Displaying Artwork in Your Home: Everything you need to know

Hanging artwork on the wall may seem like a very simple thing to do. You see an art piece that you like, and you say to yourself, “I’m gonna hang it there.” But, the process of displaying art pieces actually takes more than that. There is a science behind wall art arrangement that will not only make the artwork stand out, but it will also complement and enhance the overall visual appeal of your wall. No worries, though, it's not rocket science. It's just about showcasing the artwork that you love and showcasing it well.

Here's everything you need to know:

Decide a theme

Decide on a theme before choosing artworks to display. Instead of hanging up all the artwork and print that you love on your wall, it is better to establish a particular theme that will best present your gallery composition. You can either choose to go with minimal black and white photographic prints or bold and colorful abstract paintings.

Choose a Location

Choose appropriate locations to display your artwork. You can't scatter all the artworks on every wall of your house because believe me this will not look good. Make use of large empty walls that faces your living room or dining area. Huge framed artworks are considered ideal for these spaces. You can also hang artworks on walls facing transitional spaces such as hallways, stairways, and landing areas. This will add depth and character to the space and make it look more interesting and a lot less boring.

Create a Gallery

Gather a few artworks of your choice and group them. To create a coordinated gallery, layout the artworks first before hammering them on the wall. There are many layouts that you can choose from. If your artworks are all in the same size, you can either create a grid or line them up. If they vary in size, think of them as one picture to form a layout that will unite them together. The key here is to start in the middle and work your way around it.

Position Accordingly

For certain artworks, artists often have some advice on how to hang their masterpieces. It is important to position them accordingly so that the viewer can better experience the essence and impression that the painting is trying to convey. In art museums, they follow a particular height standard for hanging artworks which is the 60-inches on center. It means that the center of an art piece or group of artworks should be placed 60 inches from the floor. This makes the artwork approximately at eye level. Grouped artworks should ideally leave a 2-inch space between frames.

Reinforce Properly

For art pieces that are huge and extremely heavy, it is important to reinforce them properly for their protection and safety. Even small framed artworks require certain methods in wall hanging to make sure that they don't easily fall off. Check wall surfaces and make sure that they are suitable for hanging wall art. For stone walls, this might involve drilling into the masonry or using brick hangers.

Play with Contrast

Another great way of displaying artwork well is to create a stark contrast between the artwork and the surroundings. This includes taking into account the architectural features inside the house, the backdrop of your wall, furniture pieces, and other home decors. You can choose two different artworks with contrasting characters in color and style and place them side by side. This makes an interesting display that will surely draw attention. If you want to showcase minimalist styled graphic prints, a strong and bold backdrop color will definitely make them stand out.

Balance and Hierarchy

Disorderly displayed artwork on the wall is an eye-sore. You don't want your favorite art pieces to catch attention because of that reason. To avoid this, think of the sizes of the artworks and place them in a way that creates balance. You could go symmetrical or asymmetrical or hierarchically arrange them. This could not only be in the form of shapes and sizes but also considering the style and graphic amount of the art piece.

Create a focal point 

Artworks convey meaning and almost always make a statement. This is what makes them the best element in home decor that is used to create a focal point. To do this, choose a large print or artwork and place it on the wall or area in which you want your focal point to be. You could place it above the sofa, or on a large blank wall facing the living room. You can use it to complement and add personality to your mantlepiece or in bedrooms, you can place it above your headboard.

You’re all set! It’s time to transform your space and make a statement with your walls by displaying the artworks that you love.

About the Author Brittany White

I have loved all things design since I was a little girl. I would don the latest trends in nail art, hairstyles, shoes and clothes. As I grew older, that love for things aesthetically appealing spilled over into interior design. I frequently rearrange the furniture and accessories in my home, or change them completely for a new design aesthetic. I love doing the same for my clients because it’s gratifying to know that I helped them smoothly transition to a new chapter in their lives.

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