If you’re like me, you’ll be dreaming of building and designing your own home some day! I have so many ideas for my dream home and look forward to a day when I can put it all into practice! But for now, all I have is a ‘bottom drawer’ of ideas (or in this age, we call it Pinterest!). On my ‘to do list’ is a display wall, housing art, photographs and treasures. It’s a high impact look that gives that personal touch to your space. But it can be a tricky concept to put together! Here are some tips on how to pull off an effortless display wall;
1. Check Your Foundation
Before you begin, you need to consider the type of wall you’re hanging your pictures on. For concrete, you will need a rotary hammer drill. Use a drill bit that’s smaller than the plug especially with older houses as this will slowly create the hole without disturbing the masonry. For plasterboard, a basic screwdriver will do.
2. Measure Up
Pictures should be hung at eye level, with the centre of the artwork sitting at approximately 1.45m – 1.52m from the floor. When hanging art in children’s bedrooms, lower it to their height, so they can enjoy it too.
3. Come Together
For a vintage feel, mix frames of varied shapes, sizes and textures of photos and memorabilia. Hanging a collection of frames is ideal for large walls. Experiment with the configuration on the floor first, using an important piece as a focal point and then spread them out in all directions, thinning out at the edges. Separate two similar-sized pieces with a smaller one and keep spacing tight.
4. Think Outside The Square
Don’t restrict yourself to traditional options. You can frame tickets to a favourite concert, dried flowers, plates or anything that means something significant to you. You can even leave some funky frames empty to create a minimalist look, or put up a shelf to display a sculpture.
5. Location, Location
You don’t always have to place a painting or picture in the middle of a wall. Instead, anchor it over a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, or reference it to a feature, like at the end of a dining table or above a mantelpiece.
6. Don’t Step Into The Light
Sunlight exposure will fade artwork. Also, if you hang a glass covered photo across from a window, the reflection of the light will restrict your view of the image. It’s best to display your photo or art away from natural light and if possible, display it under an artificial recessed light which will highlight it.