There are as many ways to hang and display art as there are artists and art lovers. But if we try, we can boil it down to 3 basic approaches, within which you can make your own rules.
1) NEAT and GEOMETRIC…the grid:
If you like your world visually neat and organized, this is your look.
In this case the vibrant energy of the strong color palette is kept in check by the geometric installation of the art.
A grouping of small framed art can take the place of a single larger piece, as in these examples, above and below.
These pretty framed tiles from Linda Paul could fill a whole wall in a kitchen or casual dining room.
Life is messy! It’s nice to come home to a crisp, clean look in your personal sanctuary. The art installations below certainly add to a sense of calm and tranquility.
The key to this look is identical (or nearly so) frames. What’s inside the frames may be similar, related or vary wildly. It’s the frames that keep it together, and provide that clean, calm organized appearance. The only down side to this look is the installation. Precision is called for. If you’re going to do it yourself, here are some tips for getting it just right. You may consider hiring a pro for this. Many framers provide art hanging services. Or a good handy man/carpenter can do the job.
2) WILD ABANDON, or….more is more
It may be a lifetime’s collection of art and mementos, or just the result of a flea market spree… Or a little of both. There’s a fun free spirited trend toward wild, sprawling art installations for the home. Why interior designers love it? It gives the home instant and unique personality, the homeowner’s personality. You can finish a room in one big picture hanging marathon!
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3) ONE IMPORTANT STATEMENT PIECE
If you’re lucky enough to own art that’s big and “important”, you can use the time honored approach of letting that piece stand alone, or even lead the design decisions for a whole space. Interior designers LOVE IT when a home owner has big art! It makes the rest of our job so easy!
The rooms below all appear to have been inspired by the one major art piece present.
SOME PEOPLE JUST REFUSE TO FIT IN!…the hybrids
Here are some beautiful examples of art installations that combine some or all of the above methods…or just do their own thing:
Wall art isn’t necessarily flat! This traditional living room by Mary Anne Smiley Interiors with stunning multi dimensional glass art, combined with contemporary painting, defies categorization. I love that!!
Remember the most important things when you’re thinking about how to hang your art:
HAVE FUN and EXPRESS YOURSELF!
My friend Kelly from DesignTies suggested a style I missed: Art leaning on shelves. As she suggests, this gives you lots of flexibility. If you get bored, you can change things around, and never put a nail in the wall! I found this pretty image from DesignHoleOnLine.
And this combo, hanging and leaning from E Designs Custom Interiors