How to Style Wall Art

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    One of the easiest and most effective ways of transforming a house into a home is by adding wall art. Tokens from trips away, meaningful prints and beautiful designs that represent a part of your personality or pieces that you simply love can bring style and substance to any room in your home. Displaying wall decor and wall art can take a little forethought however, from where abouts to place your treasured piece to curating your very own gallery wall.  Kelly Stevens, founder of FabFunky, shares her expert tips on how to style wall art with The LuxPad…

    Kelly Stevens, Founder of Fabfunky

    Kelly Stevens, Founder of Fabfunky

    If you are looking to add some personality and character to a room, then wall art is the logical way to go.  Here’s a few ideas to help you make your artwork look as fabulous as possible.

    Mix and Match

    Whilst a set of art prints with matching frames or colours can be a fabulous thing, don’t be afraid to mix and match when you are creating an ensemble wall piece.  Mismatched frames, and art styles can work very well together with a little thought, and adding in non-framed items can add some real interest and depth to a display.  

    In the past I’ve added bunches of antique keys, faux taxidermy and plates into a wall art collection.  Remember that the more tightly you group your art pieces, the more impact it will generally have.  But try to keep the space between pieces consistent.

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Save the wall

    It’s very tempting to attack the wall straight away with hammer and nails, and to put a group of pictures up without working out a layout in advance.  I’ve done this a few times and ended up not liking the arrangement in the end, or having to move some because the spacing wasn’t right, and my poor wall has ended up being peppered with unnecessary nail holes.

    Get some paper (use a broadsheet newspaper if some of your pictures are large) and cut out templates the size of each picture.  Then arrange them on the floor or even tape them onto your wall using low tack tape, until you see an arrangement that you’re happy with.  Also, if you mark on the sheets where the picture hooks need to be, then you’ll save yourself time and useless holes.

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    The Favourite Child

    Many of us have one piece of art that we love above all others which we want to see hanging on its own away from a group.  If that’s the case then make sure that it doesn’t end up looking lost in a wide-open space.  To make an impact, artwork doesn’t have to always sit in the middle of the wall, and your ‘favourite child’ might be more outstanding if you position it so that it forms an arrangement with a piece of furniture in a snug corner of the room.

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Off the Wall

    There are a myriad of different ways to show off your artwork and it doesn’t have to end with the walls.  Pictures can work very well incorporated into bookshelves amongst the books or standing on wall shelves.  And large framed pictures often look great standing on the floor leaning against the wall.

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Wrap it up

    I’ve said before that artwork doesn’t need to be in the centre of a wall to look great, and in fact sometimes wrapping or staggering clusters of pictures around doorways, room features or even large pieces of furniture can be very effective.

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Image courtesy of Fabfunky

    Keeping on the Straight and Narrow

    Nothing makes me more twitchy than a framed art piece that is not sitting straight and I find it almost impossible to resist the urge to straighten it, no matter where I am.  Use a level guide when you’re hanging art, and don’t forget that things move over time (especially with cleaning).

    Fabfunky create stunning illustrations printed directly onto the pages of antique dictionaries and journals from the 1800s, shop their fabulous range of eccentric artwork available now at Tips Home Design.

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