Wall art is brilliant if you use it to decorate walls in interior decor themes for homes, offices, restaurants, hotels or any other space. Anything can be a wall art design, from paintings and canvas art prints to family photo frames and even wall-hanging sculptures. However, it is often one of the last aspects to be considered when decorating a room.

Carefully chosen and hung wall art can bring elegance and class to any interior environment, be it a living room, bedroom, study room, dining, kitchen, home office or commercial space. Wall paintings complete the room's look by adding a focal point and act as an excellent opportunity to showcase your taste in design and wall art.

Artworks capture your personality and creativity and are a great way to express yourself through interior decor elements with tools like paint colour, a unique piece of artwork, wall painting that compliments your favourite piece of furniture, and more. Bare walls instantly come alive with a vibrant art print or painting, providing a basic structure to plan the room's décor.

So here's how the pro designers do it.

1. Hang Art Print at Eye Level

2. Create a Balance

3. Boldly display an Art Collection

4. Be Off the Walls

5. Follow the Orientation/Shape of the Wall

6. Try and Avoid Kitchen Overwhelm

7. Use Custom Styled Frames


1. Hang Art Print at Eye Level

Most people hang artwork too high on the walls in their living space. If you take only one piece of information from this article, let it be: 57 inches in the centre. It means that the centre of your art piece (not the hook) should be 57″ from the floor. This 57″ standard represents the average human eye level and is a global standard in galleries and museums. It creates balance in wall decor because all of the artworks will share a visual eye-level midline. 

Exceptions to the rule will be if you have really low ceilings (less than 8'-9′), in which case you should divide the vertical length of your wall into quarters and hang your art within the third quadrant from the floor. And if you're hanging an art piece above a sofa, you should allow for approximately 8" - 10" distance from the sofa. Be mindful of the space between your art print and where the wall meets the ceiling. 

 

2. Create a Balance

Treating that collection as one piece to achieve a balanced look is essential if you work with multiple wall art pieces. First, ensure your collection is neither too large nor too small for your furniture item. Try keeping the size of your art pieces to 2/3rd the size of the furniture. If you are hanging multiple pieces in a group, ensure the heavier elements are at the bottom left and the lighter ones at the upper right, with mid-sized pieces in between.  

Or, if you have one large piece and a few smaller pieces, hang the large piece toward the middle as a focal point of the wall decor and go from there. Leave 2-5 inches between each framed painting for proper spacing. 

Insider tip: Use paper tape to keep spacing consistent between frames.

 

3. Boldly display an Art Collection

A 'salon-style' or 'art gallery wall' look for a wall paintings collection could be one of the most adored and admired features in an interior design/décor if it weren't so intimidating! How do you create a look you like without putting many extra holes in your wall? The arrangement should be to your liking, but remember to follow the general guidelines outlined in Décor Tip #2 above for multiple pieces. Salon style works best in living space when you mix and match various wall hangings, from paintings to canvas wall art prints to photos and wall sculptures! 

Our advice for a 'salon-style' or 'gallery walls' look is to use craft paper and paper tape to plan the entire art arrangement on the wall to determine nail placement.

 

4. Be Off the Walls

Don't have the time or patience for a 'salon-style' or art gallery wall? 

For a unique decor theme, you should place wall art in unexpected nooks and places. Don't limit yourself to walls. Wall shelves or Cabinet tops are the new gallery wall! Instead, try layering multiple pieces for an exciting and multidimensional approach. And if you have a significant wall art piece, consider propping or leaning it against the wall instead of hanging it for a more relaxed and contemporary look in your home interiors.

 

5. Follow the Orientation/Shape of the Wall

Another common mistake is when art is just too small for a space. Large wall paintings can be intimidating to buy and decorate, but generally, the art you hang should be in the same shape and orientation as the wall it's trying to fill. 

 

6. Try and Avoid Kitchen Overwhelm

The last thing anyone wants to see on the kitchen walls is an artsy rendition of food which may be a bit much. We recommend selecting from our Art History or Modern Art Collection, depending on the kitchen design. An additional tip: If you want artwork in the kitchen, be careful not to hang it where it can become damaged by water or heat.

 

7. Use Custom Styled Frames

Don't neglect the frame when thinking about your focal piece of artwork, especially in the living room or bedroom; always consider that the painting will serve as an anchor point within the room for your dream home decor. Whether you go modern with monochromatic frames or mix and match different vintage-style frames and photo hangers, your framing can bring just as much style and personality to a space as the artwork itself

 

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Are you feeling inspired or overwhelmed? Don't fret!

Along with being a source of elegant and beautiful wall art decor, Empyrean's in-house team of professional architects and interior designers is ready to assist with all of your architectural, landscape and interior design/decoration needs.

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