One of the things I want to add more of (on request of you lovely readers of course) is more of the design side of homemaking.
I get lots of requests to give more advice and ideas on how to make homes feel great once they are more organised and decluttered, and of course as my day job is Home Organising AND Styling – it seems silly not to! I really hope you love these design related posts, and if you want to see more of them or have an idea for a post, then I’d love to hear from you.
This post is all about a common issue in homes that can make or break the feeling of calm and order – and that’s how artwork is hung.
It seems like such a small part of a room – but can make all the difference to how it feels when you are in there.
Time and again I have seen homes where the artwork is hung oddly – and it creates a sense of clutter on the walls – the last thing you want to achieve if you have been busy getting your home in order I’m sure you’ll agree.
Artwork is one of those things that a lot of people just put up on a wall without much thought as to where it goes and how it works with what’s around it – whereas it has the ability to transform a room if it’s hung right in the space, and here are some ideas and inspiration of what to do to create the right feel in your own home – whatever look you want to go for.
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Two main things to consider…
The main thing to think about when hanging artwork is what it’s being hung around.
Then you need to ensure that the artwork will enhance that area, and work with what it’s near, rather than against it.
It really is that simple!
Let’s look at each in turn…
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#1 – What is around the artwork?
Considering the wall as a whole will make sure that the artwork will feel part of the room, and not just hung randomly.
Here are some quick tips to help: –
- Hang the artwork so it is central to the wall if the rest of the wall is blank
- Hang the artwork central to whatever is underneath it – like a radiator, a sofa, a fireplace etc…
- Hang it nearer the item than the ceiling – it shouldn’t feel like it’s hanging in mid air as it won’t look right. You want to “anchor” the artwork to something visually.
- As a rule of thumb, hang it so that the top third of the art is in line with your eye line.
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#2 – Does the artwork work with the room?
Artwork enhances a room when it fits with the room well – otherwise it creates visual clutter instead.
- Do the colours in the art match the room scheme?
- Does the style of the art match the style/look of the room (traditional, contemporary, framed or canvas etc…)?
- Is the size and shape of the artwork correct in the room?
TIP – Consider grouping 2 or 3 pieces if you need to fill a larger space, and also look at how it’s framed (does the frame match the metal/wood/colours of the rest of the room). This can really make or break whether it will work even before you start to think about hanging it up.