While some trends and ideas are updated to the top of this page so are tips and tricks on where to start, measuring and more at the end of this page.
By the end of 2018 one could already find new trends for how to style your art to change the feel of a room or just to mix things up. The classical black and white gallery framing is always going to be the timeless way where no-one can go wrong but I think sometimes we have the desire for maybe a lighter or more fun ways to display and enjoy art in our homes! So here we go, my collection of the top three trends I can recommend for my works, for family portraits and collected works.
Lets start with the brightest and lightest variation - clear frames, examples are on the right and below. These will most likely be the perfect option for collected art works and prints of different sizes and styles as it allows to create harmony by simply choosing the same size of frame. Due to the fact that they are clear they will always work with your room and won't overpower. Bonus for all of us who want to add extra elegance, there are frames with brass, gold or silver fixtures to hold the glass or acrylic sheets.
Well, this is not for everyone and it can be a quite expensive option, especially if you have larger art works. Maybe the metal look / proper metal frame would be an alternative. The metal finish in rose gold, gold or copper are variously found in frames these days. This second trend is one I find very appealing as it would allow the re-use of your matts/passe partouts. Which could be very helpful if they are custom made for example. In some cases, if you don't shy away from a bit of DIY, you could simply use paint to change the colour of your frames and have this make all the difference for your room as well as for your art display.
please click the image, they are all linked to source where I found them and the images are all to be credited to the source
And the third and maybe even fourth trend would be framing with asymmetrical mounts or white spaces and poster displays.
Poster displays often make use of white space or leave it away completely as shown on the right. The other way is with white space while the trend is going for asymmetrical displays within a frame. The white space could be simply on the sheet of the art print [picture below] or the matt could elevate the print.
That's it - the three, well maybe four, picture framing trends of 2019! I hope they inspire you to go for a fresh look of your collected works and will help you to get started on redesigning your gallery walls.
Ideas and questions are always welcome just leave a comment below and if you are looking for a print why not start by browsing my
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Concrete Pendants - available here
Backer twine or ribbon - monochrome options are available here and in craft or stationery shops
Well I know, we are not all cube fans, so here we go - the cylinder alternative. I don't know why but I felt this would be ideal for a kitchen or crafters corner. You know, it could keep the page of the next recipe to try or the one inspirational page.
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If you are a bit like me you like things being organised but love magazines and books too. I mean they are everywhere and I often feel inspired by books or magazines. So I decided to mix things up and found that this concrete & twine book / magazine wall display changed the feel of the room instantly.
This DIY is so easy that I am going to keep the 'how to' very short. Take your favourite twine or ribbon, maybe even think of the colours of the room, the magazines or books and cut the ribbon to desired length.
As you can see above I used varying lengths and the same length on the left. I felt that for books of the same size a varying length is best while for magazines the same length of ribbon looked perfect. Take the chosen concrete pendants as weight and stop for the book / magazine and thread it up. Make a knot with the twine ends, tadahh!
Just a quick note in regards to the wall hook/s to use. Well, I used concrete wall hooks, which I made myself of course since I wanted something of an artistic statement, but a silver, black or copper nail will provide an even simpler look. Picture pins will also do the trick, especially if you are using the holder to display, your notebooks and journals, Christmas cards or photographs.
Mmh... what else, nope, I think that's it. The only open question on my mind is, where are you going to hang yours?!.
Regardless of what style your room is you can't go wrong by adding a black and white art print. Monochrome displays are not just modern or minimal they can also add depth, warmth and if you choose a softer grey scale print calmness. It is no secret that I am in love with black and white photography but as much as I love my work I think it is best displayed together with other artistic works. Nevertheless, an art wall is to reflect you, to enjoy your likes and fascination, life moments and adventures.
Therefore, first step collect the things you love! Second step choose frames that fit the room interior and if you feel like the images above are your way forward, frames in dark grey, black, natural wood, copper or gold are best. To make it more 'wabi sabi' stick to the suggested colours but choose different frame types and matting options. Don't be shy if you have sculptures, mirrors, wall hangings or empty frames - add them nonetheless!
Before you start measure, create your display on the floor [more starter tips are below] and always allow 'white' space. It will elevate every art work while opening up your room and helping you keep this clean minimal vibe. I always ask myself what I see and feel at first glance - if it is something along the lines of quite simple, free and delightful, I am happy with it - well, I proceed, since I know already the works I have chosen are great in their details and I will enjoy those or might even get lost in them at second, third you know closer look.
Loving the contrast and how easily eye-catching highlights are being created. I think it doesn't matter which style of artwork you add, it always looks elegant, calm and sophisticated. Personally I am preferring a chalkboard or dark blue black but I am not decided yet. Anyways, just daydreaming of a new studio / workshop space to display my work in different ways.
Contemporary and inviting, aren't they?!
Loving all these display variations from being playful with the theme, the art or with the frames.
Images found via Pinterest and linked back. Enjoy
I love the idea above and the mix of photographs and fabric wall hangings and it's so easy to do. Click here and find this lovely DIY in its wonderful detail by Kelly Murray!
Since a bit of copper and brass is on trend and a bit of bling can't be wrong - have a look at this glorious Diy below by the 'Little Green Notebook'!
Or You could show you attitude with a little help of hangers and pimped clipboards ...
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I hope you found something which takes your fancy if not why not check the more traditional Gallery Wall Ideas here. What's your gallery wall going to look like?
Thanks for stopping by - it's always a pleasure to have you.
It looks like as if the trend of minimal black and white is going to be continued in 2015. However an integration of neutral colors like wood and/ or red metals like rose gold or copper is taking place. Furthermore the unusual framing object is catching my eye more often.
Getting started with creating a stunning gallery or art wall is not as hard as it may look. It all starts with organising your collected works of art, family photos, wall hangings, maybe Air Plants, keys or mirrors.
Now choose the wall for your collection. It doesn't matter if you have already enough art works to fill it completely or just the beginning and wish to let the display grow over time, the process is the same.
First you could consider cutting out templates of the frame sizes of your works and pieces. They can be taped directly to the wall and you could use them to mark the spots for the nails or frame hooks. But don't forget to play a bit with them, take a picture of every combination you like. Choose the one you like the most and measure it for your final arrangement.
I am now a proud aunti to 4 lovely boys and one baby girl so it was time to check for some fun, fresh and creative ideas on how to display family photos. Well to make it short, I thought you
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Each idea is linked to their source and even more inspiration.
After all this inspiration on how things could look here are some tips and tricks on where to start to create your own wall of art and treasures.
The best way to get started is to choose a formation you like - make some paper cut outs and give it a try ...
Gallery walls enhance your home’s character, make an incredible visual impact + add personal flair. Whether you arrange a small photo grouping or dedicate an entire room to a favorite collection, I'll give you Tips + Tricks as well as some inspiration you need to make your vision a reality.
...making a few, simple preparations > a hammer, some masking tape, a carpenter’s level and a tape measure are useful tools to have. Think too, about how to suspend your art. Different wall materials need different hooks and nails.
WHAT + WHERE
Decide what you want to showcase + where.
You should choose a place without direct sunlight as the sunlight will harm any art print or painting.
Photos, art, unique frames, eclectic objects or a mix?
When you decide what you wish to showcase please keep in mind that every object where you place an artwork in, like frames and framing materials, need to be acid free and therefore archival framing and mounting products.
1. Besides from cutting out paper you could also get start by laying the pictures on the floor at the foot of the wall where they are going to be placed. Group them in different ways to find the best solution. Now find a vantage point, you could step on a stepladder this way you can get a good idea of the overall effect.
2. You should determine the right height. Keep in mind it is better to concentrate on the distance from the floor rather than ceiling. The rule of thumb is that the middle of the picture should be at eye-level.
Now try to find straight lines along the walls. There’s a difference between a staircase, a narrow hall and a large living room.
3. The more traditional way to hang photographs is to line up all the bottom or top edges of the photograph frames. You may find a natural line in
the room to base this alternative on.
Don’t base your layout on a window frame or door frame, because this could create a rather stiff impression and tends to distract from the motifs.
4. A simplified version of the ‘golden section principle’ is to measure out an imaginary line on the wall approx. 140 cm above floor level. Divide the height of your picture into eight and place it so that 5/8ths hang above this line. If you think that 140cm is too low, or if the room has a very high ceiling, you can raise the line a little.
5. If you have many different sizes of photos, group them together for an attractive collage impression. If they are all very small it could be great to hang them very close to one another. The rule of thumb is the larger they are, the more space they generally need between them and always create a uniform shape with the outer edges of the collage.
6. If you have lots of photographs or like to change motifs frequently, an art shelf can be your smart solution. By overlapping the frames on the shelf you can add even more life and depth to your favorite motifs.
Spotlights or special photograph/picture lighting can add extra life and depth to pictures. Halogen lamps reproduce the colors of the motif most faithfully.
But if you choose halogen lamps, make sure they are fitted with protective glass screen. Direct light from a halogen bulb can otherwise bleach the colors. Remember not to hang pictures and photos in direct sunlight or directly above a radiator.