Thursday, 28 May 2015

The art of displaying art III

The power of one:
Go big and bold!
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A great piece of art can always bring an interior together in a way that no other element of your decor brings personality and confidence as well as beauty!
And for maximum impact, make it big!
It doesn't matter if your home is small or large: Displaying a single, huge piece of well chosen art gives the impression of an intentional, well designed space!
Grand and bold art doesn't just belong in mansions, in fact, when positioned well it can make a small space seem larger and make a large space seem cozy!
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So, this is round 3 of my series of posts exploring how to display art in our homes! Previously I've talked about a fresh new take on the traditional gallery wall HERE, and in my last post I investigated the benefits of casually displaying your art by leaning and layering it up against the wall...

And in this post I am investigating the power of displaying One piece of huge art in your home....

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Big artwork creates a big statement!
It is the ultimate personal home will make your interior come off as both confident and individual!
Whether it is an abstract or figurative painting, a graphic poster or a haunting photograph, it infuses your home with flair and adds interest and a focal point to any room...Benefits from owning an oversized piece of art are that it can define a room, start conversations and simply wow people due to shear size! Choose a piece of art you are confident about, that speaks to you, or has special meaning.

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 Oversized art commands attention from visitors when placed in the right manner.  
 Be smart and confident when choosing wall art, and its location in your home and a dramatically sized piece of art can be the element that will bring your interiors together...

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Embrace the drama of a oversized art and place it somewhere in your home that will make it the focus of is a great way to fill a big empty wall space...

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Play with the proportions of the art relating to your furniture and the architectural elements of your home. As mentioned in my previous post, considering the negative space and layering your interiors will help create a balanced look.

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If you a have particularly large wall space to fill (lucky you), big art is sometimes not big enough! If your artwork looks a bit too small for the space, a trick is to hang it a few inches off center, so that the negative space next to it becomes "part of the image"...

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Displaying over-sized or big art in unusual places will add to the personal flair the art will bring to your interiors.. And an asymmetrical arrangement is just the thing to add a little more life to the room.

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Consider the relation ship between the artwork and the furnishings in a room when hanging it, making it part of the interior.Try hanging a piece quite low in the space, next to a big piece of furniture: the low placement will make sense by giving the art a relationship with the furnishings in the room. Experiment by leaning big art from the floor and live with it for a while!

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Also layering your furniture and decor in slightly front of your art will make the art appear more integral to the interior...

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Also consider placing big art in places where it can be seen from other rooms, through doorways.
This will create a focal point that will draw the eyes to the furthest spot of your space, making it seem larger...

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...and adding an intrigue to your space, inviting visitors to explore the space.
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...And of course leaning huge artwork will add a more casual you may find that the piece you tried out in the spot next to the sofa by leaning it casually against the wall, doesn't need hanging at all....

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As mentioned in my previous post about leaning and layering art, this is a casual approach to displaying art that has the benefits of coming across as very relaxed but also by bringing the art closer to the people in the space making it seem like the art is not just part of the interiors but also the homeowners lives!

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And of course, with a huge , heavy piece of art, leaning it against the wall, either from a sideboard or mantel, or simply from the floor, will save you the job of working out how to hang it!

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Investing in a huge piece of art you love can be worthwhile, but there is no denying that not all of us can afford to.
But art can be so many different things, and there are loads of alternatives that work really well!

You can make your own, and there are lots of ways to do this,like my DIY tribal wall rug, pictured above. And I will explore more ways of making big artwork in my next few posts...
You don't need a degree in art to do this: By making art big, it doesn't have to be too detailed or perfect, it is more about the colors and expression, especially if you go abstract!

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Other budget friendly options are posters, big maps or using textiles to add a huge artful statement to your walls: Try hanging rugs, like I explored in this post.....
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Or cover a wall with  a colorful piece of fabric you love, or a colorful painted, un-stretched canvas for maximum impact on a budget! Using textiles or wall hangings will also have the added benefit of adding some texture to your walls...

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Another creative way to add some artistic flair to your walls on a large scale, is to use some artistic wallpaper...
Obviously this is a big investment, and a more permanent one at that....

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It is probably the biggest commitment to displaying art you love in your home you could choose, making it a very confident statement!
This is a fairly new-ish trend, but it is fast becoming a more readily available option and  there are an increasing array of designs to choose from: you can even get your own photos and designs made into wall paper...(Sites like wallpapered offer this service)

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I love the simplicity of displaying just one , huge piece of art adds to your I love that it makes such a big statement and its ability to pull the interiors together!
I think displaying oversized art in our homes is a rising trend that is here to stay, because people are getting more and more confident in their interiors and want to inject some personality to their living spaces!

What do you think?
Is big beautiful?
Are you ready to commit to making this kind of statement in your home using art?

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