I am a firm believer that there is nothing sadder than seeing completely unadorned walls in a room. Art work adds life and personality to a space, bringing in colour or movement or texture and can easily pull a whole room scheme together.
Of course, what you choose to adorn your walls with is entirely a personal decision as what we deem to be appropriate in our own homes is entirely subjective. I normally recommend finding those pieces that first speak to your heart and that evoke an emotional response first. And then as a secondary consideration, choosing your art based on colour or theme.
No matter what you choose, you’ll need to decide where to display it. So, if you are struggling to know how to fill up that blank space, today’s post will share a few different options for displaying art in your home.
Single Large Piece
There’s a big trend at the moment for the singular piece of art on the wall. The secret to making it work is to ensure the size relates well to the wall it’s on. So one tiny picture hanging high above a sofa just won’t do. Make sure it’s oversized to make the biggest impact for wow-factor style. For a larger piece, don’t be tempted to hang it too high – the experts generally recommend about 1.5 metres from the floor to the middle of your piece.
This is a gorgeous way to create some grandeur above a sideboard or sofa or any wide piece of furniture. You can either use two similar pieces or contrast each but whatever you do, make sure they relate to each other in some way. If each piece of artwork is vastly different, then consider using the same frames for them both so that they relate to each other in a more obvious way. This look may read as slightly more formal but can add an elegance to a dining room or living area.
Gallery Wall Eclectic
If the elegant, formal style isn’t for you, then a gallery wall filled with eclectic finds is a great way to bring a casual vibe into your home. Perfect for larger areas, you can mix and match to your heart’s content but for the most cohesive look, try to ensure there is some kind of running theme throughout. You can do this by picking up on a single colour or a particular style that threads most of your pieces together.
Gallery Wall Grid
A more formal approach to the eclectic gallery wall is the grid formation. It can take on many different forms but choosing a set of odd numbers is always pleasing on the eye. You’ll want to create some cohesion in a grid format as well – whether they are all pieces from the same artist or a grouping of black and white family photographs.
Resting your art on a wall ledge is perfect for those who love to swap things around all the time, giving you a different look every time. There’s no need to put holes in the walls (other than hanging the ledges themselves) and art is simply leant against the wall, creating a rotating gallery. Try showcasing some of your smaller pieces in front of larger ones for a creative layered style.
Don’t fancy hanging a dedicated ledge? Art can also simply be leant against a wall whilst on a sideboard or console table to create some height to your display – or if you are going for a particularly cutting edge look, you can even lean larger pieces on the floor. As above, layer the biggest pieces of art at the back and choose some smaller complimentary pieces to overlap to add depth and interest.
Of course, there are no ‘right and wrong’ answers to choosing or displaying art. So, if you want to get creative with yours and hang them in front of a bookshelf or create a small gallery above a door frame, the world is really your oyster.
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.
Images: Twin: Coco Republic Design School via Adore Home Magazine. Ledge: Roomly via French by Design