When you decorate a room there are many things to consider. Hanging art is either one of the first things you do when you decorate a room or it is the very last thing on your mind. An afterthought.
Art can have a very different expression whether you display it in the center on a big white wall or put it on an art shelve among other pieces. This article is for you if you're looking for different ways to display art in your home.
So here goes..
1. On the wall
Ok. This is the good old-fashioned way to hang art in your home. If it’s done right it can have a huge impact on both the artwork and the room. It really depends on your interior style. Having a piece of art hanging by itself creates a more minimalistic feel than grouping different works of art together. If you're doing it the traditional way you have to think about what look you're after.
2. On a background
A little spin on the traditional way to hang art is to do something with the background. It could either be by adding an elegant colour, a pattern you like, fabric, or using wallpaper to make a statement. The most important thing here is to choose a background that complement the artwork - not one that work against it.
Ellipse art print by Kristina Krogh available at NABO shop
3. Double row art shelves
Using art shelves is an easy way to arrange art different pieces of art. One of the benefits of hanging art this way is that it is super flexible and easy to re-arrange if you change your mind. You can make it fresh to look at very quickly by moving things around or adding something new to the shelves.
When hanging art like this I would say that more is (very often) more. Don’t be afraid to add many pieces, little things and different sized artworks to the shelves as it’s all part of making it personal. One tip is to find shelves that doesn’t take too much focus from the things you're putting on the shelves. A slim shelf will add some balance to a busy wall.
Using a clip is a super cheap way to decorate with art and it is also very flexible. In the same way as the art shelves it allows you to quickly change the artworks on your wall, but one of the benefits of using clips is that you can easily move it somewhere else without having to think about much else.
However, I wouldn’t recommend using clips if it’s an artwork you really love as it could be easily damaged if you don't protect the artwork with a frame. If you don't worry too much about the artwork, using clips creates a raw look to a room. Give it a go if you’re willing to take the risk or try it with artworks you care a little less about.
5. Leaning against a wall
This is a popular way to display art if you’re renting your place or if you would like the opportunity to change the layout on a more frequent basis. The frame protects the artwork as opposed to using clips and it gives a cool laid back look. Try stacking it up on a pile of books or on a small side table.
Balance, Beige by Kristina Krogh available at NABO shop
6. Side by side
Hanging art side by side is a modern take on the gallery wall. Whereas gallery walls are known from museums where different sized pictures and frames cover a wall this method is a little more simple. You simply hang a row of pictures that you like with their frames touching each other.
Again, think about the look you're after. By choosing the same frame and size you move in a more calm and minimalistic direction whereas if you choose different frames and sizes it make the arrangement look more carefree.
7. Mix objects
Another take on the minimalistic gallery wall is to mix it up with different objects such as mirrors, empty frames and souvenirs. The easiest way to do this is to start creating the wall piece by piece. Place the biggest piece close to or in the center of the wall and work from there.
8. In your bookshelf
This works well with smaller pieces and adds something a little different to your bookshelf. Placing art in an unexpected way gives an unpretentious look.
I hope you've found this list helpful.
Before hanging your art work in your home there are many things to consider. One of the most important things is the framing itself. You’ll have to decide whether you’re going to frame it yourself or have a frame made by a professional. If you're unsure about what to go for you can read my guide on how to find the perfect frame for your art work.
Can you think of other ways to display art? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to include your ideas on the list.
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