It’s another week and reader, if you're still here (or new here) welcome. This week I wanted to take some time to talk about decorating with art in smaller spaces. We can’t all be blessed with enormous gallery walls, some of us have smaller rented spaces.
Having been a renter myself for years, I hope I can offer you a few tips for decorating a small apartment. First things first, are you allowed to make holes in the wall? This may seem obvious, but some landlords are pretty strict about this. If your landlord is Satan incarnate and won’t allow you to hang art, you have several options. You can either use blue tack and stick up some prints and posters, or you can put your framed art on shelves or the floor. It’s become a pretty trendy option for people to have large prints on the floor, almost like a seated gallery wall.
Next reader, since you have limited space, you’re going to need to be selective about your art choices. I recommend keeping the personal pieces, such as family photos and mementos together. You can either group these together on the wall, or maybe have a few on a shelf or table. For the rest of your space, try to keep a cohesive style or colour palette so that the space seems more put together.
Lastly, friend, if you’re on a tighter budget or you’re a little more minimalistic, it’s better to just have one statement piece. Forget to gallery walls and stick to having one larger piece for a wall. This has the added bonus of taking up less space when moving. You don’t need huge quantities of artwork to elevate your space, try to find one piece that stands out.