Hanging art and graphic prints in your home can be a rather difficult task when you think about it. You probably have several walls to choose from, different furnishings and decor to work with, as well as wall colour and proper matting and framing. We always suggest approaching any area of your home with good strategy—and this task is no different.
Art, frames and boards can bring your room together, whether it's the living room, bedroom or even the bathroom. Working with colour schemes and trying different hanging and compositional techniques can make guests arriving think that you've hired an interior designer! Below we have listed six different tips for you to think about the next time you find cool art, or decide to take out those wonderful family pictures! You will be ready to go in no time!
We know it might seem strange or awkward at first glance, but choosing to use an odd number of images or frames is a great way to go because it changes your space up a bit. This technique will especially work for larger-format artworks and posters. The example seen here is great because the large-format print pulls the perfect colours out of the decorative accessories, as well as changes up your eye movement being right of center over the couch!
Another option would be to choose three smaller-sized prints behind a couch or sofa. Make sure you're choosing to place art around furnishings or on walls that typically would receive no immediate attention. And no, this doesn't mean that you have to place art on every wall—less is more when it comes to great art! You don't want your living room turning into an eclectic-style art museum!
Here's an example of how great three can look above your sofa!
Thinking less about hanging your frames and art is becoming more and more popular! First of all, it relieves all the stress and measuring involved, secondly, it allows you to combine different types and styles of frames—which is traditionally seen as unacceptable.
This technique can bring some eclecticism to your space, and create an interesting inspiration board for future guests. This designer chose to randomly (yet strategically) place smaller-format images with thick matting and tiny, contemporary-style frames. The white matting compliments the matching white wall colour, as well as the light wood frames compliment the eclectic earthy-tones of the room! It's all about the details!
If you're a bit obsessive about things being clean, traditional, symmetrical and even—then sticking with pairs of art and frames is best for you. You might think that working with pairs of images is rather boring or traditional, but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.
This designer used the white-washed exposed brick wall to their advantage by letting the texture speak for itself. They decided to place the two accent images above the L-shaped couch, yet extremely far apart to change it up. These images aren't necessarily large either, and it still works great. Think about working in twos and fours—and the higher up you go, make sure the images are getting smaller—not larger!
Using large-format images to pair above your bed is a great choice too—check out this example!
With wider walls and wide furnishings like couches and sofas, think about placing your frames and boards in a more horizontal manner in order to make up for the span of the wall. The wall pictured here is extremely wide and smaller art and frames would feel misplaced.
Use minimalist shelves to your advantage in situations like these. Either make a shallow, single-colour shelf yourself, or buy one (they are quite affordable) and use it as the access point for placing several images. This designer used a great technique—they placed both vertical and horizontal images on the whole span of the shelf and this allows your eye movement to shift and not be so instantly bored by works that are all the same height! It's a great technique!
First off, what a great room. The wall colour is fantastic and works with the lighter shade of cabinets in the kitchen, as well as the bold, patterned tiles. The living room offsets the bold blue with the neutral wood flooring, the neutral couch and the random primary colours in the kitchen table and the art works!
These two art works define this room for two reasons. First, they work together, yet separately as they have their own walls to work with, yet their compositions are eerily similar (it's best to use a series in a situation like this, where it's a bit matching.) Secondly, the designer has used two overhead lights to highlight the beauty of the images and how they appropriately and beautifully work with the background colour of the wall.
In most cases, if you have larger art works in your home, consider cheap and easy-to-install highlight features to really show them off!
Here's another example of how great your whole room can be if your work your art into the intricacies of your space!
Lastly, vertical lines are great for homes that have a higher ceiling setting, or if you prefer to place your artwork lower and give yourself more upper-space. Typically, the rule of thumb is to place all art work at eyes-view. So, when you're standing against a wall, wherever your eyesight naturally falls is where the middle of the composition should fall.
Now, if you want to try something new like this designer did, think about placing your works a bit lower and then you're able to double-up on the images you can place vertically! This series of four graphic prints really makes this kitchen fabulous!