How to Display Art and Accessories Throughout Your Home

Choosing how to display your art in your home can be a deceptively tough thing to do, but you don’t have to hire an outside designer to have a well arranged home. With a couple of tricks up your sleeve, arranging your home will be stress free.

When choosing art or accessories for your home interior designer Nick Olsen recommends considering your home’s architecture; Oversize accessories can make an expansive room look more manageable. Olsen also gives some advice to the more frugal among us. “Buy a blank canvas and paint it yourself. Pick the most interesting color in the room (as long as it’s not already the dominant color) and just cover the canvas in that shade, using the same paint you’d use for walls.”

You bought, or painted, your pieces. Now What? Hanging artwork, or any wall piece, is an intimidating process. Where should it go? Is it straight? Is it too straight? To keep it from becoming overwhelming, look to what museums do. According to the Huffington Post, hanging a picture 145 cm from the bottom of the floor to the center of the artwork will result in the best viewing height.

Most people don’t live in an art gallery, though. It is important to consider your furniture and other accessories when hanging anything. Grouping pieces within the center 2/3 of the width of a sofa or mantle is the best way to center multiple pictures. Make sure to leave five to six inches from the top of furniture to the bottom of the artwork. Any lower, and the room will start to look cluttered and clumped together. It is also recommended to center multiple pieces along the center of the artwork, rather than the top or bottom of the frames. Be sure to include lamps, clocks, and shelves in your organizing. Creating a smooth composition across all of your possessions will result in a cohesive and pleasing room.

It is easy to get bogged down in perfection when arranging your home. There is no definitive right or wrong answer when it comes to interior design, though. Olsen recommends trying everything: “Move it and see how it looks. Sometimes pulling that blue armchair from the den into your green living room can work miracles.” Here is one trick to avoid putting unnecessary holes in your walls: Cut butcher paper to match what you’re hanging. Audition different arrangements with the paper, then mark your walls accordingly for permanent hanging.

Displaying your prized art doesn’t have to result in a headache. Combining a few core concepts with a willingness to try anything will result in a well arranged house that will be the envy of the neighborhood.