What type of artwork for this living room wall?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
453 posts
Helper bee

Pics aren’t showing up for me – not sure if it’s an issue on my end or yours!

Post # 4
47176 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


bellanotte11 :  Here are your pics


with artwork


I think you are putting the cart before the horse. Finish furnishing the area first. It may change your choices based on the weight of the additional pieces in the room.

You definitely need end tables. People need a place to put down a drink etc. They would look and function best with table lamps. the floor lamp projects light upwards only. If you are going to read, you need a downward light.

Do you have a coffee table?

The geode picture could work f you incorporate other hits of color in the room- a throw over the arm of the sofa, some patterned cushions,a colored box on the coffee table etc



Post # 5
403 posts
Helper bee

I think there is something about the art not quite matching the style of the couches. I agree that with other furniture and pops I’d color I can see it coming together though! I do like the geode art but it feels a bit more modern to me. 

Post # 6
3408 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Your furniture set is very traditional, and looks like it conflicts with the style of the picture. The geodes would go a lot better with a more modern sofa and some blue throw pillows to color coordinate. Try going with warmer colors (because your couch is warm toned), and a more traditional look. Then make sure you get accent pieces (throw pillows, blankets, trinkets, etc) of similar colors.

Here’s an example. It’s on Wayfair under “traditional” but I didn’t check the size.

Post # 7
403 posts
Helper bee

I never knew you could do this with wayfairs app! I feel like this “geode” art looks better. I personally like the wooden frame with some shades of blue pillows/throws and gold accents, but obviously the frame could be switched. 

Post # 12
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

bellanotte11 :  I think your couches are traditional and that you are going too modern and bright in your artwork choices.

I think more muted tones and maybe a modern twist on a floral themed piece of art could work. You could also do a set of three prints in a  muted gold/bronze frames or  warm wooden frames with a matt framing the picture would work too.

I also think adding muted toned cushions in varying textures and sizes could work with your couch. 

Post # 13
9340 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel like your couches are already a strong “statement” piece; that particular geode painting just seems to fight for the space.

Maybe a series of 2-3 smaller paintings might work better in the space?

Post # 14
2459 posts
Buzzing bee

Well first off, do you plan to keep the couch set for a long time or do you foresee replacing with something more modern eventually? If you plan to keep them, by all means work with them. I agree with the PPs that the geode print has a different vibe and fights with the sofas. I’d suggest going for a gallery wall or adding wall mounted shelves behind the sofa instead of choosing one big piece of artwork — it’s easier to tie a lot of things together than have one big piece that matches everything. Since you want to add in blues and have a more traditional vibe, I’d suggest looking for vintage/antique landscape painitngs at thrift stores and ebay that feature the sea or sky. I’m attaching some images of spaces that blend traditional with pops of modern well, that have well-arranged groupings of artwork, and that incorporate color schemes that would work with your sofa. I think you’ll see that all of them bring in a lot of texture.

The other thing to keep in mind is that no matter what you’ll need to bring in a lot of visual interest in other ways. Lighting makes a HUGE difference in any space. Your lamp in the corner doesn’t really match the sofas either. I’d either go antique/vintage or go really modern so that there’s more of a contrast. You should have at least three points of lighting in every room, and overhead lighting should be avoided at all costs. Next, bring in a rug to tie the space together and zone off areas. A cream-colored throw blanket with a nubby texture would be great to add some visual interest to the sofa. I’d stick with a limited color palette and really work with texture at the moment. Plants are another great way to add in color and texture. 

Post # 15
6303 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

bellanotte11 :  definitely agree with PP that side tables are a must.

As far as the art work being too modern, I like contrast personally. Our furniture is very modern, and we have some more traditional art (nudes for example); it works. However, what you need to do to make this work IMO is pick up some of the colours in the art with soft furnishings eg throw/cushions/curtains. I also think you need to add modern touches elsewhere eg a modern lamp or light fitting. It kind of needs to blend in, if that makes sense.

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