you look for when sofa shopping?

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Things We Love: Chesterfield Sofas

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Linda McDougald Design

Fabulous tufting in any fabric you please, Chesterfield sofas are some of our favorite home decor essentials.

living-room
One Kings Lane

In fact, one of my very favorite things in my whole house is a pair of leather style Chesterfield sofas. They’re white and comfy and look great dressed up or dressed down. And, miraculously, they have withstood more than a few crayon catastrophes.

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