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Tips for Displaying Wall Art at Home

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Thinking about where you display artwork can transform any space in your home. It can add finishing touches to any room, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Alternatively, well placed prints can create a fantastic first impression for anyone visiting your home.

We’ve broken down our suggestions for the types of artwork you should display in each room around your home, from the busy home hubs to the quiet personal spaces.

Choosing wall art for living rooms

wall art ideas for living room

For many of us, our living room is the largest room in our home. This is a perfect opportunity to fill large wall spaces with your favourite wall art and canvas prints. Your living room is the perfect place to de-stress, and it’s often the place to entertain guests. Combine these two ideas with art that creates a calming, welcoming atmosphere – try and avoid choosing colours that are too loud, which could potentially cause a distraction. For a harmonious effect, try using photographs which all feature similar colour schemes. A simple way to achieve this is to print all of your photographs in black and white (great if your walls are grey, blue or other cool toned colours)  or sepia, which lends itself especially well to cream walls and traditional décor styles.

Need wall art ideas for your living room? Why not create your own gallery wall? Use a selection of your favourite photos and hang them on your chosen wall. The best looking gallery walls have different sized prints – with the largest ones acting as the centrepiece. An eclectic combination of holiday photos, family pictures and even artwork can look great together when arranged well. Just pick the pieces that best show off your personality and make you feel at home.

Depending on the amount of space you have, you may want to just have a couple of canvas or wall art prints on your walls, to help them stand out. Then, fill your bookcases, side tables and other surfaces with a selection of smaller prints as you wish.

Kitchen wall art ideas

kitchen wall art ideas

The kitchen is often the main hub of the home. It’s generally the most used room, and the place you and your family spend most of their time. So it’s important to decorate it to the best of your abilities! Let your imagination run wild as you decorate with kitchen wall art décor.

Update your kitchen’s style with a selection of prints. Kitchens are generally associated with food and drink, so why not decorate with food and drink related art? Art relating to wine, coffee, vegetables or your other chosen food looks great displayed in the kitchen. If you’ve got a young family, photographs of the children baking can be used to create a fun, family-oriented space. Alternatively, if you’ve got a talent for food photography, appetising shots of steaming coffee cups and artfully decorated desserts can be a chic way to add personality to your kitchen. You could also think about including your favourite quotes about food as well.

In your kitchen, we recommend hanging framed wall art instead of canvas prints if they will be displayed close to your equipment. Steam and smoke caused by cooking could leave traces on your treasured prints, so it’s best to select something you can clean easily. Glass framed prints help bring photos to life, and can protect them from potential damage in the kitchen.

Wall art ideas for bedrooms

bedroom wall art

Wondering what types of canvas and wall art you should display in your bedrooms? Bedrooms are the most private parts of your house, where guests tend not to visit, so focus less on impressing house guests and more on creating a relaxing environment for yourself.

The best place to start with bedroom wall art is to opt for anything that emits a sense of calm. Photos of plants and animals are a great choice, along with natural scenes such as mountains or oceans. This is the perfect opportunity to display your favourite holiday photos.

Looking for a way to get out of bed? Avoid snoozing your alarm again and again by hanging your favourite motivational quotes. Wake up feeling inspired and see what the day will bring.

Hallway wall art ideas

hallway wall art

As the first room your guests will see, make sure to leave a lasting first impression. Give your home an immediate wow factor by choosing the right pictures for hallway walls. Hallways are often overlooked and seen simply as a corridor to enter and exit a house. This shouldn’t be the case. Don’t leave your hallway walls looking bare – give them some life.

Hallways might not seem like an obvious place to display wall art and canvas prints. Often, they have to compete against shoes, coats and bags – and there might not be much space for art. If there is space to display a print, make sure it counts. One large piece of wall art works best – overfilling the space with pictures, not to mention all your coats and shoes, can make the space feel too crowded. Just make sure your chosen picture is a good one! An impressive landscape shot will have a great impact, or welcome your guests with something personal, like a skyline view of your hometown. If you’re worried about the hallway looking cluttered, pick an image that uses one focal subject and negative space in its composition, for an effect that will draw the eye without becoming overwhelming.

The best pictures for hallways should reflect your personality, and immediately make you feel at home. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your chosen picture.

Tips for picking canvas and wall art at home

  • Complement and contrast: choose wall art that complements the colours of your walls. If they blend in too much, there’s a risk your pictures could end up getting lost. If you need help complementing your colours, check out our blog on how to match photos and colour schemes.
  • Think about black and white: black and white wall art and canvas prints work well with any wall colour. A well-placed black and white picture will really stand out next to a group of colourful prints.
  • Contemporary prints in traditional spaces: in a traditional style room, think about having a contemporary piece of wall art. It can make the whole room pop.
  • Multi panels: multi panel canvas prints give your walls a truly modern feel – perfect for showing off your family photos.
  • It’s up to you: at the end of the day, the canvas and wall art you hang up in your home is your choice. Display art that you love and would love to see rather than feeling indifferent towards it.

These are our recommendations for displaying canvas and wall art at home. Knowing which room you want to display your desired prints is important, because where you put them can send a different message. Looking for new canvas and wall art? Create yours today with CEWE Photoworld.

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Replies to “Tips for Displaying Wall Art at Home”

  • Tiffany Locke says:

    I like your idea of choosing hanging wall art in the hallways to avoid having the corridor look bare and to provide a great first impression on guests. When choosing what to hang, it might help to consider what other furnishings are in the area, such as if you have a wooden table or some potted plants in order to find paintings or other artwork that fits in with the decor. It might also help to hire a professional to install the wall artwork so that it can be done correctly the first time and to get the look you want without making multiple holes as you try to find the right spot. They could also help you figure out which pieces look best together to create a beautiful design that fits the style you want in your hallway or room, such as modern or contemporary.

  • Daphne Gilpin says:

    I like your suggestion to hang a large piece of art by the entryway of your home to make sure your guests get a lasting first impression of your home. My husband and I want to redecorate our home to make it more comfortable and stylish, so I’ve been looking for tips online about how to decorate. I really like the idea of carefully choosing a stunning piece that will be the first thing your guests see.

  • Rosie Beckett says:

    I am thinking about buying custom art that I will need to find a place to put up in my living room. It makes a lot of sense that you mention to avoiding colours and patterns that are too loud so that everything in the room will blend well together. Also, the fact that the living room is the place to entertain guests is great because the art I display can be a topic of conversation.

  • Neil Cooper says:

    This has been a great help. As a heritage steam locomotive driver and enthusiast I have several different themed prints and photographs that I am going to display in my study and was thinking of putting a brick effect wallpaper behind them but now I realise this may be too busy and distract the eye from the prints, so a plain wall it will be. It was also very helpful to see different ways on how to create an effective display as they’re not all the same size.

  • Skylar Williams says:

    I like the idea to use complementary colors to choose wall art. I’ve been wanting to redecorate my living room and guest bedroom with some wall decor. I will definitely try out your tip as I’m selecting my new decor.

  • Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned you can take advantage of your living room large wall space to fill it with your favorite wall art and canvas prints. My husband and I are thinking about remodeling our living room, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of large space to hang our art.

  • David Johnson says:

    Before reading this, I hadn’t thought about how the hallway is an important place to hang the right pictures. I just moved into a new apartment last week. I’ll have to get some good wall art.

  • Eileen Benson says:

    It made sense when you said that wall art featuring plants or animals can help create a sense of calm in the bedroom. My daughter will be moving out this spring, and I want to help her decorate her new apartment to feel stylish and cozy. I know she enjoys wildlife, so maybe I’ll look for some paintings of animals to get for her!

  • Kate Hansen says:

    I like how you said to focus on creating a relaxing environment for yourself when choosing art for your bedroom. Last week I moved into a new apartment, and I was thinking about getting art to hang up in my house to make it more lively. I’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as I search for art to hang up in my home.

  • Wade Joel says:

    I loved that you mentioned you can choose a selection of favorite photos for your living room. My wife and I are thinking about how to improve the look of our living room, and we are looking for advice. I will let her know about your recommendations to choose the right art for our living room. http://clairandco.com/about-us

  • Eli Richardson says:

    I love that you talked about how to choose wall art for your home. A few days ago, my wife and I finished decorating our home, but we think we’re missing something. We were looking for tips online, and we stumbled upon your article. We just loved the idea of adding art to our home’s wall, so we’ll be sure to follow your advice. Thanks for helping us learn how multiple pictures adds a modern style to your home.

  • Eli Richardson says:

    It’s awesome that you talked about how to add framed artwork to a house. Recently, my wife and I decided to renovate our house’s look. We’re re-decorating our living room, and we just loved the idea of printing some black and white pictures and framing them! Thanks for the information on wall art and how to make the most out of it.https://nainsookframing.com/services/

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