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Having art on the walls of your home can help you feel comfortable, whether it’s a temporary rental or your home forever. There are many different methods of displaying fine art in your home. The traditional hammer and nail method will get you pretty far, but you can elevate your design by incorporating some of the following ideas.
Buy fine art is just the start of the process. The way you display your new art can make or break the impact it can have on your space.
Everyone has a different taste for art, and it doesn’t matter if you are interested in Impressionists or contemporary summaries; there is a place for your art in your home. Works of art are meant to be enjoyed daily. It can pull together the theme of a cozy beach house or give a nursery an adorable feature for your baby to look at.
Here are eight unique and fun ways to display artwork in your home:
Gallery walls in the staircase:
If you have stairs in your house, you probably go up and down them several times a day. It can be a fun reminder of great memories every time you get up to bed or go downstairs for a morning coffee. Stairs are a great place to hang small prints that would look out of place in other rooms. Put them together to create a characteristic wall.
Often a gallery wall on the stairs contains family portraits that continue to grow like your family. You can choose this method for a more conservative look or make it more interesting by using brightly colored frames and cataloging your vacation and everyday memories.
Hanging art from the ceiling:
These days, almost everyone hangs a picture from a nail in a wall or with sticky tapes that do not damage the walls. Add interest to your space by placing a hook in the ceiling and hanging your artwork from above. This can add depth to your room and draw attention to a unique ceiling feature, such as a reclaimed wood ceiling or a decorative chandelier.
Be sure to place these frames near a wall so that they don’t become a hazard when you walk, and use a strong string to prevent your art from getting damaged. If you can’t drill holes in the ceiling, consider a gallery rod or piece of rail molding to hang your artwork.
Use three dimensions:
Framed art is often two-dimensional, and while it adds interest to the space, you can make your display stand out even more by adding three-dimensional objects to your collection. You can combine these two elements to create a unique artistic feature in your home.
Relate these objects to the painting or print so as not to distract from the original piece. A photo of a beach or the ocean can be combined with seashells or sea glass mosaics to bring more life to the artwork.
Use a shelf:
If your walls are full or you just don’t have space to hang a picture frame on the wall, use your shelves to incorporate a few picture frames. These can be standard freestanding shelves, floating shelves, or you can lean the frame on top of your desk or dresser. Place your beautifully painted image of a garden next to your vintage print of The secret garden.
Using frames, books and objects will create interest and allow you to view your collections simultaneously. This method is also easily modified if you are the type of person who likes to mix up your decor every now and then.
A brightly colored chair in a room or a rug can add intrigue to the room. Multiply that by creating a small gallery featuring the same color as this object. This will help bring the room together and make it more cohesive. Use summaries or simple pieces to draw the color in the space.
Make sure you don’t overdo it and use moderation when using bright colors in a room. They may seem busy or hurtful to watch if there are too many of them. If the accent color of the room is blue, use different shades of blue to give your eyes something easy on the eye.
There is no law that your executives should be aligned with each other and never out of place. You are free to do whatever speaks to you by grouping small frames together or using a larger room to keep things simple.
If you feel a little daring, shift your frames on the wall so that they are not centered, drawing attention to a piece of furniture or feature in your home. The eyes are drawn to quirky patterns and this can create drama in the room.
Do not use frames:
If you’re not sure what pieces you have or are interested in a more casual display, skip the frames altogether and go for nude images. Without frames, a print may be more fragile, so it may be recommended to secure the paper to a piece of stiff cardboard. Otherwise, your prints will blow in every breeze and could be damaged.
Frames can also be expensive, and if you want to hang a large number of prints, it pays to do without. Leaving your art unframed creates a bohemian feel and can enhance your overall decor.
Use a gallery light:
You can showcase a single piece or a collection of artwork by installing a gallery light on the artwork. These lights are relatively inexpensive but will increase the drama of the art. Lighting in our homes changes throughout the day and you may not always be able to see your artwork.
There is a reason that works of art in museums are always sufficiently lit so that you, the viewer, can experience it as it was meant to be seen. If you have more than one room, consider ceiling track lighting.
Not in a bad way:
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how you want to display the artwork you’ve collected over time. You can use any or all of these ideas in one home, but make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself and your guests with too much to look at. Have a space where the eye can rest, such as a wall with a single piece of art or an open space on the floor.
Before you decide where you want to place your artwork, make sure it’s the right size for the wall or shelf you’re placing it on. If it’s too small or too big, it can attract unwanted attention and distract from its lens.
Make your home a place where you love to spend time and allow yourself to enjoy the little luxury of getting that piece of art you wanted on display.
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