*This is a collaborative post, however, all words are my own.
Your home is your safe space, a space for you to express yourself and turn into a sanctuary for you and your family. Some people adore those rustic, cottagey vibes, whereas others prefer a cleaner, more modern design to their home. No matter how you choose to style your home, a good piece of well placed wall art can bring all the elements of the room together and really add the finishing touch you’ve been looking for.
When shopping around for the best wall art for you, look out for beautiful art (or) downloadable art prints that not only compliment your decor, but also your personality. Take a look at our guide to styling your home with wall art and learn how to properly arrange and hang pieces.
Explore different types of wall art.
When you think of wall art, you most likely immediately think of framed art prints or typography. These are just two types of wall art, but there are many more ways to style the walls of your home.
Add an extra level of charm to your cottage themed kitchen by hanging a vintage wooden print on the wall. Thick printed maple wood enhances the natural cosy aesthetic of cottage themed kitchens, while some vintage imagery and typography creates a homely feel to the room.
Fans of minimalist decor could choose to show their creative side through the use of framed movie posters or eye catching art prints. Adding bold, colourful wall art into a minimalist, modern living room immediately creates an eye catching focal point and offers a great talking point. Metal wall art is also a great way to add vibrancy and colour into your room; Bumblejax metal prints using Chromaluxe are beautifully detailed and bright, making them a great addition to any room.
Tapestries bring a whole new vibe to bedrooms and living rooms, creating a soft, cosy environment for you to relax in. Tapestries come in so many designs and colours, which makes them a great choice for home decor.
Use curated art collections.
Sometimes choosing complimentary art pieces can be tricky. Having prints that share a common factor, whether that be a colour or theme, will seem far more natural and will flow with the energy of your home. Thankfully, leading wall art websites such as Fine Art America, have grouped together stunning collections to suit all homes. Whether you’re looking for classic rock legends or striking art work, their curated collections will help you plan the design of your walls.
Top tips for hanging wall art.
Utalising existing focal points.
Using wall art helps to create a focal point in the room; therefore utalising existing focal points is a great way to ensure your art will have maximum impact. Hanging wall art above the fireplace takes advantage of the fireplace’s natural presence and does a fantastic job of highlighting your home decor choices. It’s best to ensure the art is the same size as the fireplace opening, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be one piece. Using multiple prints to compose a larger image looks great above the mantle.
Big or small prints?
Arrange the pieces of wall art before you start hanging them on your wall. Lay all your pieces on a table or on the floor and compose the images in a way that suits. For small spaces, such as corridors, groups of bright and colourful prints that are relatively small will work well and can make the space seem larger. For bigger wall surfaces, an even number of wall art spaced a few inches away from one another creates a stunning art arrangement.
Which arrangements look best?
Placing wall art at eye level is best, or at least the centre image if you’re hanging a series of prints. However, it’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning to hang wall art in your dining room, arranging the wall art slightly lower than usual will allow you to still view it even when you’re eating.
Before committing to positions, a great tip is to place a large piece of paper on the floor and arrange your art work on top. Next you can draw around the frames and mark the hanging points. Tape your paper to the wall, add your picture hooks/nails and then remove the paper. Simply hang your art and you will now have your perfectly arranged wall art grouping!
General tips for hanging wall art.
We’ve covered some key aspects that are worth remembering when hanging wall art in your home. Here are a few more tips to help you get the perfect style:
- When hanging wall art above furniture, make sure the art is not wider than the furniture. Aim to have the frame take 50-75% of the width of the furniture.
- Cherished or highly detailed art looks great on the staircase. People are far more likely to appreciate the detail in a print when they can get up close to it without the distraction of chatter or the TV.
- Tapestries can be hung with pins or velcro, but they can also add extra dimension to a room when hung from a curtain rod.
- Your choice of frame can bring just as much to the room’s aesthetic as the wall print itself, so choose your frame wisely.
- Tapestries can be stretched over wooden frames or plywood boards to create a whole new piece of art. Stretch tightly over the board and use a staple gun to secure the tapestry to the back of the frame.