Turn your whole wall into a work of art by creatively displaying collections of prints, pictures and found objects, with these top five tips from our stylist, Katie Phillips
1. MAP IT OUT
”Be bold and confident with mixing large and small scale artworks together,” says Katie. “Start on the floor so you can work out a pattern and check everything goes together. Leave negative wall space to allow artwork to breathe and reflect purposeful placement.“
2. ALL TOGETHER NOW
When clustered together, individual artworks aren‘t as important as the effect of all the images together. Work around a theme to achieve a coherent look. ”Mix in plants, dried flowers and postcards to add texture,” says Katie. “Include elements that are not behind glass to add depth.”
Your artwork will dictate the frame you choose. Black and white photography lends itself to clean, contemporary frames in one colour, such as black. But abstract or typographic art might be best displayed in mismatched frames with different finishes.
4. GOLDEN RULES
If you’re hanging one piece, make sure the shape matches the shape of the space you are filling. If you‘re hanging a collage, try hanging your largest piece first and work outwards from that. ”Switch up the distances between the frames so that they are not all evenly spaced,“ says Katie.
Turn the top of a chest of drawers into a display by curating a collection of objects or plants that you love. Scour second-hand shops or bring home unusual pieces from holidays to add to your collection. ”Lean keepsakes, photos and invites on top of and in front of artwork to keep the collection feeling personal and layered,” Katie advises.
If you can’t drill into your walls, display art by propping it against walls and you can change it as often as you like.
THE COTSWOLD ART COLLECTION
Printed and framed by hand here in the UK, we have commissioned an exclusive and considered collection of artworks, all shown here, by talented local artists who beautifully portray the natural world around us; through paint, pencil and photo.