Living with an artwork is inspiring only if you know how to integrate it to your own space. Feeling overwhelmed? We are here to provide you a complimentary 30-minute interior decoration consultation when you buy an artwork from us. We can also superimpose the artwork you are interested in to help with your decision making.
Working with Space
You should first consider the relationship between the artwork and your space. Do not be afraid to blend different colors and styles of furniture with the artwork. Diversity adds character.
Placing a polychromatic artwork inside a monochrome room, or adding an artwork with large blocks of color into a room with lots of motifs create opposites, and actually complement each other. You may also place a small artwork on a large wall, or hang an extra-large artwork on a small wall. These opposites add drama to the space.
Gallery walls can be very dynamic and create great conversation opportunities when you have guests. A gallery wall can contain multiple mediums from photography to illustration. Start with one piece, and then build around it, adding variety through size, style, and period.
How to Hang
You want to see the piece with ease, which means it should be hung at eye level. This corresponds to roughly 60 inches from the center of the artwork to the floor.
If you are placing the work above a console or sofa, the rule is 4-6 inches from the top of the furniture to the bottom of the artwork. The golden ratio for size is to have the artwork be 2/3rd width of the furniture.
The weight and size of the artwork as well as the wall material define the tools you will need to use to securely hang a piece of art. For lightweight artworks, you may use nails and a hammer.
For heavy pieces, however, it may be safer to drill screws into your wall and use picture hangers. If you come across a stud, you may want to move the artwork a few inches to make a hole in the wall easily.
Once you have figured out the horizontal placement, it is time to locate the height. Now, lightly mark 60-inches above ground. Then, measure the distance between the mid-height of the frame to where the nail will get caught, and add that distance above the 60-inch mark. That is where you will put your nail/screw.
Math is always useful, but trust your gut. You will know when it feels right.