Empty walls are very common in many of our homes. Perhaps hanging art is too much of a commitment? Well, it’s time to get over the fear of putting holes in the walls. Yes, displaying a collection of art requires a careful eye, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. Follow these easy steps to displaying your art like the pros:
1. Choose your display space. Remember that a room’s natural focal point is a prime space to display your art. This could be a mantel, the wall behind a sofa, the space above a bed, or the wall adjacent to a staircase.
2. Roll out a piece of paper on the floor that’s the same size as the space you want to cover on the wall.
3. Trace outlines of your art, label and cut out.
4. Use painter’s tape and place your arrangement on the wall.
5. Install the picture hanging hardware through the paper. Pull down the paper and hang your art. It’s that simple.
When working with photographs, I like to create a cohesive arrangement by going with either all color or all black-and-white photos. Then, select a range of frame sizes and shapes, but stick to one frame color or finish. For a more eclectic look, vary the color but stick to a single size of frame. Positioning art lower on the wall, starting just above a tabletop, draws attention to the space, enticing people to sit and relax. If you’re still uneasy about putting holes in the wall, try the “leaning method” by installing shallow shelves on a wall and use them to support your pictures and art. This easy-to-change display doesn’t involve touching up the walls later on. A wonderful painting can be the inspiration for a space by determining colors, fabrics and mood, or art can simply be the “jewelry” or final accessory for your room. Whatever the case, remember to liven up those barren walls!and use them to support your pictures and art. This easy-to-change display doesn’t involve touching up the walls later on.
Post by Liz Gouldin, Interior Decorator, Decorating Den Interiors