Art Display ~ How To
By size? By subject? By color? Randomly?
Art can dress a room up or down, change its tone, be a place to display precious, pricey treasures, or a sentimental apple by your favorite budding artist. Yet hanging art can be completely overwhelming, if not intimidating, for the average dweller. While creating and hanging art groupings, or clusters, can be a little tricky, a few pointers and hints may clear a creative path for you.
Before you start hammering nails into a wall, take some time to plan your grouping. You can lay it out on the floor on newspaper pages, trace around each piece once you're satisfied, and then tape the paper to the wall as a template. Or, on a piece of paper, sketch the wall to scale and pencil in an arrangement.
Don't be afraid to place one bold painting to claim an entire wall.
Consider color, theme, and frame.
Display Collections Together
Hanging a collection together is one of the most obvious, and lovely, types of art groupings. The negative space between frames must, of course, be precise. That negative space can be large or small, depending on the area of wall it will cover; for a larger wall, consider more space between frames on a larger wall, and less space between frames on a smaller wall.
Begin At The Center
Choose the piece you want as the focal point of your grouping. That might be the largest piece, if none has particular bold appeal. If it's a special piece for you, highlight it by placing it at the center of a grouping. Then, build your arrangement upward and out to each side.
Anything Can Be Art
Don't limit yourself to hanging only objects originally intended as art. If it speaks to you, looks good, and you can figure out a way to secure it to a wall, you can include it in your art grouping. Mix different items together: Here, an Asian display shelf full of tiny curiosities, an art pottery platter, and a painting hang together harmoniously.
Don't forget to consider the rest of the room: When planning your grouping, don't forget ~ other objects live here! Consider repeating shapes, themes, and colors for harmony and dramatic effect.