Every homeowner wants to show off the items they have acquired or created
themselves over time. Oftentimes it is not enough to just hang your art on a wall. If you
display it in a more creative way, you will enhance the look of the piece itself. So here
is what you might be missing when it comes to displaying art on the walls.
Use Old Frames
Find a bunch of old frames at antique or salvage stores and use them to display your
works of art. When you get back home, paint them one and the same color. This will
create a unified look. Then just place the works of art into the frames and hang them
on the walls. Here is how you can arrange the frames:
• Go vertical: if your wall is narrow, the best way to go is to hang the frames in
vertical lines. Try to go to the ceiling.
• Place them randomly: sometimes the best way to create a beautiful look is to
forget about symmetry and scatter your works of art randomly on the wall.
• Create a shape: make a circle, triangle, etc. with your works of art. Create the
shape you want.
Decorate Your Stairways
When decorating their homes, many people forget about the staircase. What a nice
way to doll up your stairs! Just take a good look at them. Although it is hard to realize
sometimes, there is a wall right there. Why not take advantage of it? Not only will you
make the staircase more personalized and interesting, you will make the most out of
your living space. Buy shelving that will fit in the available space between the wall and
the staircase. Choose a neutral color or one that matches the color of the staircase.
Add knick-knacks, books, photos and pictures, cushions, CDs, scented candles, wall
clocks, flowers or other decorative items along with your works of art. Of course, make
sure they have identical designs. You don’t want to create a mess of things that don’t
really match one another. Stick with things of one and the same age. For example, if
you go for vintage, all the items must be vintage. Don’t mix antique accent pieces with
futuristic style elements.
If there is no space for shelves or you just don’t want shelves, then hang pictures on
the wall. The bigger the space, the more pictures you can add. It doesn’t have to be
photos of you and your family. How about Art Deco pictures? Anything else you can
think of will suffice.
A built-in storage is a clever way to display your art. It won’t take space, therefore it
won’t make the room seem smaller. At the same time, it can create a more tete-a-tete
atmosphere, especially if the space is large. Steer clear of overcrowding the walls with
items and be sure to space them out. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed when you
spend time in that room. Instead accentuate individual items. You want to create a
clean and presentable look.
Choose Unexpected Spots
People usually display art on shelves and walls, but what if you go alternative? There
are many unexpected spots for displaying works of art, such as beneath the windows,
in a corner or under a bench. Use baskets, frames or glass containers to display your
works of art. Add a few books, candles or other like items. If you have a collection of
stamps, place it in a frame and display it beneath a window. Or have you just come
back from your seaside trip? If you have collected a dozen of shells and you want the
world to see them, place them in jars near your books.
There are a variety of ways to go when it comes to displaying art. Have your walk-
through around the property and search for boring areas that could use some
decorating and start from there.
The article is written by Patricia Cornwell. She works as a manager of TenancyClean
Chiswick and loves to write for different blogs.