DECORATING THROUGH ART.
One of the questions we are 9 times out of 10 always asked as stylists is firstly how to correctly hang your art and secondly how to use art to turn your space into something truly unique that will not only add interest to your space but also resonate to your personal style.
Using Art, especially original artworks in your home will allow you to inject instant personality and create a specific mood that has the ability to change your overall look. The best way to do this is through coordinating colour from your art into your space that reflects the overall aesthetic.
Our girl & head designer Jess says, “We always use several pieces of artwork in our styling work to firstly, provide a focal point to the space and secondly in our selections of accessories and soft furnishings. We let the art lead the colour palette that will create the overall mood of the space”
Decorating around your art is one of the best and easiest ways to achieve a balanced and beautiful space that you will love to be in. Furniture pieces that are of neutral tones work best when trying to highlight your art, subtly tie in soft furnishings and accessories to really accentuate the colour scheme and mood of your artwork.
Style tip ** It is important to remember that the artwork and the piece of furniture should act as a collective unit as opposed to be being two separate entities that will look disjointed. Ensure your art is not too high above your piece of furniture and that it is also centred on the piece of furniture to engage the whole wall as one and complete the overall look.
WHAT WORKS FOR YOU?
There are several types of art you could use depending on your own personal taste – we tend to use more contemporary and abstract pieces of art, as it’s more about the essence of the subject rather than the details. This enables the artwork to set the tone for the interior space where a focus lies within the colours, textures and materials used.
Photography is another great way to add interest, evoke emotions and set the overall mood of the space. Similar to the expressionist’s and abstract art, photography is a great conversation starter when you have new guests over or are entertaining. When deciding what type of photography will work best think: restrained, minimalistic pieces that are of/or - monochrome, landscapes, urban and fashion. There is no right or wrong; it purely depends on your own unique taste and the kind of overall look you are going for.
Most importantly, if you have to choose always go for slightly bigger art, as it will 9 times out of 10 work better in a space than art that’s too small.
FIRST THINGS FIRST.
When hanging your art follow these 3 tips to ensure your art is centred on the furniture its above and at eye level:
1. Hang art at eye level, which should be hung about 1.44m from the floor to the center of the artwork.
2. Art should be hung at about 15cm to 30cm above the piece of furniture depending on your space. Style Tip** stand back from your art and check how it interacts with its surroundings or take a photo then decide!
3. Art should be about 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the piece of furniture it will be above – remember the bigger the better.
When deciding where to hang your art consider the type of light surrounding your artwork: Natural or artificial. Natural light creates a clear and even tone of light that allows for a natural glow. Artificial light is harder to work with as placement is critical; think about the position of the light/s and the direction of the beam on the art – generally, centered is best or light highlighting a particular aspect that works for your art. You decide!
HAPPY HANGING x