In Modern Interior Design, artwork is an autonomous experience. Great Art can be totally
ruined if placement is wrong. Placement, lighting, framing, size & proportion to room or
furniture are all important factors that makes your art look amazing. As a proessional we try
and help our clients to place art in best possible way. Here are some simple suggestions to
help #DesignLikePro –
Placement of your Artwork:
Hanging art too high is one of the most common decorating mistakes. Artwork should be hung at Focal Length – this means the center of the pieceshould be at the eye level of the person viewing the work!
Tip – In living or dining rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good
way to ensure you’re placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above
the sofa or sideboard. In Bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your
own photography. For narrow walls or pillars, Panels work well. Just ensure there is enough
breathing space on both sides.
Choosing Art to Scale:
A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it’s not in scale. It is important to integrating the art with furniture and other objects in the room. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. As a general rule the art should not be wider than the furniture.
Tip – Ideally the art should be around two third the width of the bed, sofa or sideboard. For
example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it.
Where to Hang:
When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. Use small pieces between windows and doors. If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work.
Tip: Not always hang it – let it lean! Making a painting lean against the wall is an interesting display option. Use a cabinet or desk that is against a wall and place your leaning art on top.
Create Visual Balance:
While placing a symmetrical set of works in a linear manner (whether horizontally or vertically) visual balance is key, ensure that the spaces between the works are equal. Preferably between 2-4 inches.
Tip – Placing the pieces the same distance from each other on all sides will achieve the most aesthetically appealing display.
Create Visual Balance in Asymmetrical:
Keep the balance while hanging a set of irregular group of works by keeping the visual weight equal on either side. Keep heavy pieces to the bottom and left, It balances the weight of the items because the eye starts on the left.
Tip – Your art can be off-center and then balanced with a piece of furniture, a small artwork can be balanced by a sculpture or a taller piece of furniture, or you can create an interesting cluster of works.
Protect your Artwork:
While placement for aesthetics is very important you must keep your artwork safe. Keep it away from damp areas and ensure it is not exposed to sunlight.
Arrange your Artwork Before Hanging:
While Save yourself the frustration (and your walls the trauma) of hanging and rehanging a grouping of art. Instead, trace each piece on paper, label the tracing, and cut it out.
Tip – If you’re hanging portraits, draw arrows on the paper to indicate which way the subject
is looking. Use painters tape to try out gallery wall placements and arrangements without
covering your wall with holes.
These are few things that can help you enhance the look of your home and whatever artwork you select and style you select, don’t settle for boring. Experiment, connect and love your art.