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  • Estie


If walls could speak, they would probably ask for some art -- I mean, no likes to be naked in public. I recently came across this quote by Pablo Picasso and found it so profound:

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

It's so true, art has the power to inspire a viewer and is truly a window onto an unknown and foreign world. The same piece can hold different significance to different observers, and continue enchanting viewers across eras and places. Most importantly, art truly makes a house a home and is a reflection of yourself. (Even if you don't have art you love, that's also making a statement that artistry isn't a priority to you!)

I think most of us would agree that art is important aspect to an interior, but it's often intimidating: How do I choose art? How do I hang art? And what size art is appropriate? Are questions that are inevitable. To make a long story short, go with the museum approach: hang art 58 inches from the center of the piece to the floor. Of course, keep in mind the rest of your furnishings, if hanging art above a sofa, bed, or dresser, the artwork or grouping should be at least 2/3 of the width and 8-10 inches above. For a fireplace mantle, 6 inches above is enough.

A gallery wall, also known as salon style after the Parisian salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, is a visually striking way to display a collection. Try to find a common denominator within the pieces -- similar, frames, similar subject matter, or common color thread are all possibilities. Start with the focal piece and work outwards, making sure to balance out the composition. A distance of 2-5 inches between frames will create consistency, and you can treat the grouping as a single piece when applying the rule of 58. That is, the center of the grouping should be 58 inches from the floor.

If that sounds too challenging, try a grid wall. Either balanced on picture ledges or hung up, a grid wall is a great way to display a collection with a common theme such as all black and white, or same frame. I usually prefer to use them in secondary spaces, such as hallways or nooks, since you could incorporate personal family photos you wouldn't necessarily display in a more public area of your home. I love how designer Nicole Davis seamlessly wrapped the grid around a corner!


In case you're feeling more confused now than at the beginning of this post, I've gone ahead and did the heavy lifting for you: here's some of my favorite art from around the web to get you started on curating your own collection!



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