How to style and frame your art
by Sigourney Young
Original art has always been an important part of my life. My grandfather was an artist and on every wall of my childhood home, a unique piece of art was hung. His style moved across mediums, shapes, sizes and subject. Together these pieces brightened our home and the homes of family and friends.
I think because I have grown up with so much art around, I’ve always been inspired to grow my own collection. And I want to pass some tips on to you if you want to start your own and display it proudly in your home.
Choose your style
Art is best found on walls but that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to display! Start by picking a wall in your space and deciding the style that resonates with you most.
Your most popular choices? Minimalism, or maximalism.
Maximalism is the interior design trend of 2019 and is most certainly here to stay! After years of minimalism reigning supreme, maximalism is characterised by an abundance of colours, textures, patterns and eclectic themes and styles.
You can achieve this maximalist style in your art collection by finding unique, original art that has bold colours, special meanings and adds a quirky, personalised touch to your wall. Hint – synesthesia art is perfect for the maximalist wall.
When constructing a maximalist gallery wall from your collection start by find pieces that suit each other and your space, then start sketching out their placement. I recommend laying them out on the floor or table to start with so that you can find the perfect composition. Make sure everything is measured and then start recreating your placements on the wall with washi tape or a light pencil. Once you’re sure of your measurements get out the hooks and start hammering!
Minimalism is a classic style and while maximalism is making waves, it’s hard to deny that minimalism still wears the crown.
Minimalist gallery walls are defined by larger, feature paintings that hold pride of place on an otherwise blank wall, or my small pieces adding simple pops of colour to a space.
To create a minimalist effect with your collection look for pieces that complement your space and that your feel have enough personality to hold their own among other features of the room. Minimalist art walls usually place artwork in traditional places – above the couch, fireplace or along a corridor – while keeping the rest of the walls free of clutter.
I recommend picking your wall and then testing different pieces in that spot until you pick the one that suits best. One you know the size of the painting you’ve picked make sure to measure the space and align your piece to the centre before you start adding hooks!
Finding the perfect frame
Whether you pick a maximalist or minimalist style, there are lots of options to find frames that enhance your style.
Local framing shops
Most areas have a specialist framing and mounting shop and these are definitely where you’ll find the best quality framing. Unfortunately, the cost of this quality is higher than off the shelf frames but is well worth it. Professional framers know how to advise you on the mount and frame that will make your piece pop, and frame everything with archival quality materials fit for a gallery! While not every piece in my home has had the local framing treatment yet, all my favourites have and they’ll all get there turn eventually!
Know that you don’t have to rush and that professional framing can be a long term goal. To get your artwork on the wall there are lots of other options!
Second-hand frames can be a fantastic find and are great value for money. They’re especially good for maximalist walls where the diversity and texture of frames can add to the effect! Look for empty frames or frames that can be opened to remove the artwork inside.
Online Custom Framing
If a local framing shop isn’t available custom frames are a good online option. These platforms let you nominate your size, frame, mount and glass and can be a good personalised option. The most important thing to remember if you take this route is to measure measure measure! This will ensure that everything is exactly right for your piece and your home gallery space. This is an especially good option if you are creating a frame for a feature piece for your minimalist wall.
Ikea and other brands
Ikea, Target all good homeware stores will have frames available and these are perfect to get your home gallery started. I have many Ikea frames in my house and they have never been anything less than perfect for what I needed. There are plenty of styles available so perfect to mix and match as long as your piece is one of the traditional sizes. My favourite are the frames that include mounts and I’ve linked them in my FAQs under framing!
Tell me! Do you have a home gallery or want to create one? What’s your favourite style, and where do you get your frames?
See you again next week!
April 15, 2019
I’m a synesthesia artist that will be forever found with paint on my nose, dancing around the studio in my yoga pants. I love travel, gluten-free brownies and working from the home studio I share with my husband. My goal? To bring you into the world of synesthesia and to create a space online that celebrates the colour and meaning of music.
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