Picture Perfect: Six Ways to Display Artwork

via Katie Ridder Rooms

via Katie Ridder Rooms

Can’t wait to display that collection of pictures but are hung up on how to hang it? Do you opt for a more conservative, symmetrical route or something more haphazard? Are the pictures all the same size, or do they vary? Do the frames match or are they different? Hang on! Take a look at six different approaches to display artwork:

1-LINEAR  – Pictures are hung in a line –  either horizontally or vertically.  This style emphasizes rhythm and balance.  It works especially well with pieces that are the same size and are framed with the same frame. Kenneth Brown Design‘s dining room example below utilizes a gallery style hanging system to maintain uniformity and adds an industrial edge.

Overlapping frames of two different sizes in Bria Hammel Interiors‘ bedroom design mimics the horizontal thrust of the bed’s headboard.

via Kenneth Brown Design

via Kenneth Brown Design

via Bria Hammel Interiors

via Bria Hammel Interiors

2-GRID  Like the linear approach, the grid configuration also lends itself to artwork of the same size and frame. Pictures can be hung either close together, as in Patrick Sutton & Associates‘ design – or with more breathing room between each frame, like in Alun & Selena Urquhart’s charming coffee station. 

via Alun & Selena Urquhart, photo by Sarah Greenman

via  Sara Greenman, Alun & Selena Urquhart’s TX home

via Patrick Sutton Associates, photo by Erik Kvaslsvik

via Patrick Sutton Associates, photo by Erik Kvaslsvik

3-CLUSTERED  If a freer approach is your preference, consider clustering your artwork in a loosely defined area. Maintaining a consistent distance between the larger pieces and filling voids in with smaller pictures still maintains visual balance without being symmetrical. Kevin Corn Design makes great with horizontal black and white images, all with varying black frames. Meanwhile, ILevel Inc.‘s installation brings together very diverse pieces in a more organic configuration.

via Design*Sponge, Design by Kevin Corn Design

via Design*Sponge, Design by Kevin Corn Design

via ILevel Inc.

via ILevel Inc.

4-SALON STYLE – Salon Style is truly old school.Think of 18th century Academic paintings on display at the Louvre. This bold style is popular again. Salon Style is characterized by a floor to ceiling, wall to wall frenzy of artwork hung tightly together. Sizes differ greatly, as do the frames and artwork itself, although chunky gesso and gilt frames do look great. The effect is one of joyous randomness.

via Design*Sponge, via Clara Zangenberg

via Design*Sponge, via Clara Zangenberg

via Stacy Weiss, photo by Adrienne DeRosa Photography

via Stacy Weiss, photo by Adrienne DeRosa Photography

 5-SHELF – Pictures aren’t hung on the wall, but leaned on an architectural feature, such as a shelf. If you like to change your artwork frequently, aren’t handy with a hammer or have space constraints, this is a good alternative. The shelf approach also offers an added opportunity to layer smaller frames in front of larger ones.

via Roger Hirsch Architects

via Roger Hirsch Architects

via Marcia Prentice Photography

via Marcia Prentice Photography

6-FLOOR – Placing artwork on the floor and leaning it against the wall offers the same flexibility as the shelf approach. However, it does have a calculated romantic casualness about it that, in my opinion, impairs any true informal intent. If you’re not clumsy and are looking for a dramatic display, this may be a good solution. The floor approach doesn’t work on wall to wall carpet; it will unfortunately look like you just moved in.

via anordinarywoman.net

via anordinarywoman.net

via Mark Dodge Design

via Mark Dodge Design

Thank you for viewing!

Related links:

Bria Hammel Interiors

ILevel Inc.

Katie Ridder Rooms

Kenneth Brown Design

Kevin Corn Design

Mark Dodge Design

Marcia Prentice Photography

Patrick Sutton Associates

Roger Hirsch Architects

Sarah Greenman Photography

Stacey Weiss

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