If you’ve ever been to nicely decorated homes, you would have noticed one thing in common. They all love to make use of wall art to give the space a more sophisticated look.
The artwork, type of frame, style, size and even the position of the painting just seem to go so well together in creating the right mood for these spaces. Be it to create a lush effect or to set a soothing ambience in the room, the designers of these gorgeous places sure know how to work their magic with the art pieces.
If you have always wanted to style your wall art the way these expert designers do, you’re in luck! Here is a guide to help you style it up like a pro, without needing to hire one.
Step 1: Find the space before you find the art work
Many homeowners often commit a common oversight when it comes to wall decor – they always end up buying the art pieces they like first, only to realise much later that they do not fit very well with their interior design.
To manage this common pitfall, you should always check on your ‘wall availability’ first, before making any purchasing decisions. For instance, if your wall is already cluttered with shelves, or if you have low hanging lights blocking the wall, avoid cluttering the wall even further with any art work. Art works are best shown off on a blank wall.
Interior designers love placing wall art at the centre because it creates a well-balanced view of the space. It is also important to have sufficient white space around the art work, which also helps to bring the attention to the art.
Step 2: Decide on the height and width of your wall art
Next, you should the positioning of your art work. This is crucial because it determines the size of the art work suitable for your wall.
As a general guide, align the center of your wall painting to be as high as the average person’s line of sight. In the context of Singapore, the center of the painting can be hung 150 – 160cm above the floor.
If you are hanging the wall art right behind the bed or the sofa, you would want ample space above the headrest. So, you should also ensure that the base of the wall art is at least 15-30cm above the top of the bed or sofa. Lastly, to keep the decor looking proportionate to the bed / sofa, ensure that the art piece is no wider than two-thirds of the bed frame or the sofa’s length.
If you’re not too sure how the layout would turn out, you can always cut out a paper template and paste it up on the wall to get a general sense of it might look. You could also lean photos against an open shelf, for more flexibility in your wall art designs.
Otherwise, if you have a few small art works, you could group it together with other works of similar aesthetic.
Step 3: Choose the artwork that fits your wall
And, of course, the most important step is to choose the right artwork for your wall. To do so, be sure to consider the theme of the art piece and the frame to use.
Since wall art comes in a diverse range of themes, finding one that you really like is not that tough. Instead, the tough part lies in finding the right one that fits your home design.
For instance, if your home follows a Minimalist theme, you might want a simple and neat art piece that will blend well with the rest of your home. Just like this artwork below:
Or, if you would love your home to be close to Nature, you could go with a more nature-themed wall art as well:
Or, if you are finding your room a tad too plain, you could even make use of a vibrant wall art to bring out a stunning contrast and spice things up.
As for the framing options, the trick lies in keeping things simple. The easiest way to blend the frame well with both the wall and art work is to choose basic colours like white and black that can go well with almost anything. You can go for some contrast between the frame and the wall colour e.g. white frames for black walls and black frames for white walls.
Once you’ve completed these 3 steps, be sure to take a step back and admire the wall that has transformed your space!
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