How To Showcase A Large Piece of Art in Your Home

Looking for a no-fail way to spruce up your home? Large-scale artwork is the kind of conversation starter that can make guests stop in their tracks. It can also elevate a home’s style and character to a more refined level, says Los Angeles-based designer Lindsay Chambers. Hanging and displaying it, however, can be an art in itself. Here are some ways on how to display your artwork:

  1. Select the style- “There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to selecting a piece of art; it’s more about finding what speaks to you. It also depends on how much of a statement you want to make with the art. Do you want the piece to define the room or merely complement it? You’ll also want to consider the color of the artwork. Choosing something with coordinating hues that tie into the room lends to an overall uniformity. You might also match the art to the style of the room itself—for instance, a classical realist landscape in a very traditional space will blend in well. Modern art, unless it’s a very bold or wild piece, provides cohesiveness in a contemporary space. Or, you might take the opposite approach and feature a sharp juxtaposition of a contemporary piece in an otherwise traditional room to give the space life, character, and an element of surprise.”- Lindsay Chambers, Los Angeles designer
  2. Large groupings- Lacking a giant piece of artwork to make a statement on a big wall? “They can have just as much drama and impact as one big piece and often cost less. Matching frames and mats can help unify the look, if you don't want the grouping to look too haphazard," –Libby Langdon, designer
  3. Embrace unexpected objects- Anything can be "art," so don't overlook pieces with texture and patina to add organic style to a space. 
  4. Set the scale- “Think about the wall and the surrounding environment in which you’ll place your piece. The art you choose should be the right proportion to the area in which it lives. Ask yourself questions such as, should it be vertical or horizontal? What’s the optimal size? For example, you don’t want to select something that feels squeezed in or dwarfs the surrounding wall. And conversely, it should be big enough to balance a wall space on its own, or be grouped with other artwork so the wall doesn’t seem too bare. As a general guideline, make sure to leave at least a foot from the ceiling or crown molding and 18 inches above the floor. Centering the piece on the wall is best in most cases, unless your wall stretches for miles.”- Janie Drake, principal of Drake/Anderson design in Manhattan.
  5. History in black and white- A gallery wall is the perfect place to feature photos from your family's history. You can use matching frames and black and white photos to create a stunning, multigenerational gallery wall.

Don’t overthink it. Sometimes, less truly is more, especially when working with a textured backdrop.