Create a focal point
Each room deserves a focal point, which is where the eye is naturally drawn to upon entering that interior space. It is great design to create emphasis in one main area of each room, where your eye can rest on that main feature. It will serve as a visual treat each time you enter that room. If your interior space has no noteworthy view, special feature or architectural element, you can create one. An easy way to create a focal point in any interior space is with a unique photo art arrangement and a great wall color that enhances this art feature.
Art looks best displayed in odd numbers
Arrange your photo art using an odd number of pieces. Your eye will first be drawn to the center photo, and then to the rest of the display. When an even number of photos are arranged together, the center point of the display is actually the empty space between the two center frames. Notice how I present my images on this site in compatible trios !
Relate art to wall size
Consider the size and shape of your wall and accent it with either a vertical or horizontal photo arrangement.
It is always a great idea to strive for visual balance when creating a photo art arrangement. By imagining a vertical line through the center of the display, you can properly weight each side of that vertical line. This is especially true when you are mixing different style frames, sizes of prints and other framed artworks you include in your unique display. The finished layout does not have to be symmetrical, but it can be correctly weighted to read as perfectly balanced.
Spacing between your framed art
The space between individual pieces of hanging art serves to unify the arrangement. If you display like pieces that comprise a collection, the space measurement should be uniform. A basic guide is that a one to two inch space can visually pull together your layout. I personally prefer a 2 inch or more spacing, if you have a great wall color to show off. For an assortment of differently sized art, spacing measure can vary to achieve an overall visual balance. Each piece should have a bit or breathing space enveloping it.
Aligning art pieces of different sizes
Give your horizontal linear arrangement visual balance by lining up the pieces with an imaginary horizontal center line through the middle of each piece. The center piece of the collection will serve as the starting point for your measurement. This concept of center point alignment works well for a vertical display, as well as mixed sizes presentations.
How eye level placement works for any interior
Hanging art work so you can enjoy it at the height that you will be viewing it most often makes great sense. Typically in a kitchen, entry area, hallway and stair spaces you are standing up so hang art at eye level for a standing person. When seated in a lounge area, den, office, living or dining room, hang art at a lower level for seated persons to view. Do always consider the use of the space, and where your eye naturally falls in that particular interior when you are deciding where to place your photo arrangements. For mixed use areas, a compromise of measuring for viewing heights makes sense.
Art placement alternatives
Let’s not forget about creative vertical stacking of framed photo art. This works so well to create a high impact statement in a wee bit of space. Tall objects can actually make the room height appear more grand by taking your eye on a vertical visual path. This concept works very well for both portrait and landscape aspect framed photo art, presented in the same framing. This method of display creates an architectural form without any added construction to the interior.
Photo art can also be placed on stylish shelving. Featuring changing arrangements in your space makes for an interesting display area and a wonderful solution if you own too many pieces to display all in one setting. Switch out selections with pieces that work together to create a fresh collection each change of season or for a special occasion. It’s a great way to renew an area and enjoy the photo art that is stored away.
Protect your art works
Archival ink prints will look as rich and colorful as the day you hung them up, if you remember a few simple guidelines. When you think about framing and presentation options, this is a great time to consider a mat and frame with a non glare UV protective glass. A mat board serves to keep the frame glass spaced slightly above the actual photo print. If you decide to swap out the white mat for a color board, rest assured the new mat will offer the same spacing and protection form the glass.
Placement of archival ink prints also require a light safe location to reside, typically out of direct sunlight beaming into the room, or away from strong bulb light that throws off heat and light too near the art. As you can attest from fade fabrics exposed to window light, finding the light safe areas in your interiors will be the safest way to assure many long years of viewing enjoyment. Using window coverings provides UV protection for both artworks and room furnishings. Low wattage bulbs used at safe distances to illuminate your photo arrangements will safely enhance your framed prints.
Inspiration for room color
Inspiration for an interior color can come from things you already own and love. The colors in a favorite piece of art or a patterned woven rug can spell out an entire new color scheme. Bringing the outdoors inside by repeating some of the colors you can see through a window or doorway can be soothing, and expand the feel of the interior by blending the line between inside and out.
Allow the quality of light, with it’s inherent coolness or warmth, to help dictate a color scheme. Colors you feel attracted to can come from different sources, such as a vacation destination, a designer showcase room, or from a magazine layout. Translating and adapting those inspirational colors is within reach when you study successful use of color. Always consider the natural & artificial lighting, the warmth or coolness of the light, and where your color choices will reside.
Paint color remains one of the highest impact positive changes that are made to interiors without over investing in a complete redo. You can rely on color to do a great job of enveloping an interior in a wash of atmosphere and interest.
Choosing to stay with your neutral furnishings doe not have to be drab and dull. With a change of wall color and introduction of accent art and accessories that reinforce your new color scheme, your neutral furnishings transform to standout status. You can elevate any interior space to the rooms you want to spend time in and share with others.
Please feel free to email or ring me for a color consult … we can review your existing interior and I will make suggestions about what may work and why. I can help you choose the right photo art arrangements that will work well with your newly conceived vision.
Accent color & your interiors
Are you in need of an accent color to really set off your interior? Think of accent color like that interesting jolt of color that a great scarf or tie adds to a mostly neutral outfit. Accents can be added in a sparse minimalist way or play a bigger role by using varied tones and amounts of the color, strategically placed throughout the room.
By using smartly placed color, you can enjoy all the wonderful elements that comprise your interior style. Choose accent colors that perk you up, have personal appeal or add a seasonal lift that you can have fun with. Color can reside in room fabrics, storage containers, sculptural objects and floral displays. These accent elements can be used in both home and business/commercial interiors. Think of hotel and restaurant interiors that you find inviting, with defined interior design and strategic pops of color that add that wow factor. A singular furniture piece in color can also work as a fabulous design accent.
Your inspiration could be as close as a color you love from an adjacent room. Creating a flow of color elements from room to room is always a great idea. Using color this way reinforces the color in all areas where it is seen, in it’s varying amounts and tonalities, and sets up some real color flow throughout your interiors.