Whether art prints or real oil paintings in opulent frames, tastes couldn’t be more different when it comes to works of art on your own four walls. Modern or abstract painting or atmospheric photographs and lively poster motifs? Integrating your favorite works of art into your home furnishings can sometimes be a challenge – for example, after moving in, a new acquisition, or re-decoration. A few helpful tips can’t hurt.
Art Has to Fit the Resident
Buying something because it goes with the sofa cushions or the carpet is a no-go. You should buy art because you are instinctively drawn to it. You can decide later where to hang it up. She will find a suitable place for it.
There Is No Such Thing as “Too Small”
When you hang it up, you notice that the picture you bought is too small for the place it was intended for? The problem can be solved. You could look for a more expansive picture frame for it – so the work of art takes up more space on the wall. Plus, a small picture in a large frame can add a theatrical touch. Alternatively, you can make a virtue out of its too small size: for example, by hanging it lower and off-center. Such little visual tricks create real eye-catchers.
Create Picture Galleries
Several pictures of different sizes, formats, and shapes can look great bundled in one place on the wall. You don’t have to put together an entire wall gallery for this – two or three pictures that go well together because their motifs or colors are similar are perfectly sufficient. Several pictures in a small group on one wall can be much more effective than a large work of art that has to work for three walls. Such group galleries are also great to play with: they can be distributed around a corner on two walls. Or distribute several small ones over the entire wall surface.
Pictures go well wherever they can establish a comprehensible relationship with the furniture and accessories around them. Above the mantelpiece, for example, a piece of art should hang low enough to close to the ledge’s accessories to relate to them. Pictures can also hang so low that the lower frame ends at the height of an armrest of the chair. In this way, the two objects enter into an exciting partnership that is much more dramatic than if the picture hung a meter above the chair.
Find the Right Height
If not, pictures and works of art generally want to be hung a little lower than the first gut feeling would lead one to believe. The rule here is: try it out and let it convince! The minimum height for an ideal viewing angle in the picture is 1.40 to 1.50 m above the floor. If you want to place a picture or painting over a couch or table, the lower frame edge should be closed about 30 cm above the piece of furniture—one of the most common mistakes when hanging pictures and art is hanging the objects too high.
There is no generally applicable guideline for the ideal height. Depending on the furnishing style and room, you have to play with it a little and get involved in the usual perspective you take in the corresponding room. Also, picture frames should never end exactly at the level of the window and door frames. It is better above or below.
Pictures don’t necessarily have to be hung up. In particular, large, eye-catching works of art can simply be leaned against a wall on the floor or on a sideboard, chest of drawers, or a chair.