They say a picture is worth a thousand words!
The pictures, photos or pieces of art we hang beautifully on our walls say a lot about us. They relay how we feel, our best memories, our favourite colours and so much more. Other than taking you down memory lane or shining a light on your personality, they also add warmth and life to our living spaces.
So does your walls add warmth and life to your living spaces? If not, here are a few simple tips on how to awaken your walls through photos and art pieces that you can readily get at The Junction Mall:
1. Size of your wall
For a narrow wall, choose smaller pieces of art or images. For a long wall, you can create a window effect by grouping an even number of pieces in a small area either in a square or rectangular shape.
Large pieces of canvas will look perfect on bigger walls. With the standard spacing between pieces being 2 to 3 inches apart, bigger walls give you the freedom to put larger spacing of up to 4”to 6” between your pieces.
2. Draw out your gallery on a canvas before hammering a nail on the wall
To end up with an exciting, eye-catching gallery, every frame needs to be perfectly straight and aligned to give you a balanced feel. So how can you achieve this?
- Arrange all your pieces on a large piece of wrapping paper until you reach a design that you like
- Gently and carefully trace around each piece of art or photo.
- Mark the hanging points from the back of the art on to the wrapping paper.
- Tape the paper to the wall and hammer the nails onto the right hanging points as per your marks.
- Remove the paper and start hanging your beautiful art pieces.
Remember pieces that hang over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture. The general principle is that the wall hanging should be about 50% to 75% of the size of the furniture. This applies even if hanging just one piece of art above the furniture or a grouping of similar-sized pieces.
3. Hang Artwork at Eye Level
Since you want your guests to enjoy your art galleries, hang pieces at eye level so that it’s easier to browse through when standing. For a group of images that are put together, think of it as a single whole piece. For example, to hang a group of four pictures, consider hanging it as one entire square. Next, place pictures so that the center point of the piece or grouping is at approximately eye level.
For the dining room wall however, your gallery arrangement should be slightly lower to enable you enjoy looking at it while you are sitting down.
4. Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Placements of Art
You can attain structure in the look of your gallery by putting together pieces that are similar in size, shape, and subject matter – symmetrical placement. This design allows you to create a grouping that has a visual balance and is perfect over large furniture collections or fireplace mantles.
To hang 4 pictures in a square, for example, keep spacing even between them, and keep them fairly tight. For three pieces of Art, it is recommended that you hang them in a vertical design. This gives a visually balanced gallery without appearing crowded.
Asymmetrical placement, on the other hand, comes in when you have a group of pieces that aren’t necessarily the same but share at least one similar element, such as subject matter or colour scheme. For example, try staggering two large pieces by hanging one lower than the other so that the top and bottom don’t match.
5. 3D Effect Gallery Wall
Building a gallery wall around your TV probably isn’t the first idea that would come to mind. However, a combination of the TV, small floating shelves, and small vases help to add a 3D element while making the space reflect a more personal style. Also for a large variety of items, consider going for neutral wall colour and simple frame colours to keep the space from looking too busy.
6. Pairing Mirrors With Wall Art
Mirrors are a multipurpose piece of display that will give your room depth, brightness and make your space look bigger. Mirrors can be used on their own as an artwork on the wall. However, for a more personalised style, consider pairing your art pieces with mirrors.
For example, place a large mirror in between two pieces of artwork to accentuate the design element. This combination is popular as a standalone design unit.
Another design is to place the mirror opposite to a piece of art or on an adjacent wall. This design allows light to be reflected on your art pieces and enables the various hues, shades and colours of the artwork to be seen.
With the little extra time on our hands at the moment, this could be the perfect time to try out some of these designs. What’s more, you can get very beautiful frames, pieces of wall hangings such as mirrors and art pieces at The Junction Mall’s MRP Home store. We hope you have some fun while at it. Post some photos of your gallery wall and tag The Junction Mall on any of the following platforms: