Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wall Art

Wall art can play many roles in the interior design of a space. It can be the finishing piece to compliment an already furnished room or the inspirational focal piece, around which the rest of the interior is designed.

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to wall art. Canvases, framed prints, photographs, paintings, fabrics and objects, just to name a few.

By beginning a room space using "art as inspiration", aspects of the artwork, such as two or three colours or textures, can be used throughout the rest of the room. This works beautifully for large, impact pieces.

When using wall art as a finishing piece, consider the theme and colours of the space and use aspects of this in the artwork, without overwhelming the rest of the room. This may be a beautiful canvas with tinges of red and blue to match the soft furnishings or driftwood to match a beach theme in the room.

Hanging wall art is an art form in itself and there are professionals that can do the job for you. Edam Triffet from Windemere Interiors says if hanging art in your home is a DIY job, then have someone make sure you have someone help you. "The top of the frame should be at eye level. People tend to hang artwork too high. It's always best to have someone else hold it for you while you stand back and decide, or create cutouts with paper and tape them on the wall before you commit to hammering in nails," said Edam.

Despite being called "wall" art, it doesn't necessarily have to hang on a wall. It could sit on top of a sideboard, or on an easel as a showpiece.

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