Different Ways to Create an Art Gallery in Your Own Home

by Lisa Doherty 24. October 2018 11:54

You’ve bought some paintings and, if you’re a super-efficient and organised person, then you’ve already hung them and they look amazing. We salute you.

If, like the rest of us, they’re still in their packaging or, ahem, leaning against the wall waiting to be hung, then we reckon you need some motivation to finish the job. It can seem like a bit of a chore and it does appear to be one of those jobs that gets put off every weekend.

We’re here to get you motivated and in the zone. Stand back, take a look at the room or space you want to hang your paintings, throw out any preconceived notions and have some fun bringing your walls to life.

Plan before you hang

As with any interior project, the key is in the planning. Firstly, make sure your selected paintings come to life and work in your chosen room. It’s worth moving them around your home just to double-check it doesn’t look even better in another space or in a different light.

Once you’ve done this, sketch out on a piece of paper how you want the chosen wall to look. Think about whether it’s going to be minimalistic with one painting or a feature wall with many, as well as whether it’s going to have the work of one specific artist or a selection.

This will help give you a clearer idea of the style you are trying to achieve and how you want the wall to look. It can be frustrating when you’ve hung the paintings and the layout doesn’t work as well as it did when you imagined it.

Get cramming

Sometimes the best results can be achieved by going with gut instinct. If you want to use up every bit of wall space, then go for it!

Cramming paintings on a wall is great for creating a homely and cosy atmosphere. If you like a more lived-in look then this way of hanging art is ideal. It can also make a big, potentially cold space look a bit smaller and more inviting.

This way of displaying art is also particularly good in a child’s bedroom, as you can hang all their favourite pictures without having to worry too much about themes and styles. It also doesn’t matter how high or how low you go on the wall, it still looks just as effective.

Become an art gallery

If you’re buying art as an investment, then this is a great opportunity to make it the focal point of your home. By using a neutral colour palette on walls and a more detailed use of lighting, especially downlighters, you can create a gallery space.

If there are any areas, such as the hallway, where you can have hidden cupboards and remove any furniture, then you can create a space that will amaze friends and visitors alike. Suddenly your home becomes something altogether very different, a creative hub or even an actual gallery.

Break the rules!

Ok, so there are set conventions on hanging paintings in order to give you and your guests the best way to look at art. However, there’s nothing wrong with throwing out the rule book from time to time.

If you want to hang a large painting or photograph in a smaller or more compact space, then there’s nothing to say you can’t. if it works, go for it.

Large painting of a horse
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Three walls with a painting on each

Additionally, if you want opposing styles and media to hang next to each other, or even hang a painting higher than the eyeline, then breaking these conventions can also be very effective.

Art collection comprised of different media
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Simple gallery in a home
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Don't hang it

If all else fails, there are other solutions besides putting nails in a wall. Bulldog clips have become a popular way of displaying art, and sticking posters on a wall is starting to make a comeback as well.

Gallery wall comprised of posters
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If you live in a Victorian property and still have picture rails in your rooms, then hanging a painting from these is also starting to see a resurgence. What was, until recently, seen as a very dated way of hanging art now works well with an eclectic or Vintage interior.

Gallery wall in a home using picture rails
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Pictures hung using picture rails
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As the saying goes; your house, your rules. Don’t be afraid to hang art in a way that works for you and your home. More often than not, it’s the painting that will tell you where it looks great, so whether that’s on a wall, in a frame or simply leaning against a mantelpiece, it won’t fail to impress guests and be a constant joy to look at.

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Autumnal Art - Capturing the Colours of the Season

by Lisa Doherty 10. October 2018 08:52

The great British weather. Totally unpredictable and a topic of conversation that never gets boring!

One thing you can be sure of though, is the seasons. As we now hit Autumn, the nights start drawing in and the onesies or the cosy clothes start to make an appearance. Besides that, it’s also a great time for artists, and in today's blog we're looking at some of the best art for this season.

Falling leaves

From an artistic perspective, Autumn is the complete package as the light becomes softer and more dramatic and the leaves change, transforming the landscape into a riot of colour.

This gives the artist so much scope to create works that are very different in light, shape and colour, even though they may be capturing the same view. It’s also why we have over 700 paintings on our site on this season alone.

Autumn is also great from an interiors point of view. The range of tones this season provides means autumnal art is able to work with a range of schemes and styles. It can provide a splash of colour to a minimalist or modernist interior, as well as help define a style like Mid-Century or Vintage.

Despite the fact that Autumn can be quite chilly, the colours of this season are really warm and vibrant with rich reds, yellows and orange tones. This means it can add warmth to a cold or dark space that may not get much light.

It’s not only about colour at this time of year, as there a range of well-loved festivals and events in the run-up to Christmas, which provides loads of inspiration to create atmospheric and dramatic art.

Halloween

Of course, Autumn wouldn’t be Autumn without Halloween. A great time to get spooked and go trick or treating, as well as a chance to have a lot of fun with art.

Paintings can really help create a haunting atmosphere, not to mention capture the imagination. Many classic horror films have used art to add to the feeling of fear in a scene … to great effect! Think about the spyhole scene in Psycho where Norman Bates stares through a hole in the picture Susannah and the Elders, which itself portrays a voyeuristic and ugly scene. 

Halloween is a great time for artists to get really carried away and let their imagination run riot. A good painting can also be the stuff of great memories, especially if it’s quite a haunting image.

Why not create more of an atmosphere by hosting a Halloween party and make up stories around an image to get all spooky with children, grandchildren or even friends?

Fireworks

Probably the noisiest time of the year, Bonfire night really marks the start of the cold weather. It’s also a time of amazing colour when all around can feel and look a little grey.

For artists, fireworks are great for capturing noise and colour in a painting. Its chaotic nature is a great way to show movement and energy, as well as a chance for an artist to do more abstract work.

The other good thing about fireworks paintings is that, unlike Halloween, it’s not specific to one season as it’s also used for celebrations or to mark change. As a result, art on this theme can stay on the wall all year round.

Latest artists

Gill Bustamante creates atmospheric scenes that are mainly set in forests and really capture the essence of the seasons. Amazingly, most of her work is painted from memory.

Oleg Riabchuk paints highly realistic scenes of countryside at various points throughout the year. He comes from a family of artists and has also exhibited in museums, so if you’re looking to buy art as an investment, he may be an artist to watch.

Finally, Louise Gillard paints scenes from parks and open spaces around South London. Her use of light and brush work gives them a vintage feel. And, the fact that her scenes don’t usually include people, also means they’re great paintings to capture the imagination.

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