In principle, the following applies: Allow what is pleasing! The choice of the works you would like to see in your four walls may and should bear your handwriting. The only thing to look out for is the right staging. For this, you can give your living space a completely different character.
In my own flat, for example, I have many almost white walls, a true game play, on which I try to give a framework that I can discover on flea markets in art. These can be collages of unknown artists, filigree drawings, postcards or even a cookie pack on Hackinghomestuff. What is harmonious and what is not, is more of a subjective feeling, so be courageous and test yourself. Of course, colored walls are also a nice option to give pictures more expressiveness. It is important to look at the room as a whole as well as its size and the number of the pieces of furniture available. For small rooms with little open space or colored walls, many or even too large images can have a fast overload.
There are many ways to present your pictures. Personally, I always try to combine an odd number of motifs with my orders and to work with different frames and sizes. I was probably very unconscious in the famous Petersburger Hängung. This goes back to the lavishly hung walls of the St. Peter’s Hermitage, where large art collections were presented on a wall. The focus here was not on the individual image, but on the entire interplay of the images. While pictures of landscapes and aristocratic portraits were often used, the choice of today’s motifs is much more diverse. With this staging, tension and liveliness are ensured.
If you want it to be quieter and more harmonious, you should use so-called grid hangs, in which the images are arranged square or rectangular, in a row above and next to each other, so that an overall picture is created. The use of the same frames increases the symmetrical effect. By the way, this works best with virtually the same motifs, such as beach photographs taken from different perspectives or slightly varying plant motifs.
Why hang out, what can stand? Images do not always have to be positioned with the hammer and nail individually on the wall. They can also be placed side by side on wooden rails which are fixed to the wall. This variant has a very special advantage, because pictures can be easily exchanged here. This is particularly interesting for those who are more likely to redecorate. If you have a lot of space, you can also create an unconventional mix of pictures on the floor and hanging – my secret favorite.
Please note that the height at which the images are placed should always be a little bit of the perspective of the viewer. In contrast to a sofa you should position the picture a bit lower and hang in stairs parallel to the stairs. The choice of frames should always be based on the rest of the furniture. A baroque frame on furniture in beech can be difficult. Here, for example, prefer to use simple silver frames. Passepartouts can help to emphasize the image motif again.
Anyone who now wants to have his photos and pictures re-staged, should not forget an important handicraft piece, besides the hammer and nail – the water scale! Because in all creative scope, just the pictures should hang in any case.
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