Expert Advice on Using Art at Home

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    One of the best ways to personalise your home space is to add pieces of art. From favourite prints to original paintings; it can be tough to know where to start and what should go where. Bring that curated gallery ambience to your interior with expert advice on using art at home from Ruth Wilkinson, creative director of gallery SCREAM London

    10 Tip for displaying art at home.

    Ruth Wilkinson creative director at gallery SCREAM Lonodn

    Ruth Wilkinson creative director at gallery SCREAM London

    1. If you have a large blank wall a big bold statement piece can be the ideal way to fill it. One piece on a wall gives an uncluttered feel to the room and brings focus to the artwork with no distractions. A dramatic colour can command the room and let your furniture and accessories stay neutral.

     

    1. Be conscious to fill a space with the right scale of artwork. A small and subtle piece may be lost on a large wall and equally a bold large artwork will feel constricted on a wall that does not allow it space to breath.

    Paul Wardski Print - Image courtesy of SCREAM London

    Paul Wardski Print – Image courtesy of SCREAM London

    3. Symmetry can bring calmness and order to a room. Hanging the same sized print either side of a fireplace for example can make a nice balance to the room.

    4. Cluster or salon style hanging is great way to fill a large wall with lots of small pieces. It’s a really good way to make a statement wall with a busy collection of interesting prints hanging at different heights within a layout. Remember to keep your space between prints consistent and have fun with hanging different sized pieces of different styles of art side by side. You will see how a really graphic print can sit well beside a more delicate drawing to bring real interest and diversity to your wall.

    Lost Destination: Spaghetti Junction Print - Image courtesy of Dorothy

    Lost Destination: Spaghetti Junction Print – Image courtesy of Dorothy

    5. Choosing a theme can help you to hang a room of artwork that complement each other. Going with a monochrome theme allows you to play with different styles of artwork in different sizes with a clear thread that ties them together. Going with a black and white theme also allows your furniture and room accessories to bring the colour while your walls remain classic.

    6. Equally in a neutral room a theme of bold, graphic, primary coloured prints can add vibrancy and a collection of pastel themed prints will bring an elegance to any room.

    Image courtesy of Tips Home Design

    Image courtesy of Tips Home Design

    7. Paying attention to the subject matter of your artwork is also a way to tie pieces together into a considered layout, for example animal prints sit happily alongside maps and more organic or botanical imagery.

    8. A clever way to introduce artwork into your home without the commitment of hammering nails into your walls is to lean a selection of different sized prints on top of a chest of drawers or shelf. This way you can try out different prints and see what feel most comfortable in the room.

    Image courtesy of Bloomingville

    Image courtesy of Bloomingville

    Image courtesy of Bloomingville

    Image courtesy of Bloomingville

    9. Tie your artwork into the room by highlighting a particular material with your frames. For example when you are hanging prints in your kitchen or bathroom it’s a great idea to use a metal that can be seen in the room, we are seeing a big trend right now of copper frames for prints.

    10. When deciding where to hang art in your home remember that there are no rules, bringing art into your home is a personal thing and each piece you hang should bring you joy. Remember how you use your home, for example hang pieces you love to wake up to in the bedroom and your statement pieces in the living room so that everyone can admire them – it won’t make sense to hang your favourite artwork in a room you rarely use at home.

    Be inspired and shop wall decor, from prints and posters to photo frames and wall plates – find the right design for every space.

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