Art is so fascinating. Behind every piece of artwork is a story, an expression of self, passion, and an emotion that is completely up to each individual to interpret. Art is uniquely personal to each human being. To me, taking a blank or existing space and transforming it into a work of art is so meditative and relaxing. I truly enjoy it especially after all the hard work and layering that goes into creating the final outcome. Do you enjoy art and if so what does art mean to you? Do you have artwork that you or your family have created or artwork you collected because you simply appreciate art? Is it stored away in your closet or garage because you aren’t sure how to display them cohesively and elegantly? Not to worry. There is an “art” to exhibiting art in your space. Check out some tips and ideas below for how to display artwork in your home or office that transforms it from dull to sparkling.
Mix & Match
Mix and Match frames and different styles of artwork to create visual interest and dimension. Almost any frame style and finish can coexist together in an elegant way. You can combine vintage frames, matted frames, shadow box frames, float frames, or painted ceramic glass frames together that is harmonious and blends with your decor. Mixing different finishes from antique brass to gold, bronze, silver, black, and iron further creates dimension rather than being flat and monotonous. Besides mixing frame styles and finishes, try varying the size and shape of your artwork from small to large or from oval to rectangular. The more eclectic the more you will achieve an “exhibition” feel.
Exhibit in a Gallery/Salon Style
Arranging artwork in a gallery style has become very popular and will continue to be trendy. It adds texture and depth to a space. There aren’t really any specific rules on how to group art together. Some designers will suggest coming up with a theme or a color palette and grouping artwork together based on those concepts. I say just play around with the layout and you will come up with something that’s right for you. You can hang artwork close together or far apart. You can include different styles of artwork from oil paintings to quoted prints, black & white photographs, or watercolor. You can even mix in clocks, fabrics, and vintage plates with the artwork. When I group items together in a gallery style, I first arrange it on the floor and try different ideas and layouts. Then, I take a photo of it with a camera or my cell phone to remember the design that I liked best. Finally, I transfer the layout to the walls using painter’s tape and I start hanging one piece at a time adjusting it as I go along.
Place it on the Floor
Who says you have to hang art on the walls? If you don’t have a huge wall space, you can display your artwork on the floor by leaning it against a small wall. You can lean artwork on the floor next to your fireplace, in your bedroom, or in your home office. Create a layered effect by leaning several pieces of artwork over each other in various sizes and shapes or you can place it side by side. Mix and match frame styles and finishes if your artwork is framed to create visual dimension.
Display on a shelf, desk, or bookcase
If you have enough wall space, another way to show artwork is to display it on floating shelves in your kitchen, on top of a bookcase, on your desk, or above a fireplace mantle. You can even display them over a custom built-in bookcase. Although it’s aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t quite seem functional to me even though a lot of designers like to hang art over a built-in bookcase in an office or living room. Displaying artwork on shelves is another simple and affordable way of showcasing your artwork without having to put holes in your wall. Similar to displaying artwork on the floor, you can also layer several pieces of artwork together by placing it over each other in various sizes and shapes.