Choosing the right matte and frame to complement a favoured photo or piece of art has long been it’s own form of art. Then what? The framed piece gets hung up at the center of an empty wall at eye level, and we call it a day? Hanging art and creating frame groupings is now an art-form of it’s own, with everyone weighing in. The possibilities are as personal as our homes, so I’ve pulled out a few of the general themes here to get you started.
A salon-style gallery wall is probably the most popular, with a collection of various frames and sizes grouped together to create a striking visual. This style could be a controlled mix of pieces, with matching frames and restricted colour palettes. This style could also be an eclectic collection of anything that strikes your fancy – designer rules thrown out the window. So long as your own personality shines through and it feels right to you, a salon gallery really is limited only by your imagination.
It’s not as easy as it looks to just put things up as you go. An essential tip from other DIYers to getting it right includes, tracing and cutting out paper versions of all your frames and taping them to your chosen wall. Play around with the groupings and placement until you find an arrangement you’re happy with, before ever lifting a hammer.
The grid formation is another gallery style of hanging art, but is much more structured and uniform in appearance. Frames and matte kept to a minimum create less visual interruption between pieces and read more like a single larger element. For rooms that are primarily soft in texture, shapes and colour, a strong grid like the one above can add an contrasting architectural element that helps tie a room together.
Creating an art grid might not require the same effort of cutting out kraft paper and taping it up, but you’ll definitely want to carefully measure everything out at least twice. Even one piece hung slightly out of place will throw the whole look off.
A picture rail installed along the full length of one wall can be a perfect solution for the indecisive of us, or if you like to keep a rotating collection. This look is definitely more casual, with pieces leaned against the wall that can easily be changed around on a whim.
The easiest and most flexible option is to just line a few frames up along the floor. It’s certainly not a look for everyone, but we’ve all tried it at some point and for some people, it could be just what they were after. It has a very relaxed vibe, and adds a casual touch to any space.