No one can deny that wall art has the power to completely transform a space from ordinary to eye-catching. Therefore, wall art is an instrumental part of any interior design concept and should not be ignored.
That being said, many first-time or inexperienced homeowners or new homeowners may struggle with finding and arranging wall art that best represents their sense of style. This complete guide will help you curate the best wall art design concept for your home and apartment with the minimum of fuss.
A classic rookie mistake is to drill holes in the walls after buying some wall art without knowing how the end result will look or whether it will even work. Start off with some accurate measurements of the wall (only part of the wall can be utilized for wall decorations due to its height or proximity to furniture etc) and then measure out the pieces you have chosen.
Lay some painter’s tape or any other kind of safe tape on the wall that will not damage the paint and decide on the layout. The layout may need to be changed several times before you find the most impactful one.
Once you have decided on the best layout you can go ahead with your drill and some nails to hang up the wall art. If you are decorating a rental space, then command hooks and tags can be used to hang up paintings and framed photographs. The spacing depends on the whole room or living area as smaller spaces can have tightly grouped wall art pieces and larger spaces can utilize large art pieces like oversized photographs or murals.
Each room or living space has a center or focal point and an expert’s hack is to work and design the wall art concept around that point for some much-needed symmetry. While it is not always necessary to be symmetrical, it is useful to imagine how the eye travels around the room as that will determine the pieces that will stand out the most, like your wonderfully sentimental pet portraits.
Many homeowners forget that eye level is really the only height that provides a comfortable viewing of any art piece. Unless the wall art piece is life-size and very large and therefore requires the whole wall to be presented properly, the middle of the wall that is eye level will therefore be the most useful starting point when you are hanging up your pieces.
You have the option of arranging your wall art in interesting shapes much like a mosaic and if geometric figures are found elsewhere in your interior design, the concept will blend all the more seamlessly.
While framed pieces in an immaculate row horizontally or vertically are very visually pleasing, an asymmetrical arrangement can be just as interesting and alluring to the eye. Balance together different sizes of wall art pieces for a less-than-perfect look which can also be paired with a bohemian, laid-back interior design.
Having an asymmetrical style in play means you can also combine opposing styles such as retro with modern and leave a deliberately mismatched look for the viewer to appreciate.
Hanging up your favorite wall art pieces is also about finding the right tools for your type of wall whether it is concrete or paneling and so forth and the size and weight of the wall art piece itself.
Picture hangers are available from most hardware stores and they are positioned to be perfect for hanging up both small and medium sized frames of a moderate or low weight. You can also use more than one hanger if you feel the weight of the frame is considerable.
A molly bolt or expansion bolt is for heavier items like a large french mirror, large paintings and in some cases even bookshelves.
Wall anchors are great for beginners as they can pose as a positioning agent for drilling a hole into the wall and they can be fixed into the wall and considerable weight can then be placed against them.
Toggle bolts are both interesting and very useful for heavier items like paintings and murals, and they form a type of ‘wing’ against the wall to provide greater support and less damage to the wall. They are great for wall art pieces that are heavier and may be unsustainable on a single or a couple of nails.