How to Display Art at Home

Whether you have cultivated an extensive personal collection, a modest gathering of work, or purchased your new Depict Frame, there’s still the question of where and how you put it on display. Anyone can hang a frame on a wall, but after you’ve put your money, energy, and personal expression into a collection that reflects you and your home, doesn’t that art deserve to be displayed in a manner that’s just as breathtaking as the work itself? The following are 10 tips and ideas on how to do exactly that.

1. Avoid Sunlight

Whether you’re looking to display an original or a print, a dark and dry space is always best for preserving your art. As that’s not always possible, try to find a space where the canvas is out of direct sunlight throughout every hour of the day.

2. Eye Level

Rule of Thumb. Hang art so that its midpoint is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor.This will hopefully allow any viewer to appreciate your art straight on instead of needing to look up or down.

3. Isolate

Use the perfect piece of singular art and you can decorate an entire wall to make a strong visual statement. Negative space can help draw attention to the work and give an entire room focus. But be careful, choose a piece that’s too small or the room may feel out of balance.

4. Fill in Space

Filling negative space with a collage of art can bring a whole room together. Use art of the same size in a grid like pattern to bring control and balance to a room. Or, conversely, vary the size and forgo a grid to give a room a looser and more casual feeling. Whichever style you choose, try and keep the style cohesive as to avoid making the room feel too haphazard.

5. Make a Focal Point

Really draw attention to a work of art by making it the focal point of a room. Done successfully, it will be the first thing anyone sees upon entering. If there’s a fire place, a sink with no window, a television, a desk, or any other stand out element, connecting the piece to it can draw all attention to the art. In addition, use other elements like floral arrangements, books or furniture to create lines that enhance this focal point even further.

6. Stack or Line It Up

A linear display will always turn heads. Use multiple works of art in a horizontal or stacked fashion to fill tight spaces or simply to make an eye-grabbing statement.

7. Ledges (Don’t Hang It)

A framed piece of art doesn’t always have to be hung. The right bookshelf, fireplace ledge, kitchen counter, or any other type of ledge can give a nuanced yet casual feel to the art you put on display.

8. Symmetry

Create symmetry by flanking a piece of art with a pair of equal objects to create a mirror image on each half of a display. Conversely, flanking an object like a mirror with two equal-sized and similarly framed pieces of art will bring balance to your wall and make it just as fetching.

9. The Rule of Three

An odd number of objects on display will always naturally be very appealing to the eye. Using the “rule of threes” you can bring balance, eye line and focus to one piece of art or to even to all three.

10. Offset

I know we just discussed symmetry, but never be afraid to forgo symmetry and lines altogether by offsetting one piece of art with another. The perfect off-center placement of another smaller work or object can easily anchor a larger work, creating visual balance while also giving the illusion that a wall is more decorated than it actually is.

And remember, the Depict Frame’s unique wall mount easily rotates from portrait to landscape, giving you endless possibilities when combining your Depict Frame with the above tricks and tips. Get creative, adapt to your mood, and never feel locked into just one display.