Tips & Tricks
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Displaying & Grouping Wall Art
When we hang personal wall art, our individuality shines through. By grouping your wall art collectively, you will not only bring style and character to your spaces, you will also add the stamp of your personality to every room, inspiring a smile each time someone enters.
Clone the Framing Presentation:
The easiest way to pull any group of wall art together — regardless of color, size, or subject matter — is by framing them all the same way. Use the same mats and frames or merely the same type of frame for an overall sense of consistency. You can even pair this great method with others listed here to make sure your presentation is tightly arranged.
Triple the Impact:
Three images hung together in a row is a clean way to add excitement to a bare wall. This grouping works with all kinds of themes from sentimental to whimsical.
Try Telling a Story:
1. Setting the golf tee
3. Birdie Putt
Intensify the Impact
1. Laughing baby face
2. Crying baby face
3. Sleeping baby face
Play with a Modern Pop-Art Look:
1. Dad with Prize-winning Fish—Green Filter
2. Dad with Prize-winning Fish—Red Filter
3. Dad with Prize-winning Fish—Blue Filter
(NOTE: colored filters like these are available via our Print & Frame service)
Be sure to frame all your images in the same mats and frames to keep the grouping as one unit.
A Collage of Small Pieces:
There is safety in numbers, so lots of small pieces of artwork can look fantastic when hung together! Little treasures, hung individually, could get lost, but a tight group of them makes for a big impact, whether you want to bring class to a lonely little corner, or introduce a focal point to a larger space.
Other secrets to making an attractive group of small pieces:
- They look especially charming in small rooms and spaces, but can work well in larger ones, as long as you're hanging a much larger number of them in one area.
- Mats in lighter colors and slender frames will never overwhelm a small work of art (of course, taste is completely personal and wide frames like our Magnificent Miniatures, on small pieces, can add an extra note of glamour).
- Let the pieces get cozy with each other! When you hang your artwork, the space between each picture should be less than the width of the pictures themselves.
Large Pieces Can Be Grouped, Too:
Large rooms crave large pieces. Grouping in even numbers will balance large spaces while grouping in uneven numbers works well over furniture. This technique offers volume without overcrowding, but be careful not to display your large pieces too far apart. For balance, horizontal placement is the easiest way to go. When hanging your work vertically, be sure to put the wider picture on top. And, never hang your pictures on an incline unless it is a special effect on a stairway.
The Gallery Look:
If you're going for a cleaner, museum or gallery effect, where you want each piece to stand alone, do what the pros do: imagine a line at 58" above the floor stretching across the wall. Use this line as a guide to center your art, no matter what the proportions of your artwork. In a modern art gallery, professionals will leave plenty of space in between each piece; sometimes up to a yard. This looks great in long hallways or in lobbies and restaurants.
Going Totally Eclectic:
If you're going for an eclectic look, go all out! Anything less than complete randomania won't cut it. This technique is perfect for informal, fun areas like family rooms and playrooms, and invites a mix of frames, plaques, mirrors and other wall art to add texture, rhythm, interest and energy. Combine large and small, squares and circles... mingle them throughout and soon enough you will have a wall full of life. Keeping a theme will maintain structure, but certainly isn't required.