There is a time and a place for subtlety and accent pieces, but we’re taking on a much bigger task this week — making a statement with art. Often, we associate a “statement piece” with size, meaning we want a really huge, wall-sized canvas. But, that’s not the only way. It’s totally natural and possible to bring a statement piece into your home without having a football-field sized wall to fill. Here are a few different ways to create that eye-catching moment with art y0u love.
Hanging art in unexpected places challenges the status-quo and brings a sense of the avant-garde into any space.
2. Color Contrast
This one is pretty straight forward, with a few nuances. Main idea being: take a look at the color of the surface you’d like to hang art on, and go the opposite direction. You can, however, do that in a couple ways: complementary colors, light vs. dark, and pale vs. saturated.
3. Hanging (or not hanging) style
It’s not all hammer and nails when it comes to art. Sure, that is one way. But untraditional hanging methods keep things interesting (and can save you a few holes in your wall). Try leaning your art, for example.
Here’s the good news: artists are risk-takers, byproducts of more creativity than you or I may ever know. Here’s the great news: we have the opportunity to collect single moments of their creativity in the form of artwork. So, when an artist paints a dramatic current events piece, or a surreal mind-bender, we should start dancing. Statement made.
Playing with scale can be just as much a statement as adding a huge piece to a wall. Try your favorite smaller pieces alone in a vast space.
Bonus: Okay, okay…size makes a statement, too. An expansive piece can and will be a show-stopper, especially when paired with one of the unique tricks mentioned above. Take a look at some extra-large (we’re talking bigger than you) pieces in the Extra-Large Statement collection.
Want even more ideas for hanging your art? Take a look at these 9 Gallery Walls with hand-picked pieces for each.
Also published on Medium.