Leaning Art for Commitment-Free Arrangements February 03 2015, 0 Comments
As a college student, I'm never in one place for too long. Between dorm room changes, a semester abroad, a couple off-campus leases, and breaks spent at my parents' house, it seems like I'm always settling in somewhere new only to pack up my things and start over shortly after.
Despite this, it's important to me that wherever I'm living is well decorated — no matter how temporary it may be. It's also critical that my decor is easy to move and display. I used to rely on taping posters and photographs to my walls, but my tastes have matured. I've since started growing a collection of canvases and framed art.
A lot of dorms and leases don't allow nails in the wall, so I've learned that leaning pieces against the wall is a convenient and stylish solution. When artfully placed, it'll give your room a cool, casual vibe. It's an easy way to add dimension and interest, and it allows you to make as many adjustments as you'd like. See below for my favorite tips for this decorating technique.
Lean art in clusters. Group different pieces together and arrange them at different heights, layering your artwork by leaning smaller pieces on top of larger ones. For a sleek aesthetic, cluster art with similar content and colors. Or try displaying different frames, canvases and colors together for a fun, casual look.
Create vignettes. This is my preferred method. I'll lean my favorite Waverly canvas on the back of a dresser or tabletop, pairing it with plants, stacked books and other accessories.
My favorite Waverly Wall Art: Belle of the Ball (Delft)
When working with vignettes, try to develop visual interest by playing with scale. Some diversity in size is desired, as it creates texture and energy. But if the variation is too great — even a small canvas on a large piece of furniture — the art will get lost.
Make use of shelf space. You might want to consider dedicating a shelf or two in your home specifically for leaning art. Yes, installing a shelf requires some work. But then you can add or remove as much as you like, playing with different arrangements. For a gallery-like display, display art with similar sizes, styles and colors.
Creating a Gallery Wall January 29 2015, 0 Comments
We have so many different wonderful patterns and art categories here at Laural Home. From abstract to coastal to inspirational, we want to decorate with all of them. Luckily, we don't have to choose. Gallery walls allow us to display a lot of art in our homes while showing off our different interests and tastes. See below for our favorite tips on incorporating one into your home:
What to hang: You can display pieces with similar colors or a common theme for a clean, cohesive look. But if you'd like to give your wall more visual interest and dimension, try mixing different colors, mediums and frames. And you don't have to limit yourself to just art: mirrors, posters and any other trinkets you can find around the house will do. It'll give the impression that your gallery wall was curated over time, adding an element of charm.
Where to hang: Gallery walls can go in a living room, bedroom or even a bathroom. They look great in compact spaces — at the end of a hallway, above a piece of furniture, etc. Art clusters also look well displayed down a hallway or staircase.
How to hang: Lay everything on the floor and try different variations, snapping pictures with your phone as you go. We also love the idea of tracing the frames or canvases onto wrapping paper and then taping the cutouts on the wall. It's easiest to start with the piece or pieces that you'd like to be the focal point. Hang it in the center and add more artwork, working outwards.
Make Your Art Look Great in Your Space January 13 2015, 0 Comments
Whenever I bring home new artwork, I can’t wait to unwrap it — to add a new, unexpected touch to my space, some added personality and welcome change. But when it comes time to actually hang it up, I start to panic. I worry I won’t display it correctly, and I want to make the piece look as great as possible in my space. Luckily, there are lots of online resources with tips for arranging art. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Think balance.
Relate your art to wall size. A small canvas or frame typically works best on a small wall space, while a large piece or arrangement suits a large wall. There should be at least several inches of empty space around each side, so remember to give your art room to breathe!
Most Laural Home art is offered in a range of sizes, so you can keep location in mind when choosing a canvas.
2. Mount your wall art at eye level.
The center of your piece should sit about 60 inches from the floor. If you’re hanging a pair of canvases or frames with one above the other, treat them as one large picture and find the center point between them.
3. Hang your canvas over furniture.
If you’re unsure of where to place your art, try hanging it over a couch, fireplace mantle or bed. Hang it about 6 to 20 centimeters above the furniture to maintain proportion. If there’s a big gap between the two, the eye will be drawn to the empty space rather than the artwork. Use a canvas that’s smaller than the width of your furniture — about 3/4 the size.
4. When in doubt, keep it centered.
Wherever you’re hanging your art, whether it be on a wall or over a piece of furniture, a good rule of thumb is to place it in the center. This will pretty much always look nice and if you use a tape measure to find a precise center, it takes the stress out of finding the right spot.
5. Group artwork together.
Before hanging a group of canvases up on the wall, lay everything on the table or floor and experiment with different arrangements. To get an even better idea of how it will look, trace the pieces onto wrapping paper and tape the cutouts on the wall. (This method is helpful for hanging a single piece of artwork, too!)
How do you decide where to display your art? Let us know your favorite tips!
Leaning Art for Commitment-Free Arrangements Posted on February 03, 2015
Creating a Gallery Wall Posted on January 29, 2015
Make Your Art Look Great in Your Space Posted on January 13, 2015