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The art of placing art in your home

by emily

in Design & Trends, Interior Design

It’s not a case of simply slapping a beautiful piece of art on the walls. There is, in fact, an art to placing art in your home. Some homeowners know how to get it right, while others seem to create a room that resembles a collage of mess or a hoarder’s paradise – none of which you are going for… hopefully.  

You need to know how to make the most of the artwork you buy for the artist’s sake as well as your room’s sake.

Place at eye level

Many people make the mistake of placing their artworks too close to the ceiling or too high above the furniture. Obviously, it needs to be high enough to be seen above the couch, mantelpiece or headboard. But, generally, art needs to be placed at eye level.

It’s a lot more comfortable for people to view art at eye level and it always draws more attention than if it was maybe placed too high to be able to appreciate the detail. You didn’t invest in art for your home for it to just be glanced at. And even if you did, the artist most certainly didn’t.  

Place in relation to what’s around

The next thing you need to know about placing art in the home is making sure it’s all in relation to what’s around it. For example, if you’re hanging one or two paintings above your headboard in the bedroom, you need to make sure they both sit equally just within the dimensions of the headboard or in line with the edges of the headboard (while maintaining an even distance between the two paintings that shouldn’t be too far apart).

Having “spatially aware” artworks around the house will also help when it comes to keeping it balanced in the room and in themselves.

Keep it balanced

Having a collage of photographs, paintings and groups of sculptures in a room is all good and well if you can keep it balanced. With a group of items on the wall, for example, you need to make sure they are evenly distributed across the area (keeping in mind what it’s in relation to in the room). You shouldn’t have one side “heavier” or more condensed than the other, otherwise, it will give a lopsided feel to the room.

Always take a step back after rearranging or placing your art and assess how easy and comfortable it is for your eyes to travel over the pieces of art. Then you need to consider how it’s all balanced in relation to the rest of the room. You need to look at how the art works in the room and whether one side of the room is now an overcrowded sight in comparison to the other sides.

Your windows, pot plants, furniture and wallpaper will all need to be included in the art-placing balancing act.  

Keep it room-appropriate

There’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as walking into someone’s living room with your family and there’s an erotic, abstract sculpture for everyone to try avert their eyes from. Keeping your art room-appropriate is just a way to be considerate of others. Not everyone is going to have the same appreciation of art as you do and, yes, at the end of the day it’s your house and your art. But it’s something to think about at least.  

  • Bathroom: No “eyes” in the bathroom. Staring eyes that seemingly watch you while you do your business, even if it is just a painting or photograph, is not comfortable. So, the rule is – no eyes in the bathroom.
  • Bedroom: The bedroom is your personal area, so you can have whatever kind of art you like in here. Just be sure to keep the more intimately personal photographs or erotic-styled art in this private room.
  • Living room: The living room is an area for friends and family and the items you use to decorate this area should reflect those values. Light, happy, creative, family-oriented, travel-themed – there are many options out there.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match mediums

There’s no rule stating that certain mediums of art have to be grouped together. If the colours and balance allow it, you could even mix different art styles in the same display area. If there is a common theme and balance in the items you want to put up, then there’s nothing stopping you from hanging paintings, photographs, mirrors, frames and trinkets on the same wall.

For example, there are a variety of African art styles that, while different, still complement each other and can work in the same room or area. As long as you keep in mind the art placing elements already mentioned.

Don’t think the wall is your only option

You also don’t need to think the wall is your only option. There are so many ways to display art in your home that can add character to your rooms and effectively showcase the valuable art you’ve purchased or created.

The art of placing art in your home is still a creative and fun process. There are just guidelines to keep the art a focal point and accentuate its value. Also, it will make your home that much more beautiful.

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