Creating an art wall in your home is a great way to display multiple pieces in a group…and it’s not as hard as you might think. Here are some step-by-step tips and photos to get you started.
Pick a wall for displaying your art and look through layout ideas on Pintrest.
Select a theme and stick with it. Art walls work best when you decide on a central theme. Here are some examples:
- travel photos (see above photo)
- kids art
- family photos
Once you’ve selected the theme, pull out all options for the wall and narrow down to what’s important. Select your favorites and make them larger if possible. I prefer art/photos in different sizes because it moves the eye around the entire wall. However, they could all be the same size if you are running them down a hallway and want it uniform.
Pick your frame style. There are a few ways of doing this. They could all be black or white if the art is all different or use different frames if the art relates to one another well. Just keep something uniform throughout the wall. So if you have all black and white photos, you could easily have many styles of frames or just use one color. Here’s a beautiful shot from Christiane Lemieux (photo from Dwell Studio)…. showing different frames. This works well because the art relates to each other. The two pieces on the right both have red in them and all have some element of black and white. Beautiful!
Print and layout all photos in their frames on the floor first. This will allow you to easily arrange them many times before poking holes in your lovely walls. If you can’t complete the hanging in one day or can’t decide on layout, take a picture of the layout options and see if you like it over the next hour or day. Don’t worry too much about spacing. In fact, if you don’t make it uniform, it will be much easier to hang! Or you can fill the larger gaps with found objects (old keys, metal letters, etc).
Start hanging. This can be tricky but I’ve found a few things that make it easier. Purchase the sticky putty (you know, that stuff you used to hang posters as a kid). Put it on the frame hook and press the frame onto the wall where you want it. Then pull lightly, leaving the putty and the frame hook mark on the wall. Now just position your nail where the hook mark is on the putty and nail through the putty. Once nail is in, simply remove the putty and repeat. I’ve also tried the Velcro strips. These work well for smaller, lighter projects. I personally wouldn’t use them above a bed on a heavy piece of art though.
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