Frame layout ideas
Renovating a space is an expensive idea. Changing elements, carpets, furnishings, all adds up to an exorbitant amount.
However, changing your beloved framed piece running along the wall can be a very cost effective way to liven up a space. But sometimes, a few ideas on all the potential your framed memories and masterpieces have can be exactly what is needed to create an inviting and exciting experience.
And that’s what we are here for!
There are a few simple steps to making your room look fabulous with art.
- The very first step, is to find artwork that you love. If there is a particular style that you have been searching for, maybe look at online print stores, or pop into Art Land to flick through our catalogues.
- The second step is framing your pieces to perfection! The composition of the framing design can make a huge difference to your how your art looks. Our customers are often amazed at how we can transform a picture, poster or random memento into a gorgeous artwork simply through the right custom framing design.
- And finally, hang it properly to create the best effect in your room.
Now the first step is up to you, use the Art Land team to guide you with ease, through the second step and for the third step, if you are not an interior designer – then take a look at our layout tips to create a professional design that works for your home!
Grouping pictures together
Creating a wall of memories and treasures is a fantastic way to make use of wall space. There are many different ways to collate these pieces to work together, and these are just a few suggestions.
One of the most visually pleasing ways to hang a number of frames together is within a row. The design repetition and flow along a single line, whether it runs across the wall horizontally or down the wall vertically, will create an order to the arrangement. Continuity between each of the images can be created through the size of each of the frames.
Different sized images can also be arranged to flow. Balance two smaller images either side of a large piece, creating a layout that is mirrored. This way, despite having items that appear to be mismatched, you can create a single uniform look and hang them together to fill a larger space.
Another option is the balance the frame through varying the sizes and colours of the frames, and offsetting their positions, so they fill the space. A great way to get this to work successfully, is to limit the colours within the design.
Use neutrals tones to flow between each of the images, while introducing theme colours to the arrangement. The best outcomes are with a limited palate of three main colours. This example uses orange to brighten the space and create energy.
(Note: only one of the artworks reflects the same bright orange – the rest of the pieces are netural)
A stairway is a great place to display a creative grouping of family photos, art , and even mirrors. With an arrangement like this, you can start in the middle and take as long as you need to grow the arrangement, until you fill the space.
Hint: When designing a space that will potentially have a number of frames, use a hanging system for installation. Art Land uses a Gallery Track System, which allows you to hang multiple items from one track and even better, you can change the position or layout very easily. This is perfect for a flexible design, whilst keeping it very easy to change your mind, or your grouping without leaving a web of holes in the walls behind you!
Symmetrical vs Scattered?
Do you love that scattered, eclectic approach or love the beauty of symmetrical lines and order. The great news is that both approaches can look amazing and the trick is to find the right balance for your room.
If you are choosing symmetrical then make sure the style of the room and the setting matches this. Similarly if you want that fresh, jumbled approach – your furniture and decor must ensure that it creates a match and that the artwork complements the overall room.
Arranging a number of pieces casually over a mantelpiece or shelf is a great way to introduce a number of artworks without locking yourself into a set pattern. This combination of artwork and accessories gives a casual elegance to this room. With the added bonus the artwork can regularly be changed to reflect the season or just your mood!
Tip: Use similar tones in each artwork and arrange the smaller pieces at the front. Ensure you can see the majority of each image from the front.
A symmetrical design, created by similar frames and sizes, arranged so that they mirror each other, allows for a sense of order to enter a space.
The framing can be adjusted to reflect the centre of the piece, as in this example.
Another alternative is to scatter the frames. Using different sizes, even changing the direction of the pieces, can create a blend of images and colours that flow together. They do not necessarily have to be centred to look good. Try experimenting with hanging your art in different combinations, and see what can happen.
Hint: this sort of arrangement is perfect for a gallery track system.
Don’t leave too much space
A common mistake is to hang small pictures in a big space and the art ends up looking lost and has little or no impact on the room.
Don’t be afraid to fill your walls with art – you are not limited to one picture per wall. Choose a range of pictures that visually connect with one another, and allow the framing to tie them directly back into the space.
This image shows how a small artwork is just lost in this room. The larger pieces, by comparison add interest and dimension to the room and complement the strong colours of the decor.
Size does matter when framing and it can impact the overall experience of a space.
Large empty walls require either big frames to fill the space, by becoming the central point of the room, or a combination of smaller frames as a series. By cantering them within the space, give them their own feature wall, the central piece becomes a dramatic statement to the room. A useful way to finish the space, is to use additional lighting to bring forward the pieces within the large area.
Sometimes the art you love doesn’t come in the right size for your wall. A great way to match your perfect art to your space is to use custom framing.
For example, using large mats will create additional space around the image, giving it “Breathing space” that will highlight the image in the centre. Add on a wide frame to balance the design proportions, and any size creation is possible.
By tweaking the dimensions of materials, images can be introduced to any size space, and will become stunning eye catching pieces, worthy of the attention they deserve.
You can use large, statement frames to link your textures, structure and colours of your room to the artwork. In this example, the Bellini Italian frame helps the artwork become a feature in the room, tying back into the space.
Hang art wherever you want to!
Don’t be restricted by old ideas of what was “right” and “wrong” about hanging art! If it looks good and you love looking at it – then keep it!
This picture shows how art has been shared at a low level to include the family pets!
In this example the art has been used to create the effect of a bedhead in the bedroom. The repetitive framing and synergy of the images mean this grouping works together to make a great feature. It also avoids the common cry “I’ve got nowhere to hang it!”.
Think outside the square. If you have some wall space somewhere in your room – there is normally a way to brighten your room with artwork.
This room uses the high ceilings, combined with simple, repeating box frames to give a designer effect.
Again, beating the notion that there is “no wall space”. Look around your home and think about how you can utilise the space for the best visual effect.