Ideas on how to Display Artwork in Your Home
A wall display does more than add decoration to a room, it shares your journey and your story through photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. Mixing photographs with framed tickets, prints or artwork creates a layered approach to a wall display and often sparks conversation.
Before you hang your artwork trace each piece on paper (avoid newspaper as the print will transfer from your hands to your artwork and wall), label the paper with the corresponding artwork then cut it out. If you're hanging portraits, draw arrows on the paper to indicate which way the subject is looking. Use painter's tape to try different arrangements so you don't end up with loads of holes in your wall. You can also use painters tape to ensure the gap between each piece is the same if you are hanging a grid.
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When you are displaying a variety of pieces, display the strongest artwork at the bottom and left. The eye is drawn to look from left to right. If you have a symmetrical display, the largest piece should be placed in the centre at eye level.
So your framed artwork hangs at eye level measure 1.5-1.6 metres from the floor (depending on your height). The bottom of the artwork should be at this height.
When you are hanging artwork place your hook at the spot on the wire where it would naturally hang. Measure the difference from the top of the frame to where the nail for the hook is eg 2.5cm. If you use paper to mark your display (as described above) you can mark on the paper where the nail needs to be hammered in and do it before taking the paper off.
This beautiful display from Making Home Base is a perfect way to tell a family story. It's been researched that children love seeing photographs of themselves on the wall and in photo albums as it gives them a sense of place. To achieve a wall like this, a lifestyle photo session is an amazing way to document your unique story for a wall display.
I love the way First Lady of the House has created an Ancestors display on shelves. Incorporating modern family photos in here would give added interest and a modern slant telling a family journey spanning generations.
I hope you've received some inspiration and helpful tips on options of how best to display artwork in your home. There's so many different ways to design your wall but the main idea is to keep visual balance so the eye is naturally drawn into the display.
Caroline is a Family Lifestyle Photographer who loves to document family stories in an emotive and creative way. She enjoys tangibly preserving stories into beautiful albums and framed or boxed artwork.