It’s not what you look at that matters,
it’s what you see.
– Henry David Thoreau
Everyone displays art differently, and when it comes to deciding what to place on your walls, this can sometimes be a difficult decision. For some, finding the right artwork may take years, while others may have a collection of pieces simply waiting to be hung. Others, still, may choose to fill their walls with family memories. No matter what route you take, you want to do it in a manner that tastefully fits your preferences.
As such, the way you exhibit your artwork will depend on you. Do you enjoy clean, minimal walls? Maybe you prefer your walls patchworked with family photos? Perhaps you enjoy adorning your walls with pictures and memories from your travels? Either way, your art will tell a story, and I will cover three different design tips to help you consider the best ways to display these stories. Of course, there is no rule that says you cannot utilize all three methods!
Are you a true art collector? Do you spend your free time strolling museums and galleries? In this case, having a single statement piece hung on the wall that pops of color and life is enough to meet the moment. When hanging a precious piece of artwork, you want to have a clean wall, typically of a white or soft shade. When choosing a place in your home, you want to make sure the piece has enough (but not too much) “breathing room.” Ensuring your artwork only occupies up to three-quarters of the width of the wall it is on will make your painting feel like it belongs without feeling overwhelming. For example, if you have a wall that is 60 inches wide, then a 45 inch-wide (60 x .75) piece of artwork will fit just right. Also, don’t forget the lighting for this special piece! A slim art light above your artwork will really make all the difference.
Family Photo/Seasonal Display
Do you have a lot of beautiful family photos or pictures of your own property that you’d like to display? More and more families are having some unique professional family photos taken, so why not treat them as precious art? You can display them in a simple frame, or you can create a balanced collage showcasing all your favorites! When creating a collage, your display can be pure, comprised of all white frames; or, you can channel a more eclectic approach by throwing in different framing textures and colors. One of my favorite ways to display family art is through a beautiful collage wall mixing your favorite memories.
Do you travel a lot or have captured memories of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? One of my favorite quotes (and you will find it on my website) is from the late English designer David Hicks, who said, “The best rooms also have something to say about the people who live in them.” I believe this is true, and one of the best ways to display your interests is by selecting art based on your travels. This can be achieved in many ways. You can buy paintings at galleries during your travels — or less formally — patron a local street artist. Or, perhaps you are great behind the camera and have captured unique, breathtaking imagery. Whatever your approach, when accented by a beautiful frame, you now have a masterpiece of your own making!
So why not bring out your inner curator this year and see what beautiful displays you can create!
Author: Stephanie Anderson, Stephanie is the owner of SA Interiors. She is a designer with a BFA in Interior design. She enjoys collaborating with clients, hearing their stories, and discovering their aspirations so a space can be designed that is not only timeless and functional but unique to her clients.