Displaying works of art over the sofa is sometimes seen as a decorating cliche, redolent of suburban blandness and unadventurous taste. But it sure doesn’t have to be that way, as these six examples show:
Laura Bohn: An intimate spot is created in this living room by displaying black and white photographs on a low shelf behind a sofa strewn with silk pillows. A Tolomeo lamp from Artemide provides good, atmospheric light.
Susan Huckvale Arann: An enormous photograph of a brilliant red carnation, printed on canvas and hung behind a tailored white sofa, makes a fabulously dramatic, mood-setting statement in this light and airy space.
Glenn Gissler: Too small to hang alone, a Cubist pastel circa 1925 by Jacques Lipschitz is grouped with a tiny but important drawing circa 1965 by Roy Lichtenstein and a work on paper by Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline, making for a visually, historically, and intellectually interesting installation.
Ron Bricke: A vivid, contemporary still-life painting by Janet Fish juxtaposed against the elegantly restrained neoclassical lines of a traditional Duncan Phyfe sofa creates a fresh visual impact in this living room.
Bruce Bierman: A monumental 19th-century English dog painting in its original hand-carved gold-leaf frame from the William Secord Gallery is the marvelously unexpected center piece of this sleek, modern space on Central Park West.
Glenn Gissler: In a family room framed art by the kids of the house is treated with respect and hung above the sofa. Throw pillows covered in antique kente cloth and brightly colored Moderne lamps help reinforce the playful spirit.