“Nobody can give you advice after you’ve been collecting for a while. If you don’t enjoy making your own decisions, you’re never going to be much of a collector anyway –
Charles Saatchi(British art collector and founder of Saatchi and Saatchi)”
Make Art Collecting & Display Your Hobbies with these Wall Art Ideas!
It is astonishing how a collection can begin with just one item such as a photograph, an ornamental iron piece, rugs, masks or a tapestry. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole collection that you’ll love to display for everyone to admire.
Whether is your favourite oil painting, acrylic or watercolor, a painting will give your rooms the finishing touch, and will add character to your space. Art display can instantly warm up any room, and show up your personality.
- Buy art that you love, and enjoy looking at it. Don’t think of it solely as an investment. It has to represent your taste, so don’t be afraid to show it.
After all, you will be the one looking at it the most!
- Develop your “eye” for art, by going to museums or art galleries. If you don’t have either the time or money to go to a gallery, go the closest library and borrow some art magazines. Catalogs and TV shows are also a great source for inspiration. It will give you an opportunity to “see” places and houses that would never otherwise have a chance to visit!
And of course, don’t underestimate the power of Internet: lots of galleries are now available “on-line”.So all you need is to open your computer and start browsing!
- Collect original art for its richness, originality and added depth, rather than mass market reproductions. An original painting or tapestry has texture and volume, and colours are richer.
If your budget is kind of tight, and you have to settle for a print, choose a high quality canvas giglee, printed with archival and fade resistant ink.
- Acquire pieces painted by unknown or emerging artists– often you can find them at a reasonable price.
- Many collections start out unintentionally. You may find out after a period of time you have similar or like objects: ornamental mirrors, charcoal sketches, antique maps or decorative plates.
- One of the inexpensive wall art ideas is to start a photograph collection. Your collection might begin with family heirloom photographs, revealing your personal history.
Sometimes is difficult and confusing to find out what is the best way of hanging your newly bought piece of art, whatever that is: either an original painting, a print or even a photo nicely framed. We wanted to save you time, so… we did some research, and put together a list with most usual ways to hang art:
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Just as are many ways to acquire a collection, there are also numerous ways to display them.
The style of your home is an important factor in determining how to display your art. You want to make sure it matches your furniture and rugs, window treatments and architectural style.
- If you have large walls, you might want to display one very large piece of art, a large ornamental mirror or tapestry. Avoid displaying one small picture,it will look lost on the wall.
By hanging them behind a couch, or above a sideboard, you will create a focal point for the room.
- If you have four or more pictures, the same size, hang them on a pattern, using the technique called grouping. Leave the same space between them. Try groups of four, five, or six.
- Framed photographs or art prints placed casually against a wall, introduce informality to a grouping. Consider a stairwell or a landing area the best place for such a collection.
- If you have four very small paintings, use oversized mats and frame them. The effect will be dramatic and it will make the small paintings to stand out!
- If your images have different sizes, line them up by the center of each piece rather than the top or bottom. What’s biggest or most fascinating goes in the center, and the others around it.
- If you have a long hallway, you can hang art in a gallery style. They should be displayed at eye-level. Everybody can walk, and admire each piece!
- If you have wallpaper, hang art that complements the wall. Pay more attention if the wallpaper has a pattern in it! Try a mat or a frame in one of the colors from the pattern.
- If you want make your ceiling appear higher, stack your paintings one on top of the other. Don’t forget that the first painting should hang quite low.
Now that you know where to find the art that suits the best your needs and taste, don’t forget to consider the best picture hangings for your newly acquired collection.