We’ve all got one – at least one – an empty wall to which we haven’t as yet devoted a solution and haven’t as yet figured out why. A mirror, a print, photographs, a special work of original art – how do we address that elephant in the room that evades us? Sometimes the most intimidating prospect is trying to figure out how and where to arrange a wall to achieve just what you have envisioned and make it part of your home. Here are 5 basic approaches to display wall art stylishly.
The most basic rules of curation in a gallery or museum call for a certain type of symmetry that is very well defined if you are on the inside of the art world. The vertical middle of any painting, photograph, etc. should be hung at 58-60in. (147-152cm.). If you are dealing with an oversized piece and wall you should definitely ask for professional help! If there are multiple pieces, keep them equally spaced apart, with a little more room to breathe on each end. If there is a centre point on the wall defined by another object (a couch, a table, a light) use that and work out from the centre.
This arrangement presents a visually structured and organised appearance. The art installations hung in rows and columns are striking and congruent and reflect an element of sophistication and thought. The grid system is ideal for displaying a large collection of art, especially multiple small works. Artwork can be spaced evenly and crisply while some creative element can be included in the arrangement. Tend to work with larger works in the middle of the arrangement.
Another arrangement that is becoming quite popular is the salon arrangement. This involves a group of often, haphazard images grouped together for great visual interest. Mismatched frames, unusual dimensions, and disparate artworks are stretched from wall to wall and floor to ceiling with the use of a reference point of perception for a dramatic effect.
Want to give your home a unique personality? Try the cluster formation, which is free-spirited and leans towards wild, sprawling art installations. This kind of configuration provides endless possibilities in terms of using the art of multiple variations with various frame finishes. This arrangement is purely subjective and visual.
Single Large Art
A large standalone work of art not only makes for a strong focal point in any given room, it can also either tell a story of the room or be a subtle accent in passing; but it is always a statement. Hanging large works can be difficult and require professional help to be done correctly but it is worth the effort.
Always forgotten are the most obvious elements of hanging a work – make sure your wall can handle the weight of the art you are hanging. Sometimes a level isn’t your best friend – lots of home architecture is actually not perfectly straight and while a piece may be hanging perfectly level, it can look off with your ceiling and floor – don’t be afraid to adjust as necessary visually. Unless you are an expert, don’t expect to get everything right the first time if you are hanging by yourself – there are many factors that can get forgotten, i.e. adjusting for the drop from the top of the painting to the string and assuming some stretching over time. Most importantly though, DO NOT forget about your lighting – your lighting display can make a simple collection look like a lost treasure and can make a museum exhibition look like an amateur show. When in doubt, always contact your art representative who will be able to help or point you in the right direction.
Happy art hunting!