Design Behind the Living Room Sofa

When it comes to decorating behind your sofa, the options are endless. Browse through our favorite designer looks, and find a style that speaks to you.
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November 25, 2014

Photo By: Edward Addeo

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Photo By: Coddington Design

Photo By: Andrew Bruah ©Andrew Bruah Photographer

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

Get Personal

Show off your skills, and don’t be afraid to display your own art. The image behind this sofa was created from a personal photo that was printed on canvas and then displayed in a floating frame.

Display What You Love

If you have a cool collection, why not put it where you and your guests can always enjoy it? And by keeping your favorite items within arm’s reach of the sofa, you’ll always have easy access to your most-prized possessions. Design by Sarah Barnard

Table Tactics

If you don’t have room for side tables, consider placing a table behind your couch. You can display more of your favorite belongings as well as much-needed lighting without interrupting traffic flow. Design by Barry Dixon

Color Blast

If you like a more subdued color palette in your home but crave a splash of color, mix in a bright hue with bold art that can be changed as often as you like to suit your mood.


For a true book-lover, there is no better sight than that of an entire wall covered in classics. Place your sofa in front of a well-stocked bookshelf for ultra-wow factor and easy access to your favorite reads. Design by Barry Dixon

Tie It All Together

In this cheerful living room, designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz used the watercolor art behind the sofa as color inspiration for the throw pillows, creating a cohesive color scheme throughout the space.

Add an Accent Wall

The wall behind your sofa is an ideal spot for an accent wall. Pair it with a neutral sofa and understated wall-hangings for a fun but sophisticated display. By Coddington Design

Shelving Solution

Added shelving is great for extra storage. The display shelves featured here hold art and family photos and minimize wall damage. When the look becomes stale, just mix in fresh images. Design by Lugbill Designs

Looking Glass

To add extra depth and interest to your living room, try hanging a mirror behind the sofa. Even a small mirror like the one featured here can add visual space and light to your room. Design by Shelly Riehl David

Gallery Wall

Can’t decide which pictures are behind-the-couch-worthy? Take a group of pictures and display them gallery-style for a look that will grab attention and take full advantage of wall space. Design by Meg Caswell

Out of the Ordinary

When it comes to design, never be afraid to attempt something new. If it feels right, try it out. The colorful ceramic plates behind this neutral sofa add texture while also covering more wall surface where the painting would have been too small on its own. Design by Joann Kandrac

Unique Photo Display

When deciding what to put on the wall behind your sofa, don’t overlook common items like the wooden pallet featured here. It’s a cute, budget-friendly approach that is perfect for displaying family photos. Design by Meg Caswell

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