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Guest Post: How to Design the Best Gallery at Home

June 15, 2021
Guest Post: How to Design the Best Gallery at Home

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Guest Post by Andrea Lozoya - Today we explore beyond framing photography and art to learn about creating a full art gallery in your own home. Read on!

 

A gallery wall displaying beautiful artwork will not only fill up an empty room, but will also bring warmth, colour, and personality to your home. There are many ways you can prepare your home art gallery to create a beautiful space you’ll love. Whether you enjoy paintings, art prints, or artifacts, this guide will provide some helpful tips on designing the best gallery at home. Read on to discover how to prepare your space and fill it with a range of artwork that is meaningful to you.

Preparing your walls for an art display

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Before you design a gallery wall, it’s important to prep space so that the artwork is enhanced and in focus. Here’s how to prep the walls for your art display.

Choose the most suitable wall colour

Ideally, your walls should be fairly light, or at least a neutral colour. The lighter tone will help keep the eyes focused on the artwork and won’t allow it to “fade” into the background. A neutral color also makes it easier to add a variety of art since you won’t have to worry about different colours clashing. Light grey and shades of creamy ivory are good examples that will make your artwork stand out. These lighter colours also make it much easier to change artwork later as your tastes or pieces change over time. For neon colours or black and white photos, deeper and darker wall paint is a fun option.

Choose the material and pattern for your wall

If you’d rather have some texture on your walls, consider adding a brick or tile veneer. Tile and brick add visual depth and create a bold texture, which is more visually interesting. Vertical or horizontal wooden boards are also a beautiful choice. It’s easier to hang artwork on wood walls than it is on brick or stone, so keep that in mind when deciding on a pattern or material to add. A playfully patterned wallpaper is another fun option that can add whimsy and colour to the space.

Choose the right lighting

Lighting has a major impact on a room, so choose your art gallery lighting wisely.

Choose bright but soft lighting

Your gallery lighting should be bright enough to see the art easily, but not too heavy that it’s overwhelming and drowns out the details. Soft, warm light is best in a gallery room. If you want to display collectibles like coins and statuary, be sure to place them where your guests can clearly see them close up.

Be aware of sunlight

Paintings and other fine art can become severely damaged if exposed to direct sunlight. If your gallery room has lots of windows, make sure you use light-blocking window treatments to keep your art protected. Keep in mind there are plenty of UV protective glazing options when custom framing with Framer too.

Matching furniture to the artwork in your gallery wall

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You’ll want to choose beautiful, functional furniture for your gallery to make the space inviting and welcoming. Your artwork and furniture don’t have to match perfectly, but they should be complimentary. Solid colours on fabric upholstery will give everything a cohesive look. Leather is another excellent option that gives the gallery a warm, sophisticated vibe and it easily pairs with just about any style, colourway, and design.

Different types of art you can display

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When you plan out your gallery, think thematically and arrange pieces in groups by colour, type of art, or in chronological order from when each piece was created. Here a few examples of the different types of art you can display in the gallery.

Sculptures

Sculptures can be made of solid stone like granite or marble or from clay, ceramic, and other mediums. You’ll find sculptures in themes ranging from abstract shapes to humans or animals. Display a sculpture on a sturdy table or in a cabinet, then highlight them with downward-facing lights that directly spotlight each one for a vibrant, artistic display.

Photography 

Whether it’s a beautiful landscape or an intimate portrait, photography is a perfect addition to any art gallery. Make sure you display your photo in a sturdy frame so that it’s protected and looks attractive when placed on your gallery wall. Several photos displayed together in a similar theme create a beautifully artistic look in any room.

Paintings

There’s nothing more artful than original paintings, and they’re the most popular choice for an at-home gallery. Choose paintings on canvas that come in a frame for a professional look. Your paintings can be featured in any theme from classic art to modernist and more. Make sure that every painting is displayed out of direct sunlight to protect them from fading or damage.

Collectibles

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From coins to vintage toys, displaying your favourite collectibles is a fun choice for a gallery room. Place the collectibles in a cabinet with downlights and glass doors so that they’re easy to see but protected from dust and dirt. You can also showcase your favourite collectibles on wall shelving installed around the room. Accent the shelving with track lighting so each collectible is easy to see.

Pieces from important life events 

Whether it’s a historical artifact or a personal souvenir, display some unique items that hallmark important moments in your life. You can look for rare pieces at auctions or antique stores, or simply show off some of the items you’ve collected during travels or from other momentous life events.

 

Consider making your own art collection

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Your art gallery doesn’t have to include pieces made by someone else. Designing your own personal collection of art that you’ve created is a great way to show others your skills and talents.

Where to get started

Choose a part of your home that you can use for a quiet art studio where you can get creative. Take an art or photography class if you’re interested in filling your home with custom art created by you. Shop your local arts and crafts store for brushes, paints, and canvas. You can even try your hand at sculptures, crafts, or any other DIY hobby or form of art. The key is to find a medium that you’re passionate about so that you’re excited and thrilled to share the final results with others.

Benefits of your own art collection 

Not only is making art a fulfilling experience, but it’s a great way to show other people your talent and skills. As your skills develop, you may even be able to design a gallery at home and sell your artwork to others.

 

How to distribute and organise your art

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Once you’ve amassed a decent art collection, it’s time to display and organize it in your gallery. Here are some tips to help you display and hang your art correctly.

Hang your art at eye level unless your ceilings are low or you’re quite tall. You can start by hanging a few key centre pieces at eye level, then work your way, hanging more above it or below it, depending on the height of the room and the layout of your furniture.

Treat your art collection as one piece if you have items that are to be grouped together. Section each collection off so that they’re hung in groups that make sense of how a gallery is displayed in a museum.

Use quality hanging hardware and make sure that each item is completely level once it’s affixed to the wall.

Frames do not need to match, but they can create a seamless look if you’re aiming for a clean, crisp, and modern aesthetic.

Display sculptures on sturdy tables, preferably in the corners of the room or in cabinets against the wall to prevent them from getting knocked over.

Hang your art approximately eight to ten inches above the furniture.

Create description cards for each piece. Every work of art or photograph has a story to tell, and a description card can give a brief story or history of the art that gives some background about the piece. Here’s some information to include in your description cards.

  • The title of the painting or sculpture
  • The artist’s name
  • The date that the art was created
  • The history of the piece
  • Any back story behind the art you find interesting, including how you acquired it.

Art doesn’t have to just live in a museum only. By creating your very own art gallery at home, you’ll have a beautiful space that’s also a wonderful conversation starting point for family gatherings, house parties, and other special moments. Make your art gallery a place where you can relax and the end of a long day. Always leave some extra room for expansion so you can add more art and other unique items from important life events as time goes on.

This article was originally published on Porch.com