The central frame is the focal point, and all the other works should be mounted spreading outwards away from the main piece. This is where you can really let loose with a mix of different artwork and frame styles.
Tape the paper templates on to the wall with masking tape, and mark picture hook points. The experts at top framers John Jones advise you to be millimetre specific, rather than just scribbling in roughly the right area – a rigid ruler is best, so enlist help from a friend and use a tape measure.
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Go for symmetry and precision. You should use the same size pictures, the same size frames, and measure the exact same distance between each one, and the top and bottom rows. This layout looks great hanging above a bed or sofa.
Don’t wait around until you have the money to buy “real” art – postcards, posters, children’s drawings or pages taken from books can all look special by framing them or giving them a particular treatment.
I am attempting a “gallery hang”, grouping pictures together. It turns out a successful display requires time, patience and a lot of research. After much research, trial and error – and relentless searching through interiors websites such as Remodelista and Design Sponge – packed with advice and inspiration – here’s what I learned.
15. Inset Ledge: This inset has the potential to be filled with lotions, makeup, and more, but we love that this couple decided to make it a place for art instead. (via Design*Sponge)
10. Postcard Wall: If you have an unusually shaped wall, post cards and smaller pieces of art are an ideal way to fill up the space. Plus, you won’t be too upset if something gets damaged. (via Poppytalk)
“It looks a little wonky,” says a friend, squinting at the Warhol print on my wall. “Wait! If I tilt my head slightly, it looks … OK.” I survey my (not so) handiwork and realise she has a point.
9. Tabletop Tableau: If you have the space to have a little shelf or cart in your bathroom, consider propping up a framed painting behind your jewelry tray, lotions, and more. (via Delighting in Today)
Of all the places you can display art at home, the bath has long been the most controversial. On the one hand, it seems fitting that you would want to be able to enjoy your favorite works in the most intimate space in your house. On the other, bathrooms (more specifically, tubs and showers) produce a lot of moisture and steam, a dangerous environment for precious pieces. Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller—the husband-and-wife team behind Carrier and Company Interiors—know the importance of good art in a bath. With the help of their frame-savvy friends at the Gallery of Graphic Arts, they gathered their foolproof tips for choosing the right piece—and ensuring it stays in tip-top shape.
A varied collection of frames in one group is less restrictive and will prevent similar pieces from feeling static. “You don’t want the frame to outshine the art. Choose frames that enhance the work, and not something to match the furniture,” says Will Ramsay, founder of the Affordable Art Fair. “Then it’s no big deal if you fancy a spot of rearranging, the work will still look good no matter where you hang it.”
Art doesn’t need to match its surroundings – contemporary pieces are often more striking in traditional settings and vice versa.
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12. Wall Decals: If you’re concerned about art getting ruined in your bathroom, go for wall decals instead. They are virtually indestructible, so you can put them up without worry. (via Houzz)
2. Gallery Wall: Such a great use of space in this bathroom. The small wall is brightened without being overwhelmed by these colorful glass plates. (via Kati Curtis Design)
1. Silhouettes: We love that the art in this powder blue powder room is dominated by simple silhouettes. It makes the space feel sophisticated.(via Lonny)
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I went for an old French movie poster, alongside photos of tattoos and some text torn from a magazine – all in a similar tone of blue; seemingly random elements with shared features will still feel cohesive. This style of hang also gives you the opportunity to play with scale. For instance, an enormous piece hung centrally will anchor any arrangement. No matter how randomly you position the smaller ones, it looks considered.
We’re all about creative spaces, and that includes the bathroom. Who says you can’t hang art in there as well? We found 15 beautifully designed baths and half-baths that incorporate art seamlessly. Concerned about your art being damaged? There’s a good discussion full of tips on Apartment Therapy. Get more interior inspiration, and check out some of our favorite motivational posters if you’re looking for something to hang up.
While clashing colours and tones will create a more energetic, vibrant mix, Francesca Gavin, who advises Soho House group on their art acquisitions, prefers mostly black and white: “We collect a lot of monochrome pieces,” she says. “Lots of humour, lots of hedonism, references to drinks and sex.”
13. Full Salon: Don’t be afraid to go for dark, full salon walls in your half bath. Just make sure you have enough light so it doesn’t get gloomy. (via Design*Sponge)
The principal, focal artworks should follow your eyeline as you climb or descend the stairs. Then work outwards, filling the space around them with smaller pictures. Try to get a broad range of different-sized frames to add plenty of interest.
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The temptation is to hang things high, but don’t. You should look down on the lowest picture in a group or within a space. Aim for about 145cm from the floor as a good average.
When it comes to figuring out how to display your art, Miller recommends simple wood frames. “Stay away from gold leaf and other fragile details,” she says. “If the art requires glazing, use acrylic, which allows air to flow through but won’t break.”
The biggest issue you’ll face displaying art in your bathroom is humidity. “Moisture—especially if it gets trapped under the glass—can seriously stain artwork and matting,” Carrier says. If you’re at all worried about damage, he suggests sticking with “inexpensive pieces, particularly works on canvas or ones without glass or glazing.”
11. Interactive Art: We’re blown away by this idea! This blogger took pages from a fashion-themed coloring book and plastered them on her bathroom walls, to be colored in over time as an ever-evolving work of art. (via Kika Reichert)
5. Bold Black and White: This simple black and white photo over the tub ties an ocean theme together. We love the porthole style window and the planks around the tub that mimic a ship’s deck. (via Lonny)
The trend to hang art all over the wall is referred to as salon style after the 18th and 19th century Parisian salons. It’s an attractive option because the viewer focuses on the collective effect rather than individual pieces. Start with at least five works.
4. Prints, Busts, and Bookends: We love how much art is packed into this little space. Installing a shelf above the tank is an easy way to display a few extra things like bookends. (via Design*Sponge)
7. Simple Prints: You don’t have to have expensive framed art in your bathroom. Try hanging simple prints using binder or bulldog clips. Just change them out frequently if your bathroom gets damp from the shower. (via Apartment Therapy)
Cut out templates to the size of each picture, and place on the floor to play around with different configurations. Aim for one central piece, progressing from large to small pieces as you move outwards towards the edge of the walls. For a salon hang, keep them fairly close together (2-3cm max) as more risks looking less coherent.
14. Picture Rails: One of our favorite rooms from our open shelving roundup, we’d love to use these small shelves for works of art in addition to the painting at the head of the tub. (via Lonny)
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An easy way to keep humidity at bay: Let some fresh air in. “Most art can work in your bathroom as long as you can keep steam buildup to a minimum,” Miller says. “So make a habit of using your exhaust fan and keeping the windows open whenever possible, to let your artwork breathe.”
Even better, choose a decoration that doesn’t need to be framed. “We like to use sculptural, 3-D artworks, such as plaster intaglios, that can stand alone,” says Carrier. “Not only will this save you from moisture damage, it also offers a more interesting bathroom display.”
3. Mirror Replacement: For a kids’ bathroom, we love the idea of swapping out the mirror for a piece of art. They won’t need it until they become teenagers anyway. (via SB Architects)
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8. Gallery Tub: If your tub doesn’t have a showerhead with it, go ahead and hang art on the walls above. You won’t have to worry about splashing if you’re just bathing. (via Design*Sponge)
6. Figural Drawings: Simple and beautiful line drawn nudes are a classic for the master bath. We love how simple and tasteful this one is. (via Keep Smiling)
Do you have art in your bathroom? If not, would you consider hanging some? Tell us why or why not in the comments!