So you’ve laid eyes on that one gorgeous piece of art and you can’t stop thinking about it. The damage is done, you can’t live without it. But the real question is - how are you going to live with it? Actually, the possibilities are endless! To help you out, we’ve compiled some of our top tips and tricks of the trade when it comes to styling art in your home. It may not be rocket science, but there’s definitely a fine art to hanging art.
The Big Wow
The larger the artwork, the bigger the wow factor, and that’s not just reserved for guests but for you every single day. If you’re planning to make a big impact just remember, keep it simple. The less clutter around a large piece, the more it can shine through. When hanging, try to have someone with you to hold the work while you judge the height and location. If the centre of the piece is between 145-150 cm (57-60 inches) off the ground, that’s the average eye level that works for most homes and humans, if you’re part of a super-model family, go a bit higher.
Series of photographs "Made in China" by Shellie Zhang
The Electric Diptych
If they’re meant to be together, the energy that a pair of works (or more!) can exchange between each other is electrifying. It’s a conversation that changes every day. Don’t worry about finding works that look very similar, just try and find that energy. When hanging, spacing them about 5 - 10 cm apart (2 - 4 inches) will make sure that they are seen as a diptych, any farther and they’ll get lonely.
The Salon Style Comeback
Salon style hanging has come back in style like the sexy Ninetales you caught last night. It’s not an easy process, but when it’s done the final result can be extremely satisfying and a true match of your style and personality. There isn’t really a ‘right’ way to hang salon style, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t end up with a wall that looks like it caught the measles. First off, try cutting out sheets of paper in the same size as your group of artworks and tape them on the wall in a way that you like. We recommend hanging larger artworks to the side of the group, rather than in the centre, they can work as an anchor for the grouping. Don’t think in terms of a grid, but try to keep it from sprawling too much as well. Keeping the average height around 145 cm will help to balance the composition and make sure no pieces stray too far away.
(from left to right): Preta Wolzak - "Skua"; Max Siendentopf - "You're a Dickhead on your hoverboard, no matter where you come from #6"; Rajni Perera - "Nana"
Now, hanging styles are one thing, but what about choosing the art? Sometimes the piece you fell in love with is too big, too small, or more often than not, too pricey. Not to mention that the world of galleries can be quite intimidating for a first time art buyer. That’s where we come in. At the Public House of Art, we’re all about demystifying the art buying process, while keeping the collectibility and originality of our artworks tight and top-notch. It’s simple, our artworks in our curated collections come in 4 sizes and 4 price points starting from 100 Euros. Whether you live in a House, Villa, Mansion, or Castle. Curious? Find out more here!
Just remember, the art you buy is meant to move you, question you, surprise you, and make you fall in love every single day, not to mention it can be a great investment. Putting it up on your wall is the easy part.