A personal art collection can be a great investment, but it also a fantastic way to surround yourself with images that inspire you. One of the perks of being married to an artist is I get lots of free art for my walls, but it can be tricky trying to figure out where to hang a new arrival. These folks have done a wonderful job of integrating art into the home. The staircase gallery above shows how grouping pictures in a variety of sizes can still be cohesive if you space them evenly apart.
What I like about this example by Clare Elsaesser is how she has utilized an unconventional space for hanging artwork, showing that you can create a mini-gallery anywhere. Clare is an artist as well and you can check out her beautiful paintings on her etsy shop tastes orangey.
Simple black frames and a series of graphic prints and photographs really pop against a white wall. The safe thing would be to put one or two pictures in a smallish space like a dining room, but a grouping of work can have a much stronger impact.
The mantelpiece has long been a preferred place to display art and cherished treasures, but this image illustrates how it can be done without looking cluttered. I like the interesting mix of sculpture, ceramics and framed art. A natural colour palette and an eye for proportion make this seemingly disparate grouping feel like they belong together.
Here’s another example of how to display a collection of art in different mediums without looking cluttered. Painting the back of a white bookcase a darker colour makes artwork really stand out. I’m always a fan of colour coded books, although my better-half insists it’s not a very helpful organizational system.
Hope these tips will be helpful whether you’ve just begun building an art collection or you’ve been collecting for years. HGTV also has a wonderful tutorial on installing a museum calibre track-and-cable system that you can find here.
“It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet”