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10 Top Tips For Selecting And Displaying Art In Your Home

Posted on February 10 2022

10 Top Tips For Selecting And Displaying Art In Your Home

Artwork is one of the final pieces to the home decorating puzzle, providing either a standout feature that draws the eye, or a complementary touch that ties together the feel of a room.

But sometimes selecting that art can prove easier said than done, so here are our top tips for selecting and displaying the right art for your home.

It’s about mood

Art evokes mood like few other decorating features can, with the colour, texture, pattern and imagery of the piece all playing a role.

If you want your space to be calming, relaxing and restorative, then art that is influenced by nature works wonders, whether it’s an image of a coral reef, beach landscape, shells, florals, forests or treetops.

If you want your space to energise and stimulate you, consider bright and colourful artwork of scenery or abstract images. 

Meanwhile, black and white artwork is also good for provoking thought and keeping your mind active. 

Complement your space

The artwork you select should complement the room where it is to be positioned. And this works in one of two ways.

If you have an existing room that you are seeking to complete with artwork, look at the colour schemes used and the consider the feeling you are seeking to evoke, then select a piece or pieces that tie in.

Alternatively, you might find come across a piece of work that truly connects with you, and then design and decorate your room around that item.

Consider the lighting

To highlight a piece of hanging art, look to your lighting. Experts suggest the best way to illuminate a piece of art and have it become an eye-catching feature is to angle the lighting at 30 degrees.

There are a couple of options for doing this at home including angling your downlights to illuminate your art, or installing track lighting which is directed towards the piece.

Positioning

How and where you position your piece also adds to the feel and drama of the artwork you have selected.

Eye level is considered the ideal height for artwork that is hung on the wall, but if you are positioning it above furniture, have the lower frame of the artwork about 15 to 20cm higher than the furniture.

Meanwhile, where you positioning your art isn’t always restricted to hanging pictures on a wall.

The casual lean

Leaning art against a wall creates a casual and relaxed feel, with options including leaning the piece from the floor, or atop dressers, cabinets and buffets.

This also removes the need to permanently affix an artwork to the wall.

Embrace shelving

If you have a collection of smaller artworks, shelving is a great solution.

This also allows you to complement your artwork with other items such as vases and decorator pieces and together creates the impression of one large designer area.

Farewell to frames

The look of the frames you select for your artwork also adds to the feel of the room. Opt for frames that complement the style of your home and the artwork in question.

Or alternatively ditch the frames altogether for a more streamlined look where the piece speaks for itself.

Mix and match

Adding art doesn’t mean you have to select a single piece, nor a single style. To create an eclectic and visually appealing look, mix and match your pieces and perhaps even opt for different style frames.

As a pro tip, just ensure these pieces tie together in some way, whether it’s the colour used or the theme of the artwork.

Create a gallery

For large walls and spaces in need of a little extra appeal, consider a gallery of carefully selected images that are arranged in an eye-catching fashion and complement each other.

Sensational stairs

The walls above staircases are an ideal area for a picture gallery of pieces. Try staggering the pieces in a gentle incline to create a stunning effect.

Looking for a little art inspiration?

We have a wide range of artworks available to add the final touch to any room or create inspiration for your new space. You can view our selection of artworks including landscape photographs, beach scenes, abstract prints, and black and white images here.