Do you have some big, empty walls in need of art but don’t know where to start? It can feel counterintuitive to make a permanent hole to hang your art when you’re just not sure. But fret not. Read on for our guide to wall art.
SET THE TONE
There are many different ways to approach wall art. But you have to start somewhere so let’s talk style and tone. Before you hit “add to cart”, decide what kind of feel you want in your home. A large-scale, framed artwork in darker colours featuring strong lines and forms will create a formal feel, whereas light, bright colours will bring all the casual vibes.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LARGE SCALE PAINTINGS
Nothing says ‘high-impact’ like a single large-scale painting or print. You don’t need to go floor to ceiling for this to work in your own home. A single, large artwork in a defined space – such as above a couch or console – works every time.
MIX IT UP WITH VINTAGE PRINTS, DIGITAL PRINTS AND PAINTINGS
If you can’t stop at just one piece of art and decide a gallery wall is for you, a good approach is to mix it up with a combination of vintage prints, digital prints, paintings and originals. And if you have a special three-dimensional something like a woven hanging or paper sculpture, that makes an interesting addition as well. First up, find a colour you love and dedicate your gallery wall to it. Build your wall around one or two ‘hero’ pieces to ground it and have several other smaller pieces in different sizes and orientations to keep things interesting and round it out.
FRAMED ART IS HERE FOR A GOOD TIME AND A LONG TIME
There are plenty of reasons to frame art. The first is to protect your artwork from the elements. Humidity, in particular, is no friend to art. But a good frame will also elevate your art and give it some presence. General advice when you are choosing frames is to frame for the art, not the home, so choose lighter frames for art with lighter colours and darker frames for work that is dark and moody. In terms of the matt surrounding the work, two inches is considered a good amount to give your work a bit more gravitas.
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