I love art. Yet, I really struggle to hang pictures in a way that shows my pieces off to their best. I think, partly, this is due to having quite eclectic tastes, but, mainly, during my degree I missed the module on hanging an exhibition. With this in mind, and many a blank wall in my new house, I asked the wonderful Marie Burden of Cobalt Blue Interiors for help on this issue. Her tips were so useful that I decided to put them here on my blog for all to view. The pictures come from her website, which I urge everyone to view. I heart her aesthetic!
1) Let your room scheme be inspired by a piece of Art
Stuck for inspiration of where to start with decorating your room? Take colour, texture and shape cues from a favourite print, painting or sculpture. For example, if you have a print you love which has bold red flashes of colour, then carry this theme through with accent accessories such as cushions, vases, rugs and lamps in varying tones of red. Don’t get too matchy-matchy as you want to create a layered effect with the colour to give the room depth and feel welcoming.
When it comes to textures, layering is also key. For example, if you are starting with a metal or ceramic sculpture, then the rest of the textures in the room need to soften the cold, smooth lines. Counterbalance with sumptuous faux fur throws and fluffy angora wool cushions.
2) Or select large pieces of art to bring colour schemes together
Oversized statement pieces of art on neutral walls can replace the need for wallpapers or paint effects. Selecting artwork that incorporates a few of the tones and colours from your scheme can bring the whole room together to create a cohesive impact.
A bold print can create a focal point (And talking point!) for a room and should be given pride of place above a fireplace or in a prominent position in a dining room or entrance hall.
Art is not limited to traditional prints, paintings or sculptures either- Wall stickers are a great, versatile way to create interest.
3) Upgrade your frame
Maximise the impact of your art by ensuring your frame does the piece justice. I’m a fan of the bolder the better, with ornate rococo style frames, in bright metallic’s or painted to compliment a feature wall.
A top tip is that if you’re struggling to find what you’re looking for in the world of picture frames, then look to Mirrors- you can often find some more interesting surrounds- just remove the mirror glass and get a piece of glass cut to size from a local glass company.
4) Personalise your art
Choose pieces that express your personality or have a real personal meaning, to help put your individual stamp on your decor. Consider interesting ways to weave in your family names or special dates such as personalised typography in shapes, using tonal colours to compliment the room.
5) Create an art gallery
Create interest on large walls by arranging a series of special reportage style photographs in a simple gallery, brought together with a bold paint effect border. Darker colours advance spaces, bringing them closer, so they can really make artwork pop!
I also love clusters of artwork in lots of mismatched frames collected from antique shops or places like Ikea, to create interest in walls- anything from postcards, family snaps to kid’s paintings- art is in the eye of the beholder!