Creative Ways to Decorate Above the Sofa

One of my favorite things about this blog is getting the opportunity to chat with you, my lovely readers, through email, the comment section, or even over on Facebook and Instagram. You’re all so darn awesome, I wish I could hug each and every one of you. (But if that seems like too much for you we can just high-five and play it cool.) It’s just so fun and truly the best part about blogging, if you ask me. And what’s really awesome is that you guys actually give me lots of ideas for blog posts. High five to that! Lately I’ve had a few questions about coming up with creative ways to decorate the empty wall space above your sofa. In fact, I think I had three people in the same week ask me for advice on this topic, which I thought was a little crazy. So I figured there had to be more of you wondering this same thing. I actually don’t have any of our sofas up against an empty wall, so I’ve done what any good blogger does and I’ve scoured Pinterest and Instagram for hours to find inspiration for you. I’m happy to say I’ve found 10 really creative and amazing ways to decorate this spot with lots of character and farmhouse charm. Let me show you what I found!

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Old Door

The first one I have to show you is this crazy creative idea from Becky at Buckets of Burlap. She hung an old door above her couch and I think it’s genius. Great idea and adds to much character to this space!

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Floating Shelf

This large floating shelf and sign combo from Angela’s Cozy Home on Instagram is perfect. I love that it’s one large shelf, instead of a few smaller ones like you usually see. The longer shelf gives lots of space for decor–and how fun to change it up with the seasons.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa


This old chalkboard and pair of mounted lamps has me drooling a bit. I mean, this is the perfect farmhouse look. Liz Marie Blog is always overflowing with inspiration, but you probably know that already unless you’ve been living under a rock.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Family Photos

This creative gallery wall made of sweet family photos and a wooden arrow from Love Grows Wild is a great way to fill up empty space and display a little bit of your heart at the same time. Each piece has a story and I love that.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Humongous Shutters

You can’t get much more perfect than Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse. And how amazing are these giant shutters? I’m not sure where one finds such humongous shutters, but I want them. This look is simple and easy, but she nailed it, as usual. You can see a full tour of her home here.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Oversized Clock

You can’t go wrong with an oversized clock. You just can’t. And a galvanized one like this is even better. I found this beauty on Pinterest–so many good things happening here, I love every detail.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Vintage Finds

I absolutely adore this combination of vintage finds from Better Homes and Gardens. This is the ideal spot to display some of your favorite found treasures. Just start with an old sign and work around it. BOOM.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Goodness gracious this photo from The Modest Farmhouse on Instagram in absolutely gorgeous. I love the large mirror and metal wall vases. The entire space is perfectly done, it’s so calming and peaceful.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Picket Fence & Bed Frames

These last two ideas (check out the photo below) are from JoEllen at The Rustic Farmhouse on Instagram. I mean, how darn creative are these two displays? I’m absolutely obsessed with these both, but I think the one with the old wooden crib frame is my favorite idea of the whole entire bunch. AMAZING.

Creative Ways to Decorate Above Sofa

Well my friends, I hope this has given you some inspiration! Now I’m sitting here wishing I had one of my couches up against a wall so I could use some of these ideas too. But really, all of these looks can be done on just about any empty wall. I think they key is being creative and thinking outside the box. Don’t be afraid to be different, it’s more fun that way. Well let me know what you think of these ideas or if you’ve come up with something stellar over your sofa, I’d love to hear about it! xoxo

Want to keep these ideas handy? Pin this snazzy image I made for later:

10 Creative Ways to Decorate Above Your Sofa with Farmhouse Charm

Welcome!! I’m Sarah-- mama to three kiddos + wife to my high school sweetheart. I'm usually over-caffeinated, browsing Amazon + running on lots of grace. Grab a snack + get comfy!

shop the feed


Stay in the know for exclusive content, advice, discount codes & much more!

Leave a Comment!


  1. 10.18.16
    Marilyn Soto said:

    I just love the way your readers can count on you – If you don’t have the answer …’ll go find it . Thank you.

    • 10.20.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks sweet Marilyn, you’re awesome!

      • 10.23.16
        Valeri santucci said:

        Hi Sarah, I just recently found your sight…and I love it. Your home is so serene and reflects your spirituality. I read on your blog about how to transition to farm house. I’m one of those people who love color and I have enormous brown leather couch. This should be an interesting challenge. Thanks Sarah.

        • 10.23.16
          Sarah said:

          Hi Valeri! So glad to have you here. Keep in mind with farmhouse decor you don’t have to stick to neutrals colors–you can mix them in here and there. I personally use a lot of yellow in our home. You can mix in color if that’s what you love. I always say do what you love when you’re styling your home. Good luck to you!

  2. 10.18.16
    Gayle said:

    Thank you so much for this very timely post, Sarah!! The area above my sofa is the last wall I need to decorate in my new home, so this post couldn’t have come at a better time. I love all the ideas so the real challenge is picking one of them. You are amazing and awesome and very much appreciated!!

    • 10.20.16
      Sarah said:

      Yay! Glad it was helpful Gayle 🙂

  3. 10.18.16
    Kate said:

    All great ideas! Thanks for the post 🙂 Maybe you could do one about designing above and around a TV next?!

    • 10.18.16
      Sarah said:

      Great idea Kate, I’ll write that one on my list of blog post ideas! 🙂

  4. 10.18.16
    Tina said:

    Another great idea is a large 20 pane vintage window with a wreath in the center!

  5. 10.18.16

    I love all of these ideas!!! I agree with Kate. Let’s see around the TV! That’s always a struggle for me.

    • 10.20.16
      Sarah said:

      It’s on my list!

  6. 11.3.16
    Sabrina said:

    What a wonderful round up Sarah. We had same issue at our house and I couldn’t figure out what to put over our couch. I ended up doing a simple wall gallery but now that I saw all of these great ideas I might have to switch up again. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 1.4.17
    Juju said:

    Sarah, what a great post! So many helpful ideas to inspire your readers!

    I think perhaps that the large “shutters” in Joanna’s home are actually those attic vents found on the gable ends of older houses. They provide air circulation for attics.

  8. 2.24.17
    Page said:

    Thank you! Found this gem and so happy i did! I have my grandmoms❤ antique spindle bed, don’t “use” it but don’t want to let it go. Now i can use the headboard for a bench and the footboard over my couch on the wall!!!!!!! Many thanks!!

  9. 4.22.17
    Debbie Piatt said:

    Where can I purchase the large galvanized wall vases? Love your ideas

  10. 12.4.17
    Kimberly branan said:

    I love all the ideas.,Where can I purchase sign Beckers Antiques

  11. 1.10.18
    LORI said:

    So happy to have found your blog! You have such great ideas! Can you tell me where I can find the sign “….it’s a wonderful world” ? and also the thick shelf? Thank you!

  12. 1.10.18
    LORI said:

    I am so happy I found your blog! Can you tell me where I can fine the sign “….it’s a wonderful life” ? and also the thick shelf?

  13. 1.10.18

    I am so happy I found your blog! Can you tell me where I can fine the sign “….it’s a wonderful life” ? and also the thick shelf?

  14. 4.28.18
    Jennifer said:

    Love these ideas!
    I’m looking for ideas to post family vacation/ travel photos that goes along with cozy, farmhouse decor. Any thoughts?

  15. 1.18.19
    Heather said:

    Hi Sarah, do you have any idea where to get nice, white farmhouse or coastal looking sofa and couch slipcovers? I see some lovely ones in these photos but am having the hardest time finding ones that don’t look cheap or sloppy. Appreciate any thoughts you have!