March 04, 2023 11 min read
Art is one of the best ways to breathe life and color into a room, but it can be hard to know how to arrange it. Whether you’re a seasoned art collector decorating a large gallery wall or just starting out with a few pieces to tie a space together, there are many creative ways to style artwork. Here are eleven art styling ideas that will make your walls look beautiful and professional.
Create the look with this art print by Aimee Schreiber
Before we dive into eye-catching art arrangements, here are a few general rules for hanging artwork on a wall:
Create the look with this landscape painting by Danny Schreiber
You can design an entire room around a favorite large painting or art print. Not only does a big statement piece give your home a unique style, butstudies show that art has a positive impact on mental andphysical health. Incorporating a large piece of art can instantly draw your eye in, establish a mood, and create a stylish and eye-catching focal point in your home. Whether you want to bring drama and flair to a dining room or an eclectic, sophisticated touch to a living room, an oversized piece of art is a great way to make a bold statement and make your space feel inviting and inspiring.
Large pieces of art can add drama to any wall, but here are a few popular places for large-scale artwork:
Create the look with this moth painting by Aimee Schreiber
Hanging artwork in pairs is a great way to create a balanced, symmetrical look that adds an extra layer of sophistication to any living space. Whether you're looking for a statement-making pair to place above a couch or a simple, tasteful addition to the dining room, hanging artwork in pairs can create a collected, balanced vibe.
Create the look with these art prints by Danny Schreiber
Make a big impact with two equally-sized pieces of art hung in matching frames. Many artists create a collection of similar works, so buying two favorites from the same series is a great way to create a look that is cohesive. You could also try pairing work by different artists that have different styles but similar colors. You can hang art vertically for tall, narrow wall spaces or horizontally to fill a wider wall space.
If you have two pieces of art you love together but they’re different sizes, never fear! An asymmetrical duo can look just as lovely as a matching pair. Think of it like an echo where either style, subject, or color is echoed in the smaller piece.
Three is a magic number in interior design. Our eyes naturally love groups of threes because we see and think in patterns, and three is the lowest pattern-making number. Whether it’s a symmetrical triptych arrangement or a mix of different shapes and sizes, displaying artwork in a collection of threes is an eye-catching way to show off your favorite pieces.
Here are three ways to hang a trio of artwork:
Create the look with these art prints by Aimee Schreiber
Whether you have a large or small piece of art, a fireplace mantle is the perfect place to lean it. As the heart of any room, the fireplace will draw attention to whatever artwork is placed above it. You can keep things minimal by leaning a single painting on the mantle or create an eclectic, layered look by placing a few small pieces of artwork in front of a larger painting or mirror.
To create context around the art, try adding statement objects you love to the scene. Think about using candles, seasonal plants, or other sculptural objects to create an inviting atmosphere that reflects your unique personality.
Create the look with these art prints by Danny and Aimee Schreiber:
Landscape print | Charcoal portrait print | Monarch butterfly print
Adding art to your bookcases is a great way to transform them from functional furniture to a unique and eye-catching statement piece. Whether you’re looking to introduce a pop of color, subtle texture, or an interesting visual story, you can easily customize your bookcase with art pieces that reflect your style.
Start by choosing a few art pieces that best suit the size and shape of your bookcase, and lean your favorites on shelves near eye level. Group your books in both horizontal stacks and standard vertical groups. I love to arrange books by color, but you can organize by genre, size, or author. You can even try turning the spines in for a uniform look. Don’t forget that book covers can have some of the loveliest art around, so leave one or two facing out with the cover visible.
Then, layer in items like small sculptures, plants, and candles. Candles and small framed photos look perfect perched on top of a small stack of books. The final touch? Make sure to include something unexpected like an antique mirror or a unique piece of pottery to really make your bookcase stand out! With a little bit of thought and creativity, you can turn your bookcase into a masterpiece.
Create the look with these art prints by Danny and Aimee Schreiber
Luna moth print | Charcoal cougar print | Bird of paradise print
Create the look with this moth art print by Aimee Schreiber
Furniture provides a great opportunity to create artful scenes throughout your home. When it comes to hanging artwork above furniture, it's important to consider the scale of the artwork and the size of the furniture. If the artwork is too large or small, it can impact the aesthetic or even the practicality of the overall room design. Additionally, it's important to make sure to hang the artwork at the right level. Placing it too high could create an uncomfortable angle for viewers and if it's too low, it could be blocked by furniture. With a little thought and consideration, you can successfully hang artwork over furniture to create a visually stunning and balanced room design. Just remember 2 general rules of hanging artwork above furniture:
Create the look with this landscape art print by Danny Schreiber
Artwork can add a crowning touch to any piece of furniture, but here are some ideas to get you started:
Adding art to a built-in is a great way to spruce up a room while creating an interactive environment that guides the eye throughout the shelving. Whether you’re looking to add a whimsical vibe with a pop of color or create a sophisticated atmosphere with black and white charcoal drawings, art is a great addition to any built-in. Explore the options and find pieces that complement the style of the room and shape of the nook. Note the height, width, and depth of the space before selecting a piece and don’t forget to consider the lighting of the room—a piece of art that doesn’t have enough light won’t be seen to its full effect!
Create the look with this art print by Danny Schreiber
Built-in shelving can be a great place to display both small sculptures and original paintings. Art is the perfect thing to elevate a built-in, whether it's an oddly placed corner nook or a dramatic home library.
Creating a grid of artwork is a great way to showcase a collection of pieces without overwhelming yourself or the space. A tape measure, level, and pencil for marking the wall are good things to have on hand before you get started.
Create the look with these charcoal art prints by Danny Schreiber
Start by deciding on the size of artwork you want to display. Think of how much wall space you have available and how many equally-sized pieces will fit comfortably. Keep it simple and symmetrical by using matching frames and mats for a set of art prints or photos.
Use a grid configuration that suits the wall space you have. A 3x3 grid (9 pieces total) will fill a square shaped wall nicely, while a 2x4 grid (8 pieces total) can be stacked vertically or horizontally for more narrow spaces.
Once you've decided, arrange the artwork in the grid pattern you desire, leaving enough space between each piece to allow them to stand out. Lay it all out on the floor to decide how much space you want between them. Make sure the artwork is hung at even distances from one another as well as from the floor and ceiling. The resulting grid of artwork will create a unique and striking wall in any room.
Create the look with these insect art prints by Aimee Schreiber
Creating an organic gallery wall is all about finding a balance between structure and chaos. Start with a few pieces to get your vision off the ground, then add others as you acquire them, experimenting with different shapes and colors. Let your eye be your guide, allowing yourself to be inspired by the colors and shapes that naturally present themselves. Try to stay away from typical symmetry or an overly uniform aesthetic, and instead look for randomness and movement. Take your time, and trust your eye. With a little time and effort, you'll have an eye-catching gallery wall that you can proudly display in your home.
Choose the largest art piece for the center and place the other pieces around it. I like to lay out the entire wall on the floor, then eyeball the hanging part, but if you’re a “measure twice, hammer once” kind of person, feel free to trace the shapes of your art on newspaper so you can tape them up and move them around until you’re satisfied.
Create the look with these paintings by Danny and Aimee Schreiber:
Moth poppy print | Charcoal owl print | Landscape painting | Cactus print | Charcoal portrait drawing | Mushroom print | Robin print
Use a mix of shapes, sizes, and mediums. It will look cohesive if you have a few similar colors echoed throughout. Mix charcoal drawings with paintings and prints to introduce interest without adding additional color. My favorite way to nicely fill those odd gaps that happen is to add some natural elements like a feather, or dried flowers or leaves. You can use discrete push pins, wall putty, or even colorful washi tape to attach these accents to your wall. Other objects that might make their way into your gallery wall could be decorative plates, hats, clothing items, costume jewelry, holiday ornaments, and mirrors.
Add an instant dose of balance and dimension to any room with a symmetrical gallery wall. Whether you're looking for a modern, minimal look or a unique, eclectic vibe, a geometric gallery wall is the perfect way to create an eye-catching display of your favorite art pieces, prints, and photographs. From bold colors to intricate designs, explore the endless possibilities and create your own personalized symmetrical gallery wall.
Create the look with art by Danny and Aimee Schreiber
Horse painting | Bird art prints | Landscape paintings
This layout combines large and small frames to create a symmetrical balance. You can hang a larger frame in the center and surround it with smaller frames on each side. Alternatively, you can hang two larger frames side by side and surround them with smaller frames.
Take the guesswork out of a gallery wall with these balanced layouts:
The example layouts above are starting points with some standard art sizes in inches, but the space you may need between pieces may vary depending on the size of frame and mat you use. Just like with the grid arrangement, use a tape measure, level, and pencil to make sure the pieces are evenly spaced.
Buying mini original paintings and drawings is an affordable way to start your art collection. When you have at least three of them, you can hang them together to start a mini gallery wall that will draw viewers in.
Hanging a collection of small artwork is an excellent way to add visual interest and personality to your space without breaking the bank. When creating a mini gallery wall, you can experiment with different arrangements to find the perfect balance between each piece. Consider hanging them in a straight line, in a grid pattern, or in a staggered arrangement to create a dynamic and cohesive display. To add even more interest, you can mix and match different mediums, such as watercolors, drawings, and photographs. Don't be afraid to get creative and have fun with it!
Create the look with these paintings by Aimee Schreiber
Many artists sell tiny originals and may even distribute postcards to market their work, so hit your local art walks to start collecting! A collection of small artwork can be just as impactful as a larger piece, and can add character and charm to any room in your home.
Styling artwork is a fun and creative way to design any wall space. Whether you’re matching or mixing, there are endless possibilities to make your walls look beautiful and professional. By following the eleven art styling ideas outlined in this post, you can arrange your art the way that best expresses your personality and suits your space.
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