After purchasing or inheriting stunning art pieces, it is difficult to figure out how to arrange them in a space so that they are center stage without being overpowering. Arranging art well is very much about mastering dimensions and angles and mixing and matching wall art with other ornamental elements you have such as photographs or wall hangings. Here are a few tips on how to arrange art for a flawless wall display.
Start with a Focal Point
When in doubt, target the focal point of a room. This is a simple expert tip when you are unsure of how to arrange art pieces in any given room. The focal point can be the fireplace (above the mantelpiece) or the main wall or the space above the main item of furniture.
Once you have found the focal point you can arrange art thereby hanging up larger pieces before smaller art pieces. If an art piece is large enough, it can suffice on its own and oftentimes has the most impact that way.
A Gallery Wall for Art
If you have art prints that are all roughly the same size (individual artists sometimes sell prints that are usually the same size and meant to be purchased collectively in some cases) you can consider making a gallery wall.
A gallery wall is a brilliant conversation starter and a statement in itself because it provides any visitor with a lot to ponder over. It can also be worked from a single source as mentioned before and that has an effect of its own. A curated gallery wall art in your main living space may be the perfect glimpse of the kind of art you admire.
Don’t Be Formal
Art is not a floor plan so avoid arranging it in a grid style as that will appear formal and mechanical. Go asymmetrical with your placements while still bearing in mind that the arrangement needs to make sense regardless of which direction you look at it.
Your art wall should not be chaotic but still, have a semblance of structure. You can arrange it horizontally, vertically, in a three or four-part collection or by grouping the same size art pieces together.
A Depiction of You
When arranging your wall display, more so than anything else you should ensure it has pieces you have individually chosen because they speak to your soul. Many people are passionate about dog portraits or house portraits so those are perfect to include in your display. Don’t get carried away by curated examples on social media as personal preference should be the deciding factor when you are arranging art in your home.
A Color Scheme
Arranging art according to a color scheme is a great idea when you have a varied collection of art pieces. You can categorize them loosely in terms of the color family they belong to and have designated walls for each color scheme. You can also arrange according to shades and textures if all your wall art is monochrome or in neutral colors.
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