“I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You can’t do that with a piano.” – Elton John
As a silly decorator – having a piano in the home thrills me almost as much for the design opportunity as for the music. It’s a gorgeous table top and art ledge rolled into a piece that is both functional, beautiful and musical. What to do with that lovely space above? For uprights – I prefer an asymmetrical decorating approach. They are the more casual pianos and not treated as preciously as baby grands and grands that take up a lot of space (and look amazing doing so). Grand pianos tend to have a more formal, luxurious look. Here’s a round up of a few styled “Spaces Above” that I like – I threw in one symmetrical look for those of you whose psyche’s need that. I put in a photo of my own piano at the end.
15 thoughts on “The Space Above: Styling above an upright piano”
Really enjoyed this blog! Even seeing/hearing Tori again…such talent and beautiful to boot. Now I need a piano!
What strikes me about all these photos is that none of these pianos have a piano lamp on them. Anyone who actually plays their piano and reads music (like me) will probably have one. My piano is only 36″ high, but the lamp sitting in the middle adds 15″ (or it will be blocking the painting I want to hang over the piano). But if I place the painting all the way above the lamp it seems too high . . . so I’m trying to figure out the right placement. Nice pics though . . . just not solving my dilemma. Any thoughts?
I have a wall sconce to the left of my piano. It has a swing arm and works perfectly. I used to have a lamp but it took up a lot of space and just got dusty. :). I agree on light being necessary! I think perhaps some of the folks in the photo don’t play….
I hate sconces so will stick with my lamp 🙂 I ended up hanging the painting so that the bottom is a couple of inches higher than the lamp. It looks fine. And once I put a few family photo frames on the piano things will all flow together. Thanks for the ideas!
Sounds good! 🙂
let the lamp block the painting a bit- – use a task lamp that has an elbow that is movable and you can adjust up when sitting at the piano and playing.
I have an antique very tall upright and struggling what to put over it as well as on either side on the floor.
HI Laurie, those tall uprights are gorgeous! You can always soften it up with a plant next to it or even an antique dining chair that you set piano music on….Over it does depend on the style of the room though….
I have a very plain brown piano we bought in the 80’s that lacks charm. Do to lack of space in our house, has to be on the focal wall. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to decorate the top and the wall space above it. The wall it is on is 18 feet tall. Any ideas would be welcomed!
You can always do a little gallery wall above it, or a grid of art above if you’re not into asymmetry. Add some lamps or one lamp and try to bring that wall down a little to cozy up the piano. If you’re into a statement piece, you could try one large piece of art, but it might dwarf the piano. Good luck!!
Laura I have tall upright piano. Is it ok to hang two large photos side by side above it ? The frames are the same size but one is a close up and one is a group of six within a single frame?
HI Annette – I think you try it and see how it looks! If it feels too symmetrical to you, you could add a lamp or something on top of the piano to break up the symmetry. Have fun! – Laura
Thank you …so it is ok to hang a close up next to a collage within a frame of the same size?