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4 Tips For Making Art Fit Into Any Space

If you have a piece of artwork you’ve been meaning to use but can’t seem to style, here are four tips for you.

Colour Palette

When styling framed pieces or prints, try to have the decor bring out specific colours from the artwork. For example, if you hung a landscape in your dining room that had a splash of red in it, try to match the table cloth or napkins to this colour.

Shape

This goes into your design style, for example are you someone with a modern home with minimalist square furniture, or are you someone who likes a boho space with lots of round decor and furniture? Hanging an abstract with similar shapes to the rest of the room can really make a piece seem like it belongs in that room.

Texture

Art is a great way to add texture to a space, whether it’s a physical texture like a thick paint, or printed on a framed digital print. If your artwork is busy (had lots of texture, colour, or objects) I recommend styling it in a simpler spot, like over a couch or on a wall with less clutter so that your eye is drawn to the artwork.

Height

Framed art prints are a great way to add visual height to a space to make it seem bigger. Try to keep the art around 2/3 the size of the furniture you’re hanging it above. If you’re not hanging the art and are instead styling the piece sitting on a console, have some candle sticks or a vase beside it that’s a medium height and a stack of books or a small dish, staggering the heights of the surrounding objects.
Framed Modern Classical Artwork

5 Ways to Style Oversized Artwork

Leaning Gallery Wall

If you’re someone that rents and can’t make holes in your walls, or simply want to create a fun conversation starter, try leaning large artworks against the wall instead of hanging them. Create a gallery wall by staggering the sizes and layer them on top of each other.

Hallway

Boring white hallways seem cold and uninviting, adding a large warm artwork will welcome your friends and family. I would recommend a soothing pair of abstracts or landscape for your hallway.

Dining Room

Dining rooms are a space in your house that are meant to be dramatic. Create a focal point for your guests with a framed oversized artwork. Centre your artwork with the dining table to create a balanced room.

Console

A popular trend in interior design has been to style artwork on top of consoles. They’re often styled with stacks of books or sculptures beside them.

Living Room Wall

People will often hang several pieces of artwork above their couch that are too small and make the space seem disproportionate. Instead, hang a pair of oversized prints that will lead your eyes upward and make your space seem larger.
Framed Oversized Abstracts in Modern Living Room

3 Autumnal Art Ideas

You don’t have to use cheesy pumpkin and harvest themed art in your home to bring some fall elements and colour into your space. Instead use warm and muted coloured art and frames.

Warm Abstract

For a modern spin on autumnal art, use abstracts with deep browns, oranges and yellows. These cozy colours will bring fall tones into the room. Use a simple brown or maple frame to complement these pieces. These prints look great hanging above or sitting on a console.

Neutral Landscape

Instead of bright oranges, neutral browns, creams and beiges can be a good choice for this time of year. Landscapes are a great investment since they can be left up through the year but will match your warm toned autumn decor perfectly. These suit living rooms and bedrooms and are great for large empty spaces above couches.

Vintage Print

Vintage art prints give off that classic fall look. They tend to use muted warm colours that make amazing fall decor. These can range from red and orange William Morris prints all the way to muted Matisse prints. Mix and match these prints to create an autumnal gallery wall. 
Framed William Morris Print

5 Gallery Wall Ideas

Art and Mirrors

If you’re into a more eclectic decor style, having a mix of framed art prints and mirrors in a gallery all is a great option. This look is perfect for a living room wall with lots of empty space and mismatched furniture. I recommend using vintage scrollwork framed mirrors to add some texture and visual interest.

Art all the same size

If your space is a little modern modern and minimalist, try going for a gallery wall of artwork in the same size. These simple and classic sets look great with a simple black or white frame and suit a hallway or stairwell.

Vintage art

For those of you who have vintage or maximalist spaces, I would recommend this option. For a more traditional room, use botanical prints, but for a more modern take, use framed vintage prints like a colourful Matisse work. Try to stagger the sizes but keep the artwork in a matching frame and or colour palette to keep the wall cohesive.

Framed art prints and posters

If you’ve spent any time on Pintrest lately, you have probably seen the gallery walls with mixed framed art and posters. These are a good option if you have a larger wall and need to fill in more space. Try to stagger the sizes of both the posters as well as your framed art prints. Since these gallery walls tend to be larger, practice the layout of your gallery wall on the floor before making holes in your walls to hang them up.

Art and plants

For any boho lover, mixing plants and art is a must. When mixing these, try to use air plants as they require little to no water, which will protect your artwork and walls. Another option is to use fake plants in pots with hooks to hang on the wall.
Vintage Prints Framed Gallery Wall

5 Art Hanging Tips

Hang at Eye Level

Specifically you can hang it around 57 inches above the ground (the average height for eye level). This is a great height if you’re not making a gallery wall and don’t know where to start. Hanging your art at eye level is what most galleries and interior decorators alike will use.

Measure (Don’t Eyeball It)

Don’t just measure how high up the art print should be hung, make sure to either centre it on the walls or between the other artworks. This can take a minute, but it’s worth the time. Nothing is more frustrating than an artwork that is hung slightly off centre.

The Toothpaste Method

Now that you’ve measured and are ready to hang your artwork, you need to measure how far down the nail is. This may seem strange, but bear with me, put a dab of toothpaste on the back of the hanger and press it to the wall wherever you want to hang your artwork. The toothpaste is where you can hammer the nail into the wall. After the nail goes in, you can wipe away the toothpaste.

Paper Templates

If you’re not really a fan of the idea of using the toothpaste trick, you can use a paper template to hang your art print. Trace the framed print you want to hang on some paper, and then mark on the paper where the nail is. Tape this template to the wall and there should be a dot or marker where you can hammer your nail. This method is perfect for planning a gallery wall layout since you can just stick a bunch of paper templates to the wall to plan out the layout.

Use the Correct Hanger

A nail isn’t always the right choice to hang your artwork. Depending on the weight of the art print and the frame, a nail in some drywall might not be supportive enough. If your print is larger or heavier, I recommend using threaded anchors, screws or several nails. These options provide a wider balance point to disperse the weight of your print. You can pick up any of these options online or through local hardware store.
Hanging Artwork