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How to turn your blank wall into an art gallery at home

Adding wall art is the easiest way to fix the balance of elements in a room. It adds color, style, and shape that brings your whole interior style together.

It is therefore important to have some knowledge of the right wall decoration. There are different ways to do this, but it also largely depends on your personal taste and the interior space you have available.

Art occupies a prominent place in interior decoration. Art is both a reflection of your personality and the expression of the atmosphere you want to have in your home.

So, no doubt, art can bring out the best in your home interior design. Apart from enhancing the aesthetic value of your living space, art allows you to add different focal points around your room just for your enjoyment.

Where to place your art?

Don’t worry…the selection and placement of artwork isn’t rocket science. The choice of art is also personal. But there are ways to organize art on your wall that would bring out the best in interior art and style.

First, hang or place the art away from direct sunlight, rain, and wind. So it may not be a good idea to display your art outside or too close to windows. It is possible to frame the art in UV frames that prevent fading. But it can be very expensive.

Typically, you place or hang artwork in these places in your home:

  1. Above the sofa in the living room
  2. Dining room wall near the dining table
  3. Above a console
  4. Above the bed in the bedroom
  5. At the entrance near the front door
  6. Food preparation area near the kitchen (away from the stove)

What is the ideal size of art?

The size of the art really depends on the size of the space available on your wall or shelves. But space is never too small or too big for art. This is because the art can be ordered in different sizes.

As a general rule, the size of the art should be approximately two-thirds (2/3) the size of the furniture. This can include a single piece of art or a group of a few smaller art sizes.

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Always get the right measurements of your space and plan ahead before purchasing the art. Tape pieces of paper to your wall to visualize the placement of the art.

This is important, especially if you place artwork between other furniture or objects like shelves or vases.

How to choose the right art for your home

You don’t need an art degree to buy art. You don’t have to be an expert to own a work of art. You just need to know your own personal taste and the interior style of your room.

So where to start ? It is super vital to always choose art that “speaks to you”. It means you feel a strong connection between the artwork and yourself.

It will take some practice and effort though. But it’s gonna be fun, I promise.

  1. First of all, keep looking at lots and lots of art
  2. Store photos of the artwork
  3. Keep a list of your likes and dislikes
  4. From your list of likes, select the art that will suit your home decor

Match the art with your home decor

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The easiest way is to first choose the dominant color of your room. The dominant color of the piece should appear on the art as a primary or secondary color. If the art primarily displays the dominant color of the room, a harmonious match is achieved.

If the dominant color of the room appears on the art as a secondary color, there may be other colors on the art that could introduce a variety of colors into your room.

The same rule applies if you create a gallery of several works placed side by side. Start with the initial reference work, ie the first work selected according to the dominant color of the room.

Each additional side art should contain colors which can be found in the reference. If the reference work contains many colors, match 2-3 dominant colors on the reference work.

When selecting artwork, we need to consider the shape of the artwork and the lighting. Circular and more flowing shapes add softness and flow through a room.

Pointed, angular and straight shapes are more serious and dark. Abstract and human shapes will add a more organic, relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

How to hang art on your wall

The placement of your main artwork will dictate where the other artwork goes. The main central art can either be a singular piece or a combination of 2-3 cohesive artworks. There are two important rules you should follow to place main art perfectly for maximum impact.

First, make sure the midpoint of your main artwork is at least 57-60 inches (145-152 cm) above the floor. But if your household members aren’t that tall, you may need to hang the art a bit lower.

Second, it is best if the art medium is at eye level.

How should you arrange wall art?

How people see your artwork on the wall mainly depends on their layout. When considered as a whole, a good layout turns all wall art into a cohesive visual display. You can play around with some concepts here to make your arrangement stand out.

1. Singular art

A single isolated work of art becomes a focal point. It alone attracts all the attention. If you have minimalist preferences, this will work well for your walls.

2. Symmetric layout

The symmetry exudes a sense of order, tradition and formality. You can achieve this by perfectly aligning all the illustrations. Display art frames of the same size and color so they can be placed in a straight grid layout with two, three, or four artworks in a row.

For the best effect, the artistic theme and color should also be similar. This arrangement is pretty, neat and safe.

3. Asymmetrical Layout

Asymmetry makes your room look inviting, relaxed and eclectic. Get frames of different sizes and make a collage of different pieces on the wall. You can also play around with different themes to bring out the vibrancy of your room.

Instead of color matching, try experimenting with complementary and contrasting colors.

4. Floor-to-Ceiling Living Room Style

This idea may seem too cluttered, but if executed well, you can turn your entire wall into an interesting art gallery. It works great with photographs of loved ones. Looking at the wall turns into a journey down the path of nostalgia.

You can also choose to divide the wall into segments, with each segment exploring a different theme or color scheme.

5. Lean on shelves or the floor

A friend once told me that he didn’t like drilling hooks into the wall. So there’s no way he’s hanging art on his walls. Not all wall decorations need to be nailed to the wall. Art can still be placed on shelves or table consoles.

You can let larger works of art lean against the wall with the floor as a base. This gives a more warm and informal atmosphere.

Watch out for pets and children who might drop the artwork. Just make sure the art is well organized with other objects to avoid looking messy.

Perfect visual balance

Human psychology is trained to find solace in a well-balanced environment. To add visual balance to your wall with artwork, first find the focal point of your wall.

Place the most important piece or pieces at the focal point. Then you can place smaller artwork around it. Don’t make one side heavier than the other.

You can also create a rectangular or circular shape with art by placing them in an imaginary boundary.


Nealda Sahib is co-founder of Gift Elements. She is a skilled interior decorator and digital artist. Nealda can help answer questions about the association of art with interior design. Get in touch with her @art.in.lifestyle on Instagram.

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