For Art’s Sake {picture walls}

The arrangement of art, photographs and other objects is in itself an art form. I love grouping or collage style hanging. In my home we have a “glory” wall, which has a mixture of art and photo’s, all hung together. There is though, just as much need for symmetrical displays, series, shelf displays, floor leans etc to create a balanced and pleasing display.

Neat and geometric v collaged and eclectic, it’s a personal choice. For a grid approach having identical (or almost identical) frames is important. What’s actually inside the frames can vary wildly; it’s the frames that keep it sharp and together, providing a clean organised appearance. The only down side to a grid is the precision hanging.  

The collaged or mosaic hanging is about expressing who you are – critical to this is sense of balance of composition and proportion which is completely different to the grid approach. It’s best to arrange the art/photographs objects on the floor first to get a sense of what hangs well together. The overall effect is free spirited and of a collection of memories. It’s a great way to make a statement and to add something personal to your space. I personally think it works best when you have different mediums hung together – photo’s, oil paintings, prints, objects etc (see below image)

Vertical or horizontal? This will probably be dictated by the need to create height or to visually widen or elongate a space. It can also help create rhythm and balance the furniture in the room. Often though vertical arrangements appear formal and dramatic while horizontal hangings feel more casual – but it all depends on what you are hanging. 

Maybe you don’t need to hang it. Leaning artwork against the wall allows you to move objects around whenever you want. I really like the slim picture shelves that allow works to lean against a wall and be constantly changed and moved. (See below image on right side)

I have started a board on pinterest here as I have seen some great examples appearing online and in magazines.  For more ideas on hanging and a really useful guide visit Lost Art Salon here.


Image source here



  1. March 20, 2012 / 11:51 am

    I'm definitely with you on this one Mary! I adore art of all different types. Thanks for the handy link to Lost Art Salon too – what a great resource.

  2. March 20, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Ah ha so that's why you were pinning all those images! I was wondering. I love art walls but I only have about four pictures. Must buy some more! I love the fourth image, the wall with all the black frames in a perfect rectangle. Super sylish!

  3. March 20, 2012 / 11:26 pm

    I've planned to make a gallery wall in my apartment for ages – but I never found the time to do it!!!! Love those inspirations!

  4. Lydia Swinton
    March 21, 2012 / 9:08 am

    This style of hanging is so popular at the moment with our clients, as you say Mary it's a great way to make a statement. We mostly use this style of hanging using different mediums, and find by adding ceramics into collage can add intrigue and texture.

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