I recently wrote a blog post all about Where To Buy Artwork For The Home, and today I’m sharing How To Style Artwork In The Home.
When we first built our home almost 6 years ago, I didn’t hang a single piece of artwork for at least the first year we were here. It was too overwhelming, and I was intimidated. I remember my mom told me I just had to start. “You can patch the holes and paint over it if you don’t like it,” she said.
So, I started. And she was so right. Nail holes are small! If it doesn’t work, try it somewhere else. I have slowly been adding artwork to my walls ever since. My advice to you would be the same. Buy artwork you love and just start!
Below, I will share where and how I love to add artwork in my own home with hopes you may pick up some tips.
How To Style Artwork In The Home-
a single oversized piece of artwork:
One of the easiest ways to add artwork to your home is with a large, single piece over a console table, buffet table, a piano, over a fireplace, or on a blank wall.
In the above photo, I have a single large piece of artwork hung above my console table in my entryway. I have Calais Dunes in the size 30×40. The Console Table is 58″ wide, for reference.
Above my piano, I also have a large framed piece of artwork. Mornings Away is framed in a 30×40 frame with a mat. My piano is 57″ wide, for reference. I sometimes use a mat with my artwork , and other times I don’t. It is completely up to you and the look you like better.
In our small guest bedroom we have a large, blank wall that doesn’t have the space for any type of furniture. I ordered Coastline From Juniper Print Shop in their 31×47″ size to fill the wall. I love what it brings to an otherwise blank space!
Another great spot for an oversized piece of artwork is above the fireplace. I have a 30×40″ piece of artwork hung vertically above our fireplace, shown above.
a pair of stacked artwork:
Another way I love to hang artwork in my home is by stacking a pair. A good rule of thumb is to pick pieces that have the same colors running throughout. Using the pair below as an example, they both have muted neutrals and greens, so the combo works together.
Above, I have stacked McGee & Co Backroads above Morning Valley on the wall outside of our laundry room. I left the adjacent wall empty, because I didn’t want it to end up looking too busy. Sometimes less is more.
In my dining room above, I have stacked a pair opposite a single piece of art. I love the eclectic look this brings to the space. On the right is Blush Bloom, which I LOVE. On the left is Alice stacked above Meadow.
In the hallway outside my daughter’s bathroom, there is a perfect spot to add a duo. Impressionist Landscape is the piece on the bottom, while the top is sadly no longer available.
set of 3 pieces of artwork:
I also love the look of a collage of 3 pieces of art together, like above my piano. As I mentioned before, a good rule of thumb for a grouping is to have the same colors running through the 3 pieces. Above, you will see this is true for the combo. When trying to figure out the size and placement for the artwork above, I played around with different sizes with paper. I taped different versions up on the wall before deciding on the right fit. For reference, I have an 11×14, 16×20 & 20×24″ above.
Whether on open shelves, in a cabinet, or on a console table, I love leaning artwork.
Above, I have have vertical piece of artwork leaning against the mirror. Below, I have the same Console Table with a leaning piece of artwork, but with an entirely different look. This is what I love about artwork, you can change it out depending on the season for a fresh new look!
leaning artwork on open shelves:
Probably my very favorite place to style artwork is on my den built-in shelves. It is so fun to play around with different prints and frames each season.
Above, you will see I have two small White Oak Shelves in my laundry room where I love to add leaning artwork as well. Again, this is a great way to switch out prints depending on the season.
artwork in kids’ spaces:
Whether styling your children’s original artwork, hanging personal family photos, or purchased artwork, kids’ spaces are a great place to have fun with artwork.
I love to place artwork throughout my daughter’s bedroom. In the photo above, I have Paris styled over her desk in a 16×20′.
Over a dresser, like shown above, is another great spot to place artwork in a kids’ bedroom. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be artwork geared toward kids. Both pieces would work elsewhere in my home as well.
artwork in the bedroom:
We left the space above our bed empty of artwork, so we could style a few prints above each nightstand in our main bedroom.
We used this Target Thin Gallery Frame with Doodle Leaves & Doodle Arc Leaves in our bedroom.
You don’t have to hang the artwork either! Above, I have styled our guest bedroom nightstand with leaning artwork that can easily be changed out.
Lastly, I love a simple framed piece of artwork above the bed. Above, you can see I left artwork off of the bedside table, so the simple piece hanging above the bed could speak for itself.
If you have a question about where a piece of art featured above is from, you may be able to find it linked in this post:
Where To Buy Artwork For The Home
I hope you enjoyed my tips for How To Style Artwork In The Home! Please leave a comment below if you have any questions!
A great article (that I always refer back to) on placing your artwork at the correct height can be found here: Studio McGee How To Hang Art Correctly
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