• 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!)

Via Amber Interiors

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.

Via My Domaine

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.

Via Elle Decor

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!


1. Bright Bougainvillea 2. Portrait Of A Highland Cow 3.