In the following images I selected art pairings for these sofas with the combined composition in mind. In this first selection a midcentury tailored sofa was relaxed by a salon-style or gallery wall hanging. The neutral sofa is fabulous to play against. It’s neutrality was invigorated by kick-ed up orange and complimentary blues and greens. It is further punched up the graphic qualities of Wendy Chidester’s Trike painting. The contemporary qualities of Michelle Condrat’s pixelated landscapes paired with Blake Luther’s more bucolic landscape show how easy it is to place differently styled pieces together. The change in subjects of each of the pieces, for instance a figure by Trent Call, still life, landscapes and an abstract, demonstrate how interest is created by diverse elements. And likewise they are also all framed differently.
The sofa does not match the paintings but the pillows pick up on some of the colors. This creates a thread of harmony throughout the arrangement. I like to start hanging with a cloth-line across the top and let them fall out along the bottom. Other great options would be to keep interior spacing consistent or to hang them edge to edge.
The sofas are from Crate & Barrel and all art work is available at 15th Street Gallery.
15th Street Gallery Artists curated by the auspicious direction of Lucy Heller. | Photo K Rocke Design
Sofas and pillows available at Crate & Barrel.
Local Utah artists include Trent Call – Woman in Kitchen, Wendy Chidester – Trike, Blake Luther – Landscape, Anne Wolfer – Still Lifes Bottles/Pears, Michelle Condrat – Contemporary Landscapes, Llyod Tabing – Abstract
Photo K Rocke Design
This arrangement doesn’t fall short of energy but has an embracing scale to it. I think the bigger the better. In the past the general sizing was approximately 36 by 48 but today that sizing doesn’t hold a room. Floating of furniture and modern shapes in a upholstery were largely brought about by the introduction of the abstract expressionist art movement. Sofas were secondary to a Jackson Pollack (or similarly scaled work) and being able to appreciate the entire piece. This abstract from Darryl Blaine Erdmann has engaging movement and is restfully pleasant. The brown of the rug company pillows speaks to the umber and grounds the grey midcentury sofa. The cream in the pillows advance the depth of the sofa for light contrast. The ikat also loosens up the composition bringing in a bohemian element.