There are some common pitfalls when considering new art. Escaping the seven sins of wall art will help you avoid costly mistakes while at the same time, design the perfect ambience.
Measuring Mayhem? For example, let's say you buy a massive art piece, when there is simply no wall area to hang it on... the mayhem begins. By the same token, you don’t want to feel claustrophobic when you enter the room.
Vice-versa, your small wall art will appear disproportionate placed on a massive wall.
Sin Solution: A costly error to avoid when purchasing wall art, is to measure your allocated wall space. Crisis averted.
Matching art to your walls or furniture seems like a sensible idea at first glance, however keep in mind furniture is generally replaced over time.
Sin Solution: Purchase timeless art that suits your taste as a first priority, then secondly to complement your decor. You can also incorporate accent decor pieces without overshadowing the wall art. Remember your space must be authentic to you and display a sense of where you are.
Assuming everything in my room must be ‘bold’.
Sin Solution: It’s great to own bold wall art or vibrant items such as ‘loud’ curtains. It’s important to allow other elements in your space such as your rug or chaise lounges to be appropriately simple.
Arranging gorgeous decorations layered in front of your wall art can be striking and can also strikeout, creating clutter.
Sin Solution: Putting flowers, lamps or unlit candles in front of art can have an incredible effect. Start by looking at the wall art itself. Art pieces with a lot of white space around and inside the frame tend to work well with decorations layered in front. Consider the colour palette (and any patterns) of both your art and decor to ensure you’re not creating an overwhelming mash of textures and hues. Aim for harmony with your arrangement.
"My art looks perfect, my furniture arrangement does not".
Sin Solution: Pushing sofas up against the walls will make a room look smaller, therefore ‘breathing space’ is achieved by pulling the furniture away from the walls. Avoid small rugs in your living room. Rugs in which the front feet of your lounge room furniture are all placed on it (in most cases), will help create a comfortable atmosphere.
Matching the wall art to your room’s color scheme.
Sin Solution: Selecting a frame color to match your wall color creates cohesion. This is only recommended if you don’t want the frame to distract from the wall art itself. White is a great default wall color for art, (for example, gallery walls) however consider black walls to provide contrast to your art. Once again the main focus when choosing art, isn’t to match to your room, focus on art you love.
Pattern and color overload.
Sin Solution: Less is more. If your space has an excessive amount of patterns or colors, your eye can’t reach a focal point. Of course, buy a daring pattern wallpaper and bold statue, however - like the Decor Dilemma states; consider your other items and ensure they are more simplistic.
Buying art for the sake of it.
Sin Solution: It’s important to find your own style, a style of art in which its visual language you easily resonate to.
Buy with longevity in mind, a style you will love for a long time, however can recycle when you consider it out of style. In essence, buy art that makes you feel something.
Keeping art in a dark area.
Sin Solution: If your space doesn’t have adequate natural light, there are a variety of scounces which look simply brilliant next to your art. This creates a stage to continue showcasing your art once the sunset arrives. Another light bulb moment, always choose your ceiling lighting in proportion to the size available in your room.
Natural light reflecting onto wall art.
Sin Solution: Avoid placing framed art on the opposite wall of a window, where the natural light will reflect off the acrylic.
No consideration of mood in your room.
Sin Solution: Not all wall art has to be hung on the wall. If you want to accentuate a relaxed mood in your home, simply leaning artwork against a wall will speak volumes. For example, a group of varied size art pieces looks stylish yet casual on top of a console table leaning against the wall.
Furthermore, if you need to pinpoint where your art should be, simply walk into your room and see where your vision first lands, you have found your art’s destination.
No planning or consideration when hanging your art.
Sin Solution: The common rule of thumb when hanging wall art, is to hang at eye level (approximately 58 inches from floor to centre of art). Similarly, the spacing between multiple art pieces is two inches. If you’re arranging randomly sized art pieces in a horizontal line, align the art at each of their centre points, avoid aligning the pieces at the top of the frames. For a scattered collage type grouping, try it out on the floor first, and keep an anchor piece to spread around from there.
Overcrowding all walls with art.
Sin Solution: Allow one wall (at least) to be bare, give the room some balance to avoid closing the space in too much.
Hanging every piece of art you own.
Sin Solution: If you have a decent collection of art, store and rotate. Update the art on your walls every quarter by replacing them with pieces in storage.
Artwork in bathrooms.
Sin Solution: It can be risky hanging art in areas which generate moisture. The constant steam will eventually damage the artwork depending on its materials. Avoid bathrooms or seek advice from Parke.