Framing Beauty: A Beginner’s Guide to Displaying Art
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Pablo Picasso once stated, “Art washes away the soul the dust from everyday life.” This is a perfect description of how art can affect the quality of life in a home. American households usually have some sort of art in their homes. This could be original paintings, photographs, sculptures, or even fingerpaintings by children. But, many are not confident in displaying art correctly.

This guide will help you to find the right art pieces for your style. It will also give you ideas on how to display art in a way that makes it stand out and adds interest and warmth to your home.

Finding Perfect Pieces

No matter what your taste is, you will find the right art for your space at many places. You can find art almost anywhere nowadays, even big-box stores such as Target and HomeGoods. These stores don’t always have the best pieces, but they can still be a great place to find unique pieces that suit your taste.

Farmhouse/Rustic

If your style is more country and quaint, you may be familiar with Etsy or Twelve On Main which sell a wide range of farmhouse-style artwork. You can order prints to frame or print on canvas. It’s important to keep your aesthetic consistent by sticking to artwork with cool tones such as grey, white, blue and green. Also, avoid imagery that is reminiscent or country life (e.g. still life, farm scenes, landscapes, etc.). This theme is also available at flea markets and antique stores. You can find unique pieces that you can use throughout your home, such as on shelves, mantels, or tabletop decorations.

Modern

With a modern decorating style, there are many options for art to be incorporated. You have many options depending on your space’s color scheme. However, it is important to choose pieces that grab attention. Tappan is an online gallery that offers contemporary art in a range of media. You can search the site by color, orientation, price and even price to find the right piece for you based on your taste and budget. To expand your collection, you can also learn about the most prominent contemporary artists.

Simplistic

You don’t need art on every wall of your home to make it feel complete. A simple way to display art can be the best way to capture its essence. It is easy to add art to a minimalist design by using pieces that you already own. You can display your family photos in a gallery or on a straight line along the wall if you have many. This will give it a cleaner look. Minted offers a variety of prints online, in minimalist colors and designs. There is also a section called art murals that you can use to transform a wall into art.

Function, and

Form

One of the most common misconceptions regarding art display is that it should be the central point of the room. It can, but it shouldn’t be the focal point of the room. Your art should complement the aesthetic of the space and not distract from it. It is important to choose pieces that reflect your taste and not just what is popular. You will be the one who is most surrounded with this art every day. The next, and perhaps most difficult, step is to decide where to hang the pieces in your home.

Space

Unless you’re constructing a gallery wall with art, it needs to be free of clutter. For the best results, group pieces from different styles together. Try three groups for the most cohesive look. To ensure that they blend together, make sure you keep the color scheme and style of each piece in mind. You must be aware of the distance between each piece, even when grouping them together. It is a good rule of thumb to space frames at least two to three inches apart in a gallery wall layout.

desk with art

Height

You might be tempted hang your artwork high to create space between your furniture and the art and make it more visible. Hanging your art too high can cause damage. Hang your art about five feet above the ground, or three to four inches higher than any furniture. The ideal width for a large piece hanging above a sofa is approximately two-thirds of its width.

Movement

Artwork will add movement to your space and improve the flow. Larger sculptures and other large pieces should have enough space, and not be placed against a wall. A staircase can be used to guide the eye upward by placing photos or artwork along it. Consider how you and your family move around your home and ensure that each piece of artwork is in harmony with this movement.

Light

You won’t find an art gallery that doesn’t have adequate lighting around the pieces. The same principle should be applied to art in your own home. You should ensure that your art is in an area with plenty of natural light throughout the day. Or, you could consider placing it in a place where your home’s lighting will shine on it. You can also use smaller lights that are timed and placed above each piece to create a gallery effect.

Give Your Home Personality

Character is the most important thing about a home that has art. You will feel more at home in a space that has art. It doesn’t matter if you have the biggest or most expensive art collection. It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive or largest art collection.

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