Whether you have a diverse collection of art, photographs, or objects, hanging them in a grouping (salon style) is an excellent way to keep things from looking like a mismatched menagerie. Follow the steps below to achieve a look that is worthy of the items you want to display.
Choose a Color
The key to creating the look of a curated collection is to have a unifying element-an easy way to do this is through color. Choose a single color family and select items that repeat those hues. For example, use all black frames to tie together a wall of family photographs or choose all objects that are in the blue family. Feel free to choose items of different styles, sizes, and shapes. This will add interest to your grouping while the single color will keep things cohesive.
Plan Your Arrangement
Once you’ve selected what you want on the wall, start to lay the items out on the floor in front of the hanging wall. You could even tape of paper cut to size to try things out. Not only will you want to consider order of items, you’ll also want to consider spacing. Do you want the spacing between items to be equal, the outside edges to align, or is spacing staggered? There are no official rules here so go with what appeals to you. I know it’s tempting, but don’t skip this step. A little bit of planning goes a long way and saves you a lot of nail holes!
Last but not least, decide where to start hanging. Do you know you want one of the pieces centered on the wall, do you want the bottom items to be a certain distance above a chair rail, etc. Once you’ve got this starting point work your way out from there. A handy tool I’ve come across for hanging art in my own home is the Hang & Level. I normally disregard items advertised on TV but this one is actually quite helpful is marking where the nail should go.
Don’t have a collection?
Check out the quasi-wallpaper company IXXI.NU which offers tile-like cards that join together to form wall hangings. Choose from their options (you always wanted a collection of vintage toys, right?!) or upload your own images to create a unique piece of art.