Tips for Creating an Art Gallery Using Circular Frames

1st Oct 2015

Interior designers are a wealth of information, helping transform houses into comforting homes. This step-by-step guide offers professional advice to help homeowners create their ideal art gallery.

  1. Collect Pieces – The first step is gather favorite paintings, art prints, drawings, photographs, sketches, children’s artwork and personal photos. Opt for a balanced mix of low and high pieces. This is the opportune time to think outside the box and select a wide variety of personal pieces, including maps, fabric swatches, ticket stubs, concert posters, pages from favorite books, favorite knickknacks, family pictures and antique mirrors. Next, select a wide assortment of circular frames and for those that want to break the mold, opt for an equal mix of oval frames. For beachside mementos, add a 5 inch deep shadow box to round out the mix. Gather enough frame options so it is easy to subtract or add along the way. It is better to have too many frames than too few.
  2. Choose a Wall – Select a large, expansive wall. Choose one that is bound to be a focal point, such as a living room wall, entryway, foyer, etc. For an untraditional design, consider a corner arrangement that allows pictures to wrap around rooms.
  3. Layout – Homeowners can opt for one of two layouts. They can decide on a single, harmonious color palette, such as antique styles, black, white, wood or metallic. This gives homes a classic, contemporary appearance. The second option is go bold and choose a wide selection of colors to create intense visual interest. The most important option to consider when creating a home art gallery is to make it personal and own it! To help save frustration, trace frames with craft paper and using masking tape, organize the gallery on the wall. This gives a sense of color balance and scale before making any permanent nail holes. Consider starting with the largest piece of artwork and working outward, as this gives walls a sense of visual balance. To help keep spacing between frames equal, add two inches on each side.
  4. Hanging Frames – Have fun playing with different arrangements. Regularly step back and analyze the composition and angles.Another superb option is hanging shelves and placing overlapping framed artwork on these shelves. Not only do homeowners get to show off twice the amount of artwork, but also they can truly highlight their collections, easily adding to or taking away at a moments notice.

References:

http://www.minted.com/julep/2014/09/03/how-to-create-an-art-gallery-wall-at-home/