No big open wall for a collection of artwork? That awkward corner just might be your savior. Here's how to do it right.
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"My home is a work in progress. I love that I can easily add a new piece or pin a photo to this ever-evolving corner gallery," says Minted's associate creative director Annie Clark. She worked with San Francisco-based stylist to create this gallery-wall display that perfectly suited her individual style.
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Featured Art: On the ledge from left to right: 1. by Jill de Haan 2. Antique oil, personal collection 3. by Rose Lindo 4. by Shari Margolin. Corner gallery clockwise from bottom left: 5. by Natalie Groves 6. by Jorey Hurley 7. Vintage print, personal collection 8. by Erin Deegan 9. Portrait, personal collection 10. by Annie Clark 11. Photograph, personal collection 12. by Amanda Paulson 13. by Oak Street Press 14. Family tree, personal collection.
• Gather your favorites: , paintings, photographs, drawings, sketches, your kids' artwork, personal photos and Polaroids. Aim for a nice mix of high and low pieces, and don't hesitate to think outside the box—basically anything that's significant to you should be considered: maps from your travels, ticket stubs, fabric swatches, concert posters, a page torn from your favorite book, antique mirrors, cool trivets, and even favorite knickknacks.• Next, round up an assortment of frames and picture-frame mats. [See the Resources section below for links to our favorite online shops for art and frames]• Aim to gather nearly twice as many pieces than you actually need. "You want to have enough options so that you can add and subtract as you go along," says Rosy. "The last thing you want is to be stuck with one or two pieces that don't quite work with the mix."
• A large expanse of space is perfect for creating a personalized art-gallery wall—the foyer or entry way, living room, the space above your sofa or sideboard, etc.• If your style is more quirky and untraditional, consider a corner arrangement where the frames wrap from one wall to the next.
• Assess what you have and edit down the pieces, aiming for a harmonious overall look and feel. Rosy suggests choosing one of two routes:1. Decide on a color palette and stay within it, mi in neutrals throughout. By simplifying your color range, you can be free to use an eclectic mix of frame styles: antique, new, black, white, wood, metallics.2. Or, choose a wide range of colors in your artwork for maximum variation and visual interest but use simple, more uniform frames to tie everything together.
• Make it your own. If you feel like a print will look better cropped a certain way, go for it. Buy a several different-size picture-frame mats and re-crop the piece however you like. "Many artists do this themselves, so don't feel like you're offending the artist with your new composition," says Rosy.• Save yourself the frustration—and your walls the trauma—of hanging, re-hanging, and re-hanging again. Instead, trace each frame on kraft paper, label the tracing, and cut it out. Snap quick photos of each piece of art with your cellphone and print them out in color; tape each to its corresponding kraft-paper tracing. "This will help give you a sense of scale and color balance on the wall as you figure out the perfect arrangement," says Rosy. Then, use blue painter's tape to try out placements and arrangements without covering your walls with holes.• If you're working with a large blank wall, begin with your largest piece of art and position it to the bottom and left, then work up and outward to achieve a visual balance. If you want a centered arrangement (say, if you're hanging artwork above a sofa), place the most prominent piece at eye level in the center and work outward.• Aim to keep the space between frames consistent—two inches on each side should work. But be flexible: If one frame is very thick, you may need a bit more space to give it some breathing room.
• Play around with different arrangements until you find one you really like. Take a step back from time to time and look at the overall composition from various spots and angles in the house. When you're happy with your layout (this can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several days!), you'll be ready to hang the originals.• Replace each paper template with its corresponding framed piece and hammer the nails and picture hooks in place. Voilà, you're done!
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