The artwork you put on your walls can make or break the space. Whether you want to create a statement in your living room or simply add some life to a blank wall, artwork is a fun way to express yourself and showcase your favourite pieces.
Balance and symmetry are key to creating a collection that works. The possibilities are essentially endless when it comes to composition. But with some practice and a keen editorial eye, creating a stylish display of wall art is no trouble at all.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Pair two corresponding prints together for a sleek, seamless look. A lot of companies do pairs of artwork to make your life easier.
If you’re feeling brave, try pairing two different style images. It’s a good idea to keep a common colour or subject matter so that the prints still work well next to each other. Or, why not pair a photograph and a typography print for a cool modern feel.
Rule of 3
Grouping three objects is a common rule in interior styling. If you walk into a show home, you will often see a group of 3 vases gathered together on a shelf, or 3 succulents on a window sill. The same rules apply to artwork.
It’s a classic technique, but it doesn’t have to be boring! Using different sized pictures, different heights and mixing different frames can add a lot more interest to this grouping.
For a more natural, organic look, you can hang prints on string or attach to the wall with clips or tape. This informal look works really well in modern homes, especially if the decor has a Scandinavian or Bohemian feel.
Gallery Walls are extremely popular at the moment as they are a great way to make a statement. The key to creating the best composition is to start with the largest piece and use it as the focal point. It is easiest to work from the centre out. Try to keep the overall pattern balanced against other furniture or central on a wall. But most of all, have fun and get creative!
The best thing about a gallery wall is its versatility. Your gallery can easily be swapped or updated whenever you feel with new favourites over the years. Simply decide what you want to take down and replace it with a similar sized piece.
Mixing a few objects into your gallery wall can add a more personal touch. The mixed mediums can also create a layered effect on the wall.
In the image below, mirrors are mixed in with art print. However, you really don’t need to stop there. Consider adding plates, a clock or a few sculptural pieces. When planning your next wall-based masterpiece, look for opportunities to think outside the box. You’ll be amazed by what you come up with.
The Rule Breaker!
Don’t be afraid to use the floor or a table as your canvas. If you have an empty sideboard or a wall with a lot of floor space, artwork can be a fantastic feature. The key to mastering this look is to layer your prints and canvases to add depth. Again, it is best to have a common theme or colour palette for your prints, however, you can mix and match for a more relaxed feel.
Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, why not make a feature of an empty corner? Simply extend a gallery wall across two walls to create a modern, eye-catching display. This look is undoubtedly modern and will give your home some wow factor.
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I hope you’ve been inspired to create beautiful wall art!
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