Wall art is a beautiful and creative way to decorate your wall and it makes a statement about your taste and appreciation for culture. However, there are quite a few tangents to get right before you make a wall filled with art so that you can maximize the effect of the pieces you have collected over the years.
- The Right Wall
Every wall in your home is not great for hanging a lot of wall art. Smaller walls can probably take a piece or two but for the best effect choose a fairly large and isolated wall, ideally one that gets a bit of natural light. With this sort of wall, you can go for the gallery concept (this can be done with photographs too). Interior designers will tell you to use scores of unique and whimsical frames to add variety rather than using similar frames to hang all your art pieces up.
Other than frames you can always incorporate a stand-alone hanging art piece or one that is resting on an easel but this depends on how much space you have in the room. If you have the right wall for the look and a large room, no need to shy away from a life-size mural as well.
- Height And Dimensions
Wall art should neither be hung too low nor too high. It needs to be at a height where it can easily be accessed (eye-level is a good measuring point) and appreciated by any onlookers. Hanging art above the sofa is a classic way to arrange it and so is hanging it opposite the windows so natural light makes it visible.
Be wary of the dimensions of the wall art because it needs to work with the rest of the décor and the furniture and it usually should not be an overwhelming feature unless the room is an art studio or a home library. A good example would be how wall art is arranged in the kitchen. In the kitchen, wall art needs to be practically utilized and kept away from sources of heat so it can be hung above counters or over a dining table, and so on. Opt for a synergistic feel with the art you include in your home, rather than having it stick out like a sore thumb.
- Brainstorm It First
Unless you’re hanging wall art with command hooks, drilling nails into your wall is probably a long-term commitment. Before you construct your wall of art or gallery wall extravaganza you should sketch out a plan on paper just to get an idea of how it all looks. If you’re thinking of hanging your beloved pet portraits on the wall, you may want to brainstorm the art pieces you think will go with that so there is no clash.
- Asymmetrical Arrangements
While one’s first instinct may be to arrange wall art symmetrically, that can be boring and uninspired so go for hanging it asymmetrically. This gives a more aesthetically pleasing touch to the wall and helps emphasize each piece’s uniqueness. This is all the more impactful with black and white wall décor because it adds the illusion of contrast and lets each art piece speak for itself.