The wall area behind your couch is prime decorating real estate. The space is usually six to eight feet wide and stretches from the back of the couch all the way to the ceiling. All that blank space requires something large to fill it. Big doesn’t have to mean costly, however. Large just means a lot of visual effect.
Fabric is Fabulous
Fabric is an inexpensive way to bring colour and interest to your walls. If you want the country appear, a massive quilt hung behind the couch makes a room feel cozy and welcoming. If the country look isn’t your style, fabric stretched over a cheap panel produces a simple do-it-yourself project. Locate a piece of cloth that appeals to you and get enough to cover a large part of wall behind the couch. Use fabric starch to adhere the fabric to the panel, then frame it out with painted trim from the home improvement store and attach with wall anchors or secure to studs.
Go for a Gallery
Group lots of smaller things together to create big visual effect. It can be artwork, pictures, pressed flowers under glass or just about anything you can put in a frame. Gather up a selection of frames from the craft or art supply store, or comb secondhand stores for mix-and-match frames you can paint all 1 shade. Fill them with your favourite pieces and arrange them behind the couch. Change the images seasonally to keep things interesting.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
A huge mirror may appear great, but it can be costly. You can attain a similar effect by hanging a grouping of smaller, less costly framed mirrors. Check out discount stores and secondhand stores, especially during sales whenever there’s lots of affordable decor to be found. Utilize a grouping of matching mirrors, or even gather several mismatched mirrors to make a reflective gallery. You can always paint the mirror frames so the colours all fit, or paint them to match your colour scheme.
Odds and Ends
Mirrors, photos and artwork aren’t the only things that function as a gallery screen supporting the couch. Any selection of comparatively flat items can make the gallery effect. Antique silver trays, flat baskets, an old door or headboard, a group of maps or even vintage record covers. The trick to making a set gallery function is finding something uniform among them. In a selection of trays, they are all reflective silver. For record covers, then you might place all of them in matching frames. Whether it’s colour, frame, shape, texture or material, utilize a frequent element to pull the items together, then set them at an attractive pattern above the couch.