HOW TO CREATE AN ARTISTIC ‘POWER WALL’?
In every home there’s a central wall. It’s the one seen from every corner of the home’s shared space, and draws the most attention.
In most cases, this would be a wall in your living room, where you host, rest and hang out, but it could also be in another space, such as the kitchen, dining room, home office etc. depending on your home design.
A simple way to create a powerful central wall is by hanging artworks. We’ll suggest here two ways of doing so:
- Hanging a center-piece – one, grand artwork.
- Hanging a ‘gallery wall’ – an assembly of small and medium-sized works.
What is a center-piece? This would be an artwork that will “make the space”. Elevate it. A large work (rule of thumb: one measurement is more than 120 cm), hanging as a single work in a central location. Any clear, wide wall is suitable for such artwork – in the Living room over the sofa or instead of the TV, in the bedroom above or in front of the bed, in the dining room etc.
When choosing a center-piece one should pay attention to the following details:
- The work is safely framed with Perspex rather than glass
- The colors of the work go well with an adjacent element, be it the sofa, the bed frame or the dining room table, for example.
- The work doesn’t contain any element that would disturb or bother you – you’ll see it all the time!
- Take into consideration you’ll be frequently asked about the center-piece… make sure you know and remember details such as the artist’s name and what the work is about.
Tips for hanging a center-piece:
- Make sure the designated wall’s measurements fit. A wall too small will “strangles” the work. Give it space.
- Consider the surrounding objects and elements. Hang the work in reference to the sofa, the bed, the lighting fixture, the window etc. and not in consideration of just the wall itself.
- Make sure there’s ample light: artworks like attention to details and hate being in the dark.
- If the work is framed, make sure that the light doesn’t fall on the Perspex in a way that reflects at eye level, and blinds those who stand in front of it.
- Make sure the work can be hanged safely and securely on two holding points, on screws, not nails.
Another option, not less interesting, is hanging several artworks af various sizes, side by side. Here, too, we’ll suggest two ways for doing so:
- Grid hanging: If and when the works are identical in size, we can hang them in a geometric structure to create a holistic, uniform look. Like graph paper.
- ‘Gallery hang’: Different sized artworks can be grouped “free style”, while keeping equal gaps between them, to achieve a pleasant, appealing composition.
Tips for hanging a ‘gallery wall’:
- You can frame differently sized artworks in identical frames to achieve an orderly, neat look. But don’t be afraid to mix various frames, they add character and fun!
- Before hanging, organize the works on the floor to check the composition. Photograph it to help you assemble the works on the wall.
- Measurements! When hanging a grid or a ‘gallery wall’ it’s mandatory to use measuring tools. The gaps between the works should be accurate. They are critical for making the composition work, so measure and calculate.
- It’s not a shame to get assistance from a professional! On the contrary! There are great, experienced “hangmen”, who can swiftly, easily and perfectly hang the works for you in the most professional way. Need recommendations? Contact us!
All the photographs in this post are from a unique mentoring project by Studio 6b: select interior design course students get a paid job with a real client to design an apartment, while mentored and supported by the studio’s team.
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