Look around your home – your artwork tells a story. Each photo, watercolor, oil painting or textile is a chapter in your narrative. With a little imagination, you can curate your art to tell an even better story. Don’t let the word “curate” intimidate you. With these simple tips, some planning and creativity, you will uncover an amazing story just waiting to be told.
Consistency is an important element in your styling and can be achieved in many ways. Need ideas? To begin, select your favorite piece as the focal point. Then, add elements of varying sizes around the focal point to fill in the details.
Textiles make a great gallery wall. Less expected, they provide sculptural depth and conversation. Consistency comes from the color palette, texture or medium.
Consider accenting your story with the creative use of color. Frames with complementary tones ensure a consistent look. For example, warm woods and metal finishes accent cool blues nicely. Add a little shine with monochromatic metallic frames – the common hue will keep your eye moving around the collection. Gold frames are a great way to add elegance and impact the mood of the display. They pair nicely with graphic artwork in a monochromatic palette.
When it comes to ideas for a layout, they are endless, but three configurations create an especially strong statement—linear, organic or random. A linear layout works well in a hallway or narrow space, but it’s definitely not the only option for those spaces. It can be one irregular line of artworks or an organized grid of several lines hung one above the other. This also works well for narrow, vertical spaces between rooms, or on an end wall. Organic layouts use the shape of the wall as the inspiration and starting point. Analyze the shape of the wall. Is it tall and narrow? Think of an organic shape that will either counteract it or balances the overall shape. When viewed, the wall and artwork are seen as all one piece. This technique helps to bring together seemingly unrelated pieces. A random layout is a mix of linear and organic. This works well if you plan to add pieces organically, as you go. It involves mixing different frames, media, colors and sizes to create a relaxed look. Pieces are hung at varying heights.
Finally, plan a visual direction and give it a test run – sketch various layouts. Once you have established a few layouts you like, test their impact using painter’s tape and cardboard replicas on the wall. The most important thing to remember is that this is your story and should be told your way.
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As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer