VSHoisting works of art to hang on the walls can be intimidating, especially if you want to create a grouping with works of art. How do you know what “works” together on a wall? How do you put together the look of a room, including art?
I’ve shared posts here on the blog with tips for artwork, like these two posts: How to Choose Art for Your Home (+ Favorite Art Sources) and 10 Helpful Tips for Decorating Walls ( in more detail on why I choose certain arts) and placements).
Because this is a question I get often, I wanted to share 3 common decorating mistakes or challenges when displaying artwork (and I’m also going to show you some fun art mood inspiration boards. !).
Of course, the art is so personal and there is no “one size fits all” rule for decorating, if you ask me. I have seen amazing gallery art walls that break all the rules and I LOVE THEM! Hope you find these tips useful as guidelines, but most of all, do what you love! Find out what works in your home and makes you happy!
Also in this article don’t miss buying one, get free art print sale and mood boards with cute art combinations!
Here are 3 Common Decorating Mistakes People Often Make When Displaying Artwork:
- Use of all small works of art
Choosing art in various sizes, shapes, and scales and including larger pieces will provide more visual interest than many small frames. If you feel like your room is too busy, look for oversized artwork that can make a statement without adding visual clutter.
2. Show too many illustrations with quotes or words
Art displaying a quote or words can make a graphic statement in a room. But too many quotes or words displayed on each wall can make you feel like you’re being shouted from all over the room. Lots of words in a room (on the wall or even on pillows, for example) can also create a frenetic mood as your eyes won’t know where to land (they’re busy scouring the room trying to read all the things).
I prefer a room where art and design contribute to the overall mood but don’t overwhelm you with too many competing thoughts or elements. Words can be so meaningful, so if you feel like you should cut back, pick your favorite piece and make that post a central statement on the wall.
3. Not creating a consistent design and color scheme
Art can be a wonderful addition to your entire room and color scheme, or it can make the room very disjointed. Think about your room as a whole, using the artwork as an opportunity to bring the design, feel, and colors of the room together. Or use art to accentuate the impact of a favorite hue to create a bolder color statement. To create a pop of color, start with a cohesive and pleasing palette through your accessories, furniture, and even plants / flowers. Then pick a favorite color from your palette for a standout piece of art that will bring the room to life (and help draw your gaze around the room where that color appears in smaller doses!). Ideally, repeat the color of your statement three times around the room in small doses.
Be sure to consider designing each of your artwork for a wall or that you plan to have in the room, so you can get groups together that will make a nice statement overall. Various works of art can be linked with a unified color palette.
We have created some artistic mood boards which you can see below!
Learn more about my decorating guidelines for hanging works of art here.
By the way, I came across a wonderful art sale going on right now! Buy One and Get a Free Rifle Paper Co Art Print – Ends 03/24.
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I thought it would be fun to create two mood boards that show off artistic chords that I think work well together in a room (using some of the Rifle Paper art prints that are on sale right now !), As well as sharing some tips on why they work.
For the mood board above, there are various subjects with the botanical print, a portrait with the words “C’est la vie”, a landscape (Paris), and a print with small, simple objects (hairpins). hair). The black and white color scheme with pops or red / orange binds this varied grouping together. The statement phrase also creates a whimsical vibe for art and space! Note that the red / orange is also reflected in the rug, so this palette will have a nice effect in the room.
Sources for above: Dresser // Faux Rubber Tree in Pot // Poppy Botanical Floral Art Print // Paris Sketch Art Print // C’est La Vie Art Print // Bobby Pin Art Print // Patterned Rug // Rattan Lamp
For the mood board above, we’ve paired a floral design, quote, detailed landscape / house motif print, and a simple ostrich print. The house / landscape impression brings together a color palette for the room. The color sage green, blues, black and tan work well together. The light green pillow on the sofa pulls an assertive color out of the art and helps draw the eye around the room in a pleasing way. The rug and sofa are neutral which allows the art of this space to be more in the center!
Sources for above: Sofa // Faux Green Leaf Tree // The World is Your Oyster Art Print // Sage Green Daisies Art Print // House Pattern Art Print // Ostrich Art Print // Green Pillow // Leather Storage Ottoman // / gold lampshade / / Carpet Natural Stripes Indoor Outdoor //
Buy One and Get a Free Rifle Paper Co Art Print – Ends 03/24. Click HERE to shop!
Click here for a recent post with MORE cute art for spring!
For more decorating tips, check out my book Where Do I Put the Sofa? And answers to 100 other interior design questions.
How to decorate (room by room inspiration)