If walls could talk, what would they say? Throughout world history, they have spoken through various types of wall art. We can trace the history of wall art to the ancient world. The ancient Greeks’ wall tapestries told the stories of Homer’s tales the Odyssey and the Iliad. Meanwhile, the ancient Romans enjoyed woven wall tapestries that featured such classics as Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil’s Aeneid.
From its ancient origins, wall art virtually disappeared until the early 13th century. At that time, woven tapestry art began to blend the idealism of romanticism and the mystery of religiosity. These artworks were simultaneously greatly personal and spiritual.
Later, Renaissance tapestry began to emphasize the importance of sharing a good story. The focus was on a romantic perception of how things should be. Tapestry attempted to mater the tapestry’s form, method, and originality. This made the works more conceptual, academic, and technical.
Today, tapestry continues to be a popular and effective type of wall art. We can trace its survival to the Hundred Years War. During that time, people oftentimes burned precious tapestries in order to use the medal contained in them. Hordes of tapestry artists then relocated from France, into Belgium and Holland. Today, many tapestry reproductions originate from France, Belgium, and Italy. Sometimes, their precision requires four years to complete!
The method of hanging wall art in modern homes and offices can be as artistic as the art itself. Here are some methods for using various types of decor to enhance the walls:
1. Correlate the size of size of the wall art with the size of the furniture
Basically, the wall art piece that you hang over a furniture piece should never be longer than furniture’s width. As a rule, the wall art should be approximately two-thirds the length of the furniture below it. An exception would include narrower pieces.
2. Create a window of opportunity
You can use a piece of landscape art, including canvas oil paintings, to recreate the feeling that a window provides, in a small area. Feel like you are going places, without leaving your home!
3. Light wall art sufficiently
It is important to supply enough lighting so visitors to your home can enjoy the wall art. It is difficult to appreciate wall art if you cannot see it. You can use a variety of attractive wall light fixtures, in order to highlight the wall art.
4. Bigger wall art is frequently better
Using a huge wall art piece can have several benefits. It creates a simple aura in the room. It is easier for people in the room to notice. It also causes them to focus their attention on the room’s focal point. While this is often the fireplace, it can be other items in the room as well.
5. Use diagonals in special situations
The rule of thumb in arranging wall art is that you should avoid positioning the pieces in diagonal lines. However, as the saying goes, there are exceptions to every rule. This is true in the case of using diagonals when hanging up wall art. Diagonals can involve both lines contained within the wall art itself, and the arranging of wall art pieces in a diagonal line. This can cause the wall art to appear more thrilling.
Typically, you should avoid arranging wall art pieces, such as decorative wall art, in an offset manner. However, there are situations when this style can become effective. One instance is when you hang wall art pieces along a wall in a stairwell. The diagonal arrangement of the pieces makes the transition from one floor level to another one, smoother. You can also use the method to create a more relaxed atmosphere in a room.
6. Put up an art shelf
Art shelves not only provide another way to display a variety of art pieces, they are also very space-efficient. Place wall art above the shelf or art ornamental pieces on the shelf itself.
7. Determine your starting line-up
Lines, whether in the arrangement of wall art or in the wall art itself, can have a significant effect on the overall decor of a room, influencing the room’s mood.
Vertical lines create a sense of enhancement or an impression of height. This can involve vertical lines in the wall art itself, in the wall art’s frame, or where you position the wall art on the wall. Positioning wall art pieces, such as square iron wall grilles one above the other, further creates the impression that the wall is higher than it actually is.
Meanwhile, horizontal lines tend to create a more casual and relaxing aura to a room. This creates the perception that a room’s width is lengthier.
8. Correlate the wall art with the size of the wall
Size matters when hanging up wall art. That includes the size of the wall art itself, and the size of the wall onto which you hang it. You should hang up relatively large wall art on relatively large walls. Meanwhile, you should hang up smaller wall art on walls that are narrower. For instance, in a large wall space you could vertically line up several smaller wall art pieces. An alternative would be to vertically line up one or two smaller wall art pieces.
9. Use color concepts
Researchers have proven that there is a direct link between different hues and emotions. Neutral colors tend to create relaxing feelings, while bright colors tend to enliven the spirit of anyone in the room. Thus, you should consider how the colors of your wall art would match up with various other decors in the room. Try some mixing and matching to determine how wall art can complement the overall color scheme for a room.
10. Create an interesting frame of reference
Using innovative framing can enhance a room almost as much as a wall art piece itself, such as square iron wall grilles, can. Get creative and experiment to determine how to create the most exciting results.