When decorating a wall behind a couch, it can be difficult to determine how to arrange pictures so that you create a complete, but uncluttered look. Several groupings are good options that provide balance and unity to the space. Use the size of your sofa and the pictures you want to use to help guide you to the best picture arrangement for your home.
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If you have pictures or canvases that go together, hanging them as a collection will help create a cohesive design. This look works well if you are using three canvases that showcase three different parts of a unit, such as a flower or black and white prints of different angles of a body part, such as baby's feet. Hang the pictures at eye level with about 1 foot of space between them.
Make a feature wall behind your sofa by hanging large pictures in a similar fashion to an art gallery. Measure 58-inches above the floor line. Hang large pictures so that the centre of the picture is on the 58-inch measurement. Separate each picture by a few feet. Three to five pictures work well with this grouping, depending on the width of your wall.
If you have a lot of pictures in different sizes, creating a grid pattern will help you make a harmonious layout for your pictures. Some companies will take the dimensions of your pictures and create a grid for you to use and an easy diagram to follow. You can make the grid yourself by placing painter's tape on the wall until you achieve the desired look.
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Gather a set of picture frames that are all the same size, colour and style. Frame favourite family photos, wallpaper scraps, book pages, leaves or pressed flowers. Hang the pictures in a cluster over the sofa. The pictures should be 2-inches or fewer apart in height and width. Hang another arrangement on a connecting wall to create a sense of symmetry.
For a contemporary look, try an asymmetrical look. Arrange a variety of pictures in a grouping with small picture frames amid medium sized ones. Picture frames should be the same colour, but can be different shapes and placed in different directions. Achieve a sense of balance with a large picture on the left and right hand size of the grouping.
Arrange your pictures in a grouping that mirrors a shape. A triangle grouping of pictures behind the sofa makes an immediate focal point. Place your pictures in a circle to tell a story with your photos. Place large pictures in the middle and then surround the big pictures with smaller pictures to achieve the circular look.
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