If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are fully aware of the huge impact our surroundings can have on your mood.
Home is a big part of your life (even bigger now of course due to COVID).
It is hopefully somewhere where you can relax… where you entertain, often it’s where you work, play & of course where might bring up a family.
Your home reflects your personality, your individuality & the artwork you choose is a large part of that. The way you display/dress it sets a tone… creates the feeling…
Lots of people would like to invest in an original piece of art but there are stumbling blocks that stop them such as:
Buying art was once a stressful thing, often seen as elitist. Thanks to the internet, the art world has become accessible to people like you and I. It’s easier than ever to contact artists directly:
It is important to be careful in authenticating if the work is an original or a reproduction. Visit reputable galleries, or even better come directly to artists like me.
Matching – Look for colours that are in the same palette but don’t match exactly. Choose a colour then use a slightly different shades or tone of it & the affect will be subtle & elegant.
Clashing – Don’t be scared to clash. Opposites attract. Use the fundamentals: colour wheels help us to understand the relationships between colours. Choose a piece that has a main colour that is radically different from your decor. “Complementary colours” create dynamic colour schemes.
Look at the features of the room it will hang in, the furniture & accessories you already have. Decide if you’re going to alter the layout to make your art piece the room’s central focus.
Although there are exceptions to the rule, as there are for any other rule, try to aim for your artwork’s central point to be at eye level or approx. 60 inches from the floor, for rooms where you are mostly standing or if the ceiling is very tall. Rooms where you normally sit down such as the dining room or office, pictures can be hung a bit lower. If your art itself is very tall, you may want the top third or so near eye level. (Possibly make a joke about our height?)
Consider how it relates to its surroundings Hang 6-12 inches from the back of a sofa or sideboard. This won’t work if the pieces very small, in that case consider hanging the piece as part of a group or with other objects, such as mirrors or ? pates. Groups can create drama & visual impact on a long or large wall. Look for pieces that ‘belong together’ i.e. they are the same size or they are linked visually by colour. Groups should have about 2-3 inches between each frame.
You can create a plan by laying the pieces on the floor & playing with the arrangement until it feels right. It is good to have a focal point in the centre, and use consistent spacing.
Is the space landscape or portrait? The piece you are hanging should echo the shape of the wall behind:
Light – The piece should receive little to no direct sunlight. If you can’t help this, make sure that your art is framed using UV acrylic plexiglass to protect it.
Humidity – A room with low humidity & no direct contact with water is best for art.
Other Room Considerations…
Kitchen – Often the kitchen is the heart of the home. It may be the most used, so you will see art work there a lot. Countertops & spaces above cabinets are great places for art & usually smaller pieces are best so that they don’t overwhelm the space. Here, prints that make you smile are very appropriate as are energetic colours . Be aware of humidity and of course heat!
Bedroom – Your bedroom is your retreat, a place for relaxation, so soothing tones work well here. Artwork is good placed directly over the bed or on a wall opposite the bed. Here large scale pieces are impactful hung at eye level. Look for tones to highlight in the decor, or even, decorate the bedroom inspired by the piece.
Office – Art in the office can keep you inspired. A good way to keep your space feeling fresh is to make a rotating galley; maybe on a long shelf over or near your work space. Select an assortment of art that inspires/drives you, big & small, all similar or all different frames work equally well. Change them around every few weeks. Screen saver art is a great option too!
Bathroom – clearly be careful about humidity & water here. Art in bathrooms looks lovely in pairs that have a similar theme or feel, hung side by side or stacked. Good places could be over the toilet or bath tub, over towel hooks or alcoves.
Living room – this is the room that guests will perhaps spend most time in. It important to focus on your personality, the feel or vibe you want your room to reflect. Places that are usually good for hanging your art are:
Look at the other materials in the room. Is there wood, black light cables, other frames, marble tops? Try to coordinate with the neutral tones of the room so that the accent colours in the art can shine!
Remember to factor in the cost of framing as it can be very expensive & should be thought about as part of your budget.
Buying second hand frames, creating your own from driftwood, repurposing an old frame, can all be good ways to cut down on this cost and re-use/re-cycle; but always ensure your artwork is properly protected from sunlight, dust and moisture.