Art reflects your unique taste and lifestyle. It’s becoming an integral part of home décor, regardless of the theme.
However, there’re certain blunders we end up making again and again. This trivial-looking art displaying mistakes can hurt the entire artful arrangement.
So, before pounding nails in your walls, let’s learn what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Mistake: Hanging Wall Art Too High.
It seems trivial, but even the most impressive piece of wall art hung too high can make your décor feel off. How much high is “too high”?
Well, there’s no one formula to find the right height to hang your wall art on the wall. But, you can follow some tips to remedy this mistake if you find that you’ve hung your art too high.
Solution: Remember 57″ in the center. This means to place the center of the wall art 57″ from the floor. Step back and see; does it feel good?
Alternatively, use yourself to check for the height. Could you comfortably view it when standing in front of it? If you’ve to crane your neck to look up at the art’s details, it’s too high.
If it’s displayed above a sofa or headboard, maintain a distance of 5″–8″ between the bottom of the art and the top of the furniture.
Mistake: Choosing the Art too Small.
Choosing too small art pieces for a wall can make the entire room feel imbalanced. Even the best wall art may not look as impressive as it should be if it’s too small on an oversized wall.
Again, there’s no fixed set of measurements when it comes to choosing the right-sized art. You’ve to rely on the eyeball method discussed below entirely.
Solution: If you think that your wall art is too small, you don’t have to replace it. You can create an art collage or even re-frame and re-mat it to make it look larger than its original size.
Are you a good painter and love DIY? Why not paint a large shape behind the small piece of art? It works!
Mistake: Inconsistent Spacing between Art Pieces.
Keeping art pieces too far apart or too close together can make your room look out of balance.
When you hang art pieces too close with frames butting up against each other, it creates a cluttered and sloppy look. Similarly, too much awkward blank space in-between each piece creates a distraction.
Solution: Ideally, you should hang artwork close enough that shows that each piece relates to the other. They shouldn’t be too far apart that it feels like prints float off into the wall.
As a rule of thumb, keep a distance of 3” between each piece. Don’t hang images with 3” of spacing and then others with 6”.
Mistake: Everything Matchy-Matchy.
Matching may be obsolete when it comes to home decor. It often makes your space look usual and boring. This may not work if you want uniqueness.
Solution: Are you less confident in your decorating skills? That’s fine! You can go for a color palette that helps ensure a good flow.
But when it comes to artwork, make sure you bring different fresh hues in harmony. Make sure the artwork still complements the style of your theme. Incorporate a mix of metals, shades, and finishes. If you’re creating a gallery wall or collage, then opt for art pieces of different sizes and shapes.
Mistake: No Advance Planning.
Really? Does this little thing also need planning? Yes, if you want it to really stand out! Many people overlook planning and start pounding nails incorrectly. If you overlook the scale and accuracy, it won’t look symmetric and as good as it should be; otherwise.
Solution: While artwork spans a good height and length of your wall, the center of the arrangement, as mentioned above, should lie at eye level. Before starting, draw a draft of the composition on paper.
For more accuracy, you can map out an image with butcher paper. Now, cut out silhouettes and tap those on the wall. Finally, see how the grouping looks. Change it up until you find the right arrangement.
Few Bonus Tips
Wall art is not just for walls. Yes, you’ve heard it right! Lean a couple of pieces or oversized wall art on your mantle’s top. Lend your space a cohesive look by layering other decorating elements around the piece of art.