How to Display Art in Your Home
We all have art work and images we want to display in our homes. Memories and artistic tastes are unique to us – they add personality and individuality to our homes, so they should be displayed in a way where they can be appreciated and enjoyed.
Many of us used to hang posters as teenagers, but even as adults we want to be surrounded by those things that bring us joy in imagery. But how do we do that successfully without them getting lost in the room or looking messy?
If you’re just beginning the process, choose images you love and images which have significance to you and your family. Once photographs and artwork are positioned and hung, they probably won’t be changed for quite a significant amount of time, so make sure you are happy with looking at them on a daily basis.
Also remember you can display anything you like. Photographs, posters, prints, textiles, paintings, letters, tickets and even your child’s drawings can all be used to show your personality and interests. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing the subject matter for art in your home, it just needs to be special to you.
Ordinarily, pictures are framed and hung alone in a space or propped on shelves, window sills and mantel pieces. These are really great ways to decorate our homes and make them feel personal and welcoming, but how else can we display our favorite art work and amazing memories so that they really get the attention they deserve?
Here are a few easy ways to display your art at home. Don’t forget that changing just one thing can ruin the whole look, so when it comes to creating an art display it’s best to follow the main rules which are holding the “idea” together.
Hanging pictures on a wall in an ordered way can create an amazing statement. The key to creating this look is regularity and precision. Keep images the same size and mounted and framed in the same style. Selecting only black and white, or sepia toned images or images with a consistent tone or color theme will create a bold, artistic finish. This style will work with any amount of imagery, just be sure to spend some time looking at the wall space and what surrounds it before you start.
Hanging imagery in an abstract way also creates a statement, but you can be a little more organic with how you get there. As with an ordered style of hanging, think about how much wall space you have and how much of it you want to fill. Frames and images should be varied in size and positioned in whichever layout sits well with you. Try experimenting with half drops and offsetting to get started. The key to making this hanging style work (as well as being brave) is to have one element of consistency. This consistency can be in the subject of the imagery, the colour of the work, or the overall style. One element which ties all of the images together will automatically make the display feel more complete (rather than messy).
Standing framed photographs and images on multiple shelves is a really great way to show your art and personality. You may have space for a whole wall of open shelving or you may only want to put up one or two. Whichever you decide, mix and match frames and simply play around with different positioning. Similarly to the abstract style of hanging, anything goes in terms of size, frame and subject. Another option with shelving displays is to use the depth of your shelf. Stacking and layering imagery is another way to make more of a statement with your artwork and photographs.
However you decide to make more of your artwork, take time out to step back from the layout and admire your composition before you make final decisions. Your imagery will be viewed from different angles of the room and at different times of the day, so also consider light and how it will affect how you see and experience your pictures.