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Article: Avoid Making These Mistakes When Styling Your Wall Art

Avoid Making These Mistakes When Styling Your Wall Art

Avoid Making These Mistakes When Styling Your Wall Art

Throughout the ages, art has always been and continues to be a fundamental part of decorating a space. However, much like any other practice, hanging up art is a learning curve – one in which you’re bound to make a few blunders here and there. 

So, to save you the trouble, we’ve narrowed down the list of blunders to a shortlist of some of the most common mistakes people make when incorporating wall art into their décor. 

If you’re ready to splash your personality throughout your home with some wall art, make sure you keep reading to know the mistakes to avoid making. 

Common decorating mistakes

1. Not Considering the Space

Even the most beautiful piece of wall art can appear completely out of place when it clashes with the rest of the elements in the space.

For instance, if it’s too large, it will overwhelm the space. If it’s too small, it will get lost amongst the decor. You want your art to be proportionate to the room and the furniture surrounding it.

Furthermore, look around at all the colours in the room, the essence of the furniture, the textures of the rugs, and all the other details that stand out. If you want to adorn a space with a moody ambience that doesn’t receive much natural light, consider a stylish neon print to enrich that feeling of glamour. On the other hand, if your decor is primarily made up of white, a piece with a pop of colour might give the room more character. Or if colour is the star of the show when it comes to your furniture and décor, perhaps a simple minimalistic or monochromatic piece of wall art will be the perfect addition to your space.

2. Choosing the Wrong Height

The height at which your art is positioned is absolutely crucial. Follow the ever-trusty eye level rule: position the centre of your wall art at about 150 centimetres (around 60 inches) off the ground (the average eye level height).

If you’re going to hang art over a piece of furniture, make sure to keep it closer to the furniture than to the ceiling. A reliable standard for this is to keep the bottom of the art between 12 and 25 centimetres from the top of said furniture (be it a sofa, chair, table, and so on).

3. Not Incorporating Enough Variety

 When you hang the exact same type of art on every spot of your wall in every room of the house, you’re inadvertently creating a gaffe called the ‘art gallery effect’. This usually ends up looking very dull.

To avoid this, let loose and be adventurous. Break free from the confines of colour palettes. Switch up canvases and wall art. Search far and wide for different types of artwork so that you don’t get stuck with something that looks too mechanical. 

If you want to have a similar theme throughout, perhaps consider a key colour that is incorporated in each piece, but in some pieces, it might be the total focus and in others it might just be a small detail. 

The beauty of art is that there are so many varieties and styles out there, which is why it’s one of the most fun yet simple ways to create variety in the home.

4. Using the Wrong Tools

Having the right tools will make a ton of difference in the final outcome of your decorating project. 

Save yourself the trouble of drilling unnecessary holes into your wall by first cutting out a piece of paper the same size as your wall art and taping it to its desired spot. Take a step back and determine if it’s in the correct place. Once you have decided on the right placement, gather all the appropriate tools for the type of wall you have and the weight of the art piece. 

If you have drywall or a plaster wall, you could use a wall anchor. If you have a wooden wall, it’s essential to use wood screws. Brick and cement walls will often need a lead wall plug. All of these things must be considered to make sure that you don’t one day end up with both your art and your wall destroyed because of flimsy installation. 

And remember – when hanging art on your wall, always use a level.

5. Overdoing it

There’s no need to cover every inch of your walls with wall art – walls need negative space. Otherwise, the room can feel uncomfortably loud and narrow. Leave some breathing room so that each of your wall art pieces shines without being overwhelming to the viewer. You want to be naturally drawn to your art, not bombarded with it. 

If you have multiple pieces of art that you wish to hang on your walls, you can create a gorgeous and tasteful gallery wall without it being too overwhelming – you can learn more about creating a gallery wall here. 

Ultimately, the bottom line is that what you’re going to hang on your wall is something that you’re going to look at for a long time, so make sure that you enjoy it.

Abstract Watercolour Art

Are you ready for your new wall art? 

Now that you’re armed with the information about what not to do, you need to find the right wall art for your home. And that’s something we can help you with. 

Here at Gioia, we have carefully selected a wide range of wall art prints and paintings – including handpainted pieces of wall art – for you to create your ideal home interior from. 

Our range includes prints by world famous artists, like Monet and Van Gogh, as well as original prints by local artists in styles like aboriginal, photography, abstract, animal themed, bohemian and basically any other style you can think of. 

Whether you’re looking to decorate your living room, kid’s room, office, kitchen or bedroom walls, we’ve got just what you’re looking for and we deliver Australia-wide for free. 

So, when it comes to wall art in Australia, you can’t go past Gioia Wall Art.  

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