What to Hang Above a Sofa

Stop deliberating over that empty space! These clever ideas from HGTV Magazine will help you fill in the blank.

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Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Blank Space

Sofa: Fabian 76 ½"-wide microfiber sofa in stone, $1,188, apt2b.com; Rug: Irene 7'6" x 9'6" rayon chenille rug in cream, $426, luluandgeorgia.com; Pillows: From left: Macie Zinnia 18" x 18" wool pillow, $35, grandinroad.com; Peri Home Fringe 12" x 18" cotton pillow in blush, $30, Bed Bath & Beyond stores

Collection of Baskets

The key to creating a great-looking basket display is to minimize the colors and vary the sizes. It’s helpful to plan your design on the floor first and take a photo of the setup. When you’re ready to hang, thread clear monofilament string through each basket to make a loop for hanging.

Baskets: From $28 each, basketsfromafrica.com, french-nc.com, thelittlemarket.com, kazigoods.com; Pillows: From left: Lennon 20" x 20" cotton pillow in indigo, $36.50, overstock.com; Holli Zollinger French Linen Tribal Ikat 18" x 18" polyester pillow, $45, denydesigns.com; Indigo Mudcloth Polka Dot 16" x 16" pillow cover, $65, nomadcloth.etsy .com, and insert, from $11.50, pillowflex.com; Wall Paint: Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore

One Huge Canvas

Oversize art can be pricey — unless you get creative. This piece is actually a shower curtain laid over a pre-stretched canvas! Cut the curtain so it’s about 3 inches larger than the canvas, then flip it over and attach it to the wooden frame with a staple gun.

Shower Curtain: Georgiana Paraschiv Abstract 05 polyester shower curtain, $69, society6.com; Canvas: Blick Premier 40" x 40" cotton canvas, $21.50, dickblick.com; Pillows: From left: Selamat Rapee Cholla 17 ¾" x 17 ¾" cotton pillow, $78.50, themine .com; Maryport 18" x 18" cotton-blend pillow, $27, allmodern.com; Tena 20" x 20" polyester pillow in chartreuse, $49, grandinroad.com; Wall Paint: Bit of Sugar by Behr

Grid of Silhouettes

Turn your family photos into poppy silhouettes in a snap. Just upload your photos on minted.com, pick your colors, and they’ll send you the prints, either framed or unframed. We added a home state to make a complete grid!

Art: Custom Silhouette 16" x 20" unframed art, $98 each, minted.com; Frames: Ribba 16" x 20" fiberboard frames in white, $10 each, IKEA stores; Pillows: From left: Tena 20" x 20" polyester pillow in peacock, $49, grandinroad.com; Nine Palms Macrame 14" x 20" cotton-blend pillow, $35, hayneedle.com; Surya Harvey 20" x 20" cotton pillow in teal, lime, orange, and white, $30, houzz.com; Wallpaper: Willowlanetextiles Oiseaux water-activated wallpaper in tangerine, $60 per single roll, spoonflower.com

Wood Panel Message

For a modern/rustic mash-up, mount neon letters on weathered wood boards (the boards fit together like paneling). Screw two strips of wood to the back of the boards to hold them together (you’ll need one screw in each board), then add your message to the front using a few small nails. Attach picture wire and hang.

Wood: Barn Shiplap 6" x 5' pine board in gray, $38.50 for 6, homedepot.com; Wire Sign: Hello 36" x 16" acrylic yarn–wrapped wire sign, $50, thecolorfulberry.etsy.com; Pillows: From left: Crayola 20" x 20" polyester pillows in inchworm, $28.50 each, overstock.com; Jacqueline Maldonado Daisy Patch 18" x 18" polyester pillow, $45, denydesigns.com; Shibori 10" x 20" cotton pillow, $30, echodesign.com; Wallpaper: Molly Hatch Perfect Plaid removable wallpaper in purple, $40 per 2' x 4' panel, chasingpaper.com

Art Plus Words

A colorful print paired with black-and-white text is an easy way to fill up space. We combined ready-made art (left) with a digital download that we had printed at pictureframes.com. (You can also print it at a copy store.) If you choose different downloadable art, make sure it can be printed at the size you want — it will say on the website.

Art: From left: Balloons Over the Chrysler 30" x 40" unframed print, $200, maybesparrowphoto.etsy.com; It’s a Good Day for a Good Day unframed downloadable print, $5, luxandmeprints.etsy.com; Frames: SA5 30" x 40" wood frames in black, $93 each, pictureframes.com; Pillows: From left: Crayola 20" x 20" polyester pillow in vivid violet, $32, overstock.com; Velvet Tasseled 16" x 16" cotton pillow in teal, $25, bedbathandbeyond.com; Natalie Baca Clear Blue Sky 18" x 18" polyester pillow, $45, denydesigns.com; Wall Paint: China Blue by Benjamin Moore

Painted and Pressed Leaves

Give pressed leaves a 21st-century update. Start with a bunch of artificial leaves, then use stencils and white crafts paint to embellish them. Attach the painted leaves to colored paper with poster tack, then display them in floating acrylic frames. This is another good one to plan out on the floor and photograph first.

Leaves: From $3.50 each, jamaligarden.com, michaels.com; Crafts Paint: Wedding Cake by Martha Stewart; Paper: From $5.50 per sheet, coloraid.com; Frames: Wexel Art Floating acrylic frames, from $60 each, themine.com; Pillows: From left: BPSON8Pink16 20" x 20" polyester pillows, $44 each, overstock.com; Josie by Natori Mix & Match 18" x 18" cotton pillow in teal multi, $30, bedbathandbeyond.com; Wall Paint: Taffy Twist by Behr