THE ART OF WALL ART //
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
When chosen thoughtfully(with your favorite interior designers:) ), the right wall art can provide for the entire room.
Too often in interior design, we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It's what gets dealt with last, long after that final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all the furniture is artfully arranged. We believe that a gallery/art wall is a versatile display that allows you to show off your personality in a stylish, trendy presentation. And it's an essential part of the design!!! It's perfect for small spaces and organization. It can infuse personality and provide depth without taking up any floor space —thereby minimizing clutter.
COHESIVENESS is crucial. When selecting what to put on the wall, you're totally free to use artwork and photography in different styles and sizes, but try to consider how you will create a collected feel.
A great way to tie art together is through color; as a general color rule, you want to choose an art piece that will match your room. However, try doing so without taking away from the design elements that are already in it. This doesn't mean you can't choose bold pieces or challenge the status quo, but it's best to first understand how you want to incorporate color into your home. But hey, that's what we're here for! Also, mix up sizes but consider your spacing. Small frames can be grouped together tight, while a larger picture needs more room to breathe.
Your gallery wall should be cohesive but never dull. We actually encourage you to mix up styles and sizes to add visual interest. In a salon-style arrangement, work different materials and measures to keep it exciting and personal. Just remember to keep cohesiveness in mind.
The eclectic and dynamic nature of the gallery wall offers you a welcome versatility. It allows you to experiment by adding or detracting a key piece to create a new feel.
Don't have the time or patience for a salon-style gallery wall? Design differently and place art wall in unexpected places. Don't limit yourself to walls! Floating wall shelves are the new gallery wall! Try layering multiple pieces for an interesting and multidimensional approach. And if you have an enormous art piece, consider propping it against the wall instead of hanging it for a more relaxed and contemporary look, our personal fave.
AND NOW...3 STEP GUIDE //
You've done the thinking, now it's time to start acting. But hold the hammer. It's a great idea to visualize the display on the floor first. When you layout your art and photos, it's a good idea to start in the middle with the largest piece and work your way from there. Move the art around, test the flow, and keep experimenting. When you've found a look you think will work, it's time to test the wall placement.
Get it on the wall
Trace around your art on craft paper and cut out the silhouette. On the paper, mark where the picture hanger is placed – you'll benefit later. Using painter's tape, hang each silhouette on the wall, and you'll have a visual representation of your display. Tweak the placements, and if you find that it's just not right, it's back to the floor and step 1. It happens so often that we envision something so great in our heads, but it doesn't work so well when we put our thoughts on the wall. Don't be discouraged by this! Keep on exploring!
You've experimented, rearranged, and fine-tuned – now it's time to hang the art on the wall. Put a nail through your markings and remove the craft paper. The art can now easily be placed and adjusted using a level. You're done! You now have a beautiful gallery that showcases your personality and style. Every once in a while, remember to revisit your artistic side and let the display evolve.
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