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sneak peek best of: art above the sofa

by Amy Azzarito

It can prove to be one of the biggest design dilemmas: What do you hang in the space above your sofa? You want something that makes a statement, but the big question is whether to go with a large single piece of art or a collection of smaller pieces. I tend to bounce around. For a while I hung a large vintage map, then I hung a vintage collection of seascapes. (It took so long to get that arrangement right that I’ve vowed never to change it!) I’ve scoured the sneak peek archives for the best examples of art above sofas that are sure to give you plenty of inspiration for your art-hanging decision making. — Amy Azzarito

Image above: Two huge works by Australian artist Abbey McCulloch hang in Katie Graham’s living room in Victoria, Australia.

Image above: A wall hanging by Australian textile designer Pony Rider hangs above a vintage Danish sofa in Annabelle Kerslake’s Australia home.

Image above:
A portrait by Shelley Adler in Amie Weitzman’s Connecticut cottage

See more art above sofas after the jump . . .

Image above: A collection of favorite pieces hangs above the studio in Nerissa and Peter’s Vancouver, Canada, studio room.
Some of the paintings are thrift store finds; one of the framed posters was taken home from a Jeff Koons show at the Palace of Versailles, and the tree poster was a wallpaper the couple designed for a friend.

Image above: Rym of Mademoiselle Bagatelles decorates her Parisian apartment with artwork created by her mother (the carpets and cushions were found in Tunisia).

Image above: The sofa in Meghan McEwen’s Detroit home actually came with the house. They gave it second life with new upholstery and hung above it a huge charcoal drawing by
Andy Krieger.

Image above: Jordan and her husband try to buy one significant piece of art every year to hang in their San Francisco home. They bought the big colorful
piece hanging to the left of the settee from Michelle Armas.

Image above: The dramatic arrangement of photographs makes the simple Ikea sofa in Jimmie Martin and Rick Schultz’s London home look so much more luxe.

Image above: A little twist on the classic collage — everything slants to the left in Paul and Megan Wilkes’ Dallas home.

Image above: A photograph by Jean-Pierre Khazem hangs above the sofa in Dorothée Monestier’s Paris home.

Image above: A painting by Scott Herskovitz hangs above the sofa in Grace Hsiu’s Pasadena, California, home.

Image above: Lizzy Janssen displays her collection of vintage hand-painted portraits above the sofa in her Philadelphia home.

Image above: The Thomas Pheasant mirror hanging above the settee in Cortney Bishop’s South Carolina home was one of the first pieces that she purchased for herself.

Image above: You can’t go wrong with a pet portrait. Haddock lounges on a chair underneath his portrait in his 1920s Maine farmhouse from Sneak Peek: Tyler Karu and Brendan Ready.

Image above:
A sunburst wrought-iron wall lamp hangs above Steve Soria’s 1940s Victorian 3-piece couch in his Santa Barbara ranch home.

Image above: Objects as art: In her home in Tunisia, Victoria Reppert hung the old mashrabiya screen slightly away from the wall so that it would cast beautiful patterns in the light.

Image above: Amanda Happé’s sofa in her Toronto home is a vintage Canadian design that was once airport waiting furniture. She took the photographs (of graffiti cover-ups) during a trip to Santa Monica.

Image above: A mirror is flanked by vintage magazines in Bryan Minnich and Katie D’Angelo’s Washington, D.C. home.

Image above: In Alissa Walker’s Los Angeles living room, the poster
on the wall is a 1967 serigraph by Sister Corita Kent, who was a Los Angeles designer and nun. The off-center hanging makes the window feel like another piece of art.

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