Decorating the sofa wall with a composition of paintings has always been one of the most used and demanded solutions. It is normal, the paintings and prints offer us an immense range of options to decorate the wall behind the sofa with a lot of style and create a very attractive focal point. Of course, for that to happen, an appropriate composition must be created, both for the design of the pictures and plates and for the location of each piece, and that is where the doubts come. That is why I have collected these 25 modern, beautiful and stylish compositions of paintings, so that you can be inspired or copied directly, and you can decorate the wall of the sofa with success.
IN BLACK AND WHITE
One of the most successful and safe compositions is to use black and white pictures and plates. They always bring elegance and adapt to any decorative style, especially the most modern and sophisticated decorative styles.
A COMPOSITION OF FRAMES BEHIND THE SOFA IN PYRAMID
In addition to the paintings and frames themselves, the way we position each painting and create the composition is also of the atmost importance. There are many ways to create a composition as we will see in this article. One of them is creating a composition in the shape of a triangle or pyramid that is in proportion to the size of the sofa, as we see in the living room above.
ALL TO THE WHITE
If some black and white pictures are ideal to put behind the sofa, as we saw before, a composition of white pictures with its also white frame and some color details, it is even better, since white combines with everything and, for it is usually a sure hit. This type of composition works best in modern styles such as Nordic or minimalist. If you have a more … rustic or artisan style, the following composition of paintings will interest you.
A BLACK AND WHITE TRIPTYCH
Nor is it necessary to create a composition with many paintings to decorate the wall of the sofa with paintings and prints. Triptychs or a set of three sheets that have some relationship to each other, usually works very well. If your living room has a Nordic style, 3 black and white paintings with a blank frame will be perfect.
A WARM AND COZY COMPOSITION
If you are looking for paintings behind the sofa that are warm and you want a cozy combination, the one we see above these lines is perfect, both for the content of the paintings, in warm tones and for the frames of each and every one of them, in wood in light tones. This combination provides warmth and texture and is a sure hit for more artisan styles where vegetable fibers and wooden furniture have a leading role in the living room.
TRACES OF MINIMALIST LINES
Pictures and prints with minimalist lines are the order of the day. A good idea to decorate the wall of your sofa with these pictures is to put three large pictures, at least 50 x 70 or 70 x 100, with the frame in white and with subtle black lines. This combination works for many decorative styles, but for a modern and minimalist Nordic style it works like a glove. If you liked these paintings, here are 15 minimalist decorative prints that you are going to love.
If you are looking for a combination of paintings and prints for a sophisticated and charming living room, the one you see above fits these criteria perfectly. A composition of paintings with a blank frame and details in pink and white with floral motifs and letters. If, in addition, you have the walls painted in a soft beige tone, the paintings will stand out even more, since the wall acts as a perfect canvas with just the right contrast so that the paintings stand out without excess.
A ROW OF FOUR FRAMES
Without resorting to elaborate compositions, without having to spend a dozen paintings, without complications: 4 paintings perfectly centered with the sofa and perfectly placed is more than enough to create a successful composition that adds a lot of decoration. The content of the paintings is up to you, of course. They can be pictures of your hobbies, landscapes, cities or, why not, family photographs. Of course, they all have the same size and the same frame.
A REBEL TOUCH FOR A CLASSIC STYLE
Something that works very well is to create a contrast between the style of the room and the content of the paintings. As we see above, where a modern checkered triptych with a certain rebellious touch has been added in a room with an elegant and classic cut and the result could not be better. Not only do they add color and appeal to the living room, they create an original accent wall.
Although if you do not want to risk or are looking for a composition according to your style, you can also use a set of three paintings but that contain content according to your style. Not only the content is important, so is the framework. In this case, a fine gold frame fits perfectly with the sophisticated and elegant style of the living room.
The content of the paintings that will decorate the wall of the sofa matters a lot. I always advise putting pieces that have emotional weight. In this way, we make sure that we will always like them and do not end up tiring us. And what better than family photographs to create an emotional composition?
EXOTIC IN CHARACTER
Who does not like to travel? Do you know someone who doesn’t like maps? Maps, whether in pictures, sheets or triptychs, like the one we see above these lines are in fashion, and they give the living room a touch of the most exotic. Also, if you don’t want to put many pictures behind the sofa, a single triptych will be enough to decorate that wall with pictures. Simple and effective.
This is one of the composition of paintings for behind the sofa that I like most. Not only because I love decorative pictures and prints with botanical details, but because of their simplicity and efficiency. You only need two large paintings, at least 70 x 100 cm. With a wooden frame and with a charming botanical content and you will have one of the most beautiful walls behind the sofa you can have. If you like this idea, here you can see and download original botanical prints for free.
TWO ROWS OF TABLES
Another of the most successful ways to create a combination of pictures that decorates the wall of the sofa is by creating two rows perfectly aligned with each other and with the same separation of pictures both vertically and horizontally speaking. The eye likes order. And when we create an orderly composition we create an effect that makes us feel comfortable, in harmony.
So if you don’t like “messy” frame compositions very much, bet on the order and place two rows that are aligned with each other and with the sofa and you will be right for sure. It can be family photographs, which are always appropriate, or it can be a nice collection of matching prints as we see below:
In addition to the location of each painting, it is very important, for this two-row composition to work well, decoratively speaking, that both the size and the frame, as well as the mat, are the same in all of them.
PAINT THE PICTURES
If, on the contrary, you are looking for a more casual and original style, there is a fantastic way to achieve it and you do not need a painting. It involves painting the wall behind the sofa with chalkboard paint, and then painting and adding pictures and messages in the form of pictures to create an original and daring composition or gallery that is out of the ordinary.
As I said, the eye likes order and symmetry, so creating a gallery or combination of pictures to decorate the symmetrical sofa is a sure hit. Symmetry can be achieved in many ways, but if you have an element that divides the composition in two, such as a window just like the living room we see above, the symmetrical effect will be more noticeable. If you don’t have a window, you can put a large square in the middle, and two smaller ones on the sides to create that symmetrical composition you are looking for.
ART IN XXL FORMAT
If you have noticed, for a while now, art and large-format paintings have become very fashionable to decorate the walls. Not just the wall behind the sofa, although that is the part that concerns us in this article. That said, a modern and very attractive “composition” that you can use to decorate the wall behind the sofa with paintings is to only use a large one, to match the decoration of the living room. It is a sure hit and you avoid the complication of having to search, hang and organize a composition of many more paintings.
If you are going to use this technique, just make sure that the painting you put behind the sofa is in proportion to the sofa and the wall. Otherwise you will have something as ugly as the room you see above. Note that the painting, although spectacular, is larger than the sofa and hardly fits on the wall. It is completely disproportionate and does not look as pretty as it could.
IN SUBTLE TONES
Many of today’s salons, practically the majority, are decorated based on a subtle color palette, of neutral tones, soft beiges, medium and soft grays, white and off-white, etc. To continue with this harmony, nothing better than a composition of paintings that have a subtle and little saturated content, such as the beautiful gallery that we see in this room upstairs in white and beige tones with a light wood frame.
PLAY WITH THE FRAMES
Not only the content of the box is important. As we are looking at the location of each painting and its frame, they are extremely important to create a good composition of paintings that decorate the wall of the sofa. You can bring out your most creative side and use these resources (location and frames) to create a most original composition. It can be with large paintings, like the ones we see above, and placed on a shelf or cabinet behind the sofa, or it can be with small paintings installed on the wall, as we see below.
The fact is that the frames of the paintings can become, in fact they do, as important a part of the composition as the content of the painting itself.
The shelves in the picture compositions not only help us to create them, but also offer us the opportunity to change pictures much easier than if we had to hang them on the walls. So if you are one of those people who like to change pictures or try a different one every so often, adding shelves in the composition will allow you to do it without having to hang a picture every time you want to change or try. It is a more dynamic and versatile way of creating a composition. Although the shelves can be purely decorative, as we see just below:
Despite the fact that there is a shelf, the paintings have been installed directly on the wall, making the shelf a mere decorative element. And the idea works very well.
If you are looking for an original but neat gallery or composition, see what a great idea you have in the room upstairs.
3 large squares of 70 cm wide x 100 high have been placed below, and above, four squares of 30 x 40 and 21 x 30, one on each side, and the result is an orderly composition but nothing classic, but current with certain ease.