How to Place Art in Your Living Room

Often described as the heart of the home, the living room is one of the most important spaces you’ll cultivate, and one of the best ways to create the atmosphere or aesthetic you desire in this space is to utilize art in an intentional way.


With this in mind, we’ve compiled a few pointers on how to use and place art in your living room to get the most out of your space.


Consider creating a photo or art grid.


As the heart of the home, the living room is a space in which to add personal touches.


With this in mind, hanging a collection of framed photos – or an assortment of smaller artworks that say something about your personality, or even a mixture of the two medias – is a great way to personalize a space while adding to the aesthetic of your living room.


Moreover, by arranging these items diagonally across the wall, climbing from the bottom of the space to the top of the wall, it can help to give a shorter wall the perception of length while adding to the aesthetic interest of the space with the collection’s haphazard style.


Take into account the proportions of your living room.


In addition to improving the aesthetic of a space and adding touches of personality, another use of art in your living room can be to balance the perceived proportions of the room.


For example, if your walls are particularly high, hanging wider artworks can help to balance the space, while the impact of low set furniture can be offset by hanging artwork high up on the wall.


Meanwhile shorter walls and lower ceilings can be balanced by displaying columns of artworks which appear to lengthen the walls.


Make the most of the wall space above your sofa.


The space above your sofa is a prime spot for hanging art – and any piece of art you choose to hang here is sure to create a statement.


The bottom of your art display should start around 7 or 8 inches above the back of your sofa, whether you choose to display one large piece of art or multiple works above the couch.


Hanging one large piece of art above the sofa is a classic choice, though you should make sure the artwork doesn’t exceed the width of the sofa back, as this can make the sofa look out of proportion with the rest of the living room.


This space is also a good place to display a climbing collection of works, or three narrow, lengthier artworks if you want to increase the perceived height of the wall.


Use consistent spacing.


To ensure aesthetic harmony within your living room – or any space you choose to decorate with art – you must use consistent spacing if you group artworks together.


For example, if you create a grid comprised of many smaller works, then there should be a uniform amount of space between each work – usually around two or three inches between each piece.


With larger artworks on the same wall, there should typically be more space between the works to avoid overcrowding, though the space between works should still be consistent.


Color match your living room.


Harnessing the power of color can be used to magnify the aesthetic of your living room in a number of ways.


You can choose artworks containing the colors most prevalent in the room, or artworks that complement these colors, or pieces of art that create a bold, differentiating focal point.


One of the ways you can use art to tie together the elements in your living room is by choosing art which is comprised of the most dominant colors in the space.


Conversely, if the artwork has a few licks of color that aren’t present in the room, you can choose to accessorize with small decorative ornaments of the same colors to create even greater aesthetic harmony.


On the other hand, if your living room is lacking color, then a bold, vibrant piece can help to brighten up a monochromatic space.


Stylize the space above your mantelpiece.


Another prime opportunity for making a statement in your living room is to display art in the space above your mantelpiece.


Any artwork – or artworks – you choose to display above your mantelpiece should not exceed the width of the mantelpiece, though the display should take up the majority of the space above the mantel.


As an alternative to a single wide artwork hung above the mantelpiece, you could choose to stand ornaments – or even artworks – on the mantelpiece itself, to increase the three-dimensional impact of your art on the space.


When it comes to choosing this artwork, or artworks, you can harmonize the colors to complement the appearance of the mantelpiece or you can choose a vibrant piece to draw attention to the space.

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