Although I don’t always have the time to specifically source items for people, I would at least like to post about some of the same design dilemmas I see over and over again and to hopefully offer up some general advice. A reader recently sent me pictures of this apartment that’s she’s renting and the vast space above her sofa that’s calling for art. Before you start hanging things on the wall, think about all of your furniture arrangement options.
Could you put the sofa in the middle of the room and create a vignette (a small chest and pretty mirror with some lamps, for example) on that big wall instead? In our last house , I used this abstract painting (a Craigslist find) to fill the wall behind the sofa, almost up to the ceiling. A similar look could be achieved by buying big canvases at a craft store and using some acrylic paints to bring out the colors of your room.
It always makes a big impact visually and can be accomplished even on a small budget, if you’re creative. Leaning a large mirror behind your sofa is like adding another doorway into another (imaginary) room—and much cheaper than a renovation!