Guest post by Ashley Lipman
Art is becoming more popular and more accessible than ever thanks to the internet, so more people are becoming amateur collectors and art enthusiasts, amassing small galleries of art pieces and prints that they love dearly. But, the all too-familiar art frame display just doesn’t feel right for the modern-day art lover. We all want our art to get the attention and love they deserve.
Want a better way to do it? It’s time you put away that measuring tape, hammer and nails, as well as your fear of putting holes on your apartment or condo walls. You don’t have to hang your art at all, because there are other more creative ways you can display artwork. Here are some stylish ways to display art in your home and achieve a casual but refined and intriguing look.
1. Create the “Ultimate View”
Art inspires imagination, and what better way to showcase your taste than displaying your art pieces in a way that creates a unique view. Want an above the sink window display? A bookshelf display? A display against glass or tricky surfaces? Instead of hanging your art, think of display options that create the “ultimate view” in a specific area of your home. What you want is to achieve a casually elegant look that sets the tone for any space with the right art pieces.
2. Move Away from the Formal Grid
Have a look at modern-day decor options in residential spaces like apartments, and you’ll see a shift from the formal grid, according to The Urban Avenue, a site dedicated to finding Dallas apartments. The same goes for art. Rather than focusing on what to match with what, place your art at a central point and work outwards with your artwork arrangement. It’s important to pick an overarching color or theme to guide your art display arrangement.
3. Embrace Unexpected Art Pieces
Just about anything with a stylish appeal can be “art”, so don’t overlook those pieces with unique texture and patina to add some organic style to your space. For instance, an old cypress driftwood collected on a fishing trip or a deer horn collected during a hunting trip could add sculptural aesthetic to your home. The key is focusing on authentic art pieces for your display.
4. Forego Artwork Frames
We know the attraction behind designer gallery walls: the amazing displays of art collections. If you’re looking for ways to spark your creativity, it’s time you moved away from the traditional artwork frames and tried some innovative art display ideas, according to House Beautiful. From using a vintage school chart to unmounted canvas, using Washi tape to DIY copper frames and rustic clipboard displays, there are different unframed display options to choose from.
5. Go for Vertical Arrangement
Stacking your art vertically is actually one of the best ways to achieve a casual, come-as-you-are vibe with your artwork collection. This look is especially great for empty spaces, such as corner walls and in between windows. For a more playful twist, mix your art pieces with one that’s notably wider than the others for a more outstanding display. Vertical artwork arrangement is a great option if you love black-and-white art pieces or photos.
6. Go Big
If you’re not an art collector, and simply want to add some artistic decor into your living spaces, going big is your best bet. Say you’re interested in picking up that 45” by 72” John Muir Tribute Tree you saw online. Big artwork displays are, in fact, becoming more popular. Such a piece would make a towering statement in your sitting area, and be a perfect focal point. Big art displays are more economical than trying to build an entire gallery wall.
7. Liven Up Those Empty Spaces
You probably don’t realize how much empty vertical space you have in your home. Think of those empty corners, spaces above your bed or that empty wall in your study room. You can easily liven up those empty spaces with the right art pieces. Add interest on empty shelves, place art on glass walls or go for leaned-up art. In addition to the artwork, a Huffington Post article offers some really great DIY ideas to fill up those empty vertical spaces in your home.
8. Combine Your Art With Other Accessories
For the perfect interior decor look and style, you can always combine your artwork displays with a selection of accessories. Your display choices will mostly be dictated by the type of art you’re displaying. Instead of using those old-fashioned framing ideas, go for interesting choices to create a high-impact look while embracing modern or contemporary aesthetics.
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In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion or become better artists. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies