No matter if you’re creating a gallery wall or framing individual pieces of artwork, it’s essential to display them in ways that bring out their beauty. With these innovative techniques for art display at hand, hammers and nails won’t even need to come into play!
Use pants hangers as an innovative solution to display kids’ artwork without drilling holes into walls, as suggested by Everyday MomLife.
1. Gallery Walls
A gallery wall is the classic way to display your favorite art pieces, and can look both cohesive and unmatched by using art of different sizes, framing postcards or photographs, or adding in some Polaroid prints.
Ideally, when striving to create a symmetrical layout it’s helpful to set out a grid and use a ruler as guides to establish where each frame should go. Also remember to mix both vertical and horizontal pieces for an eye-catching display!
Step up this idea even further by creating an art ledge to display plants, sculptures and pottery – perfect for staircases! This adds character and style to an otherwise plain staircase!
2. Art Shelves
Art shelves provide an impressive way to display artwork as well as decorative pieces like pottery and botanical pressed prints. Art shelves come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – bent wood shelves for an organic and natural aesthetic; triangular floating shelves for contemporary styling – perfect for displaying art collections of all sorts.
Not everyone prefers their art displayed formally like on a gallery wall. Leaning prints against wooden skirt hangers or using Japanese washi tape can offer a more relaxed yet cohesive display option.
If you want to keep your prints and framed art organized, consider art storage cabinets that feature shelving with lockable doors for secure and discreet storage of prints and canvases. They provide a great alternative to stacking picture frames.
Dioptrically or triptych images are one of the best ways to create an eye-catching art wall display, especially on long blank walls that need something unifying as decor elements.
Traditional triptych paintings often depict an immersive scene across all three panels, like foggy mountains or wild west horse stampedes. Roseline Al Oumami employs this technique in her piece Voyage Triptych by creating movement with brushstrokes and splashes of color across each canvas.
Triptychs first emerged as an art style during the Middle Ages and are still widely used today as an effective means of conveying narrative or showing different aspects of a subject. Learn more about their history in Rise Art’s blog as well as see some noteworthy examples.
4. Art on the Floor
When hanging a gallery wall, eye level should always be considered. Too-high art can look out of place in its surroundings and should ideally be around 59 inches above the floor for dining or living room spaces where people tend to view it while sitting down.
Not everyone enjoys having artwork displayed formally; for those who would rather avoid drilling holes into their walls, leaning prints, paintings, and photographs on picture ledges or shelves is an alternative way to display artwork. Wooden skirt hangers add an industrial vibe while Japanese washi tape or even simple frames can give this home decor trend more of a casual aesthetic.
5. Art on a Bookshelf
Not everyone enjoys decorating their walls with frames of photos; for a more casual aesthetic, ledges and shelves provide a great space to display paintings, art prints, wooden masks, or smaller sculptural items such as woven bowls without creating holes in their walls. Ledges and shelves also make an excellent option when it comes to kids art as they allow it to easily move around and rearrange without creating holes on the wall itself.
If you own a deep bookshelf, art can easily be placed against its back wall using non-mortise hinges for an eye-catching display. Decor lovers can rely on this quick solution when seeking to add interest and spice up their home quickly.
6. Wall Art
Wall art can add flair and personality to your home. However, to maximize its effectiveness it’s essential that you know how best to display it.
To give an example: when selecting artworks for their wall decor, scale is key. Too large pieces may become overwhelming and distract from its purpose in an empty space.
Picture ledges and sideboards offer another method of displaying artwork. They’re great for hanging framed photos as well as hanging objects like sculptures from them; as well as perfect for showing mementos or houseplants off in an easygoing way if leaned against a wall for more informal displays.