When you’re designing a space it’s always a great idea to add wall art to a room. Wall art adds a personal element to rooms and adds a presence that can’t be created with other accents or embellishments. Whether it’s paintings, prints, photographs, here are a few tips to help you arrange your wall art without the stress factor.
#1 Keep Artwork At Eye Level
Think about where you want to hang your wall art. This is often overlooked in many rooms. Usually people have a tendency to hang it too high. You’re unlikely to even realize the art is placed too high until you experiment with it lower. A good tip is for the centre of the image to be at eye level. In living rooms, in particular it is always a great idea to hang it about 4-5” above the sofa. In bedrooms, if you have a high bed try hanging one on each side perhaps over the side tables.
#2 Choose Artwork Which Is Personal
Sometimes pictures speak louder than words especially if they are your own photographs. There are so many ways to achieve this especially with canvas prints. They can look great on their own or grouped together. A good tip is to keep the colour schemes together; either group the black & white photos or the coloured ones together. Sometimes people avoid hanging photographs of themselves out of concern that it may be seen as vain. Generally a good way to keep photo selection in good taste is to hang photos of yourself with friends or family, professional portraits or painted images, photos of yourself at special events, or childhood photos.
#3 Size Matters – Work With The Space
As with most design considerations, you have to work with the space you’re given. The wall space available and the size of your art is essential. If you place small pieces on a large space it will end up looking lost. Small photographs or prints look great between doors or windows to fill up those small gaps. Large pieces can often create that statement or wow factor necessary in a room.
#4 Arrangement Is Key
As mentioned previously, small pieces on their own will end up looking lost in big wall spaces. However, if you gather lots of artwork together in different sizes, then arranging them on a wall can end up looking great. The best way to see the overall look before hanging everything is to use masking tape to grid out the frames and play with the display. Make sure to add interest by mixing it up with different picture sizes and different frames.
As an added note, paintings are the perfect way to bring that pop of color and tie in the accents from the room such as a rug or decorative pillows. If you’re planning out an interior design project please contact us for more information on our interior design services and to setup a free initial consultation.