Let’s face it: buying art can be a rite of passage. The first time that we buy a piece of art we immediatly think “Yes, I’m an adult now! I am an art collector!” But, as our taste in art evolves, we’re also introduced to fine art price tags. Perusing through avant-garde galleries feels oh so chic—and it often comes with an equivalently chic price tag. Original art can run from a few hundred dollars well into the six figures, and that’s not always in the budget (someday, right?).
There’s nothing homey about empty walls. Displaying pieces that reflect your personality and design ethos can instantly transform your space into a personal art gallery. Your picks don’t have to be all two-dimensional, either. Prints can, of course, catch the eye but mirrors add light and visual interest, shelves provide a stylish space for tchotchkes, and sculptural pieces work just as well on the wall as the floor.
#01 MIX AND MATCH FRAMES
The most common mistake we notice when people frame their art is thinking that everything has to match. Mixing and matching is actullay the way to go. In order to achieve a coherent result, we recommend to keep the language of the frames similar.
#02 DON’T DEFAULT TO A GALLERY WALL
When dealing with a large blank wall, it can be tempting to go for a gallery wall – actually smaller frames are less expensive after all – but we suggest that it’s entirely situational and that people have to be bold and go for large-scale art. Large-scale art, when well-chosen, can be a fantastic investment to a room. It creates a focus point and it can be moved arounf to different places.
#03 DO HANG ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
We all have space we default to when hanging art. Instead, we prefer to focus on unexpected places to hang the art pieces. Displaying things in our home is a deeply personal exercise, almost as personal as the color we choose for the walls. We love the impact of displaying unique pieces in unexpected places. If you think about it: it’s the idea of turning a corner and seeing something we were definitely not expecting.
#04 GO BEYOND THE LIVING ROOM WALLS
The living room is probably the room with most traffic of the house, and because of that, it is the space we are most worried about decorating with the latest design trends. However, there are several rooms of our house that are underestimated such as the entryway. This particular are is more important than it seems: it has to be seen as the first impression of your décor, and we all know there’s no such thing as a second shot on nice first impressions, so why not nail it with an incredible décor?