Creating Your Home Art Collection

An art gallery works as a matchmaker between an artwork and the art collector. We don’t want you to be unhappy with your art and we don’t want our art to feel unhappy in your home. In order to keep everyone happy you need to make the right choice, and we’re here to help you.

When you come to an art gallery you, in fact, are going on a date with different artworks, trying to figure out, which one would be the best match for you.

Here are some tips on how to find a good match.

First of all, do not buy a piece of art that thrills you too much. It’s not a thrill that you want every day at your home, it’s rather tranquility and harmony. Just like with a relationship with a person, the most thrilling features that had attracted you to that person so strongly at first, will start to irritate and repel you from that person after a while.

When you come to an art museum and buy a ticket, you book your time and prepare your mind to make the necessary efforts to understand the exhibited art and enjoy the collection. You don’t do it every day, especially with the same picture. Therefore, art intended for home walls is very different from the museum art. 

As you know about humans relationships, there are high and low maintenance boyfriends and girlfriends, and fine art is no different. A high maintenance picture is a meaningful piece of art that requires a full dedication in order to reap the benefits of its beauty and some efforts to understand its message. You’d be better off if you leave the high maintenance artworks to fine art museums.

Simply put, when you’re at home looking at your walls, you want your wall pictures to please your eyes instantly and without any efforts. You also want your wall art to please your eyes even if you don’t look at the pictures directly. In other words, the first thing you want from your home art is to pleasantly fill your wall space and create a good ambiance. Let’s see how to achieve that goal.

The big advantage of fine art prints over original art is that prints are made-to-order items and customer can specify the order size that fits the interior the best. As a general rule, if the print is going to be placed above a big piece of furniture like a bed or a couch, it’s width must be no less that half the length of that furniture item. The wall size also matters. A small picture would be suppressed by a large wall space. On the contrary, if the picture is too large it will make the entire room look dwarfy.

Picture is too small for the wall.

Picture is too big for the wall.

We can’t cover the entire topic of creating a home art gallery in one small article, so we have to limit our article to several basic guidelines. Here is the list of the main factors that must be considered when selecting pictures and placing them on your walls:

  • size
  • color scheme
  • style
  • subject
  • texture
  • shape (including the picture frame)
  • location
  • composition

All those factors together will pledge into the final composition of your home gallery.  The composition is the main goal of your design efforts while all the individual factors in the list are the ingredients of the composition you are trying to create.

  • The size of the composition should be proportional to the size of the wall. Your art collection should not be too small to the point of getting lost on the wall and should not be too large to clutter the wall. Remember that in general large artworks are more impressive than small ones.
  • To achieve visual harmony, always keep the shape in mind. Ideally, the dimensions of your art composition should have the same proportions as the wall on which it is placed.
  • In a room with a low ceiling a tall picture on the wall will visually elongate the vertical space and make the room look taller. The same picture will make a tall room with a vaulted ceiling look like a cathedral. On the contrary, a big wide picture will lower the ceiling visually and make the interior look like a home rather than a church.
  • When you place your pictures on the wall, think about your art collection as a single picture and center it on the wall accordingly. Before you actually started hanging the pictures, make an accurate photo of your wall and of your pictures and do some experiments on your laptop. If you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft Paint would be enough to shuffle pictures around.
  • The center of the composition should be a little lower than the eye level of an average person, that is, about 57” high. If the ceilings are too high or low, apply the three fourth rule. Divide the wall height into 4 equal parts and place the point in the center of the third part, counting from the floor.
  • When hanging a picture above the furniture, try to leave at least eight inches of free space below the picture to avoid the effect of crowded space. However, there might be some exceptions to this rule, depending on the composition.
  • Depending on its dominant color, a picture can become an accent part of the interior or, conversely, pacify an overly energetic environment. 
  • The subject of the painting is one of the most important characteristics. It should not only meet the aesthetic requirements of the viewers, but also support the overall style of the interior. 
  • The shapes and the framing style of the pictures should work with each other. It is a good idea to plan the framing of your entire collection rather than select a framing option based entirely on the picture itself.
  • The picture and its frame must be compatible with the color pattern and the texture of the surrounding wall space. There are no certain rules for it, that’s why experimenting with software and photographs on the early stage is so important.
  • You might want to keep the content of the pictures away from the close attention most of the time and just let them fill the wall space nicely. In that case you need a number of smaller pictures to make a nice set. It’s up to the viewer to come closer and learn the pictures. If, however, you want the picture to be in a good view most of the time, the distance from the most convenient viewing point must be about twice the size of the larger side of the picture. This distance should be increased for the pictures painted with large brushstrokes that have a mosaic look so that the mosaic elements be small enough to assemble into meaningful objects in the viewer’s eyes.

Below is a couple of popular schemas of home art gallery designs that might help you to design your own collection. Just remember that you don’t have to copy any of those designs. Don’t be afraid to experiment using your computer or just paper and scissors and you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful art gallery of your own unique design.