This is a guest post by Katie Hume a blogger, digital marketing specialist and community manager for Airtasker.
Airtasker is a community-based marketplace where people post and receive offers for handyman services.
1. Know your style
If your home were an art gallery, what type would it be? Is your interior minimal and contemporary? Or does your space exude a more classic charm?
If your home has a contemporary look, stick to clean lines, modern framing materials and consistent colour schemes. An oversized abstract, a triptych, or a grid configuration will compliment your space. To create an effective symmetrical grid, use slick monochromatic frames, spaced 4-6cm apart.
Is your home more Louvre than Tate Modern? You can combine different textures and hues and play around with eclectic salon-style configurations. If you opt for large ornate frames, leave enough empty wall space around the frame for the piece to breathe.
2. Choose a prime location
Every home is different, but there are a few spots that will almost always be ideal for hanging art.
BEDROOM Hang family portraits and photos above the bedhead.
LIVING ROOM Mount a large feature piece above the fireplace or the sofa. The artwork should be roughly 2/3 the size of the hearth or sofa.
DINING ROOM Hang artwork above the dining table, positioned lower on the wall so that the piece is at eye-level when guests are seated.
3. Understand scale and proportion
The size and scale of an artwork should be proportionate to the wall space where it is installed.
Don’t try to squeeze a big frame into a narrow space – it will appear cramped and overcrowded.
On the other hand, a small delicate artwork can seem adrift and lonely on a vast, otherwise empty, wall.
Once you’ve found a wall space that comfortably accommodates the artwork, mount the art so that the centre of the piece sits at eye level.