Wall art does add a lot more to interiors than you might think. The colour, shape, position and style of a poster or painting can balance and complement the decor of a room or completely mess it up. It all depends on how you choose your wall art and how you position it.
Here’s some practical advice on what it’s best to look at when choosing your wall design.
Think About Your Room’s Furniture
The best way to start is looking at your room’s walls and furniture style and colour. For example, if your living room’s decor is based on white, you can create a contrast with darker pictures. On the other hand, if your sofa, side tables and armchairs are of a darker colour palette, choose frames that match the dominant tone in the room.
Remember that lighting is also crucial. Place a spotlight featuring a warm white bulb right above or even directly underneath the artwork, pointing upwards. Together with floor lamps, this kind of lighting will create an intimate atmosphere.
New Home, Perfect Art Wall
What could be the ideal situation for choosing the best wall decor? When you are completely redecorating or moving into a new house. If you think about it, it’s like having an empty canvas. You can choose the style and the colour of your furniture and at the same time get the perfect pieces for your walls.
If you’d like to be inspired by the work of professional interior designers, you can have a look at the web. For example, if you browse through the pages of the Royal Design website, you’ll be able to learn about new trends and the latest home decor techniques.
General Rules for Decorating a Wall
Follow these simple general rules. They are useful to put you on the right track if you are undecided or don’t know where to start.
- Hang the pictures above or underneath shelves at no less than 20 cm away from the shelf’s surface.
- When you are hanging multiple pictures of equal size, make sure that you keep the same distance between the different frames. For example, if two images are 15 cm apart (one on top of the other), keep the same distance if you are placing the third one to the side or below.
- For smaller rooms, decorate two walls and leave the other two empty, to avoid cluttering your space.