Staring at a blank wall in your home and wondering how you can make it beautiful?
Wall art is a great way to add visual interest and personality to any space, but it can be daunting if you don't know where to begin. Should you choose pieces that are all the same size? Would they look better neatly arranged or in an eclectic gallery format?
The questions can be confusing but arranging wall art doesn't have to be complicated. Today, we're sharing an in-depth guide on how to approach this task the correct (and stress-free) way.
Tip 1: Don't Hang Art Too High
For some reason, it's tempting for homeowners to hang art above eye level. Likely, it's because you're holding the piece above your head as you position it on the wall. Then, you take a step back only to realize that it should have been a few inches lower.
The only problem? There's already a hole in the wall now!
To avoid this fate, remember this one simple rule: The center of any artwork you hang should be around 57 inches away from the floor. This is true regardless of your ceiling height or the size of your piece.
How did we come up with this number? While everyone is different, it's the average eye height for most adults. For this reason, many museums and art galleries also follow the same rule.
Rather than mixing up your heights, stick with the 57-inch rule to give all of the art in your home a uniform midline. This makes it easier on the eyes and helps each wall look balanced.
Tip 2: Choose a Personal Palette
Not sure which pieces to hang? Whether you're pulling from your own collection or shopping for new works of art, it helps to have a little guidance. While there are some suggestions that can help your space look great, it all comes down to personal preference.
First, think about the colors you want to portray.
If you're buying new, then you can choose pieces with tones that complement one another. Otherwise, try to repeat the same colors about two to three times across all of your artwork. Otherwise, you could wind up with a room full of art that clashes with itself and distracts from your design.
At the same time, don't be afraid to hang art that represents various styles. You can display an abstract piece right beside of a still-life portrait as long as the two are complementary in color and tone.
Tip 3: Consider Your Furnishings
Thinking about hanging art above a sofa, bed, or sideboard? If so, start by considering the size of that fixture. A too-small piece can easily get lost on the wall, but a piece that's too big could overwhelm the space and shroud your furniture.
As a general rule, aim to have your artwork measure around two-thirds the size of your furnishings. While that's a simple rule to follow if you're only hanging one piece, what should you do if you're planning a gallery wall?
In that case, work from the bottom left to the upper right. Place your heaviest, largest pieces at the bottom and end with your lightest, smallest pieces at the top. In between, feel free to play with scale and add as many mid-sized pieces as you prefer.
Worried that your artwork will slide around and mess up this symmetry? Use paint-friendly or low-adhesive tape on the corners of your frames to keep them securely in place.
Tip 4: Plan Your Layout
Before you start hammering into your wall, take the time to plan how you want your final layout to look. If you're tech-savvy, then you can find online simulation programs that allow you to visualize the space before you take the next step.
If you don't want to go that route, it's usually easier and quicker to use good, old-fashioned kraft paper and tape. Cut the paper to the size of the art you want to hang, and use the tape to attach it to your wall. This way, you can easily envision how the real thing will look.
You can also cut the paper into the right shapes and create the future layout on your floor. This way, your walls stay tape-free and you can feel confident about the design you chose.
Tip 5: Think Outside the Wall
As you consider how to arrange wall art, don't think that you have to stick with your walls! Sometimes, art can make an even better impression when you display it around your home in other ways.
For instance, a large piece of art looks great leaning gently against a wall. Not only does it make an excellent conversation starter, but you also don't have to worry about making a hole in your wall! You can also set art on an easel or special stand if you want it to be a focal point in your room.
Looking for a way to display your favorite artwork in the office? Place a few pieces on some floating shelves for a modern look that's sleek and minimalist. You can also layer those pieces for an original touch!
Tip 6: Make It Personal
Don't think that you have to curate a high-end collection of fine art for your home to be beautiful.
Feel free to add personal touches such as family photographs, diplomas, and even handmade drawings! If you have little ones, you can frame and display their artwork in a special place that will make them feel proud. Draw inspiration from your interests and display what delights you, from cryptocurrency wall art to antique oil paintings.
To help family photos blend in with your other pieces, consider swapping full-color photographs for black-and-white images. These look classic and timeless and will coordinate with any color scheme you choose. You can also print them in sepia tone to achieve the same effect.
To make personal photos look more like art, you can also frame them with an oversized mat. This way, the image blends in with your other pieces and looks more intentional.
Tip 7: Mix Frame Finishes
It's easy to assume that all of your frames should look the same. For instance, you might be drawn to a monochromatic, all-black look that's ultra-modern. Or, you might lean more traditional and prefer that all of your frames be gold or antique bronze.
While there isn't anything wrong with this approach, you are free to venture a little outside the norm. Mix it up and use finishes that you love! While it's best not to exceed three different finishes, there isn't a right or wrong way to approach this issue.
Tip 8: Choose Your Favorite Arrangement Style
Even if a gallery wall looks like it was thrown together arbitrarily, it's likely that the homeowner put a good amount of time and attention into the layout.
In general, there are two different arrangement styles you can choose from. These include:
A symmetrical layout features even, consistent spacing between your artwork. For instance, you may hang four same-sized frames in a window-frame pattern, with two on the top row and two on the bottom row. This type of layout is neat and modern and works well in traditional or transitional-style homes.
On the other hand, an asymmetrical layout is a little more eclectic. When you take this approach, you can choose from a variety of differently-sized frames and hang them as close together or as far apart from one another as you wish.
Tip 9: Hang Three Pictures Vertically
It's relatively easy to display artwork in groups of even numbers. Yet, what should you do when you have an odd number of pieces, such as three?
In this case, go vertical! This works especially well with long, narrow pieces. It's a great way to use up a little space in a spot that feels empty but would be crowded with one larger picture.
Leave about four to six inches of space between each piece for the most visually pleasing layout. That's about the width of the average adult hand.
Tip 10: Gather Your Hardware First
You don't want to get halfway through a picture-hanging session only to realize that you ran out of nails and can't complete your gallery wall! Depending on the wall material you're working with, there are a variety of different tools and accessories you might need, including:
- Metal hooks
- Wood screws
- Wall anchor
You can also buy complete sets of tools online so you're never too far away from the gear that you need.
Arranging Wall Art Made Easy
The art you display in your home speaks volumes about your character, personality, and interests. Don't rush to fill your walls just because you can't stand seeing them bare.
Instead, take the time to build a collection of pieces that you truly love and look forward to admiring day after day. Once you know the secrets to arranging wall art, you'll be ready to tackle any project!
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